Efforts underway to replace ticket booth after arsonists target Framlingham Town FC
A non-league football club is raising money to replace a ticket booth after it was torched by arsonists.
Fire services were called to Framlingham Town FC’s Badingham Road ground, after the booth – converted from a wooden shed – was set alight in an incident Suffolk Police are treating as arson.
With no CCTV footage of the incident, police have warned that finding the culprits is unlikely, prompting an online fundraising page to replace the booth.
Club chairman Dean Warner spoke of his disappointment at news of the arson attack, adding that it topped off an already “nightmare” year for the club.
“Grassroots football has taken a pounding this year anyway – it’s been a complete nightmare,” said the 58-year-old father-of-two.
“To have this happen just tops it off. The running of the club is mainly done by volunteers, and it’s for the community.
“So to have someone do this when we work so hard to provide the facilities is just really disappointing and frustrating.”
Since setting up the fundraising page a few days before Christmas, the Castlemen – who play in the ninth tier of the English football pyramid – have seen almost £2,000 of their £5,000 target raised from people both within and outside the club.
“It’s fantastic,” added Mr Warner, who has served as chairman for six years. “Since I put up the first online post about the incident, we’ve had tremendous support.
“Some of the names you can recognise, but then there are a lot of people from outside the club who have donated, too.
“And then we had other offers to help with other bits and pieces – some people wanted to come and clear up the site.”
Suffolk Police have urged anyone with information on the incident, which happened at around 6.45pm on December 16, to get in touch, quoting reference number 37/72807/20.
To donate to the club’s fundraiser, click here.