The well documented troubles of Bolton Wanderers took another twist today, when an unnamed Championship club donated £200 of vouchers to the Bolton staff who have not been paid.
Some of the staff at the club have been struggling to feed their families and now Bolton Wanderers Football Club have also set up an emergency food bank to help their staff feed their families.
Employees of both the club and at the Bolton Whites Hotel have been offered donations of fresh food and consumables from local people and businesses, and now a local Championship club have also donated £2000 worth of food vouchers to help the Bolton staff.
This week is was announced that Bolton have entered into administration and the club will start the League One campaign next season with a 12 point penalty. They still have a HMRC winding up hearing and are also in dispute with other creditors, so the club bank accounts have been frozen, meaning staff and players cannot be paid.
The PFA have stepped in to provide a small loan so players can be paid, but it is the day to day staff that have been hit the hardest. The Whites Hotel has been closed since the start of May because of health and safety fears given that there is no money available to service equipment.
Former owner Ken Anderson withdrew any funding for the club a few weeks ago and that was the final nail in the coffin as Bolton were put into administration.
“We have tried to offer whatever support we can to people and that has included trying to get some provisions in order that people can continue to live a normal life,” said club chaplain Phil Mason.
“When people talk about football they often associate it with big salaries and luxurious living but the reality is that many of our staff – as we all do – live within their means. And that becomes very difficult when you have not been paid for a couple of weeks. It has hit home hard.
“Through the chaplaincy and the Community Trust we have been able to offer food provisions. This has been made possible because of the kindness of some local charities, businesses and people who have not done it for publicity, in fact they have asked to remain anonymous.
“The reality is that a lot of staff here live day-to-day, hand-to-mouth but the situation for some means it is impossible to manage.”
“It has been a stressful time for all of our staff. I wouldn’t wish to go into details for reasons of confidentiality but concern and anxiety has been rife,” Mason said.
“What I have been tremendously impressed with, however, is the resolve of the staff to come into work and to support each other through such testing times.
“I think that is something that needs to be admired and recognised by anyone coming into the club. The best investment they will make is the staff.”
Yet again the @EFL stood by and watched a team/club go down the pan. Fit and proper test load of ? and in the grand scheme of things who loses out?? The fans good to them next year.
— lee (@lee56074279) May 14, 2019
How is this allowed to happen at a time when there is more money in football than ever before. Something is seriously wrong in #EFL for this to happen
— you (@paulmc6) May 14, 2019
Horrific a Footbal team on food bank ? Bolton stand up quicker ☝️???
— Nuno (@Nuno57945204) May 15, 2019
The situation at Bolton Wanderers is very sad. Families of staff are now having to rely on food banks. Clubs should really rsloy around to help them especially the rich PL ones. The disparity between the top and lower leagues is massive
— Rt Honourable Kris CBE (@bajankris) May 15, 2019