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Big chill freezes Coleraine's cash

Published 02/01/2009

The postponement of yesterday’s league game with Lisburn Distillery dealt Coleraine a double financial blow.

The Bannsiders had been banking on a decent holiday gate to help raise some of the cash required to pay for the signing of winger Darren Boyce from Glentoran.

But a frozen Showgrounds pitch put paid to the game and also to a planned collection by one supporters’ club whose target was to encourage 500 fans to contribute £10 towards the fee.

Chairman Hugh Wade commended the fans for their support: “I am aware that several hundred pounds has been collected by fans towards the purchase of a player or players and obviously it is a boost to Coleraine Football Club to receive any help, particularly after we have lost income from the postponement of a holiday game when we would have been expecting a decent turn out.

“Hopefully the supporters will be able to take up a collection at our next home game against Dungannon Swifts."

Coleraine fans were also denied the opportunity to welcome back Boyce and newcomer David McClements who were both included in manager David Platt’s squad which had otherwise been decimated by suspensions, injuries and illness.

Former Sheffield Wednesday apprentice McClements is hoping to resurrect his career back home.

“The 19-year-old, who comes from Coleraine, spent three seasons at Hillsborough before being released earlier this year.

He joined Wednesday as a trainee and made his first team debut in a League Cup defeat to Wrexham in 2006.

Platt says: “He is primarily a right-sided midfield player but can also play off the striker and I like what I have seen from him in training.”

Both Boyce and McClements are likely to retain their places in the panel for Saturday’s trip to Newry City but striker Richard Gibson, utility player John Neill and defender Ryan McLaughlin remain suspended.

Platt hopes the extra few days will allow several players to recover from injuries and the ‘flu.

Strikers Davy Patton, Jody Tolan and defender Paddy McLaughlin could all be available for selection.

Midfielder John Watt is still a few weeks away from full fitness as he continues his rehab from a wrist fracture.

Belfast Telegraph

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