Fixture: Blyth Spartans FC v Aberdeen XI
Date: Sunday 28th July 2019
Venue: Croft Park, Blyth NE24 3JE
Kick Off: 1500
Tickets: Pay at the Gate (£8 Full, £4 Concessions, U 16 Free)
Texo is delighted to have provided the catalyst in brining the two football clubs it sponsors to a match billed the Texo Challenge Trophy – Blyth Spartans v Aberdeen FC.
An AFC Development squad will travel to Northumberland on 28th July to play Blyth Spartans in this special friendly game.
Currently in the National League North, Blyth Spartans are managed by former Newcastle United and Sunderland midfielder and ex Kilmarnock manager Lee Clark who was appointed astheir boss this summer.
The historic English side, who have had some notable FA Cup runs over the years, reached the fifth Round of the competition in 1977–78.
Aberdeen announced recently that they are to pull out of the SPFL Reserve League and as part of their programme for 2019-20, will look to play friendly games against sides throughout the UK.
Aberdeen Development Coach Paul Sheerin commented “The English friendly games will be very beneficial to us; it will give the players a different outlook. It will be a great test for the boys and good preparation for our Challenge Cup campaign.”
Kevin Scott, Vice Chairman, Blyth Spartans added: “We are really looking forward to this game and thank Texo for making it happen, I believe it will be the first time that we have played Aberdeen. I vividly recall Aberdeen sending some match tickets and merchandise to auction when we were struggling to stay in existence in 2000, it will be a great opportunity to repay the Dons with a warm Spartans welcome to the club and its supporters”.
John Wood, Chief Operating Officer of Texo Group said ‘’We are proud to have been a key sponsor of Aberdeen FC for the last two seasons and our recently formed partnership with Blyth Spartans seemed a natural fit to launch the Texo Challenge Trophy.
“Both Blyth Spartans and Aberdeen FC are community focused football teams, which was a key reason for Texo Group’s involvement and we would encourage local football fans to join us at Croft Park for what should be an exciting afternoon of football.’’