Ebbsfleet United substitute Nike with Vandanel
Ebbsfleet United is the world’s first and only football club run by a web community. Members were asked to pay a one-year subscription of £35 which gave them the right to decide on nearly all things affecting their club, ranging from transfers to player selections. The club was recently cleared of its £500,000 debt to purchase the club, thanks to the members’ contributions. The club has its headquarters in Kent, and currently plays in the Blue Square Premier, the fifth tier of English football. The members acquired control of the club in February 2008 for £600,000. Their first award came just 3 months later, winning the FA Trophy, which is the biggest achievement in the club’s long history.
The club’s kits are presently manufactured by huge sportwear manufacturers Nike and sponsored by Eurostar. One of the major decisions that had to be taken by the club’s members was whether to keep Nike as manufacturers for the club. Members had to decided between retaining Nike, Vandanel or else Joma. After the votes were submitted on MyFootballClub.co.uk, the majority votes in favour of going for Vandanel. Hence, the club’s home and away strips will be manufactured and supplied by Vandanel for 2009/10.