Accrington Stanley chiefs are seeking a new ‘six-figure’ sponsorship deal for their kit and stadium.
Club bosses have announced its existing contract with shirt and ground sponsor self-storage chain Store First will expire at the end of 2015.
They have now teamed up with marketing company Scott Dawson Advertising to find a new partner ‘well in advance’.
The club is looking for an annual six-figure sum for the shirt and stadium sponsorship deal on a three-year contract.
Peter Marsden, Stanley chairman, said: “We have had a fantastic partnership with Store First over the last few years and we will continue to work with them in different ways thanks to the strong bonds we’ve built together.
“We’re now looking to build a brand new commercial relationship to take us into 2016 and beyond. Sponsoring our kit and stadium offers excellent exposure for the right company, whether that’s through regional and national press, Sky TV matches, various gaming platforms via FIFA and radio coverage too.”
Lifelong supporter and David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd has also helped launch a search for 250 ‘Red Knights’ to donated £1,000 and 10 ‘Red barons’ to donate £10,000 for the club.
Each Red Knight will have their name and a short personal message inscribed on a ‘Wall of Honour’ to be the focal point at the stadium.
The location will be decided in consultation with the Official Supporters Club and the wall will be interspersed with bricks with names of past and present Stanley heroes.
The Red Barons will have their name and a short personal message inscribed on a Memorial Arch leading up to the ground featuring non-footballing people and events that have shaped Accrington’s heritage.
Bosses hope the scheme will appeal to supporters up and down the country and abroad who are unable to make it to many home games and ‘wish to show their love in some tangible way’.
David Lloyd said: “We want to ensure that our community has a football team that is on a firm footing and a team that our wonderful loyal supporters can be proud of.”
Peter Marsden said reaching the £350,000 target would help the club ‘push on’ and provide investment for players and training facilities.