Evesham United reveal stadium name

By Nigel Slater 14/06 Updated: 14/06 12:41

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EVESHAM United's new stadium will be named the Spiers and Hartwell Jubilee Stadium, it has been announced.

The club's committee unanimously agreed to name the new Cheltenham Road stadium in honour of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations held over the Bank Holiday weekend last week.

Blackminster based haulage company Spiers and Hartwell have signed a three-year sponsorship deal for the ground with a view to extending it after the contract expires.

Evesham United chairman Jim Cockerton told the Observer: "It was the unanimous decision of the committee and it was the name that came up many times as a suggestion. It's a fitting name given all the celebrations which have taken place in Evesham and throughout the country."

After years of waiting and as revealed in the Observer last month, the Robins will move into the £2million stadium on Saturday, July 7 with former Manchester United and Aston Villa manager Ron Atkinson officially opening the stadium to make for an historic day for the club.

The cutting of the ribbon will take place before the stadium plays host to its first match when an Evesham United Old Boys XI take on a Manchester United Legends side.

The match was originally due to be held last year when the stadium was completed but the lack of an access road blighted the new development and delayed the opening of the venue, meaning the fixture was moved to Evesham High School.

Mr Cockerton added: "Its superb to have Ron Atkinson opening up the new stadium. He's a former Manchester United manager and you can't get more appropriate than that giving a Manchester United team are coming on the day.

"Ron is a relation to one of our members of the committee and when we approached him he said yes which was great news. It will be a big day in the club's history, tickets are selling reasonably well and work on the access road will be completed.

"We are all very excited and think the future of Evesham United Football Club is very bright."

The match kicks off at 2.30pm with tickets currently on sale costing £10 and are available from Evesham stores Birdseye Sports, Carrick Travel and Knights Menswear.

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