In this development, the UK-based company has been named the official tool partner of the Saints. Draper Tools’ logo will also be featured on the men’s first team back-of-shirt along with the women’s first team back-of-shorts.
The two parties involved collaborated for nine successful years from 1984-1993 and the collaboration prolonged till 2018. In 2022, Draper Tools enhanced its association with the English top-flight side as the community charity partner.
Charlie Boss, Chief Commercial Officer for Southampton Football Club, said, “We’re delighted to welcome back Draper Tools as a partner. Their rich history with us makes this feel extra special as we embark on this new chapter together, particularly as we celebrate such an iconic shirt. We look forward to working with them over the course of the season and beyond to deliver a brilliant partnership.”
Matt Sheen, CEO, Draper Tools, said, “We at Draper Tools are very proud to be one of the partners of Southampton FC men’s and women’s teams this season. As a family business, our local community has always been important to us, and we’ve never forgotten our history with the club. Recent years have seen us support the work of the club’s official charity, Saints Foundation, so it feels really special for our relationship with the club to enter this exciting new chapter. After a difficult last season for the men’s team, it’s now all about supporting them in what will be a very competitive EFL Championship. Being a lifelong fan, like many of my Draper colleagues, the nostalgia involved in this partnership feels great too.”
Draper Tools, founded in 1919, is a distributor of tools for professional and home-consumer use. The company is currently headquartered in Chandler’s Ford in Hampshire, England.
The Southampton-based football club finished last in the Premier League standings in the recently concluded season with 25 points in 38 fixtures.