This December Leiston Town FC partnered with EDF Energy to bring Suffolk football fans a bank holiday derby bonanza.
More than 500 hardy football fans braved the cold to watch the Boxing Day derby between Leiston Town and Lowestoft which was sponsored by EDF Energy.
The energy firm pitched in to support the home games at Victory Road against Suffolk rivals Lowestoft Town and Needham Market Town as soon as the fixture was announced. The derby match against Needham Market takes place on Easter Monday.
The deal is part of an ongoing relationship between Leiston Town and EDF Energy’s nearby Sizewell B power station, and its Sizewell C development project.
Leiston FC chairman Andy Crisp was delighted with the deal which means Suffolk football fans can look forward to shorter journeys to matches at key holiday times.
“The Boxing Day and Easter Monday matches in the football calendar are always special and significant, and to have two home derbies against our nearest rivals on these key days is something the club and all the fans are really looking forward to.”
We have a great relationship with EDF Energy and we know the Sizewell B and Sizewell C teams are genuinely part of our fan base, so this is excellent for us as an ambitious club.”
Sizewell C Community Relations Manager John McNamara said supporting the main local team nearest the Sizewell site was important to the company, which operates the Sizewell B power station, and is taking forward plans to build Sizewell C.
“As soon as the fixtures were released we wanted to step in and be part of these great Suffolk football derbies. Despite plenty of pressure Leiston had little luck on the day and lost narrowly 1-0 to Lowestoft through an unfortunate own goal in the 10th minute. The Sizewell C project team enjoyed cheering on from the sideline and chose outstanding wing back Joe Marsden as Man of the Match.”