The new Shots Trust Café will open this Saturday in the Phoenix Lounge for pre-match food and refreshments.
Located underneath the South Stand, the café will be open two and a half hours before each home match, as well as at half-time, selling a range of sandwiches, hot paninis, wraps and sausage rolls, plus hot and cold drinks, crisps and sweets.
Paninis, wraps and sandwiches – with fillings including tuna melt, BBQ pulled pork, ham and cheddar, prawn cocktail, BLT and hoisin duck – will cost £2.50. Sausage rolls are £1.50, as are cups of tea, coffee and hot chocolate and bottled soft drinks. Bottles of water cost £1 with sweets priced 90p and crisps at 80p.
Shots Trust Vice-Chairman Tommy Anderson believes this is a fantastic opportunity for both the Football Club and the Shots Trust, saying: “This is a huge step in the right direction for all concerned. Our relationship with the Football Club is strengthening all the time and this initiative backs that up. This is a project that we have been working on since our most recent meeting with the Football Club, on 6 July, and we have been working incredibly hard in the background making sure that everything is ready to go for Saturday’s season opener against Gateshead.
“We were invited to take on this opportunity, which we feel is a win-win for both parties, but most importantly this project is for the supporters. Rest assured that everything both the Trust and the Football Club do is for the benefit of the supporters. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to everybody at the Football Club for allowing us to take on such a rewarding project which we hope the supporters will utilise and enjoy.”
Club Director and Lifetime Trust member, Brian Bloomfield, commended the Cafe initiative. “The café has always previously been a great matchday meeting point for all supporters, but has been missed by plenty in recent times. It also gives the Trust a long-term project that is at the heart of the Club, and will I’m sure be a great and welcome success.”