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How many Sage players does it take to bring home the FA Vase trophy?….Five

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With almost half of the Whitley Bay FC squad employed by us here at Sage UK, we’re  backing the blues at Wembley’s FA Vase showdown with Coalville Town on Sunday.

The Sage team

l-r Ian Chandler, Paul Robinson, Craig McFarlane

It’s not just the knobbly knees that are unusual about Whitley Bay’s FA Vase squad – almost half of the team are employed Sage. Five of our people – including three players, the manager and the coach – are going for glory in Whitley Bay’s FA Vase cup quest on Sunday. Ian Chandler (Club Manager), Gavin Fell (Club coach) Paul Robinson (midfield maestro at WB FC), Craig McFarlane (mister versatile) and Craig Smith (centre half) have worked at Sage UK for a total of 28 years between them and are partial to a few penalty shoot outs on our five aside pitch at North Park.

It’s safe to say there are over 2,300 excited people here at North Park and beyond who will all be gunning for Whitley Bay to bring home the trophy on Sunday. Reaching the finals for the third year in succession is a huge achievement in itself, but for Sage to have as many as five employees supporting the clubs quest for the title is even better. We’re extremely proud of Ian, Gavin, Paul, Craig and Craig – all of whom will do Sage proud at Wembley.”

We spoke to Ian Chandler, Manager of Whitley Bay FC and TAS Support Team Manager at Sage UK and he said: “We’re over the moon to be on for a fourth Vase triumph and are looking forward to another gripping match at Wembley where we hope to do the North East proud. It’s not often you find so many players working together in the office as well as out on the pitch, but it’s a real honour to work with the guys so closely. We spend so much time together that I’m starting to think I see them more than I do my own wife, who also works here at Sage!”

As one of the biggest employers in the North East, Sage UK employs over 1600 people at our North Park office in Gosforth and a further 700 people across our other offices in the UK.  As well as sponsoring Whitley Bay’s training kit, the company will also be putting on a ‘Sage bus’ to transport lucky employees down to Wembley to support their colleagues in the clash against the Midlands Coalville Town.

Howay the lads!

Lisa Graveling

PR Team (and football newbie)

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