Jamie Vardy’s former club are attempting to raise £20,000 to ensure their survival during the coronavirus pandemic.
The deadly disease, which has claimed over 280,000 lives worldwide, has suspended football in the UK since March.
Vardy joined Stocksbridge Park Steels after being released by Sheffield Wednesday as a teenager and represented the first-team between 2007 and 2010, before having short spells with Halifax and Fleetwood.
Since joining Leicester for £1million from Fleetwood in 2012, the 33-year-old has helped the club win an unprecedented Premier League title and won 26 England caps.
Subsequently, several non-league clubs have been hit hard financially due to the absence of football, including Stocksbridge Park Steels.
The club are trying to raise money for ‘essential ground maintenance, machinery, and machine repairs, plus building work to ensure the Look Local Stadium meets the required safety standards’.
Stocksbridge Park Steels’ Crowdfunder page has raised almost £3,000 so far.
The club said: “The season coming to an abrupt end, the loss of income from the last three months of the season, and the fact we will not be able to play our lucrative friendly fixtures with our Sheffield neighbours prior to next season have left us with no choice but to ask our magnificent community for help.
“Donate whatever you can, large or small. In exchange, we will be extremely grateful and ensure you have a football club to be proud of within the Stocksbridge community.”