South Shields Football Club has taken a different tact in trying to draw sponsorship, by auctioning their main sponsorship deal off to businesses in a raffle, for only £100.
The latest to put their name in the hat is the club's local paper, the Shields Gazette.
The raffle allows both businesses and individuals alike to put their name into the hat for £100, with the winner gaining sponsorship for the rest of the season.
The wining ticket will be picked on Friday, with new applicants still able to enter until then.
With the sponsorship, the winner will have their company logo on the front of both the home and away strips as well as advertisements around the home ground.
Their home ground is one of the biggest reasons for the venture, as the club are currently without a permanent home in South Shields, currently playing in Peterlee. The club has a target of 50 applicants for the draw, which would raise vital funds for the club.
Gazette editor Joy Yates said: “The Gazette has always been a great supporter of all our sports teams in the borough, including South Shields FC."
“We were only too happy to help with the sponsorship raffle, and we hope as many other local businesses as possible will back the club in this venture.”
Treasurer David Fall said: “We are raising funds to get through this season, and hopefully move back home to South Shields next year."
“Peterlee is a great facility but, unfortunately, it’s just in the wrong location, and support has dropped by around 75 per cent to about the 50 mark."
“We still have the weekly budget for players and also need to pay officials, so this funding is a bit of a stopgap to get us through to next year.”
Club commercial assistant Bob Wray applauded the local authorities and the paper for their help:“I have great faith in the town’s council. There’s a will there to find us a new home."
“We’re grateful for the Gazette for its donation and hope more will follow before Friday.”