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Brakes' appeal past half way.

DEVOTED football fans have passed the half way mark of their pounds 10,000 fund-raising appeal for Leamington Football Club.

Supporters of the club say they have made pounds 5,780 in just over a month to build a grandstand, changing rooms and dug-out at the club's new base in Harbury Lane.

Efforts so far have included a buy-a-brick appeal and pounds 100 donations from soccer supporters.

The appeal was boosted further at the weekend when Brakes fan Shaun Brady ran the London Marathon on behalf of the club.

Simon Rowberry is hoping to visit the vast majority of the 91 Football League grounds in England and Wales in just four days to raise even more funds.

Leamington FC's new site - dubbed the New Windmill Ground - was bought by the club several years ago. It has two permanent pitches and car parking space.The team folded in 1988 when they were forced off their old Windmill Ground, in Tachbrook Road, because it had been sold for redevelopment.

Keith Hancock, of the Friends of Leamington Football Club, said: "We are delighted to have gone past the half way mark.

''But there's still a way to go before our work is done."

Anyone willing to help can call Keith on 01926 450205.
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Author:Keay, Rebecca
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 20, 2000
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