His Ashington Colliers team may be in the lower regions of the Kicks Northern Alliance League premier division table, but manager David Brown is nevertheless delighted that their sponsors are to continue their association with the team.
Anthony Hickey, from Linton-based Hickey Heavy Plant Hire and contract work, has agreed to renew his sponsorship for this campaign.
Brown said: “We can only thank Anthony on behalf of the Colliers for his continuing help and financial support, which has now been over the past three years.
“It’s invaluable to help us compete year on year.”
Hickey, an ex-footballer himself who played for Newbiggin Bankhouse and Newbiggin Sports Centre sides, said: “It’s nice to give a bit of local support to a club in the area.
“I was born in Newbiggin and have a connection, knowing some of the fathers whose sons now play for the Colliers.
“They are a good outfit who are going forward and I’m only too pleased to lend a hand.”