Emergency foodbank opened for Bolton Wanderers staff

Bolton Wanderers Football Club has opened an emergency food bank for its staff.

Employees at the club have now gone without pay for two weeks due to the club's long-running financial crisis, which yesterday saw them placed into administration.

Bolton will begin next season in League One on minus 12 points.

Around 400 members of staff, not just at the football club but at the hotel that is attached to the stadium, are still waiting for their April pay packet.

I'd never thought we'd get to this stage, but the reality is people haven't been paid and we've had to look for practical solutions to help and support people during this very difficult period.

Phil Mason, club chaplain

Phil Mason, the club chaplain, said the fact that staff continued to come to work despite not being paid shows their "incredible" resilience and enthusiasm during a very difficult period.

He added that the foodbank is "the least that we can do is to try to find ways of supporting them".

At least if people can go home with some food to take for them and their families, then any money that they have got in spare capacity they can use for outstanding bills, for putting petrol in their car, for any other things that they might have within their families that need support of that type