Club legend Gary Norton believes now is the right time for the Gresley to readopt their previous name of Gresley Rovers, having been known as Gresley FC since their reformation a decade ago.
After a largely successful 127-year existence, including an appearance at Wembley for an FA Vase final, the club were liquidated in 2009 due to financial difficulties.
Now back under their previous name, Norton believes it might be the boost the Moatmen needs to steer them back to success.
“I’m absolutely buzzing. Having been involved with the club for 23-years, it’s something we’ve spoken about since we [Gresley Rovers] liquidated in 2009,” Norton told Moatmen TV.
“Lots of people still call us Rovers and I still shout ‘Come on Rovers’ even though it’s been almost a decade since we reformed.
“Gresley Rovers is steeped in tradition. 127-years but it didn’t end the way we wanted and I think it’s 30 season anniversary of us going to Wembley so after ten seasons as Gresley FC, I think it’s a great time to go back to our old name and it will be a big hit with a lot of supporters.”
While the name change is a welcome sight for a number of local supporters, Norton acknowledges that it’ll take more than just a new badge to keep a smile on their faces.
He added: “It is only a name of course. There is a lot of things we need to get right on and off the pitch, but it should give us a huge boost. I, for one, having been involved with the club through those sad times, it’s going to be a huge honour to go through the transition.
“The whole club, the board and I personally am buzzing, and I can’t wait to get going with that new badge on our shirts.”
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