VANDALS have targeted an amateur football club’s ground just days after Netflix used it to film for a new series.

Yobs threw paint and smashed glass bottles at Stoneclough Football Club’s Fox Park ground.

Last week, Netflix used the club to film for its upcoming series The English Game.

Production company Nutmeg (42) Ltd converted the ground into a stadium dating back to the late 1800s.

It included erected a stand for spectators to sit on, which has since been left to use by the club going forward.

Laura Davies, welfare officer at Stoneclough Football Club said: “It was vandalised over night on Wednesday.

“Tins of paint were left over from when Netflix were here, they’ve been opened and thrown everywhere. Glass beer bottles have been smashed as well.

“The people that did it are absolutely awful. I’m fuming.

“I only went in on Wednesday and was thinking how amazing it looked.

“We’ve got people on CCTV but it’s not a very good picture. Someone will know who did it because they must have gone home with paint all over them.”

Stoneclough FC plays in the West Lancashire league Premier Division. It comprises two adult teams as well as its new junior team for children under six.

The playing fields, off Market Street, are the only football pitches in the village, used by dozens of people of all ages.

The club was targeted in November 2014 when a cabin was broken into via the kitchen window, and a Freeview TV box, cans of soft drink and sweets were stolen.

It was targeted again May 2019, when number of vandals broke into the free-standing container at the ground and smashed all the plasterboard with punches and bricks.

Local residents made donations and raised money for the club in order to repair the damage and Mrs Davies is hoping history can repeat itself.

She said: “We’re having a tournament on Sunday for next year’s under 7’s and I’m hoping we can turn it into a bit of a fundraiser.

“Hopefully we can use any money we get to improve the CCTV and other things like that.

“Luckily we have a really good community. Everybody gets involved.”

The tournament will take place on Sunday from 10am.

Anyone who would wish to make donations to the club should call 07985704975