CoGri Group On The Ball

October 12, 2015

preston 36CoGri Group were the proud Matchball Sponsors of Sheffield Wednesday’s home game against Preston North End on 3rd October, bringing the Owls all the luck they needed to cruise to an impressive 3-1 win at Hillsborough.

Yorkshire based company are family owned, and the family have a fair few Wednesday fans in and amongst them, so sponsoring a match was a big honour on a personal and professional level.

Lynn Dare, Finance Director for CoGri Group said: “It’s my father who is the BIG Wednesday fan of the family, so when the opportunity came up to sponsor a game we thought it’d be good for a bit of company exposure, but also great for him and the other fans in the family to go to the game and see what the matchday hospitality was like.”

preston 17“We were looked after superbly, had a fantastic tour of the ground and the changing rooms, and had a great view of the game from our executive box.  The meal was lovely, and Wednesday legend David Hirst joined us for a chat at our table and told us about his days as a player – he was really entertaining and very funny!”

But the highlight of the day came just before kick-off.

“As matchball sponsors, some of us were able to go on to the pitch to hand over the matchball to the referee, and have a few photos taken” Lynn said. “My son James went on the hallowed turf, along with other members of the family, including my father.  For my father it was a huge honour stepping out on the Hillsborough pitch, and it certainly made his day. The victory made it even more sweeter!”

As well as receiving the matchball, James Dare won a signed Sheffield Wednesday shirt in the “guess the crowd” competition, and a video of the services that CoGri Group do was displayed on the video screen before the game and at half time.

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