Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division side Reading City were targeted by burglars over the weekend as their clubhouse at The Rivermoor stadium was ransacked.
The club, who have worked hard through the 2019/20 season to renovate their home and create a modern, comfortable venue, discovered the break in on Saturday morning prior to training sessions.
A statement on the club’s website said: “Everyone at Reading City Football Club is upset by the news that our clubhouse was targeted by burglars last night, arriving at the ground this morning to set up for our Covid-19 compliant training sessions we found doors had been forced open and a window smashed along with the place ransacked as they looked for things to steal from us.
“Whilst a few items were taken from the clubhouse, no cash was stolen as the club has a strict policy that no cash is ever held on-site overnight and their attempts to steal the safe were in vain.
“Sadly these mindless vandals have now left us with a repair bill, to which we estimate to be £750 as they forced their way through locked doors damaging them in the process, they also smashed a window in the process of this burglary, forced open our till and a sheet of Perspex put up over the bar to be compliant with covid-19 guidance when we re-open was also cracked.”
The Citizens have been flooded with well wishers on social media, and have setup a GoFundMe page to help raise the money needed to pay for repairs.
Among those contributing have been Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth who regularly turns out for the clubs tenants Woodley United.
If you are able to donate anything toward the clubs target of £750, you can go to the fundraising page here.