Whitley Stimpson is delighted to announce that it will be Banbury United Women’s Team official sponsor for the 2022-23 season.
Competing in the Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League Division 1, Banbury United Women’s Team matches are played on a Sunday afternoon with home fixtures held at the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium, the home of Banbury United.
Commenting on the news, Whitley Stimpson director, Ian Parker said:
“Whitley Stimpson has always been passionate about supporting local sports clubs and providing sponsorship for youth sections because it aligns with our ethos to develop and inspire the next generation. We decided to become sponsors for Banbury United Women’s Football as they begin a new season following the fantastic success of The Lionesses this summer. We hope that in sponsoring the Women’s team at Banbury United we can help provide a platform and structure which enables more girls to get involved in the sport over the coming years.”
Banbury United’s Chairman Ronnie Johnson was also pleased with the news and said:
“We are delighted to welcome Whitley Simpson. Our women’s section is very important to the club in its wider role within the community and having the backing of a local company of the status of Whitley Stimpson is a real boost to the team”
The club has played at the Spencer Stadium (currently known as the Banbury Plant Hire Community Stadium for sponsorship purposes) on Station Approach since the start of the 1934–35 season, having originally played at Middleton Road. When the club joined the Southern League in 1966, floodlights were installed and a new clubhouse was built to replace the railway carriages that the club had used for changing rooms.
Financial problems led to the ground deteriorating, and the main stand was closed in 1985 before being demolished in 1990. A new stand was built on the north-eastern touchline in the summer of 2000, but towards one end of the pitch rather than near the half-way line. Both ends of the ground had uncovered terracing installed, with the other touchline having terracing along half its length.The ground currently has a capacity of 6,500, of which 250 is seated and covered. A new flood defence scheme was completed in 2012 to protect the stadium, the local railway station and nearby housing.
Photo shows Ian Parker and Katie Hirst from Whitley Stimpson with Banbury United’s Ronnie Johnson, Board member Lisa Dixon, Women’s section chair Paul Baker and team manager Mark Andrews.