Cumnock manager Tony McInally praised Nock fans for their financial support as the club beat every other non-league side to scoop the most money from the Donate A Ticket scheme.

Donate A Ticket was set up in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic stopping fans from attending football matches to help clubs regain some revenue.

Founder Ruaridh Kilgour created the not-for-profit site where clubs can sign up for free and benefit from fans donating the monetary value of a match day ticket or a bigger or smaller donation.

Recent figures showed Cumnock gained a staggering £14,960 from fans backing of their virtual Cross-Country Cup run, where fans of teams across the UK went up against each other to see who could buy the most tickets.

The Nock came up against fierce competition including Northern Irish side Glenavon FC and English team Maidenhead United en-route to winning the competition.

McInally says despite the club topping the table with the most money raised unlike most clubs, they have not continued to use Donate A Ticket since the end of the competition.

He said: “We beat Bonnyrigg Rose in the final but all the way through the supporters were very charitable. They love their club and donated generously.

“We have not been doing it on a weekly basis since then, it was just the competition at the start of the season.”

Despite Cumnock pulling out of the league this season, McInally insists there is still plenty going on at the club.

Much of the work involves the club’s efforts to be granted a Scottish Football Association License.

McInally says the Nock’s application is well under way but it is a lot harder process than people think.

He said: “We have had the SFA come down and audit the club and that went very well.

“People are under the impression that it is just about the stadium, but it is everything about the club.

“There’s over 150 clauses in the audit and you need to get them checked off so there’s a lot of water to pass under the bridge until we get the license.”