McKenna joins the Brig success story

Ex-PNE star Paul McKenna
Ex-PNE star Paul McKenna

Former Preston North End skipper and Deepdale legend Paul McKenna is in line to make his Bamber Bridge debut tonight, Tuesday.

Neil Crowe’s side travel to Flixton to take on Northwich Victoria in the Evo-Stik League Division One North with the added boost of McKenna in their ranks.

The Brig boss has played a blinder getting him to sign on the dotted line and

McKenna, who has also featured for Hull City and Nottingham Forest, has committed for the rest of the


Crowe said: “This is a real coup for Bamber Bridge, and I think it’s fair to say our midfield problems have been solved.

“He has kept himself fit and after I had a chat with him last Thursday night, it only took him 10 minutes to decide he wanted to sign.

“He trained with us and we had a little possession game – and he didn’t give the ball away once.

“It was a surreal conversation to be honest.

“He’s a Preston legend and if he can add a few on the gate, it’s a real bonus for us.”

The signing of McKenna has come at a really exciting time as Brig have also drawn rivals Chorley in the FA Cup third qualifying round, following their magnificent 1-0 win at Workington on Saturday.

The game will take place on Saturday, October 11, at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium.

And as Preston North End have no fixture because of the international break, Crowe hopes that supporters will turn out in force.

He said: “It will be a massive game for us and the area but we won’t be overawed.

“We raise our game against better sides, but I’d rather us be the underdogs going into these games.”

Brig defeated Workington 1-0 and they now have a bumper week as after Northwich tonight, it’s Salford City away on Saturday.

Crowe said: “Workington was a good result and they were very complimentary of us.

“Tonight won’t be an easy game and it isn’t the greatest of pitches, and the on Saturday, it’s a huge game with all the money Salford have.

“But I’m confident that we can take points against both sides as we are unbeaten in 11 games now and we want to continue that run.”