Grantham Town this week announced its plans to celebrate the football club’s 140th anniversary of its founding.
The launch of the anniversary celebrations took place at the club’s MCS Centre at The Meres stadium on Tuesday evening.
Chief executive officer and member of the board Barrie Pierpoint announced the club’s plans to an invited audience of local townsfolk and business people.
Mr Pierpoint welcomed the roomful of attendees and gave a warm and impassioned speech.
He explained how he came to be at the club and how impressed he had been with both the quality of football he witnessed on his first visit and the standard of facilities available at the ground.
Mr Pierpoint outlined the Gingerbreads’ amibitions and aspirations for the future – the main target being Conference level football within five years – and said the club’s 140th anniversary would be the springboard for taking Grantham Town further into the community.
The football club was founded in 1874 as Grantham FC and played on its ground in London Road until it moved to The Meres in 1991.
They have been called Grantham Town since 1987 and Mr Pierpoint said it was high time a new club crest was implemented, after which he announced the winning entry of the competition to design a new logo (pictured, far left). He said the football club’s longevity was a just cause for celebration.
Mr Pierpoint said: “For the club to survive 140 years is an achievement.”
He said his role at the club was to regenerate it, drive it forward and demonstrate to the town that Grantham Town wants to be, and should be, at the heart of the community.
He said: “It is a new era for the club, with new opportunities and new goals.”
The attentive audience were issued with brochures listing the club’s aims and plans for celebrating the Gingerbreads’ 140th anniversary.
The brochure illustrated the myriad of advertising, sponsorship and hospitality opportunities available for local businesses who want to be part of Grantham Town’s bonding with the community ambitions.
Several lucky invited guests won season tickets for two in a raffle and all attendees received four free match tickets.
Mr Pierpoint thanked all for attending and a hot and cold buffet was served.
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