Non-league family rally around Rams

Ramsbottom United Football Club would like to place on record their sincere gratitude and thanks to all of the clubs in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League for their outstanding support following the Boxing Day floods which saw the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium under 3ft of water.

This was never more evident than at Stourbridge today where our opponents organised a bucket collection during the game and raised an amazing £480 from the supporters, which the club topped up with another £250 to make a stunning £730 in total.

Chairman Harry Williams was thrilled and delighted when his opposite number Andy Pountney handed over the cheque following the 3-2 success on the field

"On behalf of Stourbridge and Ramsbottom United, we would like to thank all the supporters who contributed to the collection this afternoon and to the helpers and organisers who made it happen.  A great effort by everyone concerned!" said a statement on the Stourbridge FC website.

We have also been made aware that Marine AFC have done a bucket collection at their home game with Halesowen Town FC this afternoon - a second such collection from Halesowen Town, who made one at the home Christmas fixture.

It should not be forgotten that four supporters of Sutton Coldfield Town made the 220-mile round trip last Tuesday to join in the cleaning up effort, not only helping on the football side of the fence but also lending a hand to the cricket club in their own mopping up operation.

On behalf of Ramsbottom United Football Club, we would like to send our most grateful thanks to everyone who has supported us, contributed to any of the collections and have given to our fundraising page.

If any evidence was needed of the wonderful camaraderie and friendship developed in non-league football, this is most definitely it.  Thank you very much indeed everyone.