With Maidstone United facing a replay against League side Rochdale on Tuesday night, some of the players have taken matters into their own hands.

Non-League Oracle favourite and Stones captain Lee Worgan was reportedly behind the idea, staging a whip round amongst the players to fund the coach on its round trip to the Lancashire side.

What a refreshing attitude being displayed by these Non-League players. It would be hard to find multi-millionaire professional players stumping up cash for such a cause, although we acknowledge that many players have set up foundations etc.

But this kind of philanthropy really cements the bond between Non-League players / clubs and their fans. After all, my favourite cliché is “Football is nothing without fans”.

Now with the captains help, supporters will be able to go and see their side play in an exciting cup replay. Manager Jay Saunders told Kentonline.co.uk:

The players and management team have had a little whip-round to put towards the cost of the coach” he said.

“The support has been fantastic, home and away this season and we really appreciate it”.

If Maidstone beat Dale, they face a colossal trip to Cumbria to take on League Two side Carlisle United.