Mersey Reds : This article appeared on a Singaporean newspaper on 4 Nov 1998.





MERSEY REDS:Owen (left) and McManaman.

JURONG LIFELINE:

The New Paper has set up a Save Jurong Lifeline. Each time you call 1900-9140007, $2.40 will be charged to your phone bill, of which $2 will go to Jurong FC. The rest covers administration costs. All callers are eligible for a lucky draw.
Yesterday, we received 27 calls through our Lifeline. That adds up to another $54 for Jurong FC.

DONOR OFFER:

A donor, who prefers to remain anonymous, is offering $1,000 to the caller picked at the end of the campaign. More prizes are in the pipeline.
Over the weekend, we received 41 calls. That adds up to another $82 for Jurong FC.

Send cheques:
Make your cheques (crossed and marked A/C payee only) to Jurong FC.
Mail to:
Ms Zainah Omar,
The New Paper Sports Desk
390, Kim Seng Road,
Singapore 239495
Mark your envelopes: Save Jurong Campaign.

MISSION COBRA:

A walkathon on Nov 22
Golf tournament on Nov 24
Gala dinner for 1,000 people at Orchard Hotel on Dec 16
Fans and corporations who want to take part in any of the above events or buy advertising in the magazine, can contact Behind The Scenes at 339-8873.

THE NEW PAPER'S Save Jurong Campaign
What have Owen, Macca to do with Jurong?

It seems like everybody is getting involved in The New Paper's 'Save Jurong Campaign', as IRENE KEW finds out...

Nov 4, 1998

IT'S $10 for striker Michael Owen and $7 for midfielder Steve McManaman (Macca for short).

Liverpool fans Stephen Tan, 22, and Darren Chia, 23, have donated $17 to the Save Jurong Campaign. That's a total of the jersey numbers of their favourite players (Owen wears No 10 and Macca No 7).

Though they are hardly S-League fans, they decided to chip in after reading about Jurong FC's financial troubles in the newspapers.

Said Stephen, a second-year accountancy student from Nanyang Technological University: "Our main aim is to do our bit for the S-League. We're, after all, football fans."

HUGE FANS

And huge Liverpool fans, they are.

Both have set up a Liverpool website that chronicles the history and latest happenings in the club.

And sitting on the website now is a link to the Save Jurong Campaign.

Explained Stephen: "We hope people who visit our website can also contribute a little to this campaign."

Visit their website:

Mersey Reds at members.tripod.com/~merseyreds/

'Foe' Balestier helps out

FOES on the soccer field but friends once the game is over.

Another local football club has come forward to lend a helping hand.

Balestier Central FC collected a neat $310.65 for the Save Jurong Campaign at its last S-League home match at Toa Payoh stadium last month.

Said Mohamed Zainudeen, 29, technical secretary of Balestier Central FC: "Since one of the clubs is having some problems, we all should help out. They are also part of the S-League."

At the match against Tanjong Pagar United which the Tigers lost 4-1, Balestier placed a donation box at the entrance of the stadium.

They made announcements before and during the match so fans could make their contributions.

OTHER CLUBS

Other clubs have also helped out. One of the first was Woodlands Wellington which gave $1000.

Others like the Geylang Boleh fan club, Sembawang Rangers, Marine Castle United, Tampines Rovers, Gombak United and Home United have all chipped in.

THE PLEDGES:

The Campaign has raised $63,512.88 as of yesterday. Yesterday's generous donors are: Balestier Central Football Club - $310.65
Tom - $50
Save Jurong Lifeline - $36
Young fan Valentino - $30
Mersey Reds - $17

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