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Ebbsfleet United: Ben’s Notes

Posted by Ben Bottomley
Posted on Sat 17 Feb 2018
Posted in Commercial

Good afternoon and welcome to today’s Vanarama National League clash against Ebbsfleet.

Today I would like to welcome our match sponsors who are very special family and friends of the late Tim Conway. This will be the 5th year they have sponsored the game with this growing in popularity each year! Tim was a devoted and loyal Town fan and when he was the landlord of the Brown Cow he would sponsor a match each year.  This usually meant that 20 friends would share the cost whilst Tim obtained a full-page advert for The Brown Cow!  Such events were great fun every year indeed and club benefited.

Following Tim’s sad passing in 2013 a few of the regular attendees (especially Dave Manton, Dennis Habergham, and Martin Reddy) and his brothers decided to keep the tradition of sponsoring a match.  This started in 2014 with 24 people attending the last match of the season against Kidderminster and the numbers have steadily grown.  It is expected that over 80 friends and family will attend today.  The run of sponsorship means Town are unbeaten in all 4 previous sponsored matches!  Tim was the inspiration of his brother Simon’s Wembley song “When glory shone around”

and the verse that mentions “legends of our terraces you’re in hearts you’ll come with us” was inspired by the fact that Tim had followed Town all over for years but sadly wouldn’t get to see his Shaymen play at Wembley.

We have lost too many good Shaymen over the years and our thoughts today should be for all the fallen Shaymen not just Tim.

Thank you to Paul Shannon for helping to organise such a great annual event and all who have made it along to the game and your support is very much appreciated!

The first of today’s Match ball sponsors are Debra Neatby Beauty, Debra is no stranger to FCHT along with her brother Dan Neatby they hardly miss a game! As regular life-long town fans we thank you very much for all your support over the years and enjoy your day with us!

Our other match ball sponsorship guests are young Frankie Agus the Hesmondhalgh family! Frankie is one of our youngest Shaymen sponsors and a regular with his dad Damien and Mum Sam – Today they are joined by members of the Hesmondhalgh family who are all season ticket holders at Leicester City! We hope you enjoy your special day with us and can bring some premier league style football to the Shay this afternoon!

As the season ends I am on the lookout for new sponsors so if you would like to be involved with the club at any level please get in touch with me on the number or email address provided below! We have some great packages to suit all budgets along with some current deals on programme advertising and ground boards for the rest of this season and 2018/2019.

The focus remains on Match Day Sponsorship and Hospitality! Thank you to those who have already secured their dates and for anyone else who is thinking about it please do get in touch with me direct! We currently have

22 full match sponsors booked in on various games so please see today’s programme for more info. Being one of our match sponsors guarantees not only a great day or evening out but the chance to either promote your business, use as a gift or maybe for a celebration – whatever its purpose, our focus is on making sure you and your guests have a memorable experience with us.

I would like to give special mention all the senior sponsors Northern Power House Developments, GB Architectural, Dickies Tiles, Pennine Pneumatic, Hanson Plywood, Integro and RSA Group. Our main sponsors all play a crucial role with the club and I would encourage you to use the services they offer whenever you can. Please mention your connection with the Club when making contact.

ALL revenue is vital and helps towards covering necessary but costly expenses that the club incurs daily. As you’re probably aware, the club works very hard on little off the field resource to generate the income needed, so thank you to all new and existing sponsors who have already supported us this season.

For more details on sponsorship or anything to support the club please give me a call on 07967 949 777 or drop me a line at

Thank you all for the continued support

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