Chorley CEO Terry Robinson has said that the club are looking into a structure to allow the purchasing of shares, released from existing shareholders, as the Magpies seek vital income in the absence of matchday supporters.

The club have been preparing for a return to the National League North after one season in the fifth tier, and like so many clubs, have been hit extremely hard by the pandemic.

In an update from CEO Robinson, he explained: “We need and want to play. We are researching an easy payment structure which will allow the purchase of shares, released from existing shareholders.

“We are also looking at other areas of raising money and have recently gone into partnership with Sunderland’s main shirt sponsor, Great Annual Savings, agreeing commercial utility savings for all our supporters and sponsors who wish to save money and support the club. An affinity project where supporters or people who wish to see football continue at Victory Park is in the works, too.

“This would be a small monthly amount by Direct Debit and there will be different initiatives, like membership of the Black and White Premier Draw with club shop discounts.”

Robinson added: “We had already trimmed budgets and utilised the furlough scheme to ensure our club could start 2020/21. We have approached Chorley Council for discussions and this latest setback through government policy now brings this initiative to the fore.

“We want to start playing, but we don’t want to play if it will financially kill our club. Since Chorley FC was founded 137 years ago, the club has only temporarily stopped playing due to two World Wars.”

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