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Ashton United seeks support in fighting High Court ruling

Fellow members of the UniBond Premier League, Ashton United are asking for support to overturn a landmark ruling in the High Court which has left the club facing bankruptcy.

The Robins have been told to pay damages of £32,000 to former Altrincham player Marcus Hallows whose career was ended by a tackle from one of their former players, Danny White.

This decision could create a legal precedent in football whereby any injury could result in players or clubs being taken to court, and the financial implications could bankrupt both club and player.

Ashton United is obviously saddened by the injuries suffered by Hallows in 2005 but the club is in no position to pay the compensation and now it faces legal costs of around £9,000 to even appeal the ruling.

Anyone wishing to sign an online petition can do so by clicking here and anyone who would like to pledge money directly in support of the cause can do so through the good old-fashioned postal service if addressed to; Jackie Tierney, Financial Director, Ashton United FC, Hurst Cross Stadium, Surrey Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 8DY.

A statement released by Ashton United says: "Everyone connected with Ashton United FC would like to thank the various people of Tameside and the wider non-league community that have offered their support since the verdict was announced.

"Ashton United have been heartened by the messages of support that have arrived in person, via the club’s website and various other internet forums - it shows what a truly special bunch the non-league ’family’ are... and illustrates why so many people get so much pleasure out of being involved at this level of the game."

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First Posted ~ 12:36 Thu 11 Mar 2010
News ID ~ 2762
Last Updated ~ 12:56 Mon 21 May 2018