Harps count cost of winter storm

Alan Foley

Reporter:

Alan Foley

Finn Harps expect to fork out in the region of €7,000-10,000 before the new season starts to replace a floodlight pylon that came down during the winter storms.

Finn Harps expect to fork out in the region of €7,000-10,000 before the new season starts to replace a floodlight pylon that came down during the winter storms.

Manager Peter Hutton this week stated the Ballybofey club had hoped to welcome neighbours Derry City to Finn Park at the end of the month although the pre-season fixture going ahead depended on the floodlight being fixed. Harps’ electronic scoreboard was also damaged.

The news comes as a blow to the club from the Twin Towns after they successfully managed to keep the flood afloat over the winter with a huge fundraising drive that wiped out last season’s, debt, which totalled €48,000, thanks in part to a donation from Donegal County Council of €20,000.

Harps have confirmed that Donegal Creameries will remain as main sponsors of the club for next season. Harps chairman Joey O’Leary said it that he was delighted that the partnership with Donegal Creameries was continuing into its fifth season.

He said: “It is fantastic that Donegal Creameries are continuing to support the senior football club in the county. We have had a long association with Donegal Creameries and we look forward to continuing working together in 2012.”

In addition to their first pre-season friendly of the season away to Limavady on Tuesday next, Harps have confirmed on Sunday, February 19, they travel to Oriel Park to take on Dundalk - this game kicks off at 2pm.