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PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:34 05 July 2010

Carl Poppy, right, models the new kit, while Lowestoft Town joint manager, Ady Gallagher, centre, and Petrogramme managing director Mike Spearritt. Photo: Angela Sharpe.

Carl Poppy, right, models the new kit, while Lowestoft Town joint manager, Ady Gallagher, centre, and Petrogramme managing director Mike Spearritt. Photo: Angela Sharpe.

Mark Boggis

Lowestoft Town Football Club are planning for a bright future after setting out a new blueprint for success.

And starting the ball rolling this week, The Journal can today reveal that the new first team sponsors are Petrogramme Management Services UK Ltd.

Lowestoft Town Football Club are planning for a bright future after setting out a new blueprint for success.

And starting the ball rolling this week, The Journal can today reveal that the new first team sponsors are Petrogramme Management Services UK Ltd.

At a special unveiling of the new strip for next season, first team players Carl Poppy and Gary Williams got a glimpse of the new-look shirts, as they donned the new blue home strip and white away kit, emblazoned with the Petrogramme name and logo, at Crown Meadow.

And for delighted joint Blues boss Ady Gallagher, this is the start of things to come in the future.

“We're obviously delighted to have such a large company backing the club,” Gallagher said. “It's fantastic for us all and shows the intent of the club.

“To keep going forward you've got to have major companies backing you and on the back of the success in the Vase, we need to now progress in the league.

“The club wants to go on in local football and we've had several meetings this week to work out a blueprint for success in the future - so hopefully this is just the start.”

The two-year sponsorship deal has been hailed by club officials and management, with Gallagher admitting that he and Micky Chapman were continuing to be busy off the field in the close-season in searching for new recruits to bolster the squad.

“We've started a bit later in looking as a lot of teams have already signed players,” Gallagher revealed.

“But one thing in our favour is that we have a really strong young squad already - we're not going to make rash statements or throw money around just to sign players. “We want players that want to play for Lowestoft Town and have the same ambitions as us,” he admitted.

And expressing the club's thanks for the support of Petrogramme, Gallagher added: “We'd like to thank Petrogramme for their backing and for getting involved.

“It's great news for the club, and we look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

For the managing director of Petrogramme, Mike Spearritt, the deal had only been signed in the past couple of weeks. He was quick to stress the new sponsorship was not on the back of the Blues success in reaching the FA Vase final - instead some family links and putting something back to the town had played their part in the company agreeing to become main sponsors.

“From Petrogramme's point of view we've been involved in Lowestoft recruitment for over 20 years,” Spearitt said. “My brother Eddie played for Lowestoft locally as a teenager before playing professionally for Ipswich, while I'm also reliably informed that family members also played for the club in the 1920s.

“There's a lot of history between my family and the club, and from the company's point of view we are delighted to be involved with Lowestoft Town,” he added.

Based in Alexandra Road, the East Anglian based agency has “a world-wide approach.” They are a privately-owned company that operate as an employment agency, consultancy and contract services division supplying personnel and services “across a broad spectrum of industry and commerce throughout the UK and overseas.”

The new sponsorship, which hadn't even been mentioned until a chance meeting with Chelsea steward Claude Mamady a few weeks ago led to Lowestoft forging links with the Ivory Coast - and this was praised as “a terrific gesture” by Spearritt.

“We had a lot of conversations after this with Jenny Gillet (Town sales and marketing director), and I just felt that as I don't like doing things half-heartedly we should become main sponsors,” he said.

Admitting the company were “proud” to be associated with the FA Vase finalists, Spearritt - who is the father of former pop-star turned actress Hannah - added: “It's a two-year minimum deal, with the option for more if it goes well, and after being in the town for many years it puts something back into Lowestoft and the local area.”

Blues chairman Geoff Price said: “We're absolutely over the moon. “I think the new sponsorship has come at the right time - the club is looking forward and we're looking at a strong successful partnership for the future.”

Price praised the efforts of his committee and particularly the hard work of Gillett for brokering the deal.

“New sponsors for the reserve team and youth team will be unveiled in due course,” Price said. “We've had some good talks this week with Mick and Ady about how we are going to progress forward - and this new sponsorship deal is the first nut and bolt into the machine, which is now taking us forward.

“This is the start of the blueprint for the future and there's exciting news to come,” he admitted.

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