Altrincham bosses have been overwhelmed by the generosity of fans, players and even supporters of other clubs after seeing their appeal for funds surge past its £10,000 target inside a week.

News of the Go Fund Me campaign launch, to help tide the club over the current coronavirus crisis, appeared in last week’s Messenger and by Tuesday morning this week, the total raised had reached a staggering £12,460.

Long-serving defender Shaun Densmore set the tone for player contributions and his donation was swiftly followed by similar gestures from team-mates Jake Moult, Josh Hancock, James Jones, Jordan Hulme, Josh Ollerenshaw and at least two more anonymously.

Alty-supporting Premier League referee Anthony Taylor pitched in, and there was even an offering from a Portsmouth fan, following the Robins’ gallant attempt at an FA Cup giantkilling act at Fratton Park earlier this season.

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