Altrincham are stepping up their search for investors after issuing a heartfelt thanks to supporters for rallying round in their hour of need and sending their appeal for funds soaring to £30,000.

That remarkable landmark was reached earlier this week after Alty TV staged a special screening of the Robins’ dramatic extra-time win over Guiseley in the 2014 play-off final, including interviews with key figures from the day promotion to the Conference National was achieved in front of a bumper crowd of 4,632.

The event raised more than £1,000 in donations for the club and marked the end of the campaign to generate funds from supporters.

"The fans have been magnificent and have helped us raise £30,000 with their generosity over the last two months," said Alty director Bill Waterson. "However, we know times are tight for everyone at this time, and we don't want to overdo the requests for money from our fanbase.

"We will continue to seek ways to entertain the fans in the coming weeks, including an end-of-season awards show, but our fundraising will now be focused elsewhere."

Director Lawrence Looney explained the switch of emphasis by saying: "We are now turning our minds to seeking investment in the club. We do not want our ambition for the club to be dampened by the impact of Covid-19. So, we are actively looking for investment now to enable us to begin to realise that ambition.

"Over the coming weeks, we will be announcing investment packages to bring additional funding into the club, and some of our directors will be at the front of the queue to buy shares. We will also be seeking funding for a first wave of groundworks over the summer as part of the 10-year plan for the stadium."

In a further double boost to club finances, Mornflake have renewed their back-of-shirt sponsorship for the 2020-21 season and chairman Grahame Rowley has been successful with a grant application to Trafford Council that has netted an additional £25,000.