Northampton Town fighting fund is best kept for a ‘rainy day’, Northampton Town fans

Members of Northampton Town Football Club Supporters' Trust during last year's crisis.

Members of Northampton Town Football Club Supporters' Trust during last year's crisis.

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Cobblers fans would prefer to keep around £40,000 raised during last year’s crisis as a “rainy day fund” over a training pitch...but only just, a survey has revealed.

A total of 157 supporters responded to the poll by Northampton Town Supporters’ Trust, launched before Christmas.

Of those 45 percent said they would prefer to keep the money as a “rainy day fund” and 39 percent said they would like to see it spent on a training ground.

The funds were raised after a crowdfunding campaign was started last October, when it looked likely the debt-laden League Two side could slip into liquidation.

Spokesman for the trust, James Averil, said: “As well as the votes, we had a lot of considered comments from fans and we will be taking all of these on board when we make the decision.”

The board is likely to make a final decision on how the money will be spent next week.

The survey showed 29 percent of fans would like to see the cash spent on a new fans’ village, 27 percent said they would like to see it spent on community projects and 24 percent would like it to improve the matchday experience at Sixfields.

A fifth of the consultees said they would like to see the money given to Supporters Direct, the organisation formed by the late Brian Lomax.

One consultee in favour of keeping the funds for a rainy day, said: “Having some resources set aside to ensure the trust can get advice or take action if needed is important to ensure we supporters have a club to support.”

Another said: “The future is unpredictable. A time will come when it is blindingly obvious how this money should be used. This is clearly not that time. Spending now just because it is there is shortsighted.”