A north-east football team is targeting continued success thanks to backing from leading oil and gas engineering business PD&MS Energy.
The city-based company has teamed up with amateur champions the Sportsman’s Club who last season clinched a memorable league and cup double in its most successful year to date.
It was the first time the club, which plays its home games at Parkvale Juniors’ Findon Park, had won the Aberdeenshire Amateur Premier Division. Sportsman’s also sealed the AFC Trophy with a 3-2 win over Cowie Thistle in the final held at Pittodrie Stadium.
PD&MS Energy has provided the team with new kit as well as tracksuits and kit bags for all members of the squad, including team captain Gary McNamara who works for the company as a project engineer.
Now the club is looking to retain its Premier League title with the help of three Highland League players – Robbie Brown, Ritchie Singer and Barry Somers, who have joined over the summer. All three have previously won the Highland League title.
Sportsman’s has made a flying start to the season – winning its first eight league matches to sit top of the Premier Division.
And the team’s manager, Lee Barclay, believes the new signings have been instrumental in bringing the best out of his existing squad.
He said: “The new signings are all very welcome additions to what is already a strong group of players.
“As we’ve seen with our early results and performances, this increased competition for places has kept the boys on their toes and ensures that we’ve picked up where we left off last season.
“We know it’s going to be another tough season as the league is always very closely fought, but we’re hopeful of being there or thereabouts come May.
“We’re delighted to receive this generous support from PD&MS Energy.
“It can be expensive to run a football team and this help has taken a real burden off of us.
“It’s given the boys a real boost and the team is looking very professional in its new kit.”
Dave MacKay, chief executive officer of PD&MS Businesses, said: “We’re delighted to support Sportsman’s Club in any way we can.
“The team did fantastically well last season to win both the league and cup and all of us at PD&MS Energy hope that they’ll continue to be successful for years to come.”
The Sportsman’s Club has won a number of trophies in recent years, including the Division One (North) in 2009 and the North of Scotland Cup in 2010.
Formerly known as the College of Education, the team changed its name in 2000.
It takes its name from the Sportsman’s Club on Queen’s Road in Aberdeen where the squad also meets up after every game.