Chris Sutton backing appeal to save Cromer Town Football Club

Cabbell Park Football Ground, home of Cromer Football Club.

Cabbell Park Football Ground, home of Cromer Football Club. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Canaries' legend Chris Sutton is backing a community bid to save one of Cromer's oldest sporting institutions, which could soon be consigned to history.

With just one game remaining, Cromer Town Football Club has revealed that this season could be its last.

And in a last-gasp plea for support, it is appealing to anyone who can help to step forward before the full-time whistle is blown on the club.

Unless a sufficient number of people come forward by the middle of May, bosses have warned the club will fold.

But there is some hope. Since the appeal was issued online Richard Cox, club secretary, said he had been in preliminary talks with people about its future.

And Chris Sutton, who was involved with the club a few years ago and occasionally played for the team, has also retweeted an appeal for support.

Dozens of concerned fans have also taken to social media to offer their support.

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Fan Paul English said: 'Very sad to see this happen to one of the big clubs. Many clubs are in the same boat with no new blood stepping up to help. Hope you survive.'

And Chris Carey added: 'Unbelievable! Well done to those who soldiered on this season. Those who promised much, then jumped ship, be ashamed.'

The club has blamed uncertainty over the future of its home ground in part for its possible demise and a lack of volunteers, both of which have impacted on its ability to fundraise.

Meanwhile, the men's side, who have only recorded one draw all season and are set to be relegated from the Anglian Combination Premier Division, have also been hit by the resignation of their manager Lee Hackleton. The ladies have also struggled to raise a team.

The club's pitch was moved westwards at the end of last year, to accommodate a medical centre being built on the Mill Road site.

A spokesman for North Norfolk District Council said it had spent more than £70,000 providing new changing facilities, and improved the drainage while relocating the pitch. The new health centre, which is expected to open next March, will share the site with Cromer FC and form part of a community healthcare hub with nearby Cromer Hospital.

If anyone can help, please call the club ASAP.