A bumper crowd is expected at the Brian Boys West View Stadium on Friday night when AFC Liverpool visit for a North West Counties League Premier Division fixture, kick-off 8pm. The game has been designated as the Bryan Herbert memorial match and will remember 27 year old Bacup Borough FC player Bryan, who sadly lost his life last month after a short illness. There will be a minutes silence before the game and a special commemorative programme has been produced.
The game will also honour the memory of manager Brent Peters mum (Alice Peters) and uncle (Tom Stevens) who died in October, as did player Arron Kirk’s Grandmother Maureen Briggs and Brent’s PA Debra O’Connor’s Grandmother, Lydia Sutcliffe. To complete the sombre mood we will join with our visitors to honour the 96 who died at Hillsborough and with it being remembrance week we also honour those that have died in service of their country.
It promises to be a poignant and emotional occasion but we must not forget that there is also a very important football match taking place, with the two sides level on points in 17th and 18th place in the league table. New signing from Wigan Athletic Adam Dawson is likely to make his home debut and there could also be a home debut for striker Graham McKeown after two recent starts away from home. Paul Arrowsmith and Gareth Wager are likely to be available after missing Tuesday nights win at Radcliffe Borough and team captain Daniel Cocks is expected to be fit to start.
Earlier this season there was very little to seperate the sides in two closely fought FA Carlsberg Vase ties. The teams could not find a goal between them in 120 minutes at Valerie Park and in a pulsating replay Liverpool held on to a 1-0 lead despite a second half Bacup onslaught. Like ourselves AFC will consider themselves to be in a false position in the league table so there is everything to play for in this match.
Arrive earlier than usual as we are expecting a lot of interest in this game.