THE coronavirus crisis is now impacting on all our lives and for Cowdenbeath FC, like so many other local businesses, there is a very primary effect with football well and truly off the menu for the foreseeable future.

The club's efforts now are focused on the welfare of the players, manager, coaches, fans and the community of the town, and in ensuring that the future of the club is preserved and that it can come through these troubled times.

The Blue Brazil Lottery remains a vital lifeline for the club, but the traditional ways by which people can submit entries has been hit by the enforced temporary closures of businesses and public houses and the new online method of 'putting a line on' might by a workable alternative for many.

Club director John Cameron, who runs the BBL, is aware that it is so vital for the club to ensure that people can still put their weekly punt on to win the current jackpot of £4,200 and keep this cash avenue open for the Blue Brazil.

Said John: "We have many local pubs and other businesses, and people, who greatly assist Cowdenbeath FC by acting as lottery agents.

"Many of them too have now had to close until we see this pandemic through. "We wish all our agents all the very best at this difficult time from everyone at Central Park, and thank them for their very great support for Cowdenbeath FC.

"Some existing weekly subscribers have now asked us what alternatives are available to allow them to continue to play our Lottery and we can highlight the following.

"At this time, the following agents are still open and continue to accept entries for the lottery, namely, Beath Bargain Store, 197 High Street, Cowdenbeath; and The Munch Box, 27B Main Street, Crossgates.

"An ideal option for many though may be to switch to playing the lottery online. It is very easy to do at the following website :

"This Friday’s jackpot (27 March 2020) has now reached £4,200 so don’t miss out – we are sure a Lottery win will provide a real lift for a lucky winner in these difficult days. Remember £1 is enough to win it!"

He concluded: "We hope that we will see football being played in the not too distant future and the club thanks everyone for all their continued support and please keep safe.

"We are sure that our local community will rise to all the many challenges that lie ahead".