The North West Counties Football League
Published 6th August 2012
....North West Counties League Premier Division.
The changing rooms were donated to the club by Barclays Premier League neighbours Stoke City after they completed their £6m training ground facility at the Michelin complex in Trent Vale.
And the Potters` director of youth, Terry Robinson, was at Community Drive to cut the ribbon.
Norton chairman Steve Beaumont said: "The day went really well. Stoke sent along a development team to play our under-14s before Mr Robinson performed the official opening ceremony."
The changing rooms are part of major revamp of the club's Community Drive headquarters.
New floodlights were also installed, all with the help of grant aid.
The club received £51,000 from the Football Foundation, £23,000 from the Coalfield Regeneration Trust and £14,622 from the Football Stadium Improvement Fund.
Among the guests to help celebrate the occasion was Stoke-on-Trent North MP Joan Walley and Peter McNestry, from the Coalfield Regeneration Trust.
Beaumont also revealed the club has secured a three-year sponsorship deal with Stoke firm Autonet Insurance and the ground will now be called the Autonet Insurance Community Sports Ground.
Unfortunately, Norton's Premier Division debut got off to a bad start when they lost to AFC Blackpool.
The visitors took a 67th minute lead through Marco Cobb, and Norton were unable to snatch an equaliser.