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Institute FC launch fund-raising page and target £5,000 to help with flood repairs

Institute FC have called for support after flooding devastated their Riverside Stadium overnight.

The ground was left with severe damage after all ground floor rooms were flooded with seven feet of water and the pitch was also taken over by the flood, leaving behind, in some areas, five feet of sediment. The perimeter fence was ripped out and nearby trees were uprooted, some of which were washed onto the pitch.

Vice-Chairman Andrew Russell says the flood could have a huge financial impact on the club and has asked for support.

"It means the club will have no income now until we can get back to playing our home matches, whenever that may be," he explained.

"Looking at it now, you would wonder whether or not we'll be back playing matches at the Riverside this season. I would appeal for local business, the wider community and the Irish League family to rally round the club and to help in any way possible."

The club have since launched a Just Giving page with the target of raising £5,000 to help with repairs.

Russell said the changing room upgrade and work on the pitch had all taken four months of hard graft and says this set-back will be met with the same attitude.

"We had the ground in the best condition it has ever been in," he said. "The pitch was superb and the changing rooms had been refitted. Now this.

"We'll get up and go again. There are a lot of good people around this club and we will work hard to get back playing matches at the Riverside Stadium again as soon as we can."

If anybody can help the club in any way, contact Vice-Chairman Andrew Russell on 07890 824156 or visit the Just Giving page here.

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