Monday 28th May 2018

Wow, I have been blown away by the kind words and response from Club Executives, Players, Supporters, Former /Current Players of mine, all from various levels of football highlighting my twenty years at Bacup Borough Football Club, Congratulating me, something I am most humbled, Grateful but proud of the kind messages that have come to me personally and also what I have seen coming in through the various Football Club’s Media Channels, the kind words mean a lot to me, I have had to pinch myself and also ask myself the question of what have I done to deserve this? Obviously I know what I have done, achieving such a milestone in extremely difficult economic times, also the ever demanding change’s on Stadium improvements in order to meet the required standards throughout the National Leagues, keeping a football club going is no mean feat, however I want to place on record, clubs through out Non League Football really only exist because they themselves have people like myself that have shown the same commitment and desire for their clubs, just like I have done at Bacup Borough, that is why Non-League Football & Clubs do survives, so I personally take my hat off to those clubs and people at those clubs that ensure their Football Clubs also stay in existence.
When Debra my Personal Assistant told me that she personally had approached Simon Holding a former player and Assistant Manager of mine, along with the clubs Historian Rodger Hindle to run an event to mark this milestone, my reaction was oh know, the reason being I was sceptical just how this would be received, but having witnessed the reaction I have to say I have been really blown away by it all, to Debra I really am truly grateful along with Simon and Rodger, those three pulled everything together to make it such an incredible event, a special mention and credit must go to Debra has she had the unbelievable task of going back throughout my twenty years, identifying the players, through networking finding them and inviting them to all come back together to celebrate, the fact that over fifty five players wanted to participate in some part of the game, tells you Debra has done a magnificent job and needs applauding for her efforts, in addition the amount of former players and their families that turned up but did not take any part in the game was for me great to see, I thank them all for being part of a what was a great occasion, I would also like to thank Darwen and Rossendale MP Jake Berry for his contribution in the official brochure along with Peter Smith from Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, David Burgess the Accrington Stanley Chief Executive, our very own Michael Carr and Geoff Wilkinson the Vice Chairman and Ground Grading Chairman of The North West Counties League, I would like to thank the advertisers, my staff to whom worked the event, Our Media Man Matthew Lawson to whom worked hard in producing a magnificent and touching video which can be viewed on you tube.

Thank you goes to my Captain Adrian Bellamy, Vice Captain Matthew Bryan, Lee Oldham,
Tommy Allen for the support they have given me in the past and continue to give me now, all the players and their families that did make the effort to be at the event, a special mention for Daniel Cocks to whom made the trip from the Midlands where he now resides, the graphic designer of the Brochure Andy Rushton, the live band you, me and the machine, Andrew Barlow for being on hand to take some special photographs of the day, Amy, Billie Jo, Tommy, Rhona, louise, Jimmy Petruzi, Andrew Walker, Darren Reece and Joanne, Alison & Peter along with every one else that did volunteer to help out where required, also all of the families that turned out to support the event from which the proceeds will be divided between the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, Rossendale Hospice and Bacup Borough Football Club.
From the Bottom of My Heart I thank you all, this was a remarkable day that will stay with me until the end.
Brent Peters
Bacup Borough FC Club Manager



IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Ahead of Bank Holiday Monday’s celebrations for Brent Peters’ 20 Years at the Football Club the following information is being released in order to avoid any confusion on pricing.




For Example:
2 Adults plus 3 Children is £10
1 Adult plus 2 Children is £5
2 Adults 1 Child is £10





We are now in possession of the Late Frank Manning’s Funeral Arrangements.

Friday 01/06/18 Commencing 12 noon at St Marys Church Dale Street Bacup OL13 8HG
Following the service at St Mary’s it will then be 1-40pm at Burnley Crematorium Accrington Road Burnley BB11 5QD

The Family Welcome Friends back to
Bacup Borough Football Club Cowtoot Lane Bacup OL13 8EE


Tuesday 22nd May 2018

Brent Peters’ Tribute to the late Frank Manning.

Frank Manning was in every meaning of the word “ Mr Bacup,” not just by the fact that Frank’s association with Bacup Borough Football Club dates back to 1964 from which his position was Secretary later to be Chairman until present day whereby he was the Football Clubs President, Mr Bacup also derives from the fact that Frank also did play a major role on the committee of the Bacup Amateur Football League, Franks devotion to football was rightly so recognized by the Football Association when the Lancashire Football Association on behalf of the FA did back in 2004 present him for a creditable fifty years in the Sport he loved.
It is ironic and heartbreaking that the passing of this wonderful man comes in the week leading up to celebrating my twenty years at Bacup Borough, it was Frank that brought me to the club and if I am to be totally honest, Frank Manning was the reason that I personally have committed & devoted so much of my time to Bacup Borough Football Club, Bacup Borough was a big part of Frank’s life, I will never forget the look on his face, his total reaction, the joys that it did bring him when we achieved winning the league which was then the clubs first major trophy for fifty six years, it really did mean so much to him, further success did follow and I am truly grateful that Frank could share in that success.
Frank Manning was a true ambassador for Bacup Borough, his work was exemplary, his commitment was never questionable, his rewards was typical of Non-League Football, nothing, other than pride in his work and the surmounting friendship’s he did make within the Football Fraternity.
Frank Manning will be sadly missed by a lot of people, not just local but football wide.

Rest In Peace Frank, You always will be Mr Bacup.


Sad News Today

It is with real sadness that our Club President, Former Chairman and Secretary, a Gentleman that brought me to the club 20yrs ago Frank Manning has sadly passed away this morning, our immediate thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

Rest In Peace Frank.

A further tribute will follow.


NEWS: Bacup Hit The Road With Hippo


Wednesday 16th May 2018

Bacup Borough Hit The Road With Hippo Motor Group

Bacup Borough Commercial and Marketing department have made another huge signing to join their already impressive portfolio of business’ in joining their journey at Bacup Borough Football Club.
Hippo Motor Group based in an impressive showroom at Trident Park, Trident Way, Blackburn are now the official supplier of vehicles for the football club but it does not stop there, as Club Manager Brent Peters explained following the collection of his new vehicle “ Being a Community Football Club it was absolutely essential that any partnership would not be limited to just the immediate club staff, it needed to be a company that could cover the needs of everyone connected to Bacup Borough Football Club and the wider community, not just limited to us but to the football & business fraternity in general. Hippo Motor Group tick all of these boxes. They are a friendly, helpful group that can deliver Prestige vehicles for any Company Executive. With the option Lease new and used Vehicles and an in house Finance & Servicing Department, “ Brent added “ I am delighted to be able to welcome Hippo Motor Group onto our portfolio, I have been hugely impressed by the way they conduct their business, if you, or your business require any vehicle needs, then it must be Hippo, they will not disappoint you “

Mr Tom Preston The Hippo Motor Group Managing Director had this to say “ We are extremely proud & excited to start our association with Bacup Borough Football Club, we wish them the best of luck for the upcoming season, carrying on the good form they ended the season with.
We as a company pride ourselves on contributing to the local community, so when this opportunity arose it was a very easy decision, we hope our relationship continues for many years!


END OF SEASON MANAGER REACTION: It’s been really tough

Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters Had This To Say “ It goes without saying that this season has been really tough for everyone with the winter months being exceptionally bad, one of the worst on record this leading to several weeks with no game which has prevented us from any real consistent fluency which has led at times to a lot of negative results, now this is where I give my squad a massive pat on the back, the boys kept working hard, they kept believing in themselves and the team has a whole, they kept their togetherness which is unusual for any group when results are not at their best, but these boys are not any group, they are a special group that have bonded well together from which it must be said that this comes from the tremendous leadership of both Adrian Bellamy Captain and Matthew Bryan Vice Captain, they both have contributed in ensuring the boys kept that positive mind set and belief, Peters added “ a real big plus for me was the way that Oliver Crew, Louis Holding, Kyle Brooks and Kieran Reece have made the step up into the first team from our successful under 18s cup winning side, credit for their initial development must go to Andrew Walker and Darren Reece, these boys attitude, willingness to learn and the way they have settled into the squad and played when introduced, for me this has been my biggest highlight, these boys are the clubs future, Peters said “ there are also some talented lads in our under 21s, if they show the same commitment, desire and willingness, then they also will be given a chance, Peters said “ there was also the emergence of striker Bobby Carter, although Bobby has not come through our club youth structure he has still been given a chance from which he has shown me his desire and work rate which will stand any player in good stead in any of my teams, Peters added “ despite the demands of having to play games almost every other night, this against good sides challenging for promotion from which we actually did win against Whitchurch Alport who are my favorites to win the play off final and Prestwich Heys from which the defeat we did inflict upon them did actually prevent them from being able to achieve automatic promotion, then finishing the season with four straight wins, the emergence of talented lads from the eighteens and Matthew Bryan winning the player of the month is very much a positive end to a demanding season, Peters finished by saying “ despite the squad giving their all, a special mention should go to Debra O’Connor not only for her exemplary work in hospitality but by her work of constantly having to wash and turn the kits over, that itself was very much demanding in such a short space of time, and finally to our dedicated Press and Media Officer Matthew Lawson, a big thank you to all “


Saturday 12th May 2018



Bacup Borough -2- Abbey Hulton United -0
This was a fitting end to what has been a difficult frustrating season for Bacup with one of the worst winters on record and games constantly being postponed, this all was a distant memory for Brent Peters side having had to play thirteen games in the final month in order to catch up and complete their fixtures, but what an ending it was, finishing with four straight wins which put Bacup sixth in the form table having won four and narrowly losing two games out of their final six, in addition Vice Captain Matthew Bryan collecting his player of the month award for not only an outstanding month, but for an outstanding season, Louis Holding Scoring his first senior goal for the club since stepping up from Bacup’s under 18s, but it did not end here with a large following having made the trip from the potteries in support of Abbey Hulton but bringing also a party atmosphere to the Brian Boys Stadium on a glorious sunny afternoon, it did not dampen their spirits in any way when player of the month Matthew Bryan opened the scoring for Bacup fourteen minutes into the game, Kyle Brooks one of the class of 18 got onto the ball before delivering a nice weighted pass for Matthew Bryan to get away from their defender before drawing their keeper to then finish.
It was Bacup Borough that was dominating all of the possession and really the should have doubled their lead when once again Bryan burst through before squaring the ball unselfishly for his strike partner Ben Rhodes, the Abbey keeper was quickly out and threw himself in line of Rhodes shot to prevent what should have been Bacup’s second.
Despite Bacup Borough’s possession the score line remained the slender one goal difference, this until the introduction of another Class of 18 Louis Holding who replaced Ben Rhodes to whom had worked hard, on seventy eight minutes Holding got his first senior goal for the club since his progression from the under 18s, it came when both Holding and Bryan committed an high press together, Holding dispossessed their defender before turning into the space to his left then with some composure he finished well, another class of 18 was introduced at the back with Oliver Crew replacing Nathan Tayo, Bacup finished as they started well on top securing three points making it four wins on the bounce and yet again another clean sheet from a well organized disciplined defence marshalled by Captain Adrian Bellamy.

Team Price, Banda, Bellamy, Tayo( Crew ) Rees, Walne, Collinson, Wilmore, Brooks, Bryan, Rhodes( Holding ) Subs Not Used Kieran Reece, Juan Bruno.




Bacup Borough’s Leading Goal Scorer, Vice Captain and Bacup Borough’s Under 9s Youth Team Coach Matthew Bryan has won the North West Counties League Division One Player of The Month For April.

The Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters Had This To Say” I am really pleased for Matthew his contribution, consistency and goals throughout the season can best be described has exemplary, from which his efforts have now been acknowledged and rewarded by the League, Peters added “ taking everything into consideration throughout the season, given the amount of man of the match performances which is picked by the opposition, Matthew must be favorite to lift the Division one Player of the Year Award, whilst I do not wish to tempt fate, taking everything into consideration, in my opinion there is no one else to touch him, Peters added “ Matthew is a dedicated club man to whom also devotes his time with the youngest team in the club within our Youth section, the Bacup Borough under 9s, not only does myself all of my staff think the world of Matty and the service he has given to this football club over the years, but so do the young boys that are just starting their way in the game, peters said “ this is a fitting award, the icing on the cake could and should be the Leagues Player of the Year, he most certainly deserves such an honor “

Peters then finished by praising his entire squad when at the end of what proved to be a grueling month in April where they had to play nine games of which four games came in six days when he had this to say “ I am over the moon with my boys, to have to encounter such a month of playing nine games in the month of April, but to be playing four games in six days from which were against three teams still in a promotion challenge, all very good sides that made sure we had to work hard every step of the way, in addition the introduction of four boys from our successful under 18s cup winning squad in Kieran Reece, Oliver Crew, Kyle Brooks, and Louis Holding and finishing that period with a 50% points return, I am well and truly over the moon, they have all shown real commitment and determination that makes me feel so proud “


Monday 7th May 2018


Bryan Masterclass earns Borough all 3 points in a convincing victory.

By Matthew Lawson

Hours after being named the NWCFL Division One Player of the Month for April, Matty Bryan scored his 25,26 & 27th goals of the season and collected a 18th Man Of The Match award in a resounding 4-1 victory over Carlisle City on Bank Holiday Monday.

Manager Brent Peters made one change to his starting eleven following Thursday nights home victory at Home to Prestwich Heys as Bobby Carter replaced the injured Louis Holding.

Borough started the brighter of the two sides, twice coming close within the opening 10 minutes through Collinson and Carter.

It took half an hour for the deadlock to be broken, Josh Walne played a ball into Bobby Carter who squared for Bryan who slotted the ball past Ballantyne in the Carlisle goal, probably his easiest finish of the game.

On the stroke of half time, Bryan turned provider after an exquisite touch, following a lofted ball from young Kyle Brooks, gave him an extra yard in the penalty area as he returned the favour to Carter who smashed home from close range to double Bacups lead going into the break.

Borough started the second half in the same vein of form as the first, going close to a third through Walne and Collinson.
The fifty minute mark saw Carlisle grab a goal, a long hopeful Ballantyne goal kick was flicked on by Armstrong into the path of Bradbury who held off the Bacup defender before striking the ball right footed past Karl Price.

Following the Carlisle goal it was all Bacup Borough and it was just a matter of time before Borough got a deserved third goal, Bryan hit a Sweet left footed Volley but again, Ballantyne was some hoe equal to it, This was becoming a personal battle between forward and a keeper, who was in inspired form considering he had already conceded twice in the first half.

On the hour mark, Bacup were twice denied, first by the woodwork, Collinson with an audacious flick towards goal rebounded off the far post and Bryan again came close with a shot on the turn which the keeper some how managed to save.

Fresh legs entered the fold through the introduction of Jordan Wilmore and his first touch was impressive as he lofted a ball into the path of Bryan who held off his defender before turning and striking across goal to beat a routed Ballantyne to make it 3-1 with 25 minutes to play.

As the game entered the last 20 minutes, the move and the goal of the game came from the inform and on fire Matty Bryan, a wicked curved through ball from Carter was collected by Bryan who firstly took it past Ballantyne before checking back inside, he the took it past The keeper, jinked back on to his right before turning back onto his left leaving Ballantyne stranded on the floor and Bryan finished past the back tracking centre half on the line to grab his hat trick and cap off what was a truly impressive performance.

Before full time Bacup could of added a fifth and sixth if it wasn’t for the Keeper Michael Ballantyne.
What a way to end their penultimate League fixture a truly convincing Borough performance in which all 3 points were deserved.
Borough are in action for a final time, this Saturday in a 3pm kick off at the Brian Boys Westview Stadium against Abbey Hulton as they look to make it 4 wins in a row.

Unused Subs: CREW, CARROLL