Smurthwaite rallies fans…and would love to beat rivals crowd of 214!

Last week National League North side North Ferriby United had 214 fans for their home tie against Leamington – and Bridlington Town Chairman Pete Smurthwaite is on a mission to beat that crowd when they face NCEL high flyers Handsworth Parramore on Saturday 17th (3pm kick-off).

A statement on their official website says:

Our next home game is Saturday 17th February, 2018 with a 3 o’clock kick off against Handsworth Parramore which are always good competitive matches between the clubs. I am hoping we can increase the crowd to beat the 214 fans who watched our friendly rivals at home last week in the National League North.

There appears to be a lot of unhappy football fans in Hull and East Yorkshire at present not enjoying their football and with Hull City playing Chelsea on Friday evening why not try a decent non-league game. The assistant manager of Handsworth is former Hull City player Ryan France who made 133 appearances between 2003 and 2009 scoring 6 goals and was extremely popular with the City fans.

Ryan has agreed to do an interview with myself immediately after the game in our club house to talk about his career and his time at Hull City and there will be no charge and the bar is open to everyone who wants to attend. Why not come along to a “sustainable” non-league club and as always here receive a warm welcome from the locals and our staff.

There is ample parking next to the stadium and good public transport links being only a 10 minute walk from the railway station. Entry to the game is only £6.00 and we have CONCESSIONS for seniors and juniors at only £3.00. You will not have to worry about groups protesting at the game so no need to bring stress balls with you.

Both teams chairmen will be at the game and are always available to speak to fans about proper football. I look forward to seeing more new faces; don’t let problems elsewhere dampen your enthusiasm for football. Be brave and try a different version of the “National Game”.

I recently paid £27.00 as a senior concession price to watch Hull City versus Leeds United, what a poor advertisement for “entertainment”, see you at a decent match.

Pete Smurthwaite

Bridlington Town Chairman

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