PETER SHILTON has donated a pair of signed limited-edition goalkeeping gloves to help Tadcaster Albion in their flooding plight.

Last weekend, for the third time in two weeks, Tadcaster Albion’s stadium was flooded. This time the water levels were at their highest and at their peak even the barrier around the pitch was totally submerged.

It was further heartbreak for the club which, only last Friday, welcomed a band of volunteers who turned up the clean the clubhouse which itself had seen ingress of the murky river water despite the building being over one-and-a-half metres above ground level.

Nevertheless, despite the precarious financial position, there is a mood of optimism - the clubhouse has survived the first two floods and discussions with the West Riding County FA and the Football Foundation have started.

Plans are afoot for a new clubhouse that will be built above the flood line whilst donations to keep the club alive have come from far and wide.

Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton OBE's donation of the commemorative gloves is a fine illustration of the generosity towards the Brewers, which also includes Jack Walters giving his final pay packet back to the club following his move to Gainsborough Trinity.

Shilton wrote: “I only commissioned 125 of these exclusive gold, limited-edition gloves from my private collection - one for every game I played for England.

"I’m donating a signed pair to help save Tadcaster Albion.”

The Just Giving initiative has raised £6769 from more than 300 supporters and it is vital that the club meet its first target of £12,000 so it can open the gates once more. The link is

Donations can also be made direct at Hunters Estate Agents Market Place Wetherby; Devine Meats, 10 Bridge Street, Tadcaster; and Payne’s Plumbing and Heating, St Joseph Street, Tadcaster.

A club spokesman added: "With fingers crossed that the flood levels will recede before this weekend, the club has asked that even more volunteers turn up this coming Friday when a start can hopefully be made on the clear-up and clean-up of the exterior of the stadium.

"Meanwhile the players have not played since the Ramsbottom game on February 8 as opposing team pitches at both Marine and Marske have been too wet. It is hoped that Saturday’s game away to Runcorn Linnets will be on.

"The Brewers remain in sixth position in the Northern Premier League north/west division, one place below the play off zone.

"The club’s first home fixture since the flooding is set for Saturday week when Widnes are due to visit – there is much to be done at the ground before then, weather permitting."