Spalding United chairman: ‘If I give in they have won – haven’t they?

Tulips chairman Andy Gay is staying put.
Tulips chairman Andy Gay is staying put.
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Spalding United chairman Andy Gay is sticking to his ‘job’ with the Tulips after threatening to resign over looting and vandalism at the Winfrey Avenue ground.

As reported in our sister paper, the Lincolnshire Free Press, the club had entry gates smashed and two burglaries within 15 days.

The latest break-in was discovered in the early hours of Monday when Mr Gay was called to the ground at 3am to count the cost after cash, booze soft drinks were stolen. He threatened to quit but now says stepping down would be the wrong thing to do.

He said: “I am carrying on regardless at the moment. If I give in they have won – haven’t they?”

Since the break-in, a company has come forward to sponsor and fit a burglar alarm that links straight to the police station.

But Mr Gay is is still appealing to Spalding residents to keep a watchful eye when they’re near the ground and report anything suspicious to the police because he says its a community club, run by the community for the community. He said the club’s youth football suffered in the summer when goalposts were stolen from Priory School and nets were cut.

Previously ...

Spalding United targeted by vandals and thieves three times in 15 days