SPALDING United are hoping that a lucrative new sponsorship deal and a high-profile backroom appointment will propel the club into an exciting new era of success.
The ambitious Tulips have secured a two-year deal with Bourne-based residential sales and lettings firms Front Door, who will be the club’s new main sponsor.
And boss Pat Rayment has also snapped up the services of Peterborough United legend Marcus Ebdon as his number two ahead of his first full season in the hot-seat. The 41-year-old midfielder will sign on as a player too.
Goalkeeping coach Richard Kelly and physio Sam Seal are also joining the management team, with Danny Hussey remaining as player-coach and Bob Don-Duncan taking the role of director of football.
Rayment said: “Having Marcus on board is something that excites me massively.
“We’ve had a few games together for the Posh Legends and realised we had a lot in common when getting talking about football.
“We have grand plans for Spalding and his knowledge and experience will be a huge help. He’s a bubbly, enthusiastic character and that will rub off on players.”
Spalding’s “grand plans”, which include an overhaul of the club’s infrastructure and an amalgamation with Spalding Athletic, caught the attention of their new sponsor.
Front Door are headed up by a man who knows a thing or two about UCL Premier Division football – talented Blackstones boss Darren Jarvis.
The Deeping native will pit his wits against Rayment’s side on the field next season, but he insists Spalding are a club going places.
“Sometimes you have to separate your business from your personal life,” said Jarvis. “Obviously I enjoy managing my team, but Spalding United have aspirations to go above and beyond Step Five football.
“They are a club that I think are going places in the next few years. Spalding’s a big town and one I want to establish my business in. In 12 to 18 months the plan is to open a branch here.”
Another man encouraged by events at the Sir Halley Stewart Playing Field – where the Tulips WILL play next season – is Spalding Athletic supremo Andy Coaten.
Buoyed by the blooding of three Athletic players into the Tulips’ first team last season, Coaten is excited by what the future holds for football in the town.
He added: “Spalding United and Spalding Athletic are now joined together as one club. We started this process over a year ago, with the aim being to create a community club.
“Next season is the formal start of that. Spalding Athletic will be Spalding United Youths, from under-6 up to under-18.
“We’re trying to put a structure in place that will allow the club to grow. The new sponsorship deal is a real boost to that process.”