A man from Portland is trying to raise £8million to save a football club from going out of existence.

Graham Butler launched a crowdfunding campaign to try and save struggling League One side Bury FC.

He is asking for football supporters across the country to unite behind Bury after their first four league fixtures, along with their Carabao Cup match against Graham's beloved Sheffield Wednesday, were suspended due to the club's financial problems.

Graham says he hopes whatever fans can raise will help Bury stave off the threat of extinction, to give them enough time to secure a new owner.

He said: “As a Wednesday fan, I remember the years when we nearly went under, and it really saddens me to see Bury fans going through the same thing, as football is integral to the life of so many people in our country.

“If Wednesday went out of business, there would be a big void left for me. As football fans we have the power, strength, unity and opportunity to help protect the unimaginable happening to this historic club.

"People have been asking me, why Bury when you have no connection to them? But it’s not about that, it’s about so much more than just a football club going out of business, it’s about their fans, it’s about their families, it’s a way of life for so many people.”

The Crowdfunding page has already received more than £3,000, with donations and messages pouring in from football fans across the country.

Graham wants people to spread the word on club forums, fanzines, matchday programmes and on social media. He is urging people to donate instead of buying a pie or pint at half time at the next football match they go to.

The target of £8million is how much the club reportedly owes. Graham believes that the target is achievable because "if all the supporters, at every ground across the country, donated just £1 each from the opening weekend of the Premiership and EFL season, that would have amassed over £808,000 alone."

To donate what you can visit: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/saveburyfc