Page last updated at 08:41 GMT, Tuesday, 31 July 2007 09:41 UK

Football fans launch flood appeal

Flood pitch: photo by Neil Phelps
The water reached as high as the crossbars on the goalposts

Football fans have launched an appeal for funds to repair their home ground, devastated by the recent floods.

Gloucester City Supporters Trust said water swamped the entire pitch at Meadow Park, reaching as high as the crossbars on the goalposts.

The stadium, changing rooms, club house, kitchen and shop were left under several feet of water.

Chairman Phil Warren said the floods were a "kick in the teeth" after recent renovation efforts.

'Expecting the worse'

"The flooding has been extensive and it may yet be several days before we're able to get into Meadow Park to properly evaluate the damage," he said.

"The ground has been under deep floodwater for more than a week and we are expecting the worst.

"The repair work will range from the arduous task of mopping up and disinfecting of the stadium to the likely complete renovation of the electrics and floodlight system and replacement of catering facilities."

He said he appreciated that many residents and businesses were themselves struggling with flood problems and could not be expected to make the club their priority.

"For that reason we are appealing to the generosity of the football community across the country and ask for their help and donations to try and put the club back on its feet," he said.

The BGB Southern League Premier club is privately-owned, but is helped in its day-to-day running operations by fans.

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