Spireites Programme: Football League Round-up

Virtual Reality at Brighton & Hove Albion

Brighton & Hove Albion have become the first ever football club to incorporate Virtual Reality into their match day experience. In a revolutionary move, supporters will now be able to immerse themselves in player warm-ups, the pre-match rituals of the tunnel and even goal celebrations following its launch. The experience will take place in the Family Stand at the Amex stadium on the 18th November during their fixture with Aston Villa. Brighton & Hove Albion’s head of marketing, Tom Gorringe called the move ‘Unique’ while informing fans that “all of the footage was shot live at a match and it takes you into the heart of the action to places that you wouldn’t normally be able to go.

The Carabao Cup

The EFL has announced Thai energy drink Carabao as the new sponsor the ELF Cup and the Official ELF partner, a move that will see the competition take on the name of the ‘Carabao Cup’. The energy drink, who are also set to sponsor Sky Bet Championship outfit Reading, will see their green ribbons on the trophy until at least 2020. The deal will also see the company logo on the match ball, perimeter boards, pre and post-match interview backdrops and in every stadium across the country. The new deal is also expected to benefit the game at grassroots level with the EFL trust investing ‘significant funds’ into local communities across the country.

Gormley turns amateur

Peterborough United striker Joe Gormley has quit professional football at the age of just 26. The striker, who had spent the season on loan at Scottish Premiership side St Johnstone is said to have become “disillusioned with football” since his move into full-time. Gormley will now return to his native Northern Ireland; where he twice broke the record for number of goals scored by a Cliftonville player in one season; having requested special dispensation to cancel his contract by mutual consent outside of the January window.

Blackpool decide against suing own supporters?

Blackpool owner Owen Oyston and chairman Karl Oyston have moved to drop legal action against life-long fan Jeremy Smith and have now asked fans to get behind the club once more. The Oyston’s issued a statement saying that: ”It is accepted that the club’s supporters may sometimes air views inappropriately,” in light of the now dropped libel case.

The statement continued: “those expressions are borne from the same frustrations the club’s owners bear.” The club have since turned their attentions to regaining the support of the fans as they look to climb back up the football league ladder, having dropped from the Premier League, to League two in the space of five years.

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