Stranraer fans fundraiser boosted by Paul Gascoigne and Ryan Hardie donations

A group of Stranraer fans has raised some much-needed cash for the club – literally by selling the jerseys.

By Ian MacLean
Friday, 24th July 2020, 12:23 pm
Ryan Hardie donated a signed jersey to help raise funds for hometown club Stranraer
Ryan Hardie donated a signed jersey to help raise funds for hometown club Stranraer

The supporters set up a Twitter account to organise auctions of signed strips and other fundraising activities – and have so far raised almost £4000 in less than a month.

Supporter Rhuri Paton explained: “Myself and my grandfather have sponsored a few players over the years and, when you sponsor a player, you get their top at the end of the season.

“I came across some tops when I was tidying some stuff in my house and thought I would just stick them up and auction them off to see if I could raise any money.

“Some of the boys I go to the games with had messaged to say they also had some tops and then other supporters I got in contact with said they also had some tops, and it just progressed from there.”

Biggest seller so far has been a signed Paul Gascoigne Rangers top which raised £300 . But the fans have enlisted help from established pros with Stranraer connections.

Local boy Ryan Hardie, now with Blackpool, donated a signed strip which netted £275. Future items include donations from ex-Blues and Northern Ireland ‘keeper Michael McGovern and former Scotland star Colin Calderwood.

In addition to the jersey auctions, there have also been raffles, competitions for season tickets and a weekly football card, as well as an initiative to sponsor a Step at Stair Park and selling tickets for the club’s official, online lottery.

Rhuri said: “It’s grown massively over the month we’ve been doing it.

“A big part of what we’re doing also ties in with the fact that it’s the club’s 150th anniversary this year.

“There was a whole range of things which the club had planned which they weren’t able to do because of Covid-19.”

For more on the initiative, visit the fans’ Twitter account @SFC_Fundraising.