Air-IT enjoyed an entertaining evening of Evo-Stik League football on Wednesday 9th April when together with our communications division, MBC, we sponsored Carlton Town FC’s home game against Coalville.
Carlton Town FC versus Coalville
It was a truly gripping, if controversial, match that saw two Carlton Town players sent off, and home fans left confused by a number of questionable decisions by the referee.
Our opportunity to sponsor the match came about through Carlton Town FC’s Chairman, Mick Garton, who is also the Managing Director of MSR Newsgroup, a longstanding client of MBC. We’re all keen sports fans here at Air-IT and MBC, so when Mick mentioned that the Club was looking for match sponsors, we jumped at the chance!
About Carlton Town FC
Part of the thriving football scene in Nottingham, Carlton Town FC was founded in 1904 under the name of Sneinton FC.
Fondly known to fans as ‘the Millers’, the Club moved around various grounds in Nottinghamshire throughout most of the last century, before settling into its current home at Stoke Lane, Gedling, in the 1990s.
Since joining the Central Midlands Football League in 1995/6, Carlton Town FC has gone from strength to strength in local league football, currently holding a mid-table position in the Evo-Stik Northern League Division 1 South. The Club enjoyed a highly successful cup season in 2012/13, reaching the third qualifying round of the FA Cup and lifting the Notts Senior Cup, both for the first time ever.
Carlton Town crowd eagerly watching
The Match Against Coalville Town
This season, the Millers are still in the running for the Notts Senior Cup, but they’ve sadly already lost their chances of promotion or of winning the league, as the number of points accrued this season and their mid-table position have made this mathematically impossible.
So the match on 9th April was purely a deciding element in Coalville Town’s three way battle with fellow promotion hopefuls Halesowen and Leek, to win the 2013/14 league. And at the end of 90 minutes, it was the away team who ran out the winners with a 2-1 victory.
Carlton might have had nothing to lose from the result, but players and fans alike were shocked and disappointed by some of the decisions made by match officials during the game. However, the home team still fought valiantly to hold their own against Coalville even after two of their players were sent off.
Goal mouth action at Coalville end 2nd half
Paul Judge, Air-IT and MBC’s Marketing Director comments:
We all had a fantastic evening and thoroughly enjoyed the match. There were a few controversial decisions, resulting in Carlton Town FC playing with just nine men, but they certainly matched the away team for quality of play.
In fact, they could have scored on a number of occasions in the second half if it hadn’t been for some great saves by the Coalville keeper.
Our Sponsorship Package
Air-IT and MBC chose the full match Sponsorship package which allowed us to entertain 10 people in Stoke Lane’s newly refurbished corporate hospitality suite. Staff were joined by several clients, all fellow football enthusiasts, to enjoy a champagne reception on arrival and refreshments during the game.
After the match, Paul Judge was delighted to present the Man of the Match award to Carlton Town FC’s left back, Daniel Fletcher.
Martin Ball Club Captain accepting MOM award on behalf of Daniel Fletcher
Getting Behind Local Sports
Many of us at Air-IT and MBC are avid players and spectators of various different sports, and we’re always looking for new opportunities to sponsor and support teams, clubs and organisations in and around the Nottingham area.
Sponsoring the Millers’ match was just the latest activity in our ongoing commitment to supporting local sports. Our current and past sponsorships deals include the Nottingham Professional Squash team (PSL), Nottingham Squash Academy, the Nottinghamshire Golf Sponsorship and ‘Guess the Score’ at Nottingham Rugby.
Please contact us if you’d like more information about our sponsorship activities.