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Galen Riley leads the Chattahooligans in a chant during a Chattanooga FC match last spring at Finley Stadium. The venue has also hosted matches for the U.S. men's and women's soccer teams over the past two years, and it's the home for UTC football.

The Chattahooligans, the well-known supporters group of the Chattanooga Football Club, is reporting the theft of a trailer filled with tailgate gear, merchandise and gameday supplies worth an estimated $18,000.

According to the group's official Facebook page, the trailer went missing last week from behind the Chattanooga Brewing Company at 1804 Chestnut Street. A police report has been filed, the group says.

"It's disheartening that someone would take our trailer and the gear that represents over 5 years supporting the greatest club in the world," according to the post.

The theft included all the group's tailgate gear such as grills and utensils, group merchandise and "every hand-painted banner we've ever created," according to the post.

"Although this is obviously a major setback for our supporters group, we will not let that stop us from beginning to replace what can be replaced and start preparations for the 2020 season as Chattanooga FC takes the field for it's first professional campaign," the post continued.

The group is accepting donations to replace the trailer at https://wwwpaypal.me/The Chattahooligans. Or reach out to Shelly Ayers as shellynayers@gmail.com.

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