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Despair after vandals smash dugouts

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Taverners FC has launched a crowdfunding appeal after vandals caused damage to the dugouts at the Owen Harris Memorial Ground in Eastington.

Exasperated reserve team boss Mark Harsant, told Stroud Times: “It looks like they kicked the bricks out, ripped the roofs off by hand, and then sprayed graffiti – this is just mindless vandalism. Litter is always left around the dugouts and regular smalls fires have been seen inside the dugouts, which we’ve had to clear up before matchdays.”

To raise cash for replacement dugouts, Taverners have received a signed Forest Green shirt, and midfield star Ebou Adams has donated his playing shirt. Fans can bid for the shirts by visiting @TavernersFC and bid by direct messenger with the deadline for bids ending this Friday, 6 pm.

“We’re grateful to Forest Green and we hope more people will come forward and help us reach are target to be able to afford portable dugouts before the season starts in August, ” added Harsant.

Len Keating, treasurer at Taverners F.C. in one of the vandalised dugouts at Owen Harris Memorial Ground, Eastington. Picture by Carl Hewlett / Hewlett Photography & Design
Len Keating, treasurer at Taverners F.C. in one of the vandalised dugouts at Owen Harris Memorial Ground, Eastington. Picture by Carl Hewlett / Hewlett Photography & Design

Taverners, who have teams in Gloucestershire Northern Senior One and Stroud League Two are currently looking for a first-team manager and assistant and start pre-season training at Eastington on Thursday, July 1, 6.45 pm.

To declare an interest in the vacancy, contact Mark Harsant on 07769173696 or email: tavernersfc@hotmail.co.uk

To help Taverners buy new dugouts, click the link here: https://gofund.me/fe1ed7cd

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