Many will have read the article a couple of weeks ago that asked the question whether an 'upgrade' to the Marston Road Mascot would be welcomed, writes Stafford Rangers commercial manager Stuart Maun.
Naturally there was a mixed response from fans. A number of people submitted options to change the mascot, from Rangers Rabbit, to Zeb-Boro the Zebra. It was great to get people involved, which was one of the intentions. Another reason for doing this was to get much needed funds into the Club through sponorship.
As many will know the club are constantly trying to do what they can to generate extra income through sponsorship. The mascot idea was another avenue to get much needed cash into the club.
Unfortunately, although some fans were for the change, many were against the proposed change. There was a Facebook page set up to ‘Save the Badger’ and I received a couple of messages and emails saying it was a bad idea and there was no way the club should contemplate changing Bobby,
Polls were even held on websites, where people strongly objected to the change. Who’d have thought it would cause such a stir?!
The club have therefore decided to leave things the way they are, in order to not cause upset with the fans, and unfortunately this means losing out on potential sponsorship revenue. It is a shame, as the idea provided great marketing opportunities for a local company.
I will continue trying to get much needed funds into the club through other sponsorship opportunities, and hope that the next idea is, whatever that may be, will be seen as a good idea by our fans.
As always, we will remain as positive. Sometimes you can’t please everyone. The finances would certainly come in very handy though, to help make up the falling gate receipts over the last few games.