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Vandals strike at football ground

PUBLISHED: 16:15 12 October 2001 | UPDATED: 15:18 03 March 2010

YOUNG footballers were facing a desperate race against time today to find somewhere to play their weekend matches after mindless vandals attacked their ground.

YOUNG footballers were facing a desperate race against time today to find somewhere to play their weekend matches after mindless vandals attacked their ground.

The Felixstowe Hawks' facilities have been repeatedly targeted by thugs bent on destroying their fun – and in the latest incident the hooligans snapped the crossbar of one of the goals.

Club officials today put out an urgent appeal to see if any other team in the area had a spare bar they could lend them until they can buy a new one.

They have managed to relocate one of the games due this weekend but the other two were still in jeopardy.

Felixstowe Hawks Football Club plays its matches at Harper's Field in Seaton Road, Walton, and is one of the town's top young teams.

"At the start of this year our toilet facilities were damaged by youths that have nothing better to do than to inflict their demented will on others," said club chairman Phil Clark.

"Yesterday evening I received a call from one of our team managers, Derek Hopkins, informing me that this time some lads in their mid teens have snapped the cross bar on one of our goals.

"The damage to the bar is irreparable. It is therefore necessary to purchase a new cross bar and at this stage in the week I fear that we will be unable to do so before this weekend's scheduled home matches.

"We have three home matches this weekend – our Under 15s Saturday side are hopefully going to still play their game but at the opposition's pitch.

"I am still waiting for news of the two matches scheduled for Sunday, hopefully the managers, Richard Cook and Les Ward, will have some level of success in either rescheduling or relocating.

"We at the Felixstowe Hawks Football club are proud of what we have achieved, not only within the club but also for the community. We have recently started an under 15's Sunday side, this in itself proves our continued commitment to our local community.

"I cannot understand what drives young people to cause damage such as this or indeed any damage whatsoever to other peoples property. The impact it has on our club and the inconvenience it causes is most annoying."

Mr Clark said if any other clubs could help by lending a crossbar, he would be thrilled to hear from them. People should ring 07979 637483.

It is not the first time the club, which was founded in 1987, has had its crossbar broken by vandals and the club has been calling for more regular police patrols to keep an eye on its ground.

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