Gary Neville has left non-league club Brighouse Town "overwhelmed" after pledging a significant donation to the non-league side amid the coronavirus chaos.
The BetVictor Northern Premier League side have seen their season cancelled after the pandemic ended football at the sixth tier and below, and they set up a JustGiving page in order to help with the running costs of the club.
Neville says he formed a bond with Brighouse after watching them play the Salford City side he part owns in what proved to be the last match he saw with his late father Neville Neville.
He said: “Brighouse Town holds a special place in my heart even though the result did not go in our favour with Salford City suffering a 3-1 defeat on the day."
Club chairman James Howard said: “We all at Brighouse Town FC are incredibly humbled and overwhelmed by the donation made by Gary Neville and others as this type of generosity clearly demonstrates that the Football community is not just a business but a family and more importantly an integral part of our community right here in Brighouse.
"We have been contacted by other famous names and sports stars who want to share our story as this clearly has touched all from the professional game right down to grass roots”.
Brighouse boss Vill Powell added: “It’s an unexpected but brilliant gesture and I can’t thank him enough.
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