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Bolton Wanderers set up emergency food bank for unpaid staff

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Norpig

Norpig
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Absolutely shameful behaviour from the now departed (thank God) Kenocchio. I know Sluffy will point out as a limited company he isn't liable for the wages personally but how does this scumbag sleep at nights?

BOLTON Wanderers Football Club has opened up an emergency food bank to help hard-hit members of staff.

Employees of the club and Bolton Whites Hotel are being offered fresh food and essentials donated by local businesses and charities after going without pay for the last two weeks.

The Bolton News has also learned that £2,000 of shopping vouchers were sent by a local Championship club to distribute among staff.

Wanderers went into administration on Monday, and it is hoped funds will quickly be made available from locked bank accounts for wages.


Until then, the club’s Community Trust will continue to replenish stocks to ensure staff and their families do not go hungry.

“We have tried to offer whatever support we can to people and that has included trying to get some provisions in order that people can continue to live a normal life,” said club chaplain Phil Mason.

“When people talk about football they often associate it with big salaries and luxurious living but the reality is that many of our staff – as we all do – live within their means. And that becomes very difficult when you have not been paid for a couple of weeks. It has hit home hard.

“Through the chaplaincy and the Community Trust we have been able to offer food provisions. This has been made possible because of the kindness of some local charities, businesses and people who have not done it for publicity, in fact they have asked to remain anonymous.

“The reality is that a lot of staff here live day-to-day, hand-to-mouth but the situation for some means it is impossible to manage.”

Bolton’s players have not been paid since February, although the Professional Footballers’ Association have recently supplied a small loan to tide them over.

The Whites Hotel has been closed since May 1 because the health and safety of staff and guests could no longer be guaranteed as money had not been made available for supplies or to service equipment.

The main stadium and club shop remains open, however, and club caterers Heathcotes & Co are endeavouring to honour events booked at the Premier Suite and inside the stadium, where possible.


Staff have been hit hard by pay problems, caused after former owner Ken Anderson withdrew any form of funding for the club several weeks ago.

Wanderers’ bank accounts have also been frozen due to their ongoing winding-up hearing with HMRC and other creditors at the High Court.

“It has been a stressful time for all of our staff. I wouldn’t wish to go into details for reasons of confidentiality but concern and anxiety has been rife,” Mason said.

“What I have been tremendously impressed with, however, is the resolve of the staff to come into work and to support each other through such testing times.

“I think that is something that needs to be admired and recognised by anyone coming into the club. The best investment they will make is the staff.”

https://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/17637911.bolton-wanderers-set-up-emergency-food-bank-for-unpaid-staff/

Growler


Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
Fair play to the local Championship club for doing what our own owner wouldn't do and providing his staff with shopping vouchers.

It's great to know there are still some decent people involved at other football clubs despite the cunts we seem to attract as owners

karlypants

karlypants
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Christ! Shocked

Growler


Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
I wonder which local club has taken pity on us and helped out with shopping vouchers because Ken won't pay his staff?


My guess is Preston

boltonbonce

boltonbonce
Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
@Growler wrote:I wonder which local club has taken pity on us and helped out with shopping vouchers because Ken won't pay his staff?


My guess is Preston
Wigan I reckon.

Growler


Tony Kelly
Tony Kelly
@boltonbonce wrote:
@Growler wrote:I wonder which local club has taken pity on us and helped out with shopping vouchers because Ken won't pay his staff?


My guess is Preston
Wigan I reckon.
I reckon Wigan are more likely to take advantage of our situation like they did when Eddie Davies pulled the plug and they bought our training ground in Eddie's fire sale.

Sluffy

Sluffy
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Bolton's grim situation brightened by Preston generosity

THEY say you find out who your real friends are in times of need – and that is certainly the case at Bolton Wanderers.
Football rivalries run deep in this part of Lancashire, once the hotbed of English football and home to some of the most famous names in the game.
Generations of support, through thick and thin, promotions and relegations. Decades of passion, in good times and bad.
Colours are worn with pride – white, blue, red, claret, tangerine – and nothing matters more than taking three points against a neighbouring town, at least until a situation develops like the one at Bolton which makes the whole sport sit up, forget the tribalism and take notice.

That a food bank is required to help staff at the University of Bolton Stadium is a damning indictment not just on one man, but of also the flawed system which enabled him.

Ken Anderson left his employees high and dry as Wanderers hurtled towards administration, his responsibilities as a custodian of a town’s team abandoned completely.

Bolton’s Kenny Davenport scored the first goal in the Football League but as a founder member crumbled in recent months the EFL’s only instruction was that they had enough money to see out the season.
Shaun Harvey’s staunch defence of Anderson came on February 25. Not two months later the EFL were issuing a condemnatory statement after a player strike over unpaid wages forced a league game to be cancelled for the first time in English football history.

Administration means Wanderers will start with minus 12 points next season in League One as a bare minimum, a punishment which will be served by an owner who did nothing to deserve it.

It is no wonder that the whole of football outside the top flight has watched Bolton’s plight with concern, for there are plenty of others walking the knife edge. Other clubs are facing an uncertain future and unless a long-term solution can be found to better spread the wealth, to protect the have-nots, or to better insulate clubs from rogue owners, many more will follow.

Then, right in the centre of one of the sorriest stories to emerge in Wanderers’ downfall, came a timely reminder of how great this game can be.
A random act of kindness from a so-called rival club in Preston North End has been rightly praised by football fans the nation over.

Upon hearing about the troubles at Bolton, the club immediately sent £2,000 of shopping vouchers to the hard-working and most unheralded Community Trust to distribute among the lowest-paid staff.
Preston are not alone in their act of generosity. A number of big businesses – local and national – have acted without consultation or the need for publicity.
Indeed, the very existence of the food bank was being guarded until it was absolutely necessary to reveal details of how bad this situation has become for the loyal employees.

Outside the homes of Bolton and Preston two great players – indeed two great friends – are honoured in statue form. Working class heroes like Nat Lofthouse and Sir Tom Finney would no doubt have condemned what a state this grand old club has become.
But both legends will have looked down favourably on a most gentlemanly act which shed just a little bit of goodwill on a most desperate situation.

https://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/sport/17639875.boltons-grim-situation-brightened-by-preston-generosity/?ref=mr&lp=8

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