FOOTBALL: ‘Loyalty runs through Tulips’
Spalding United's first-team management have delivered a pre-season message to players and supporters.
Tulips boss Matt Easton and assistant Lewis Thorogood want to attract more fans next term in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League's new-look south/east division.
They thanked the squad and supporters for showing loyalty last season as Spalding narrowly avoided relegation.
Easton said: "It was a tough year when quite a lot of things needed to be sorted out - and they still do.
"But we would like to build on that loyal fanbase. We know that requires us to be more successful on the pitch and that's our job.
"We need the support of people in and around Spalding to help us on matchdays.
"Loyalty runs through this club from boardroom level to the management team, players and supporters.
"We need to build that on the footballing side and it started to come together at the end of last season when a lot of players stayed at the club out of loyalty.
"If they want to play for the club, it makes it a lot easier to motivate them."
Thorogood added: "When I joined the club two years ago, I saw the real community togetherness where everyone works for each other.
"It's a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. A lot of people behind the scenes work beyond what you would expect at a non-League club.
"We can't fault to commitment of the players - especially in the final weeks of the season when they had to dig in.
"Everyone came together, even on the last day at Belper Town when people were saying that we were already safe from relegation due to other factors.
"We want to see more supporters here. This club has got so much to give."