Buxton Football Club’s ground damaged in suspected arson attack

The main stand at the Silverlands, Buxton FC
The main stand at the Silverlands, Buxton FC

Buxton Football Club has been left to pick up the pieces following a suspected arson attack at their home ground.

The Silverlands is the scene of a police investigation after a fire was set last night (Thursday) under the stands, damaging the club office and changing rooms.

The main stand at the Silverlands, Buxton FC

The main stand at the Silverlands, Buxton FC

The club is already undertaking repairs and is hoping to have the site restored by the start of next season.

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service was called to the Silverlands club just after midnight, to a small fire believed to have been started in the manager's office.

This followed a break-in the day before where thieves smashed a canteen window and stole an empty cash register.

Club director Mark Shenton said: “I haven't got a clue why anybody would want to do it. It's a decent community club that a lot of people are involved in and we have no idea why someone would do this.

“The fire under the main stand has caused a vast amount of smoke damage on walls, ceilings and fixtures, that had only just been painted in readiness for the new season, and will now have to be repaired along with damaged doors. We'll need new carpets, new furniture in the manager's office and to deal with smoke damage on the walls.

“It's a shame. It makes it a bit harder for the club, but hopefully this will all be ready for pre-season.”

Security at Silverlands has been stepped up, he added.

A spokesperson for Derbyshire police said: “We were called at 12.40am by the fire service, telling us they were in attendance at the football club at Silverlands and that it looked like an object had been set fire to at the club.”

Buxton FC is asking supports to lend their time if they can help with repair work, cleaning and repainting in the smoke-damaged rooms.

If you can spare any time to help out, please call Mark on 07964 544 139.