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Gladiators recieve helping hand from down under

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Gladiators recieve helping hand from down under

A generous international benefactor has added his weight to the Gladiators promotion push just two days before their final game of the season at home to Warrington Town.

Andy Reid, based in Melbourne, Australia, has links to Matlock as his grandparents lived in the town.

Hearing about The Gladiators’ one point deduction and fine, he says he will pay the £100 the club must pay for their error in fielding an ineligible player due to him being under an FA suspension during February.

“I had a number of Boxing days in the shed with a Bovril and have fond memories. I still follow the club’s fortunes from afar and I want the fine and point deduction not to have an unsettling affect on anyone at the club at this pivotal point in the season. I’d like to think that this gesture shows that the club has the support of the fans and I hope everyone can refocus their attention on the real task in hand, namely getting promotion. Let’s hope we can get the result we all want on Saturday and then win the play-offs.”

Commercial Manager Tom Wright was delighted to hear of Mr Reid’s offer.

“I think it’s a lovely gesture and everyone at the club sends their gratitude to Andy. It shows how well the club is thought of, both here in the local area and throughout the world. Thank you Andy for your kind thoughts.”

Ian Richardson