FOOTBALL fan Nicholas Ramsden has come to the aid of his favourite club by investing £20 of his birthday money to their survival.
The youngster made the gesture in the hope others will follow suit to help Runcorn FC Halton ride the financial crisis which is putting their future in jeopardy.
Nicholas attends games home and away with his dad Paul and went to his first Linnets match when just 18 months old.
Paul explained Nicholas had received £60 for his 11th birthday last Thursday and came up with the idea of giving a third of it to the Linnets.
'I don't want to see them go out of business,' said the Warrington-based youngster, who has never lived in Runcorn although his dad is from Weston Point.
It is likely Nicholas will buy four shares in the club with the money.
Within a week of launching their Share Appeal, the Linnets have almost £2,000 pledged.
'This is a tremendous effort and a big thank you to all concerned,' said club programme editor Derek Greenwood, who is coordinating the appeal.
'It is also a pleasure to see the support we have received from fans of other clubs which is really heartening.'
Anyone wishing to buy shares can e-mail Derek Greenwood Derek@RuncornFCHalton.co.uk or contact him at any forthcoming game.