Fond farewell to Thomas Cook
- Fri 22 May 2009, 1:27PM
All good things must come to an end, and the highly-successful partnership between Manchester City FC and Thomas Cook will be completed after this season draws to a close.
Our six years together has been a memorable journey, and it is typical of our generous main sponsors that they bow out by sponsoring a seven-a-side tournament for fans at City of Manchester Stadium on 30th May.
Commercial Officer Steve Sayer said: “Over the past six seasons Manchester City and Thomas Cook have enjoyed a great partnership during what has been an incredible period for the Club.
"Thomas Cook joined the 'City partners' family as main sponsor in 2003 when the club moved to the City of Manchester Stadium.
"Since then more than 60,000 fans have booked their holiday or travelled with Thomas Cook through the City Travel Club scheme, a real success story for the partnership.
"As our official travel partner, Thomas Cook’s meticulous planning and preparation for our UEFA Cup campaign this season provided a great experience for supporters and players alike.
"The club would like to thank Thomas Cook for their support and look forward to working together in the future.”
Group chief executive of Thomas Cook, Manny Fontenla-Novoa, said: "We’ve enjoyed a fantastic and long running partnership with Manchester City. In particular we’d like to thank the fans for the support they have shown Thomas Cook and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them and the club on a number of initiatives currently in development.
"In the meantime to show our thanks, we'll continue to let fans receive the discount that they've had from the Thomas Cook Holiday Club."
Supporters can still enter the competition to qualify their seven-a-side team as one of six to compete alongside two media teams in the Thomas Cook Fans' Trophy on the City of Manchester Stadium pitch.
The winners of the competition will have the opportunity to play against a Manchester City Legends team featuring the likes of Ian Brightwell, Steve Redmond, Peter Barnes and Andy Dibble.
To enter, email your answer to the following question, together with your name and daytime telephone number, to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline is 10pm on Monday, 25th May.
Who was the City manager when Thomas Cook became our shirt sponsor for the 2003/2004 season?:
a) Joe Royle
b) Kevin Keegan
c) Stuart Pearce
d) Frank Clark
Winners will be contacted on Tuesday, 26th May. Each winner will be responsible for organising a squad of 10 players. The tournament, from 10am-2pm, will be followed by a buffet and drinks in the Mancunian Suite and a big screen to watch the FA Cup Final. All entrants and players must be aged 18 or over.