Drum kit to football kit for Silverfall …

MEXBOROUGH rockers Silverfall have got all shirty with Doncaster Rovers Belles!

Monday, 15th October 2007, 2:35 pm
Updated Saturday, 20th October 2007, 10:15 am

The band have signed a shirt sponsorship deal with the famous female football team – following in the footsteps of Welsh rappers Goldie Lookin’ Chain who sponsored Newport County and Scots soulboys Wet Wet Wet who put the shirts on the back of their local team Clydebank!

Lead singer Jenny Bailey said: “We all really loved watching the women’s World Cup and found it really inspiring, and so when we got an advance from our publishing company, we decided to spend some of it on the Belles – it’s nice to be able to put something back into the community.

“We’ve all been to see the Belles in the past and we’re all fans but the sponsorship was our bassist Michael’s idea – he’s been a fan for a long time. I was just stunned when he suggested it – I thought it was a brilliant idea.”

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Jenny may be a rocker at heart but the songbird has football running through her veins – her grandfather was former Rovers chairman Ben Bailey.

Dad Richard said: “Of course, we grew up with football because of my dad. Jenny was going to Belle Vue when she was tiny. The whole family are football fans and it’s great to be able to help out a local club – especially one with the profile and great tradition the Belles have.”

Bassist Michael said: “It’s a dream come true for us. It was a great idea for the band to form a partnership with the most famous women’s club in the world and it really was as simple as that. Both of us are from Doncaster and both of us are striving for success so why not try and do it together. Great music, great football – perfect.”

Belles chairman Jonathan James said: “We’re so pleased to have the new shirt deal agreed and really happy it’s giving both the club and the band chance to support each other in their quest for success.

“We’re looking for ways to work with the band for both our benefits – this isn’t just about a logo on the shirt.”

The deal was completed just before the Belles played their first home game of the season on Sunday against Birmingham City.

Jenny and her band may be sponsoring the Belles but she plans to stay strictly on the sidelines – she may be a sure thing as a singer but she says she never really shaped up as a striker.

She said: “I’m so useless at football it’s unbelievable. I really have got two left feet. Unfortunately, tennis is as close as I get!”