JAGS WILL BEE BUZZING UNDER NEW SPONSOR

Soft drinks firm macb launch their new shirt sponsorship deal with Partick Thistle FC at Firhill Stadium. Manager Jackie McNamara with the new mascot and fan Jack Wilson (9).Tuesday, June 14 2011.(Photo/Chris Clark) ? Chris Clark
Soft drinks firm macb launch their new shirt sponsorship deal with Partick Thistle FC at Firhill Stadium. Manager Jackie McNamara with the new mascot and fan Jack Wilson (9).Tuesday, June 14 2011.(Photo/Chris Clark) ? Chris Clark

PARTICK Thistle manager Jackie McNamara welcomed a new six figure three year sponsorship deal this week.

Although the club are not revealing figures it is understood the tie-up with Scottish water brand macb is a ‘very lucrative’ arrangement and was secured with the help of former manager Ian McCall.

McNamara, who was confirmed at the end of last season as the new boss, announced the partnership at Firhill on Tuesday with the Aberdeenshire-based company when he met Kenny Webster - the CEO for macb’s parent company Sang.

The Jags boss said: “The investment will help to financially secure the Firhill side and comes at a time that the Jags are looking to cement their reputation as Glasgow’s ‘football friendly’ club.

“I am delighted that the club secured macb water as our main sponsor. I think it’s a great brand and ties in perfectly with Thistle. Everybody at the club is already looking forward to next season and we have what we believe is the core of a great squad and once we get the boys back in from the close season it will be heads down and hard work.”

MacNamara added that the sponsorship dovetailed nicely with the club’s family friendly image as macb’s products are aimed at children.

Because of Thistle’s trouble-free record and well-behaved fans, the club will also become a police-free ground next season. As part of the ongoing policy of encouraging youngsters to Firhill, McNamara confirmed the club will continue to allow under 16s free entry to all home games as well as hosting a dedicated family area and kids zone.

Commenting on the partnership, macb boss Webster said: “Football often gets a bad rap but Partick Thistle shows the sport at its best.

“The club’s a great fit with what we believe in at macb – brilliant value, family-focused and good fun too. We’re proud to become part of the team and we’re looking forward to a great season ahead.”

The club’s first competitive game is only five week’s away when they welcome Second Division side Stenhousemuir to Firhill in the first round of the Ramsdens Cup.

Joining the Jags this week was Johnny Lindsay from St Johnstone.