HYMAS TO SPONSOR AWAY SHIRTS, AS BIRD HONOURED
Stags honour club legend as away shirts sponsor unveiled
CHAD.co.uk, 27 May 2009, By Tim Morriss
MANCHESTER United might have lost Wednesday's night's Champions League final - but there was double cause for celebration at Mansfield Town FC.
The club's executive lounge was officially renamed in honour of Stags legend Kevin Bird - and the first event at the newly named venue was the chance for fans to watch the Chanpions League final in the company of Mansfield manager David Holdsworth, players Matt Somner and Ryan Williams and club officials.
Then during the evening it was announced that Forest Town-based building company Hymas Homes, which was recently unveiled as the home shirts sponsor, would also be backing the Stags' new-look away shirts next season.
It has been widely rumoured on supporters' websites that the shirts will resemble Argentina's famous blue and white stripes.
Hymas Homes owner and lifelong Stags fan Steve Hymas - who was also praised during the Champions League evening for his work in supporting the season ticket roadshow - said: "I am proud to be sponsoring the club. I just want everyone to get behind Mansfield Town and help to get us back into the Football League."
Kevin Bird, at the launching of the 'Kevin Bird suite', thanked the club's owners - Andy Perry, Steve Middleton and Andy Saunders - who have transformed the Stags in their first year at the helm at Field Mill.
Kevin made 463 appearances in 11 seasons for Mansfield between 1972-83, scoring 65 goals – an impressive record for a defender. He is fondly remembered by Stags fans and played a big part during two promotion seasons in the 1970s.
He was the second ex-player to be honoured in the space of a month, following in the footsteps of Sandy Pate – who now has a supporters' bar re-named after him.
And during the evening, also attended by former 70s star Mick Laverick, chairman Andy Perry said that all former players would continue to be welcome at the club on matchdays and be given free aseason tickets.
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