Leading the field: Tony Platten

Tony Platten
Chairman, Blyth Spartans. Est. 1899

Background

I ran my own electronics company, Tynetec Ltd, in Blyth for 34 years, before selling it to a large French CAC40 company, Legrand Electric, in 2013. I became involved in Blyth Spartans back in 2000 when it was in danger of being wound up by HMRC. I agreed to help with a financial rescue plan for a couple of years. I’m still here 17 years later!

Club’s essence

It is all the town of Blyth has to shout about.

Finance

We have two shirt sponsors, four stand sponsors, and many match and ground board sponsors. The success on the field – particularly in the FA Cup – has also led to higher attendances.

Biggest obstacle

Attracting larger crowds, which we will need to take the club from part-time to full-time status.

Greatest achievement

Reaching the fifth round of the FA Cup – 40 years ago.

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