In today’s tough economic climate, sports clubs are particularly grateful for any form of additional revenue they can attract, and Rugby Town received a welcome boost last Saturday with a highly unconventional sponsorship of the Daventry game.
Rather than the typical corporate sponsor profile, the local derby was instead supported by a private group of individuals visiting the area on a stag weekend.
Richard Oubridge and his friends were staying in Northamptonshire, making a 230 mile round trip from their hometown Tunbridge Wells in Kent to celebrate Richard’s forthcoming marriage.
Searching for a footballing event to indulge in some hospitality for the afternoon, Richard’s brother James found that Northampton Town were in fact playing away on the date they were due in the area, so instead he had the novel idea of going the whole hog and sponsoring a non-league game in the locality instead.
Rugby Town Director Mike Yeats explained: “When James approached us to see if we could do anything, we were delighted to be able to oblige.
“Hopefully the lads had an enjoyable day with us, and a good weekend overall. We thank them for their sponsorship, and wish Richard a long and happy marriage.”
As part of their matchday package, a Rugby Town-kitted Richard led the two teams out at the start of the game and the group also were given the honour of naming and presenting man of the match awards for both sides – with Ross Miller (Rugby) and Greg Kazaboni (Daventry) their chosen players.
Anyone interested in sponsoring a future Rugby Town fixture should contact the club on 01788 866920.