Cash-strapped club beg fan to return souvenir shirt | inside World Soccer

A cash-strapped club had to beg a fan to return a shirt given by the goalkeeper after a game so that they would not have to buy a new one.

Tim Sandercombe had given his shirt to a travelling fan at Maidenhead
Tim Sandercombe had given his shirt to a travelling fan at Maidenhead

Photo: Truro Fans

Goalkeeper Tim Sandercombe threw his shirt into the crowd who had travelled from Cornwall to Berkshire for the match in Maidenhead.

Brian Thompson was the lucky individual to catch the jersey and he took it home with him - only to find the club soon issued a desperate plea for its return.

Two days after seeing Truro lose 8-0 in Maidenhead, Mr Thompson learned of an appeal by manager Lee Hodges to have the kit returned in time for Saturday's Blue Square Bet South game against Bromley.

The next day, Mr Thompson presented the yellow jersey to the club.

The need for the shirt summed up Truro's desperate financial situation.

Truro have been docked ten points after going into administration with reported debts of £700,000.


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