A kids football team is ready to spice up its league – after getting sponsored by a curry house.
Bollington United Football Club’s under-nines tikka all the boxes in their new kit.
Each player sports a different curry on the back of their shirt after being sponsored by The Viceroy on Ingersley Road in Bollington, which has agreed to pay £400 for the strip.
The squad currently consists of Spencer ‘Tikka’ Hall, Oliver ‘Jalfrezi’ Gaunt, Jackson ‘Madras’ Mather, Will ‘Tandoori’ Richardson, Calib ‘Rogan Josh’ Rodgers, Sam ‘Bhuna’ Baistow, Paddy ‘Korma’ Watts, and Tom ‘Vindaloo’ Boyd.
The team is looking to add the likes of a Masala, Shashlik or Biryani to make up a full squad.
John Baistow, 48, who manages the team with Paul Watts, came up with the idea.
John, whose seven-year-old son Sam is Bhuna in the team, said: “We know them at The Viceroy and they were really happy to sponsor us. I just came up with the idea that it would be funny to have curries on the back of the shirts as something a bit quirky.”
John, who lives on Ingersley Road, said: “We got the kit for the second half of the season and it does get a lot of comments when we play. It’s caused quite a stir among parents and the opposing teams. A lot of people are talking about it.”
He added: “The kids think it’s hilarious, they were all laughing when we first showed them the kit. I think they are all expecting to get free curries now.We are going to arrange a team building evening at the Viceroy where they can all try the curries they are playing as.”
John said: “We need more players for a strong squad. There’s enough curries to name a squad of 30. But we are just looking for another seven or eight players. ”
The club, which plays in the Stockport Metro League, practices weekly at Tytherington High School.
To find out more about joining the club call John on 07977 017273 or email email@example.com.