Gateshead have finally announced NPS as their official shirt sponsor for the 2018/19 season.

Newcastle Print Solutions, now owned by former Gateshead FC owners Richard and Julie Bennett, will be the club’s official sponsor as well as official matchday programme print partners. As a result of the deal, NPS will have their logo feature on the front of Gateshead’s home and away shirts as well as advertising boards at the International Stadium.

The Bennetts officially took over the Newcastle-based printing company in August 2018, shortly after the sale of Gateshead FC to Dr Ranjan Varghese.

Gateshead have played without an official shirt sponsor for their opening nine matches of the National League season, and Operations Director Michael Williams is glad to have secured a deal.

“We’re delighted to be able to finally announce our new front of shirt sponsor as NPS,” said Williams. “Having already worked with Richard and Julie in regards to the takeover, we have a strong professional relationship that we were all eager to continue as corporate partners.

“After agreeing the sponsorship deal in principle back in August, it’s great to have finally put everything into place and get the shirts ready just in time for our live televised game on BT Sport at Ebbsfleet. As a club were are obviously grateful for Richard and Julie’s continued support of Gateshead and it’s great news to confirm them as our sponsor as we look forward to working with NPS in what will hopefully be a successful season for us in the National League.”

And after just over a month away from Gateshead, Richard Bennett is pleased to be back involved in a different sort of role.

“It feels as though I’ve never left!” Bennett admitted. “It was always going to be difficult to just walk away from a great club like Gateshead that has obviously played such a major role in our lives over the past three years.

“We thoroughly enjoyed our time here for the most part so it was good that we were still able to be involved in a small way moving forward by printing the matchday programme. But the club also needed a shirt sponsor which is a massive commitment. And after a swift discussion with Mike Williams, it was one we were happy to take as it gives us the chance to continue to support the club, all while promoting NPS as our new business.

“We hope this is just the start, or rather, the continuation of a long and successful partnership with Gateshead Football Club.”

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