Landlord of burned-down pub given £500 by Northampton Town

Picture by Jamie Cooper
Picture by Jamie Cooper

Northampton Town Football Club are to make a £500 donation to help a landlord and his family whose pub burned down.

Matt Skolfield his wife and two children lost their home in a fire at the Sixfields Tavern on Saturday.

The blaze took hold on Saturday afternoon as Northampton Town were taking on Northwich Victoria in the FA Cup last weekend at nearby Sixfields and a number of Cobblers fans had to be evacuated.

The club have now made contact with the organisers of the fundraising campaign to help Matt and his family and they have been invited to Sixfields stadium to receive the donation.

Northampton Town Chairman Kelvin Thomas said: “The incident that happened on Saturday provided a dramatic backdrop to the game and we were upset to hear that Matt and his family lost so much in the fire.

“The football club has been through some tough times in recent months, times where people rallied around to help and we know the pub is a popular location with our supporters, both before and after games.”

Mr Thomas said the Sixfields Travel Club recently hosted a meal at the pub staff and he therefore felt it important the club helped out with the fundraising too.

He said: “As a club and a fanbase we must stand together with our neighbours at Sixfields and we hope that our donation helps Matt and his family in some small way.”

The club also said that, in the absence of the Sixfields Tavern it will be looking to increase space for supporters for pre or post-match drinks.