Ex-Norwich City star Michael Nelson wants your help

Michael Nelson - a popular player at Norwich City Picture: Alex Broadway/Focus Images

Michael Nelson - a popular player at Norwich City Picture: Alex Broadway/Focus Images - Credit: Alex Broadway/Focus Images

Former Norwich City favourite Michael Nelson is looking for a favour from his fans in Norfolk.

Nelson is manager of Blyth Spartans, a club which has been caught up in the financial turmoil caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s been a baptism of fire for Nelson, who was appointed caretaker manager in March following the departure of former Norwich assistant Lee Clark, and then given the job on a permanent basis on May 1.

Nelson has had just one game in charge – a 5-2 defeat at Brackley Town before the season was halted. Blyth are bottom of the National League North - the division in which King’s Lynn Town were crowned champion.

Blyth Spartans and its supporters’ club have launched a GoFundMe Page – Blyth Spartans Future Fund – to help Nelson build a squad for the new season.

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Nelson has already spoken to former Norwich City team-mate Grant Holt as he looks to get some help from his former clubs.

“I’m just trying to get round my old clubs to get as much help as we can,” said Nelson, who played for City between 2009 and January 2011.

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“Anything we can raise from our loyal fanbase or people who want to help a club so steeped in history, would help myself and the football club massively.

“I’m trying to build a squad that can compete in the league next season - and every little helps.

“There are fans that have dropped cheques off and tried to donate money - this initiative has been launched because fans have expressed such a desire to help us in a time of need.

“I’m hopeful we can build a very good squad that will give their all for the shirt, then the fans who donate can really feel that they’ve made a contribution and played a part in the history of this football club.”

Chairman of Blyth Spartans Tony Platten said: “After weeks of uncertainty, the news that Blyth will not be relegated has at last been confirmed and this now allows us to put plans in place for the new season.”

The Go Fund Me Page is at www.gofundme.com/f/blyth-spartans-future-fund

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