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Newton Aycliffe football fan urges firms to follow £2K backing
A FOOTBALL fan has thrown the gauntlet down to County Durham companies to get behind his struggling club.
Super fan Mick Thompson is pumping £2,000 into Newton Aycliffe Football Club’s coffers for the 2012-13 season – and now he is urging companies to follow suit.
The proud Newtonian, who works as a safety advisor, wants to do his bit for the club after watching them power from the parks of the Durham Alliance League to the Ebac Northern League first division in just four seasons. However, after a comfortable debut top-flight campaign last season, they are currently bottom of the table and strapped for cash.
Mr Thompson said: “I want to help out as much as I can and I’m surprised the club doesn’t get as much support as it should from local companies.
“You can see from adverts around the pitch at Moore Lane that a lot of the small firms and one-man-bands do their bit, but there are a lot of big firms in Aycliffe, turning over millions of pounds on our doorstep, who give nothing.
“I know football isn’t for everyone, but surely these firms can do more for the town’s only football club?"
Aycliffe general manager Dan Lewis said: “We appreciate it’s a difficult climate right now, but if our smaller firms can help out, and individuals like Mick, then you would think the multi-million-pound corporates could help out in some way.”
Any firms interested in sponsoring Aycliffe can contact Martin Walker on 07826 525907 or Barry Waters on 07864 718243.