Club's begin search for new sponsors
|Three Kent football clubs are coming
to terms with Victor Gladwish pulling the plug on his company
GLSfootball.com - and their not the only ones, writes Stephen McCartney.
In a statement issued earlier in the week, Mr Gladwish, whose company sponsored Gravesend & Northfleet, Chatham Town and Whitstable Town, explained why he is withdrawing his financial support.
He said: "Due to having had three cancer operations since August 2004, and with the last one being a tumour, I am not permitted to drive.
"I have struggled to find a driver since February 2005 and as GLS Football has lost £250,000 in the last two years it has been decided to close the company.
"GLS Football Limited regrets the situation brought about by illness and lack of drivers and GLS Football Limited wishes all concerned good luck in the future."
Kent League side Whitstable Town, meanwhile, have quickly found a replacement sponsor for the remainder of the season with local company D&J Tyres filling the breach, but Southern League Division One East outfit Chatham Town aren't so lucky.
Chatham chairman Jeff Talbot issued a statement on www.chathamtownfc.net, and it read: "Those of you who are aware of and recognised Victor's support for non-league football will understand there are a number of clubs affected.
"Naturally, losing GLSfootball.com as a
sponsor will have an impact upon the club. Initial concerns affect
our intended Development School and our proposals to improve the sporting
facilities at the Maidstone Road ground.
And Nationwide Conference outfit Gravesend &
Northfleet issued this statement on www.gnfc.co.uk:
"We had one further year to run on its three and a half year deal.
We are in contact with Victor Gladwish regarding the final year.