Exeter City's 1931 fund organizer Alan Crockford is urging fans to support their scheme as they look to help pay towards the wages of another member of the first team squad this season.
For eight seasons, the No. 31 shirt has been worn by an Exeter City player whose wages are either fully or part-funded by City fans.
And the 1931 Fund – named after Exeter City famous FA Cup run of that year – makes it all happen. It has invested £100,000 in City’s playing budget in that time. However, they need help from fans this summer.
“With donations from our current membership we’re good for about £13,000 in the coming season,” explained Alan.
“We really need a dozen or so new members so we can top that up to £16,000 or more, and again offer to pay half the wages of a really useful new signing.
“Our members pay £19 each month or £228 for the year. Many of us who can’t make so many home games see it as an alternative season ticket, to do our bit for the club even when we’re not clicking through those SJP turnstiles.”
City defender Pierce Sweeney wore the famous No. 31 last season.
He said: “I was proud to wear the shirt, all the more so since it showed the strong connection between me as a player and City's loyal fans.
“It’s great that the fans helped make my move to Exeter happen, and I've always worked extra hard here because of that.
“The national media picked up on it last season – the Sun and the Mirror both ran features – so it is something that’s helping show the whole country how special we are as a club.
“If any more City fans are able to help the 1931 Fund continue to bring players to Exeter, I'd urge then to join up now.
“I know everyone at the club is really grateful for their amazing support.”
Potential new members can email Alan at firstname.lastname@example.org - he admits to celebrating every new member like a City goal.