County shop hails ‘incredible’ trophy final souvenirs sales
12:10pm Friday 4th May 2012 in Gwent news
Newport County have sold around £30,000 of merchandise in the runup to the FA Trophy final atWembley.
The club shop has doubled its sales of cup final goods in the past week compared to when they first started selling three weeks ago.
It has sold close to 6,000 different pieces ofWembley souvenirs, including mugs, scarves, and replica shirts, and the shop is expecting to sell out within the week.
Nick McDonald, club director, said he has “never seen sales here like it.”
He said: “We’re selling extremely well. It’s record sales for us, and it’s great.
The best sellers include the replica shirts the players will be wearing at Wembley, of which they have sold close to 1,000, along with almost 500 foam hands.
Mick White, manager at the Newport County shop, said the shelves were nearly empty, with them having to open extended hours to deal with the demand from fans who work and want to buy the shirts in the evening.
He said: “They are buying everything, including the mugs and the scarves for the day.”
The club shop also supplies the souvenirs to Tesco at Spytty, Cardiff Road and Risca.
Mark Grant, Tesco senior buying manager for Wales, said: “Lots of the staff at the Tesco in Newport are fans, so we’re really pleased to be supporting the club, and our customers really like the special edition shirts, flags and banners which are selling like hot cakes.
“We wish the team the very best of luck for the 12th – the whole Tesco team will be cheering them on.”
The club shop will be extending its opening hours to 7pm on Tuesday and Thursday next week, and will be open on Bank Holiday Monday from 10am to 3pm.
The club shop will also be open from 7am to 8.30am on the day of the match before the supporters’ coaches leave for London.