Kit-astrophe for club after expensive bin-bag blunder

Alan Lingwood and Tom McKie at Alnwick Town FC
Alan Lingwood and Tom McKie at Alnwick Town FC

A grass-roots football club has made an appeal for cash after £3,000-worth of kit was mistakenly thrown away in a rubbish bag mix-up.

Alnwick Town lost their first and second-team home strips, tracksuits and bibs after a club member hoyed the gear out by accident, believing it to be junk, instead of laundry.

Football shirts

Football shirts

The kit-astrophe happened last month after the St James’ Park side’s home friendly with Coldstream.

The clothing was put into bin bags, instead of the normal kit bags, and left out to be cleaned.

However, the gear was scooped up, along with actual bags of rubbish and thrown away.

The error wasn’t noticed until almost a week later, when Alnwick were getting ready to play Ashington in another pre-season match.

Chairman Tom McKie said: “What happened is unfortunate, but it was a complete mistake; a comedy of errors .

“Our usual kit man wasn’t available after the Coldstream match. The kit was thrown on the changing-room floor, which was soaking, so rather than put the gear into the kit bags, someone put them into bin bags ready for laundry.

“Unfortunately, they were put next to our rubbish bags by the bar and it all got picked up as one.

“We will be investing in clear bin bags from now on!”

The first team are set to play in their away colours for their Northern League, Division Two opener at Chester-le-Street on Saturday.

Supporters have already rallied around the club with some contributions and officials are in discussion with front-line sponsors, but all donations are welcome.

Anyone who can contribute to the cause, or is interested in finding out about sponsorship opportunities, should call Alan Lingwood, the club’s commercial manager, on 01665 720395.

○ An Alnwick Town shirt was among the sea of tributes at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park ground, left in memory of Toon fans John Alder, 63, and Liam Sweeney, 28, who were killed in the Malaysia Airlines tragedy.