Newmains United have launched a season ticket initiative that will see fans net a host of goods and services and help local businesses, writes Ruth Clarkson.
The Victoria Park side have teamed up with six firms in the area to produce the innovative idea.
As well as the £30 brief granting entry into all home games when fans are allowed back in, supporters can get special deals on curries, hot drinks, morning rolls, pizzas, haircuts and even kitchens.
Newmains say the goods on offer mean the price of the ticket could pay for itself between now and the end of the season.
Co-manager Craig Gupwell says the club were keen to get involved in the initiative in an attempt to boost the local economy as the pandemic continues.
He said: "We realised this wasn’t a time when we could go looking for additional sponsors.
"We wanted to produce something which would help both ourselves and businesses nearby.
"The uptake has been superb and we’re really grateful to everyone who has got involved.
"With so many people facing tough times it would be great if these deals can help increase footfall through the doors, so everyone benefits as a whole.”
Showing your pass will get your 10 per cent off takeaways at The Pink Turban, one free hot drink with any morning roll at Lavena Caffe, one free morning roll at Clem's Food To Go, a free haircut at Topp Barbers, a free 10-inch pizza with one topping when you buy a 16-inch pizza at Franco’s, Newmains, and a free LED mirror with any full bathroom refit at E&L Wet Wall Kitchens & Bathrooms, Airdrie.
Club volunteer Patrick McCabe, who lives locally, brokered the deals.
Gupwell said: “We’ve got to thank Paddy for all the hard work he put in talking to local businesses and explaining what we were trying to do.
"We were hugely impressed with what he came back with.”
McCabe said: "It was great to have the response we had to this.
"Everyone I have spoken to was keen to get involved and hopefully we can help promote each other going forwards.”
There is still time for other companies to join the Season Ticket Takeaway, and businesses who would like to get involved can email the club at [email protected]
Newmains co-manager Paul Davies, meanwhile, admits he was gutted to see their opening West Of Scotland League clash at Dalry postponed on Saturday because of a waterlogged pitch at Merksworth Park.
He said: "We were obviously disappointed in the game being called off but when I opened the curtains on Saturday morning I felt that might be the case.”
A new drainage system had been installed at Merksworth Park three years ago, but it was unable to cope with the weekend’s torrential downpours.
The new WOSFL setup saw 14 teams withdraw earlier this month, with fans unable to attend because of Covid rules.
United will now look to kick off their season in Conference C with their first home game since March 7 this Saturday, when they host Lanark United who suffered a 3-0 defeat to Thorniewood United on day one. Kick-off is at 2pm.