Brighouse Town receive "significant" donation from Gary Neville
Brighouse Town have announced that ex Manchester United player and current Salford City part owner, Gary Neville, has made a "significant" donation to help the club continue to run after their season was ended early due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A statement from Brighouse Town said:
"Brighouse Town Football Club are extremely grateful that Gary Neville ex- Manchester United legend and Sky Sports pundit has donated a significant amount towards helping the club in these uncertain times.
Gary wanted to help the Club as it was the last game he watched Salford City FC play with his Dad. Gary Neville stated “Brighouse Town holds a special place in my heart even though the result did not go in our favor with Salford City suffering a 3-1 defeat on the day”.
Gary’s donation will help to go towards the loss of income through the season being ended early by the Bet Victor Northern Premier League back in March.
The loss of income through no home games and the Club house being shut has added to the Club’s difficulty in maintaining an income stream which has led to uncertainty within Brighouse Town Football Club.
The generous donation and the donations of others including existing sponsors, famous footballers and other local Business owners in the community will help to ensure we can get through this as a Football Club.
Our chairman James Howard has commented “We all at Brighouse Town FC are incredibly humbled and overwhelmed by the donation made by Gary Neville and others as this type of generosity clearly demonstrates that the Football community is not just a business but a family and more importantly an integral part of our community right here in Brighouse. We have been contacted by other famous names and sports stars who want to share our story as this clearly has touched all from the professional game right down to grass roots”.
Manager Vill Powell said “It’s an unexpected but brilliant gesture and I can’t thank him enough. Everyone is aware of the impact this has had globally, and football is no different. For all football clubs it’s difficult times but for small clubs like Brighouse Town the impact of Covid-19 has been devastating as the income we receive fails to exist, so Gary’s generosity and that of others in Football and the local community is essential. So, a massive thank you to Gary Neville and all those who have donated to our just giving page. We urge all fans of Football to support your local non-league team in whatever way you can and stay safe, stay at home”."