Scarborough Athletic have called for the club’s fans to help haul them away from a deepening financial hole.
The board have announced that it needs to raise £25,000 to cover for what has been a devastating season.
Chairman Dave Holland has underlined that the club will not be allowed to die, but a terrible run of form has seen attendances, interest and finances dwindle to a point where they need a shot in the arm.
Boro are losing around £700 a week due to a drop in gates, which over the past few months adds up to over £10,000.
This is added to by the postponement of the Boxing Day clash with Spennymoor and the fact that they had to settle with the sacked management duo of Paul Foot and Bryan Hughes shortly after Christmas.
Holland said: “We give the assurances of the board that the club will not die, however we are looking to share this burden equally to make sure we are not damaged by this run long term.
“The club entered into a negative spiral before Christmas, losing fans, losing money, cutting budgets, losing more games and the cycle continues.
“We are looking to recover lost ground so we can complete the season with dignity and strength.
“The fact that we have appointed the experienced Steve Kittrick as manager demonstrates that the club is not in its death throes, but there is no significant investor, which makes the fans our lifeblood.
“We are struggling to pull that rabbit out of the hat, so we are asking trust members for a one-off donation to help their club.
“The board have already made their financial contributions and we will continue to do so, though we are just fans.”
Boro looked in good shape just a few months ago, but a run that has seen them win just two league games since August has piled the pressure on.
Holland added: “If we’d have carried on with our good start to the season then we wouldn’t be in this position.
“Nobody wanted to lose the games and nobody wants us to be in this position, but now it is up to us to try and recover things.
“We have made this statement now to stop any unhelpful speculation, which is damaging to the players, the manager trying to bring players in and also harms the image of the club.”