Anvils Hammer Home Respect Message

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November 22 2021

Gretna CEO Stuart Rome receives strips from Cllr Dryburgh

Lowland League side Gretna FC 2008 have, once again, teamed up with Nil by Mouth to hammer home the message that football in the town is open to everyone.

During the 20/21 season Gretna players will take the field with shorts bearing the  Nil by Mouth logo in a gesture of support for our work challenging bigotry in the sport.

The tie-up was brokered by Cllr Archie Dryburgh who secured funding for the deal from Dumfries and Galloway Council.  Cllr Drybugh visited Raydale Park to present Gretna Chief Executive Stuart Rome with the strips prior to their recent home fixture against Spartans.

Cllr Archie Dryburgh Said:

‘I’ve had a long association with football and know its ability to bring people together positively so I am delighted that we’ve been able to secure this partnership bringing our local club together with those campaigning against discrimination in the sport.  Stuart and the Committee are to be commended on all their hard work to keep the club sustainable during Covid. Towns needs teams and I want to see the football club continue to be a vocal point for the Gretna community.’

Stuart Rome, CEO of Gretna FC 2008 said:

‘We are very pleased with the help Archie has again been able to offer the club and to continue our relationship with the charity.  It’s been a real battle through Covid to keep the club running and support from our local elected members and charities like Nil by Mouth help ensure the Gretna community have a team to support each week.’

Nil by Mouth Director Dave Scott said:

‘The events of recent months remind us that discrimination in football remains a very real problem, whether that’s on the pitch, the terraces or on social media.  Groups like Nil by Mouth need support from clubs and those in authority to help tackle these problems and that why I’m delighted that Archie and Gretna have teamed up in this unique way to help carry our message on to the pitch. We’ve always been made very welcome at Gretna and have sponsored games and ran events with supporters in the past. This is a good club ran by decent people and it’s great to hear about the numbers of local people using the new 4G pitch. This is a club open to everyone.’