ABERYSTWYTH Town Football Club is now seeking a major financial backer after long-time sponsor Cambrian Tyres withdrew its arrangement with the Welsh Premier League club.
The Cambrian News reported “The news comes as a massive blow to the Seasiders, who reached the Welsh Cup Final last season, but missed out on securing a financially lucrative place in the Uefa Europa League.
Club chairman Donald Kane has confirmed that the club would not be receiving the major backing of Cambrian Tyres, which has been a main sponsor for 25 years.
With efforts to find new main sponsors under way, Kane expressed his thanks to Neville Evans of Cambrian Tyres, who is also the president of the football club, for his significant contribution.
“Unfortunately, Neville isn’t renewing his sponsorship arrangement, and so we are now actively seeking new sponsors for the club,” Kane confirmed this week.
“We would like to place on record our sincere gratitude to him for 25 years of incredible service to Aber Town.
“We’re hugely grateful for all the help, support and finance he had given the club, and we are very lucky to have a president like him. If it was not for him we’d never be competing in the Welsh Premier League now.
“He has lived and breathed Aberystwyth Town as a supporter, and I have got nothing but praise for him.
“He’s still the president of the club, and the door certainly is not completely closed, but we’re now actively seeking a new sponsor.”
The management team of Nev Powell, Wayne Jones and Seamus Heath face the tough task of starting their preparations for next season with financial uncertainty.
The club received a boost last week that last season’s top scorer Declan Walker has committed for another season, but Damien Allen has joined rivals Newtown.
Midfielder Allen, who had joined Aberystwyth in January, after spending seven seasons at Bangor City, said that he was eyeing a return to Europe with the Robins.
“I had been at Bangor for seven years and then left mid-season, which was a strange situation,” he said.
“I needed to go somewhere and Aber was the right move at the time as it is a good club, but I’m coming up to 32 now, and I just felt Newtown was the right move.
“I want to enjoy success and get back in Europe, and not be fighting relegation.
“If you look at the players at Newtown we’re certainly good enough to do it. They’ve got a good core to the squad here, and I felt it was the right move for me” here.