Blue Square Bet Premier side Bath City aborted its planned sponsorship draw after the club received a last minute proposal from a yet un-named business.
The draw, which has always proved extremely popular in the past, was due take place last Friday evening.
The club has promised a ‘personal explanation’ to all the businesses that had stumped up the £275 per ticket to be included in the draw. The prize was shirt sponsorship for City’s first season in the top division of non-league football for thirteen years.
The club released the following statement: "As the season approaches there has been speculation over the new main sponsor for Bath City Football Club”
"With the successful two-year deal with SN Scaffolds having come to an end, the club decided to revert to the format of a sponsors draw to find a sponsor for 2010-11 – the first season in the Blue Square Bet Square.
"The club received a proposition last week offering a total sponsorship package, potentially for two seasons, which in view of the sum involved had to be considered seriously.
"Following negotiations, a draft agreement was prepared on Monday and approved by the directors. This is subject to legal considerations which are still in progress.
"The proposal could provide a significant improvement in sponsorship income and the opportunity for an excellent foundation for the coming season.
"In the circumstances and in the best interests of the club, it was decided to postpone the draw intended for last Friday while negotiations took place.
"All those who expressed an interest in the draw will be contacted with a personal explanation and discussion as to alternatives for their support to be recognised.
"A further statement will be issued as soon as the club is in a position to announce that the agreement has been finalised."