GENEROUS football fans have helped junior footballers achieve their goals.

Tickets were like gold dust for a quiz night run by Corbridge United Juniors Football Club at Tynedale Rugby Club, with more than £8,000 raised as a result.

The club, which runs teams from U7 to U18 age levels, will replace two sets of old fashioned goalposts, and to make some improvements to the playing surface on the pitches at the rugby club.

More than 100 tickets were sold for the quiz night, while 4,000 raffle tickets were also snapped up.

The club’s fund-raising officer, Claire Jackson, said: “Because the funds have been running a bit low and the facilities aren’t great, we wanted to make sure the club was sustainable going forward for teams coming in each year.

“We have different age groups so we need different sized pitches and goals, and the goalposts we had need to be replaced because they were unsafe as they were the old-fashioned, metal ones.

“When we thought of the idea in December of having a quiz night, we didn’t anticipate it would be as popular as it has been.

“We were just really shocked at the support, and there was a great atmosphere, and we had really good feedback about the evening.”

Club chairman Mark Parkinson drew the raffle and committee member Andrew Neal was quizmaster.