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Premier League clubs urged to help non-league teams battling flood repairs

Former Wimbledon star Marcus Gayle has called on Premier League clubs to bail out the game's minnows.

Gayle, who made over 200 Premier League appearances for the Crazy Gang, is now in charge of Skrill South outfit Staines Town.

Staines are one of a host of non-league clubs badly affected by the floods.

"There are many non-league clubs who loan top flight clubs the use of their facilities, which is great because some of the facilities at this level are great," he told the Sunday Express.

"They are taking it that the ground is in condition for whatever use they want it for, whether it's under-21 matches, reserve matches, youth cup or even ladies' matches.

"That's fine for us when the going is good. But when it's bad like now, are we still going to get the phone calls from these clubs? It would be nice to get a call to say we will help in getting the club back on its feet, or are they just going to take their business elsewhere?

"Every penny counts at non-league and it is tough for a lot of clubs. And I just wondered what clubs were going to be doing.

"Are they going to spread the football love in the community for the lower league clubs? It is a real test of their character.

"What will they do to help? We are all neighbours in football. We all care about the sport."

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