Farnborough 'at lowest ebb', boss Day admitsBy Jon Couch
June 21, 2012
FARNBOROUGH chief Spencer Day has admitted the club is at its “lowest ebb” in commercial terms as it continues the search for a new shirt sponsor for the coming season.
Discussions with several interested parties to become a corporate partner of the club have so far failed to come to fruition after the contract with last season’s main sponsors, Medion, expired.
Indeed, it has proved to be a pain-staking summer for Day and his commercial team with the club also looking to sell naming rights and advertising space to the PRE stand, which finally began its completion work on Monday (June 18).
And businessman Day reckons firms are missing out on an excellent commercial opportunity to get involved with the club given the exciting plans it has in place.
“It’s been desperately disappointing,” Day said. “This is a great opportunity for somebody to get involved.
“[Chief executive] Steve Duly, [commercial manager] Marcus Jones and I have been working so hard behind the scenes, but we seem to be at our lowest ebb commercially right now.
“It’s strange because this club has a really strong bond with its community and so many exciting ventures coming up off the field. I honestly feel that people are missing out.
“We don’t just want their money, we want to work together and build a corporate partnership. We don’t expect money for nothing, it doesn’t happen in this day and age, we want to do our bit too.”
While talks are ongoing with two big names to lead the Farnborough forward line for next season, Day has expressed his delight at landing club captain Adam Bygrave on an extended one-year contract, which will also see him take on a coaching role in the academy squad.
Bygrave joined Boro from Hayes & Yeading at the start of last season and played a pivotal role in keeping the club afloat in Blue Square South, often filling in at centre-back, right-back or in the centre of midfield.
Day said: “Signing Adam is good news for the club and the academy. He is a young man but he is a fantastic leader and an excellent role model to the academy youngsters.”