Spartans open up official club shop

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A football club’s refurbished merchandise facility has been officially opened.

The Blyth Spartans official club store was opened ahead of Saturday’s home fixture against Marine.

Mayor Bob Parker was on hand to perform the grand unveiling, who then made the first purchase in the shop, of an official club tie.

Alongside supporters’ club chairman Iain Charlesworth, the mayor cut the ribbon to open the store.

He said: “The club and this store are massively important to Blyth. First and foremost the club is one of the first things people bring up when you mention Blyth.

“The supporters and what they have done in the store shows just how important the club is to them.

“I was chuffed to be asked to come down and do this and the work they have put in is just amazing.”

The club’s general manager Ian Evans added: “You can’t underestimate just how much graft has been put in by the lads to get this done for today.

“I have purposely waited until today to see the final result despite being invited in. They have worked wonders in there.”

Over the past month Iain Charlesworth and supporters’ club committee members have whiled away into the small hours in order to get the store opened in time for the Marine game.

Charlesworth himself admitted that at times he did not think they would be able to hit the challenging deadline they had set for themselves.

“It’s a massive relief. On Friday we honestly didn’t think it would be done for today, but credit to the lads who have helped out.

“We have had some serious late nights and some very long days and we have managed to get it done.

“There are still some minor tweaks to be done but I am happy with it and I hope the Green Army are too.”