FOOTBALLERS were left seething as thieves ransacked their changing room during a match in Redruth.
Trevenson FC 2nds were playing Redruth Athletic at their ground on Clijah Croft on Saturday afternoon when the thieves struck.
The jubilant Trevenson team left the pitch, having won 2-1, to have their celebrations ruined when they discovered their belongings had been stolen.
Several players lost their house keys and wallets while one player, Adam Burgess was forced to go home in his kit after his Vulcan sports bag was taken containing his jacket and shorts.
Mr Burgess said: “We couldn’t find the key (to lock the changing room door) before the game and when we returned we found it stashed in a bin in the changing room, which we think it was hidden on purpose.”
He said the incident has been reported to the Football Association and police and that many players have threatened to quit as a result of the theft.
“A few players said that they are now done with football. Others said they won’t turn up for training they were so angry,” he added.
Trevenson’s assistant team manager, Ryan Cooper, said the team, who play in the Trelawny Division, had been hit hard by the theft.
He said: “It happened sometime between 2.30pm and 4.15pm. Someone, or a gang raided the changing rooms while they were playing. What can you say without swearing. It could have been anyone, it seems to have been an opportunist raid, it is futile getting angry.
“We have a number of lads who are 16 and can barely afford to play, this is something they don’t need.”
The team is due to play its next game against Frogpool on Saturday at its Richard Jory Playing Field.
Police are appealing for any witnesses or information to the raid, confirming that a number of items had been stolen including a Samsung mobile phone, house keys and a Vulcan sports bag.
Anyone with information can call police on 101 quoting the crime reference AC133/858.