There was hardly a dry eye on the terraces at Horncastle Town – and for once it had nothing to do with a home defeat.
Supporters at Town’s ground at The Wong are mourning the loss of their old and much-loved clubhouse.
The structure, which was almost 40 years old, has been demolished at the start of a process which will see it replaced by a state of the art facility costing more than £400,000.
Club spokesman Jamie Lamming told the News: “A lot of people were sad to see the old clubhouse disappear because there are loads of great memories.
“However, when people see the new clubhouse starting to take shape, I’m sure they will be impressed.”
The new clubhouse will feature four large changing rooms, a community room and a fully equipped kitchen.
Officials have high hopes it will enjoy an integral role in the future of sport in the town - and not just the football club.
Mr Lamming added: “The facilities at the old clubhouse really were outdated - and very restricted - but it should be all change in the new building.
“We’ve a lot of exciting plans for the future and the clubhouse will obviously be a key part of them.”
The demolition took place at the start of the month and rubble was then cleared away.
Contractors Trent Building Ltd are working to a 24 week programme, meaning the new clubhouse should be up and running in time for the start of next season.
Mr Lamming said: “Our facilities will be limited until then but I’m sure people will understand.”