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New Year cheer for sports club appeal

An appeal to save a sports club where Jackie Charlton used to coach has reached the £1,000 mark.

The Weston Lane Sports and Social Club in Otley was devastated by an arson attack in November.

Thousands of pounds worth of sports equipment was lost and the clubhouse was completely gutted.

So, through the Wharfedale Observer, the club launched the Walk On appeal to secure its own future.

And the money has been pouring in ever since – much to the delight of club chairman Chris Lawson.

He said: “It’s been Christmas and the weather has not been so great but we have still had a great response from people so far.

“We’re entering the year 2001 with optimism after all that’s happened.”

Former England and Leeds United skipper Jack Charlton took training sessions at the club throughout the sixties and was the club’s coach when England won the World Cup.

The club has attempted to contact him to ask for his help but have so far received no reply.

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