Bacup Borough Sign Kelvin Trippier

Bacup Borough have fought off interest from several other clubs to secure the signature of the highly regarded, Kelvin Tripper.

The player, who was formerly known as Kelvin Lomax, has played over one hundred Football League games, the majority coming for Oldham Athletic between 2004 – 2011. Kelvin has also played in Australia for Shepparton United. The 28-year-old is the older brother of former Manchester City and Burnley full back Kieran Trippier who has recently signed for Tottenham Hotspur.

Manager Brent Peters was obviously highly delighted with this capture and he had this to say “Kelvin is a first class player who can play several positions, the boy oozes quality and professionalism which will not only be a vital asset on the pitch but off the pitch. Kelvin will take the lead by way of example and others will follow.”

Peters added “In light of so many good non-league clubs higher up the pyramid than we are currently are competing for his signature this signing has proved to be a special. Helped by the fact that Kelvin is also close to my first team coach Andy Barlow and is friendly with Captain Shane Birtles. There is no doubt that the player is capable of playing at an higher level but the influence of my coach and captain have been major factors in bringing such a highly talented player to the Brian Boys West View Stadium”

Peters finished by saying “Hopefully the quality of Kelvin joining us will open the door for others to follow”



TheNonLeague Magazine Launches August 1st

August 1st 2015 sees the launch of a brand new monthly football magazine for supporters of North West non-league football.

TheNonLeague is a full colour 100 page magazine filled with articles and images from the region’s non-league clubs. 

The magazine will provide unrivalled monthly coverage of all the North West teams playing their football in The National League through to NWCFL 1st Division, whilst there will be regular articles on teams playing in Step 7 and beyond.

First issue ‘Special Offer’

The cover cost of the magazine is £4.50 per issue, but every copy of the first issue delivered to our club will have a special ‘matchday’ sticker on the front cover stating that if supporters buy their copy from the club it will cost them just £1.

The additional bonus being that Bacup Borough will keep every single penny of every single pound taken for the magazine at the ground.

Every copy sold makes money for Bacup Borough

From September onwards TheNonLeague magazine will continue to deliver special ‘matchday’ versions to the club.

Each issue will have a promotional sticker on the front cover stating that if supporters buy their copy from the club it will only cost £3 (a saving on the cover cost of £1.50)

The additional bonus being that Bacup Borough will also receive £1 from each sale!!

Facebook: TheNonLeagueMag   Twitter: @TheNonLeagueMag 


Bacup Borough Quiz Nights

On the last Thursday of every month the club will be hosting quiz nights in the Martin Peter’s Lounge. Get together a team of friends and come down for a great evening of fun and games. There will be prizes for the winners and a good time had by all.

The first will be held at 7:30pm on Thursday 27th of July. See below for more details.


Elizabeth Alker Becomes Honorary President

Bacup Borough Football Club are delighted to announce that BBC Radio 6 Music’s Elizabeth Alker has joined the club as Honorary President.

Alker, a broadcast journalist with BBC, announced via her Twitter account that she was excited to be on board with the club and to attend her first match versus Atherton on August 19th.

The club would like to thank Elizabeth for her support and wish her a very successful tenure in the position.

Keep your eyes on the club website and Twitter account as this won’t be the last you hear from Elizabeth!


Follow @ElizabethAlker on Twitter


Shane Birtles Named New Captain

Bacup Borough Manager Brent Peters has announced that Shane Birtles will captain the club from the 2015/16 season.

Birtles, a former Huddersfield Town youngster, has been with the club since 2012. Having swept the board at the end of season awards that year Birtles is held in high regard amongst playing staff and management. After suffering a broken leg during the 2013/14 campaign which kept him out until well into last season the player will be hoping he can bounce back strongly and lead the club in their promotion charge.

Alongside his playing career Shane also works with the PFA as a Project Administrator.

Manager Brent Peters had this to say “It is with great pleasure to be able to make Shane the Captain and equally it is with grateful thanks that Shane accepted this position and all the responsibility that goes with it. Since Shane joined the club at the start of the 2012/13 football season he has proved not only to be a valuable player for the team but he is well respected by all of the supporters, the club staff and his fellow players, this was recognised when at the conclusion of that season Shane did go onto win all of the main awards, Supporters player of the year, Players Player of the year and The Managers Player of the year.”

Peters went onto say “Making a player the captain is not about just giving someone a title, I have always thought very carefully to whom I offer this prestigious position and I am honoured to have had some excellent creditable captains throughout my managerial time and Shane has all of the attributes to be right up there with the best of them. Shane is very Professional with all aspects of his football, the boy trains well, is punctual, has an excellent discipline record and what is more his fellow players all respect him.

“There could not be anyone more fitting than Shane to lead this club on at an historic time of reverting back to Bacup Borough Football Club and the fact we have for the first time introduced U15 and U17 teams along with the introduction of a Football Academy. Shane is the perfect example for any of these young players in their football progression. I wish Shane luck and every success in his role and for the season ahead.”


August 2015/16 Fixtures












Bacup Borough’s fixtures for august 2015 have been announced and will see them host Cheadle town on Saturday August 8th before travelling to Holker Old Boys on August 11th. The month also brings an FA Cup qualifier in the form of Runcorn Town away.

See below for a full list of fixtures in August:

Saturday 8th August 2015 Bacup Boro v. Cheadle Town (H) NWCFL

Tuesday 11th August 2015 Holker Old Boys v. Bacup Boro (A) NWCFL

Saturday 15th August 2015 Runcorn Town v. Bacup Boro (A) FA Cup

Wednesday 19th August 2015 Bacup Boro v. Atherton LR (H) NWCFL

Saturday 22nd August 2015 Stockport Town v. Bacup Boro (A) NWCFL

Tuesday 25th August 2015 Chadderton v. Bacup Boro (A) NWCFL


Under-15s Trials 11th July

Bacup Borough F C U15 Trials.

Trials for the U15 2015/16 season playing Sunday league football in the East Lancashire Football Alliance league will take place at Maden Recreation Ground, Maden Road, Bacup, OL13 8HY on Saturday 11th July 10-12 followed by a competitive game on Sunday 12th July, prior to team selection.

Players interested in attending will need to be in current school year 8 or 9 and attend from 9.30 onwards to register or alternatively by text on 07824 871086 or


New Press & Media Manager Appointed

Bacup Borough FC are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Press & Media Manager, Joel Downings following the departure of Jay Taylor.

Joel brings with him experience in the field having worked as a social media executive in the past before deciding to undertake a Football Business & Media degree at UCFB, where he is currently in his third year. We hope his past experience plus his education will help take the club’s social media and press department to new heights.

The club would like to wish Jay Taylor the best as he looks to begin a career in football and welcome Joel to the club as he starts his journey in the football industry.

Joel is under no illusions of what a hard act to follow Jay will be: “I’m aware of what a great job he did at the club in his two seasons here and hope I can live up to the expectations he’s left me with. I can’t wait to start this exciting new chapter in my career, my first in football and hope my past experience can help build on the impressive platform Jay left behind.



Media Manager Departs

Media man Jay Taylor has decided to leave his position with the club in order to seek full-time employment elsewhere.

He leaves with a heavy heart after two voluntary years at the club.

Jay had this to say on his time at Bacup “I have had a brilliant two years at Bacup however I feel the time is right now I have finished university to seek full-time employment elsewhere. I am incredibly grateful to Brent first of all for giving me this opportunity, I’d also like to give a shout out to Debra & the girls who welcomed me into the ‘Bacup Family’ straight away making my time thoroughly enjoyable.”

“I not only worked for Bacup but was also a huge fan after developing a strong emotional attachment to the club from the outset.”

“It is a football club with great people involved & I wish the club all the best for the future.”

Manager Brent Peters had this to say regarding Jay’s time at the club, “Having recruited Jay on a voluntary basis 24 months ago whilst he was undertaking Business & Media studies at UCFB, I can now go on record to say during these months Jay has been a pleasure to work with; his commitment, his dedication, his reliability & his standard of work can only be described as impeccable. Jay has now graduated and will now be leaving us to find a full time career within the Sports Sector, to this end we all at Bacup Borough Football Club would like to thank Jay for his efforts and wish him well in his future career, he most certainly will prove to be a hard act to follow.”


Under 15’s Team Launched

Bacup Borough Football Club manager Brent Peters has been a busy man as ever during the summer months, first of all working on the introduction of an u17 Youth team which will be overseen by coaches Kevin Jelley and Lee Barrett and will play matches on a Sunday in the North West Youth Alliance League.


Following on from this it has just been announced that a newly formed Bacup Borough u15 team will be introduced and will compete in the East Lancashire League, again on a Sunday.


Manager Brent Peters went on record in welcoming Bacup Junior u14 coaches Andrew Walker and Darren Reece to whom will oversee the newly created u15 age group, it is anticipated there will be trials held in the next few weeks open to all players of the required age group, further details will be released in due course.


Manager Brent Peters finished by saying “Hopefully the introduction of initially these two age groups, there will be more age groups to follow” Peters added “The Youth is the future of this football club, by introducing these teams is very much essential for future growth and stability in giving local players the chance to represent their towns senior football team”.



Scotsman Volunteers to Join the Journey

Another addition to the club is Sandy Wilkie who moved from his home town of Glasgow into the Rossendale Valley in January and being a keen follower of football he was of the one thistle team at Partick Thistle FC with specific responsibility around monitoring the home fans match day experience.

Sandy attended his first home game at the Brian Boys West View Stadium in February and gratefully volunteered his services to the football club.

As a volunteer his role will be combined with building business and partner relationships in order to encourage financial streams coming into the club. This will also be combined with engaging supporters and benefactors of the club and will play a vital role in raising awareness of the Bacup Borough FC brand in conjunction with the newly formed community supporter groups.



Club Poet Appointed

We welcome Sharon Jones as the clubs first ever official poet, this will prove to be a pivotal role within the clubs education links, not only will Sharon be promoting Football Poetry into education, by delivering this it will also raise awareness of the football club and with this strengthen our community  links  within our schools. Manager Brent Peters added “Education & Football can be very much counterproductive and with this we are pleased to welcome Sharon as our official club football poet.”

Getting to know Sharon……………

“My name is Sharon Jones and I am a Senior Tutor and Football Poet. Originally from Liverpool I have had my football poetry published in several anthologies, and I have performed poetry workshops in schools and football study centres around the UK. Bill Shankly’s famous quote: ‘Some people believe football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that’ sums up a philosophy and passion for our national game that I share. Football is poetry in motion, and as an advocate for the power of words, my aim as club poet is to promote Bacup Borough Fc through a poem for every home game, and through football poetry competitions to run in schools and local festivals. This is a fantastic opportunity to promote Football and Poetry and swap shirts with Shakespeare!”





Coaching Staff Bolstered

The club can today reveal that we have welcomed Ferre Edwards to the Borough’s coaching staff joining Andy Barlow and Jimmy Petruzzi along with manager Brent Peters.

Edwards holds many qualifications including an FA level 1 & 2 as well as level 3 personal training and level 2 sport group training however before all of this he used to be a player before an occurrence of a serious knee injury cutting his time short but appeared for Curzon Ashton at youth level, FC United of Manchester, Stalybridge Celtic, Rhydymwyn FC and AFC Barrow. Following on from his playing career Edwards became the assistant manager at former club Curzon Ashton.

All of the coaching staff will complement each other with the knowledge and experience of coaching, fitness and nutrition psychology and will all work closely with the first-team squad in order to get the best out of everyone.


Room Available to hire for ANY occasion

We at Bacup & Rossendale Borough Football Club have a spacious room available to hire for any occasion, any specific theme which can be designed and tailored to match your perfect needs. Don’t hesitate, contact today!



Above you can see the space available before decorated and also after decorated.

Kids birthday parties, weddings, or just a good night with friends, whatever the occasion this room is available to hire for a reasonable price.

If interested please contact Debra O’Connor on 07930148400