Spartans South Midlands Football League club Hillingdon Borough have been saved from closure after a telephone call from Everton and DR Congo winger Yannick Bolasie.
Bolasie spent time with Borough during the 2006/07 season, before going on the become one of the Premier League’s most exciting wingers with Crystal Palace.
His summer move to Everton meant that he has become the most expensive former non-league player in history, with the Toffees paying a reported £25m for his services.
Boro announced on Tuesday afternoon that they had resigned from the Spartan South Midlands League Division One.
The club tweeted “I can confirm that Hillingdon Borough have pulled out of the division with immediate effect. Local clubs can fill your boots.
“A sad, sad day to see a historic club pull out of football. But when your hands are tied and your being treated this way, it’s all we can do.”
However, a call from Bolasie ensured that they will carry on life in step six, starting with their fixture against Baldock Town on Saturday.
A tweet hours after their resignation was announced read “Yannick Bolasie has been in touch and I can confirm that Saturday’s fixture is back on home v Baldock Town.
They went on to thank Bolasie for his gesture saying “Thanks to everyone for your support in a tough day. And huge thanks to Yannick Bolasie for helping this historic club.”
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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