Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Marine announces the staging, by its supporters association, of an end of season tournament to raise funds for their desperately needed floodlights. The official supporters football team AFC Marine will be joined by Southport FC Supporters, Marine Legends and a Marine XI supporter’s team at the Arriva Stadium on Monday 7th May 2012. The Marine Legends team captained by John Roche is to be made up of players from the 90’s including the famous Marine league winning teams from 1993/4 and 1994/5.
Two forty five minute play-off games for 1st and third place will follow six thirty minute league games that will take place throughout the day with the first game starting about 11am. Each player playing in the tournament is to donate £20 to the floodlight appeal and it is hoped that the day will raise in excess of £1,000. Spectators will be asked to make a donation into the appeal fund on entrance into the ground.
Marine Chairman Paul Leary said:
“Once again our supporters have come up with not only a great idea to help raise funds for our new floodlights but they are to run the tournament themselves. It is another great example of what can be done when people rally together at times of need and I am indebted to them once again for their help.
We have just about got through the season unscathed since the floodlight fire in August and we continue to raise funds to cover the £70k installation costs of the new system which we hope will be installed this summer, subject to funding.”
Marine Supporters Association Chairman Peter McCormack said:
“The MSA has been consistently raising funds for the club over many years and it is therefore all the more commendable that MSA committee members James and Owen have gone the extra mile over and above the hard work they already do to raise even more funds for the floodlight appeal. Marine Football Club really is indebted to some of the best supporters in the country for their unwavering support in such difficult circumstances.”