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DHL lead new sponsorship deals plus Humphris and Castle cars go red & gold as Banbury United secures new signings

DHL in 2 year sponsorship extension

Banbury United have had another successful month, with further frenetic activity on the Sponsorship scene as well as a range of new talent coming on board. DHL, a major Banbury employer, have reaffirmed their backing of Banbury United in a deal running up to the end of the 2018/19 season. The sponsorship will mean the club receiving a substantial four figures sum over the next two seasons.

DHL and Banbury United have been in partnership for the past three seasons and United’s Commercial Director Mark Allitt was delighted the relationship would be continuing for at least another two. He said “This is tremendous news for the club and our supporters. Not only are DHL extending their backing to us, but they are increasing their financial commitment as well. I’m extremely pleased to have such a large, well known company as part of our sponsorship portfolio. DHL are a big employer in our community, who are showing great support to what we’re doing at Banbury United.”


The club is clearly enjoying great commercial success at present, and is making its presence felt as a beacon of the Town’s community. Mark Allitt, Commercial Director has been active in promoting the club’s Red & Gold Business Club for the 2017-18 season. The Red & Gold Club offers corporate sponsorship with a package including programme advert, perimeter board, a match sponsorship, season tickets, company logo on the home page of the club’s website and free hire of the club’s clubhouse. The club’s most recent sponsorship sign ups include Humphris Funerals and Castle Cars both of which have decided that joining the auspicious ranks of the Red & Gold club will be a strong benefit for their businesses.

Mark announced that Humphris Funerals and Castle Cars had signed to join the Red & Gold Business Club. He said, “Humphris have a very long association with Banbury United and have sponsored the club’s physio for the past 47 seasons! I’m delighted that the firm have now decided to join our Red and Gold Business Club to support us even further. I’m also very pleased to have the support of Castle Cars and their owner Yasser Hanif who has decided to upgrade his company’s sponsorship to join the Red and Gold Business Club. They’re the closest taxi firm to our ground and we hope our fans will use them whenever possible. Yasser has taken a strong interest in what we’re doing at the club and I would like to thank him for supporting us.” Yasser Hanif was equally pleased with the deal and said “I’m delighted to be supporting Banbury United at this very exciting time for the club. I’m a very keen football fan and this is a community project that we want to support and give our backing to.”

Along with recently reported new sponsorships, including West Cornwall Pasty Co, JLD Driver Training, Walraven Limited, Bristol Street, Hyundai and Peugeot, the club is clearly bringing an attractive sponsorship offer to the local market, valued by leading businesses in the area. The Board of Banbury United has also extended their thanks to sponsors Xypex – SMR Projects Ltd, Banbury Plant and Skip Hire, John Nicholls Building and Plumbing Merchants, Smiths Newspapers and Star UK Travel.


Meanwhile the club has also been rearranging their on-pitch line up and boast several significant new sign ups. Striker Jefferson Louis, 38, a former Football League player with Oxford United, Bristol Rovers and Mansfield Town, with extensive top-level experience has signed for the Puritans. Manager Mike Ford commented “I watched Jefferson a number of times last season and as well as getting us goals his experience and know-how will be of great help to our younger players and I am delighted he has agreed to join us and am looking forward to working with him.”

Also agreeing to sign for the Puritans for the coming season is winger Tom Winters. The 31 year-old joined the club on loan from National League South side Oxford City in February 2017, making 11 appearances for the club through to the end of the season. Tom came through the Oxford United youth system and has played with Brackley and Oxford City.

30 year-old locally based midfielder Darren Pond has also returned to the club for next season, after playing for Cirencester and Oxford City. Banbury United Chairman Ronnie Johnson added “I am delighted that we have been able to bring to the club another quality local player in Darren Pond. We have already got agreement from local players Tom Winters and Leam Howards to join us for next season and with us also having Ricky Johnson, Jack Harding and Darius Browne at the club I am especially pleased that as a local community focused and supporters owned club that we have moved the club forward to the stage where the best locally based football talent want to play for Banbury United and that we are able to bring them to the club.”

For further details of Sponsorship packages, please contact Mark Allitt, Commercial Director Banbury United FC on or 07503 162632

Following a change of ownership in August 2015, Banbury United is now a Community Benefit Society. For more info see