Tuesday Apr 2, 2013
The Football Conference confirms that they have been officially advised today that Blue Square Bet, the Title Sponsors of the competition for the past six seasons, has been purchased by Betfair.
Blue Square Bet, through their parent company Rank Group, has been in dialogue for some time with the Football Conference over their future position which we fully understood would likely affect their long standing association with us.
Brian Lee, Chairman of the Football Conference stated "Blue Square Bet has been a tremendous partner for six long seasons and we knew that they were likely to end their contract with us at the end of this current one. They have honoured each and every clause of the agreement and we would like to believe that we have responded likewise. It would be remiss of me not to express our grateful thanks to all their staff, who have over the years contributed to the success of the partnership; and in particular Alan Alger who has been a constant thread throughout. We wish him and all other staff at the company the very best in the future. They have become friends and we hope they remain so once the season is over".
Betfair have made the following brief statement "Blue Square Bet will continue to sponsor the Football Conference under the existing titles until the end of the current season. We are then reviewing what to do after that".
Furthermore The Board of the Football Conference is to meet on Thursday in London, for a regular monthly meeting, when the subject of ‘Title Sponsorship' going forward will be high on the agenda. In the meantime it would be inappropriate for anything more to be said. This is a time to reflect.