Northern League Division Two outfit West Allotment Celtic have been awarded third place in the league’s annual programme competition, finishing narrowly behind Jarrow Roofing and Shildon, who placed first and second respectively.
The competition was judged by an independent four-man panel, scoring each of the forty-six clubs’ offerings in terms of content, appearance, style and the front cover in that order. Allotment’s 28-page effort, complete with a glossy cover, full colour pages and original content, garnered high praise, earning 82 points out of a possible 100 – 0.75 shy of Division One high-flyers Shildon, and 1.75 off eventual winners Roofing.
The programmes, printed free of charge at the Wade Financial offices, have undoubtedly improved Allotment’s standing within the North East’s non-league scene, and Press Officer Craig Dobson is delighted with the progress made by the club in the last two years.
“I’m thrilled that West Allotment’s programme has been recognised by the league,” he said. “We’ve come a long way with regards to the programme in recent seasons, and it’s great to see the efforts of those at the club, including club historian Stephen Allott and photographer Graeme Jackson, rewarded in such a manner. A large proportion of our success is down to them, along with the players and committee, who have shown the kind of enthusiasm and openness towards the programme that makes this club special.”
The Programme Editor also reserved praise for the commercial partners who supported the highly regarded production. “We couldn’t have put together a top quality programme without YourPrintDepartment, who supply our glossy covers, and Wade Financial, who generously allowed us to print off reams of pages at their own cost. Their unerring support has been invaluable this season, allowing us to fulfil our ambition, and we hope to continue our fruitful relationship for years to come.”
With the club flying high in Division Two, Dobson is already looking ahead to next year. “Roofing have set a high benchmark in terms of quality, but we’ll be looking to go two better in 2014/15. Plans are afoot to produce a professionally printed programme next season. We’re all looking forward to offering another high quality product to our fans, who have really embraced the new issues, and to those visiting Whitley Park.”
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