The UK bookmaker, Betfred Plc., has announced that they have signed a deal with the newly promoted Championship club, Bolton Wanderers Football Club. According to their contract, Betfred will serve as the club’s shirt sponsor for the next two seasons. This means that the Betfred logo will be featured on the team’s shirts during the 2017/ 18 and 2018/ 19 seasons. Additionally, as part of the deal, the British bookie will be allowed to campaigns with branding material at the club's 28,700 capacity home ground – Macron Stadium.
Bolton Wanderers F. C.
Bolton Wanderers Football Club is a professional association football club that is based in Bolton, the Greater Manchester area. The club has recently qualified for the Championship games and currently competes in it. It is the second tier of games in the English Football League system.
The club was formed as Christ Church Football Club more than a full century ago, in 1874. They adopted their current name after a few years, in 1877. Bolton Wanderers F. C. also founded the English Football League in 1888. They however, spent the highest number of seasons of any club in the top flight without winning the title. As of 2015, the club has spent more seasons in the top division than any other club outside the current Premier League.
Historically the team has shown a lot of success. They won the FA Cup three times in the 1920’s. They also won the cup for the fourth time in 1958. A slow period followed and in 1987 the club reached its lowest point and spent a season in the Fourth Division. Bolton Wanderers regained top status in 1995. Since then, they have managed to qualify for the UEFA Cup twice.
The club played at Burden Park for 102 years, however after the disaster on the 9th of March 1946, they moved out of town to the Reebok Stadium, which was named after their long- term club sponsor – Reebok. In the summer of 2014 the name of the stadium was changed to Macron Stadium to reflect the club's new deal with the Italian sportswear company – Macron.
Comments on the Partnership
The chairman of the Bolton Wanderers F. C., Ken Anderson, mentioned that they were very happy with the sponsorship deal. He also added that the latest shirt deal with Betfred reflected their growing list of high profile partners.
He said, “We are thrilled to have Betfred on board as our official shirt sponsor who join our ever- increasing and high- profile partnership portfolio.”
He also added that just like the football club, Betfred is a leading national brand. However, both the Bolton Wanderers f. C. and Betfred Plc. have managed to keep hold of their north-western roots over the years.
Anderson said, “They are one of the leading betting brands in the UK but have never forgotten their roots which are firmly entrenched in the North West.”
He concluded by saying that the club is very pleased with the partnership and is looking forward to working with them over the next two seasons.
He said, “We are looking forward to working closely with them throughout our partnership.”
The founder and CEO of Betfred Plc., Fred Done, also said that he was delighted to be renewing his company's links with the Bolton Wanderers. He reminisced about their past partnership and mentioned that it was even better to be back this time as their main sponsor.
Done said, “Betfred enjoyed a great relationship with Bolton whilst operating as the club’s official betting partner a few years ago and it's great to be back at Macron Stadium but this time as title sponsor.”
He added that this was a good time to forge a relationship with the club. Not only was their return to the Champions League an exciting development, but experts believe that they are going to do big things with their new found position.
He said, “I have been looking to get more involved in football and, following their return to the Championship, I sense that Bolton are on the verge of exciting times again.”
He finished his statement by adding that the representatives at Bolton have shown great enthusiasm about the partnership and both parties were pleased with how the deal had been worked out.
He said, “Bolton have shown a real willingness to work with us and I have been impressed at the way that this deal has been completed.”
Last season Bolton Wanderers finished second in the Football League, which was one standings behind Sheffield United, to secure their promotion to the Championship.
TradeFred – Betfred’s New Online Forex Trading Business
Meanwhile, Betfred has also confirmed that TradeFred will become the official financial trading partner for the Bolton Wanderers F. C. TradeFred is Betfred’s new online forex trading business. It has been launched to the public just recently. It is a new offering for Forex and CFD (contract- for- difference) traders. The product is currently authorised and regulated by the Vanuatu Financial Services Commission. The service is not open to the public in the UK just yet. The company expects to obtain a European license and register with the UK's Financial Conduct Authority to allow traders from the UK to enjoy its online trading services very soon.
Betfred is a UK based bookmaker that was first also established as a single shop in Ordsall, Salford, in 1967. Named after one of its co- founders Fred Done, the company has grown to own tremendously over the last five decades. According to reports from last year, they now own 1,370 betting shops across the country. The betting company that has been named one of the four that control the gambling market in the UK, is now being run by CEO John Haddock, with their head office in Birchwood, Warrington.
The bookie has signed several sponsorship deals over the years. Currently Betfred is the official betting partner of Wembley National Stadium and they operate betting booths for all their England and Football Association matches. The company is also the official betting partner for the Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and sponsors the Haydock Park racecourse. This includes the Group 1 Betfred Sprint Cup that is held in September of every year. They also have a betting shop on the course at the North West track. The company sponsors races at the Kempton Park Racecourse, where they have an on course facility. Betfred is the main sponsors of three greyhound tracks – Nottingham Greyhound Stadium in Nottingham, UK, Owlerton Stadium in Sheffield, UK and Kingsley Greyhound Stadium in Kingsley in West Yorkshire, UK. For four years between 2009 and 2012, the bookie sponsored the World Snooker Championship and they signed another deal to continue with the sponsorship between 2015 to at least, 2017. In May 2016, it was announced that Betfred would take over sponsorship of The Scottish League Cup for 3 years; eight sections of five teams will play the round-robin starting in July 2016.