Brig hope for windall from big crowds

Bamber Bridge Football Club, Irongate
Bamber Bridge Football Club, Irongate

Bamber Bridge could have a bonanza of big crowds in next season’s Evo-Stik Division One North.

The most notable addition to the league, the make up of which was finalised this week, is Darlington 1883, the side reformed following the demise of former Football League club Darlington FC.

The club secured promotion when they stormed to the Northern League title last term with a record tally of 122 points.

And in addition to flocking to home games at their temporary home at Bishop Auckland, fans of 1883 travel away in significant numbers, so hopefully the turnstiles will be busy when they arrive at Irongate.

Former non-league giants Northwich Victoria have made the switch from the Evo-Stik Southern Division and will also bring a big following when they pitch up at Irongate, and another notable addition are North West Counties side Padiham.

This will be the first time Padiham have made an appearance in the Evo-Stik First Division North, and the East Lancashire outfit have been talk of the North West Counties with there free flowing football.

Prior to the league action, Brig are arranging a number of attractive warm up games and have confirmed a friendly against a Blackburn Rovers XI on July 26.