It was party time for the Essex Spartans this weekend as the team held their annual Super Bowl Party at Rileys Sports Bar in Basildon on February 5th.
Despite the wintery conditions, the team turned out in numbers to watch the New York Giants upset the favoured New England Patriots 21-17 to be crowned this year’s NFL Champions.
The Spartans, who are currently in the middle of their pre-season training, enjoyed the hospitality laid on by Rileys, which included a large HD screen, surround sound, and hot food.
The team held a raffle on the night and rose over £200, with some fantastic prizes on offer.
New home shirt sponsor Ed’s Easy Diner donated a £50 gift card, which was won by Spartan player Joe Venables. Other prizes won on the night included 24 bottles of real ale donated by Wibblers Brewery from Mayland which was won by Tom Langford, a gift certificate from Mighty Oak Brewery in Maldon taken home by Jack Davis, a gift pack from Brentwood Brewing Company taken by Aran Drummond, a selection of American football merchandise from UK American Sports Store, and a selection of American football equipment from American Football UK.
“The entire Spartans organisation extends our deepest gratitude to Rileys Sports Bar for the wonderful hospitality they offered us,” said Spartans spokesman Steve Watson. “We would also like to thank each and every one of the generous companies who kindly donated prizes to the team raffle, and we hope everyone who attended the night had an enjoyable evening.”
Ed’s Easy Diner, the new sponsors of the Spartans home jerseys in 2012, kindly donated a £50 gift card, which was collected from their Lakeside branch by members of the team.
Spartan Coach Sim Clarke was joined by Spartan players Steve Watson and Samuel Clarke to collect the generous donation from Ed’s manager Zoe Knowles.