A smart look but no sponsor for Grantham Town

Grantham Town team line-up 2014-15.
Grantham Town team line-up 2014-15.
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Grantham Town this week released its official team picture for the current season.

The strip, which marks a return to traditional black and white stripes, has been worn by the players since the start of the season in mid-August.

The shirts are unadorned by a main sponsor’s logo, and that isn’t about to change, despite an announcement by the club last week.

The club had said on its website and in a press release it was announcing a sponsorship deal with Public Health Lincolnshire, which would see ‘change 4 life’ and ‘football 4 life’ logos appearing on the players’ shirts.

It said it would also be working to promote fitness and healthy living in the community.

However, it appears the use of the word ‘sponsorship’ by the club may have been ill-advised and this week it moved to clarify the situation with the release of a revised statement issued in conjunction with the county council.

The statement on the club website said: “The Gingerbreads are in discussions about a partnership deal with Lincolnshire County Council Public Health.

“The story that appeared earlier on the Grantham Town Football Club website and in The Grantham Journal was incorrect and Lincolnshire County Council has no plans to sponsor the club.

“The council’s Public Health team and the club are, however, in discussions about working together to promote healthier lifestyles and physical activity. While potentially a good opportunity to encourage fitness and wellbeing in the community, this work is still in the early stages and a formal agreement is yet to be reached.”

The club’s chief executive officer, Keith Horton, said this week he would not be commenting further on the joint statement or the hunt for a club sponsor.

Grantham Town players and officials pictured in the line-up are: Back, from left, Laurie Wilson, Scott Matthews, Ben Fairclough, Alex Simmons, Dan Haystead, Jake Turner, Sam Purcicoe, Connor Johnson, Paul Grimes, Will Rawden, Paul Lister.

Middle Row: Phil Watt, Deon Meikle, Kieron Walker, Jordan Hempenstall, Jack McGovern, Tom Batchelor, George Zuerne, Liam Dickens, Greg Smith, Rhys Lewis, Michael Towey.

Front: Paul Albans (kit man), Barrie Pierpoint (chairman), Barry Palmer (director), Mick Hogg (goalkeeping coach), Jimmy Albans (joint manager), Wayne Hallcro (joint manager), Pete Railton (director), Keith Horton (chief executive officer), Nigel Marshall (physio).