Allotment win Programme of the Year

West Allotment Celtic have won the Northern League’s Programme of the Year competition for the 2014/15 season, narrowly beating Jarrow Roofing and Seaham Red Star to the prize.

This year’s production, a 32-page effort printed by Wade Financial partners YourPrintDepartment, was described as “superb in every way”, “lovely and professional, so easy to read” and “thoughtful, bright and colourful” by a panel of judges that included BBC journalist Owen Amos, Look North correspondent Ian Reeve, ex-NUFC programme editor Paul Tully and League chaplain Rev. Leo Osborn.

“We’re thrilled to have built on our third place in 2013/14, particularly given the strength of the competition this season,” says West Allotment Press Officer Craig Dobson. “Our programme has come a long way in three years, evolving from a black and white effort to a full-colour, glossy production that showcases the club, our players, and the excellent matchday photographs of Graeme Jackson.”


The Tyneside club, who ply their trade at Whitley Park in Benton, count Wade Financial as one of their major sponsors. Last year, in addition to a monetary contribution, we allowed the club the use of our printing facilities to produce the bulk of the programmes. For 2014/15, the club sought a professional printing solution, and we supported their progress every step of the way, helping to source a reliable and cost-effective local company, as well as becoming one of the programme’s main sponsors.

“Raising the necessary funds is an arduous task at the best of times,” Craig admits. “Without sponsorship from Wade Financial, such a production would not have been possible. As always, the club is incredibly grateful for their enduring support, and look forward to continuing our long and prosperous relationship.”

Financial planner David Dodds is also a commercial director at Allotment, and is pleased to see his club collect the hotly-contested prize. “I’m delighted with the award from a commercial standpoint and as a Celtic supporter. It’s thoroughly well deserved, and we are glad to have contributed to their success. Hopefully it will serve to raise the club’s profile in Northern League circles and in the local area.”

The accolade caps off a remarkable weekend for Allotment, the side’s thumping 6-2 win over Bedlington Terriers guaranteeing Northern League Division One football for another season. With top flight status secured, West Allotment Celtic can look towards an even brighter future on and off the field.