Brig’s own Gentry Day for Sir Tom

Ally Waddecar celebrates with Curtis Thompson
Ally Waddecar celebrates with Curtis Thompson
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Bosses at Bamber Bridge Football Club have given the thumbs up to host their very own Gentry Day.

Brig are dedicating Saturday’s home fixture against Northwich Victoria to Sir Tom Finney as the Preston North End legend died on February 14 last year.

PNE would have had their own Gentry Day on Saturday at Notts County.

But due to their FA Cup run, which sees them take on Manchester United on Monday, the game was postponed.

And now Brig bosses are inviting all PNE fans to get their football fix by attending Saturday’s league fixturee.

Brig renamed their stadium after Sir Tom and boss Neil Crowe hopes plenty of North Enders can flock to the game on Saturday.

“It would be great to see plenty of fans come down and take in the game, “ he said.

“We are gettng in our own stock of bowler hats and will have them on the gate for people to buy.

“Buckets will also be around the ground and all money raised will be donated to the Sir Tom Finney

Foundation.

“We have got a few deals on behind the bar too, so it’s set to be a good day, and North End fans can also see Paul McKenna in action as well.”

Boss Crowe has dubbed the Northwich Vics game a “six-pointer.”

Currently Brig sit nine points behind the Cheshire side but crucially they have three games in hand.

And a win on Saturday can potentially push Brig up to fifth if other results go their way too.

A victory would also leave them six points behind Saturday’s visitors.

Crowe said: “Saturday really is like a top-of-the-table clash, it’s definitely a six pointer as if we can win, it puts us right in the mix.

“We’ll still have three games in hand on them if we win, but Northwich are a big strong side and we know what to expect.

“I’m hoping the pitch is in good condition on Saturday.

“I have spoken to the groundsman and he’ll get the pitch verti-drained as well as cut and rolled.”

Brig look set to welcome back Andy Bell and on-loan Fleetwood Town defender Michael Muscat.

The pair missed Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Brighouse Town due to work commitments and injury respectively.

But while those two will be back in the squad, one drops out as winger Simon Wiles is away.

Crowe is calling on his side to be more clinical.

He said: “I’m saying the same things every week.

“I came in at half-time and just looked at the lads.

“Our performances are good at the moment we just aren’t scoring as many goals.

“Hopefully it will start to click and we can find the net on a more regular basis.”

On Saturday, all Premier League and Football League season ticket holders can enter the Sir Tom Finney Stadium for just £4.

And any Under-12s entering with a paying adult can get in free of charge.