17:38 Sunday 05 January 2014

Bournemouth launch Burton Albion coach fund and raise close to £3,000

Written byCOLSTON CRAWFORD

PITCHING IN . . . Bournemouth fans celebrate their promotion in 2010 with a pitch invasion at the Pirelli Stadium PITCHING IN . . . Bournemouth fans celebrate their promotion in 2010 with a pitch invasion at the Pirelli Stadium

BOURNEMOUTH supporters have raised more than £2,800 to fund Burton Albion supporters’ coaches for the rearranged FA Cup third round tie on January 14.

The remarkable gesture has its roots in the Cherries’ promotion from League Two in 2010, which was clinched with a 2-0 last-day win at the Pirelli Stadium.

Their fans were full of praise that day for the welcome they received both in the town and at the club and when one of them, David Whitehead, suggested a “Burton coach” fund and another, Adrian Lee, set up an online fundraising page, pledges soon started to roll in.

Burton supporters were quick to add their thanks.

“This shows the true spirit of Cup football,” said Wayne Pycroft. “Neither club will win the final but many will remember the great gesture between two clubs.”

“Hopefully, Bournemouth fans will get recognised for this great gesture by the FA with a special fans award.”

Adam Drew said: “This generous and overwhelming gesture shows the spirit of football is not dead.”

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