A Cobblers fan has launched an alternative Northampton Town shirt to help the supporters trust in its bid to raise £100,000.
Football writer and sub-editor of Stand Against Modern Football fanzine, Tom Reed, has already begun selling the claret and white shirt adorned with a ‘Teyn’ logo, despite only considering the idea little more than a week ago.
The bespoke shirt, based on a Nike design, harks back to a classic Northampton Town strip from the 1980s, Mr Reed said.
On the back, it features a line from the famous “Fields of Green” chant, reading “big city lights don’t bother me”.
Mr Reed said: “There are various other supporters of clubs that have done a similar thing.
“Glasgow Rangers did it, Newcastle have and so have Blackpool.
“It is meant to be a very consciously separate thing to the club; it’s so the fans can have their own identity.
“The supporters are the life and soul of the club.
“We are filling a niche of supporters, who want to identify with the club, but not necessarily the owners.”
Northampton man Mr Reed, 34, is also hoping to boost funds for the trust by auctioning a shirt signed by former Cobblers striker Adebayo Akinfenwa and prints of the old Division Four winning Cobblers side from 1986/1987 by illustrator Gavin Hall, otherwise known as Hallyink.
The Northampton Town Supporters Trust launched a bid to raise £100,000 last week as a result of the off-the-pitch turmoil at Sixfields.
The money may be used to purchase a healthier share for the trust, or help pay for costly legal fees if it needs to sign a new shareholders agreement in the future.
Mr Reed has promised that 100 percent of profits from the shirt sales will go to the trust.
An adult’s shirt costs £27 and a children’s £17. Both can be bought by placing an order
at twitter.com/teynbrand, which also features details of the prints and the signed Akinfenwa shirt.