Gladiators announce new shirt sponsorship deal

Autoworld Suzuki staff are pictured in the new Matlock shirts with Gladiators chairman Tom Wright (centre)
Autoworld Suzuki staff are pictured in the new Matlock shirts with Gladiators chairman Tom Wright (centre)

Matlock Town have announced a new shirt sponsorship deal with Autoworld Suzuki.

Autoworld, who also sponsor the Gladiators’stadium, will now see their name adorn the new club shirts which are set to debut in Thursday night’s home friendly with Chesterfield.

Autoworld’s managing director Tony Cordin said: “We are enthusiastic in our support for Matlock Town are pleased to continue the sponsorship of the club. Autoworld like to get involved where we can in local activities.”

Gladiators chairman Tom Wright added: “It’s a privilege to be working with a company like Autoworld. They have bought lots of new ideas and enthusiasm to the club and continue to enjoy working with them.

“We are really pleased with the design of the new shirts.”

Fans can visit www.autoworld.co.uk to download a voucher for a £10 discount on the current shirt, which is now on sale in the Matlock Town club shop.

Meanwhile, the Gladiators have welcomed Jamie Yates back to the club as head coach of the club’s new academy.

Yates spend some time on loan with Mark Hume’s men last season from North Ferriby United before going on to play for Gainsborough Trinity, where he will remain as a player while continuing with his coaching role at Matlock.

“He said: “I am delighted to be given the chance to work with the next generation of young players at the new Matlock Town academy project.

“This is a field where I’ve wanted to be involved for some time and I am honoured the club have given me the chance to do that.

“I’ve already seen some very good talented players in the sessions I’ve seen and coached already, so can’t wait to get started in the coming weeks.”

Football development manager Steve Heath said: “Jamie is a fantastic appointment for the academy. We feel without doubt he is the right man for the job to progress and develop the young talent at Matlock Town FC.”

For further details on the academy, e-mail academy@matlocktownfc.co.uk.

Matlock Town could face a repeat of last April’s Derbyshire Senior Cup final in next season’s FA Trophy.

The Gladiators could face the club they thrashed in memorable style at Chesterfield, Gresley FC, in a home tie at the first qualifying round stage on October 31st, but only if the Moatmen come through an away tie at fellow Evo-Stik NPL First Division South outfit Romulus in the preliminary round on October 17th.

Romulus ground share with Sutton Coldfield Town on the Coles Lane all weather surface and if the Romans are victorious in the opening round, it will be a first ever meeting for the Gladiators.

But Gresley should be favourites to get through, and the 7-0 hammering handed out by Matlock in that final will still be fresh in the memories of Gresley players, management and fans, even though it will be a vastly changed Matlock side facing them..

Hat-trick hero in the final, Jamie McDonagh has returned to Sheffield United along with defender Julian Banton and winger Otis Khan, while goalkeeper Jon Kennedy has moved to Worksop Town.

The expected FA Cup first qualifying round draw did not materialise as the FA instead decided to release just the opening two rounds, the extra preliminary and preliminary round ties last Friday.