Harefield Utd ‘desperate' to raise cash for new floodlights after being plunged into darkness

Harefield Utd ‘desperate' to raise cash for new floodlights after being plunged into darkness stock image courtesy of Tony Hisgett via Flickr

Failing floodlights that last just 30 minutes have left Harefield United 'desperately' scrambling for a major cash injection as they face paying £45,000 for new ones.

The club fears more of their games could be plunged into darkness this winter – just as their recent Middlesex Cup tie was.

Hares chairman Gary South said: “We have had a temporary fix, but they (the floodlights) only seem good enough for thirty minutes so now is it a desperate situation.

“We are working on ways to raise the funds through loans, rent or whatever we can scrimp or scrounge.”

The club must find another £10,000 for new floodlights, which are expected to cost £45,000, according to Harefield’s club secretary Ray Green.

Mr South explained: “During the game at home to Kensington Borough in the Middlesex Cup recently, the floodlights failed with 13 minutes remaining. We couldn’t guarantee they would work for our next Saturday game, so we kicked off early.”

The Hares, who currently reside in mid-table in the Spartan South Midlands Division One, have played their home games at Preston Park in Breakspear Road since 1963, but the floodlights have never been changed.

Officials said they were ‘badly in need of replacement’ and have set up a JustGiving page to raise vital cash.


As well as the first team, the Hares also have a number of successful youth teams, comprising mainly of youngsters from the local community.

The club's JustGiving page stated: “The club has a thriving youth set up and many of the boys have played on the main pitch for the senior team and progressed to play professional football for teams in the Football League.

“The club needs to improve its lights to progress its position up the footballing ladder.”

Harefield’s first team have been in good form recently, but they lost for the first time in five matches when they slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Bedford on the previous weekend.

To learn more about Harefield’s fundraising efforts or donate, visit the JustGiving page HERE


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