Crows' changing rooms wrecked three times
PUBLISHED: 10:52 13 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:55 11 May 2010
ROYSTON Town s president Alan Barlow has spoken of his anger after admitting the away team changing rooms at Garden Walk have been wrecked three times this season. Doors inside the away changing rooms have been kicked in and shower fittings have been pull
ROYSTON Town's president Alan Barlow has spoken of his anger after admitting the away team changing rooms at Garden Walk have been wrecked three times this season.
Doors inside the away changing rooms have been kicked in and shower fittings have been pulled off the wall leaving the club with a £400 bill so far this campaign.
The Crows have only played 14 home games this season in all competitions, including friendlies, but now the club have no alternative but to force teams to sign in and out of the changing rooms to try and cut down on the damage being done.
Mr Barlow said: "What really makes me angry is the yobbo mentality of the players who are the culprits - they show themselves up and bring discredit to the clubs.
"I can understand players getting upset because they've had a bad result, but when the game's over it's over and they shouldn't take it out on the facilities.
"We appreciate that the new measures of signing in and out for the condition of the changing rooms cannot stop damage being caused in the future, but we hope it will make people think twice."
He added: "It is really disappointing. The rooms were completely refurbished over the summer, including brand new shower areas, extended changing areas and new toilets.
"A lot of time and effort went into the project and most of our visiting teams have congratulated the club on the improvements."
Mr Barlow said he has contacted all three clubs involved and two have admitted responsibility and are willing to pay compensation.
It is hoped the third club will also comply.
"What really makes me angry is the yobbo mentality"
"We've had a positive response from them, and we don't want to keep running to the league to complain about it but it's happening too often."
On a positive note for the club, Mr Barlow has thanked donors who have helped towards the club's Be Seated campaign.
The club launched the campaign in April to attract donors to sponsor the 150 new seats in the ground, with the donations being put towards the cost of the entire build.
The seats have now been installed and Mr Barlow said: "One of the interesting featured of the campaign was that a lot of the support came from our ex-players, many of who played in successful sides in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
"We've already had a pat on the back from the league when one of their reps came to the Bedford Town Reserves fixture.
"We have therefore already shown the league that we have more than exceeded the ground standards if we did promotion for not only step five of the league structure, but almost step four as well.
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