Matlock Town chairman Tom Wright has made an appeal for local investment to help the club’s ambitious development plans, after the Gladiators were the subject of interest from overseas.
Mr Wright was surprised to hear from a businessman based in Slovenia, around 1,000 miles away from Matlock.
“The gentleman expressed interest in the possibility of investing in our club just before Christmas,” he explained.
“He told me that he was keen to get involved in English football and was advised to get in touch with us.
“He was interested in our plans and appeared very keen to take matters further.
“Unfortunately, he then informed me that he’d decided to get involved with another club, which was disappointing.”
The club chairman and his colleagues are now hoping to attract interest from a little closer to home.
He said: “We’ve recently had a new 290-seater stand built and work on our new social club is at an advanced stage. We would welcome some investment to enable us to complete the work sooner rather than later, because the staging of functions in the social club will provide us with a valuable income stream.”
Tom Wright stresses that it would not cost a fortune to get involved with Matlock, pressing for promotion from the Evo-Stik League Premier Division.
“People have this idea that only the very wealthy can afford to get involved in the running of a football club, but that is certainly not the case.
“If there is someone out there who wants to make a substantial investment then I’d obviously love to hear from them, but the fact is that just a few thousand pounds would make a real difference to the club.
“We have a number of people on the committee who have been involved for many years – me included – and it would be nice to have some fresh input.”
Tom Wright can be contacted by interested parties on 07850 065968 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.