Grant McCann calls on Robins fans to get behind the Crowdfunder with another amazing gesture
Another Cheltenham Town legend has joined our Crowdfunder to raise the funds to install a new scoreboard at the LCI Rail Stadium.
Grant McCann, the former Robins, West Ham, Scunthorpe United and Peterborough United midfielder got in touch with the club earlier today after hearing about events this week and offered to help.
The popular playmaker made 196 appearances in total at the LCI Rail Stadium, scoring 39 goals in three spells between 2000 and 2007 and played alongside John Finnigan in midfield in the 2006 Play-Off Final win over Grimsby Town.
In a remarkable gesture the former Northern Ireland international has handed over his match shirt from the day, together with the match ball – his man of the match award – and issued a challenge to Robins supporters everywhere.
If we can get 250 fans to become members of our ‘Wall of Fame’, one lucky backer will receive the historic keepsake. At the time of writing, we have 94 members.
“Cheltenham Town is a club close to my heart. It was the first club that gave me a chance when I left West Ham and it's still a big part of me,” McCann said.
“I also look out for their results and try to get down to see friends as much as I can. If it helps in any way that would be great.”
Grant has been impressed with the way the supporters have come together to try to complete the job that our friend and long-serving director Colin Farmer started.
He added: “I knew Colin well, when I first came to the club he was really really friendly. He was a great man, and a great club man, so it's fantastic that the club is doing this."
"It's amazing the support you've reached for it so far and I hope it all goes well."
Don’t worry if you’ve already supported us. Everyone who has pledged £25 or over this week is already in the hat.
In return for £25 towards the scoreboard, members of the ‘Wall of Fame’ will forever have their name added to the back wall of The Colin Farmer Stand.
It will also appear in a special commemorative match day programme and entered into a draw to win a pair of 2017-18 season tickets.
McCann, the current Peterborough United boss was named man-of-the-match in the play-off final and was instrumental in the second promotion to League One under John Ward.
“It was a special day. Steve Guinan's goal - he said it was a shot but I think it was a cross,” he said.
“The ball didn't want to go in for me on that day, I hit the bar and missed a penalty and to receive Man of the Match was great.
“The most important thing was getting the win and it was a great day for everyone involved with the club.
“It was a big day in the club's history and one I'll never forget.”
No pledges will leave supporters’ bank account until December 5, when the campaign ends, and ONLY if we hit our target.
Yesterday Grant's midfield partner John Finnigan gave his two winners medals to the cause, accepting £1,000 from the Robins Trust towards the scoreboard.
They will be permanently displayed at the ground for fans to enjoy the memories.
Grant went on to represent Northern Ireland on 40 occasions, scoring four times, and remains one of the greatest players to pull on the red and white stripes.
He has also agreed to appear in the legends game, one of the other rewards available in the campaign. The details are being finalised and will be confirmed if we hit our target.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he said.
“I had a couple of demands; I need the number 11 shirt and I need to be vice-captain so I can take the armband when Finners' legs go after 30 minutes.”
We can’t thank him enough for his support. Cheers Grant!