Wroxham land Wembley cash boost

Paddy Davitt Wroxham have landed a lucrative four figure main shirt sponsorship deal for their FA Vase final against holders Whitley Bay on May 9 at Wembley.

Paddy Davitt

Wroxham have landed a lucrative four figure main shirt sponsorship deal for their FA Vase final against holders Whitley Bay on May 9 at Wembley.

Norwich-based company Anovo will have the name of their mobile phone recycling division emblazoned on the Yachtsmen's shirts for the biggest game in their history. Wroxham assistant boss John Edridge helped secure the financial backing with the company he works for as a customer business manager.

“I approached Kevin Coleman who is their UK head and he said would they be interested and they've offered us generous sponsorship package which will really make a difference,” said Edridge. “Not just in terms of new shirts for the day itself, but allowing us to stay in the hotel before the game and all the other little things which contribute to us preparing as professionally as we possibly can for this one huge game.”

Anovo consumer brand manager Madelie van Niekerk is delighted to back another Norfolk footballing success story having also worked with Norwich City.

“It's great to bring two successful East Anglian parties together and we are excited by this tie up,” she said. “We've been involved with Norwich City so it's been a fantastic season already and we hope the boys will bring the trophy back. We'll be cheering them on and we have invited some of our customers down to Wembley to share the occasion with us. The shirts will carry the 'Love2R' logo which is the love to recycle arm of our business. We have 20 centres worldwide but our central base is in Norwich and we recycle electronic goods like mobile phones, televisions, etc.”

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Edridge and Wroxham boss David Batch were at Whitley Bay's final league match last night before heading back to Norfolk for today's Ridgeons League finale against Woodbridge.

“It's the first time I've watched them but the manager had seen them twice before,” said Edridge. “It's just something we have continued since the earlier rounds against Armthorpe Welfare, Needham Market and Whitehawk. They were all good sides but we were fully briefed on their strengths and weaknesses and what we could exploit and that is all fed onto the players in due course - which individuals we have to be aware of, systems and formations and so. We are doing everything we can prior to the game from going down on the Friday and having a Wembley stadium tour to training at Watford on the Saturday.”

Tickets for Wroxham's FA Vase final against Whitley Bay at Wembley on Sunday, May 9 are priced �25 and �12.50 for under 16s and supporters aged 60 and over.

For a full list of outlets selling tickets along with Wembley travel information visit wroxhamfc.com or call Trafford Park direct on 01603 783538.

Dolphins Autos (01603 400300) and Skyplane Travel in Norwich (01603 424010) both plan to run coaches to the game and match tickets can also be purchased from those outlets.

Wroxham are also offering Wembley corporate hospitality packages, priced �150 per person, which include a match ticket, hot lunch and complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks from 2pm before kick off along with a half time drink and matchday programme. Contact Jenny Gillett on 07920 162802 for further information.

Watch a special video featuring behind-the-scenes Wembley footage and a touchline interview with Batch from Wroxham's recent press day at the national stadium only on edp24.co.uk/sport