Admiral Sign Four Year Deal With AFC Wimbledon
Mon 17th Feb 2014 | Marketing & PR
AFC Wimbledon will have a new kit supplier from 2014/15 after agreeing a four-year deal with Admiral Sportswear Limited.
It will be the first UK kit supply deal for the owners of the Admiral brand, Admiral Sportswear Limited, and the agreement will result in the launch of three new AFC Wimbledon kits for the 2014-15 campaign.
Commercial Director, Ivor Heller has worked tirelessly to tie up the deal and he wished to pay tribute to long-serving kit supplier Tempest Sports.
Ivor said, “Having gone through a lengthy process over the past 18 months to find a new kit supplier, I am thrilled that we’ve agreed a deal with Admiral. We have talked seriously to lots of the key names in kit supply, but the Admiral offer was by far the best and most interesting.
“I would like to pay tribute to Tempest after they served us so well for the club’s first 12 seasons. Alp Orge (Managing Director at Tempest Sports) has been a great help to the club. I will miss dealing with him, but things move on in football. Tempest were informed of the new deal some time ago. It is a credit to them that they continue to support the club and I am truly grateful for that.”
Admiral Sportswear Sales and Marketing Director, Tim Gardiner, said, “We’re absolutely delighted to agree a new deal with AFC Wimbledon. We really appreciate the openness and the way in which the club have welcomed the opportunity to work with Admiral. I’d like to personally thank Ivor Heller (AFC Wimbledon Commercial Director) for helping to make this happen.
“We’re all looking forward to working with the club over the next four years and making this partnership a success, with AFC Wimbledon playing an important role in the re-launch of the Admiral brand.”
Established in 1914 in Leicester by Harold Hurst and Christopher Cook, Admiral started life as a supplier to the British Armed Forces, but it has since become known as a renowned sports kit supplier.
A ground-breaking deal came when Admiral agreed a five-year contract with the English FA in 1974 to produce the first commercially available England football shirt. Having also supplied the England cricket team with kit, Admiral remains the only ever brand to have appeared on both the English national cricket and football teams’ playing kit.
Posted by: Aaron Gourley
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