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Club legend Ainsley to take up ambassador role

Spennymoor Town’s former Manager, Jason Ainsley, who boasts legendary status at The Brewery Field, is to become a club ambassador ahead of next season.

Ainsley was in charge of the Moors for more than 770 games and won 11 trophies during a charge up the non-league ladder between 2007 and 2020.

He guided the club to four promotions and reached the pinnacle of semi-professional football, winning the FA Vase at Wembley in 2013.

It’s truly a great honour and privilege to continue to work with and promote the club’s brilliant ethos through my new role.

Jason Ainsley

Ainsley’s work and dedication to Spennymoor Town is a huge reason the club now sits at the highest level in its history with the ambition and infrastructure to continue to chase further promotions.

As club ambassador, Ainsley will be a key presence on match days at The Brewery Field, speaking and liaising with supporters in The Neil Adams Sports Bar, County Durham Lounge and Executive Lounge.

Ainsley said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be asked by Brad to be the first ambassador of the football club.

“It’s truly a great honour and privilege to continue to work with and promote the club’s brilliant ethos through my new role.

“That role will consist of liaising with sponsors, community and supporters, who have given me fantastic support over the course of my 33-year affiliation with the club.

“Before my spell as Manager, I first joined as a player when I was 18 before making my way up the ranks to captain the side.

“I will also be working closely with Brad and the newly formed GF Community Foundation, helping to build and promote the fantastic work the charity is already doing in the local area.

“I will be at every single home game with my family and conducting Q&A’s in the various hospitality venues that The Brewery Field now boasts.”

“It’s a massive opportunity for me and I am thrilled to be given the role. I would also like to wish Tommy and his management team all the best for the upcoming season.”

Ainsley’s relationship with Chief Executive, Brad Groves, has played a major part in the success and development of the club since the latter first arrived at The Brewery Field in 2009.

Jason is the reason that I first joined Spennymoor almost 15 years ago.

Brad Groves

Having originally met in 1999 when Groves brought Ainsley to Hetton Lyons, the duo have formed a friendship which has significantly raised the sporting profile of Spennymoor Town both on a local and national scale.

Groves said: “I’m delighted to bring in Jason as the club’s first ever ambassador.

“Jason is the reason that I first joined Spennymoor almost 15 years ago, and the work and dedication he has put into the club has not only brought success on the pitch, but also brought significant investment into the town and local community.

“Our families have been friends for two decades so they will be joining him at The Brewery Field where he will be a visible figure on match days.

“His wife Joanne, father Ronnie and his daughters will be welcome at every fixture as guests of the club along with Jason.

“He will be continuing his journey with the club alongside his full-time work commitments at Mortimer Community College.”

Managing Director, Tony Wilson, said: “It’s brilliant that Jason is staying with the club in an ambassador role.

“His passion, dedication and knowledge of Spennymoor Town, along with his infectious personality and relationship with our supporters will be a massive help to us as we look ahead to next season.”

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