Wednesday 26th April 2017
Bacup Borough v Daisy Hill
The Brian Boys West View Stadium, KO 20:00
Bacup Borough FC were left counting the cost this morning, after two hours of torrential rain at 3pm yesterday turned a completely playable pitch into a total quagmire. Their scheduled home fixture with Padiham, which was also a memorial fixture for player Bryan Herbert and other people close to the club that have recently passed away, was eventually called off at 5.30 pm following a referees pitch inspection. With Bacup expecting a large crowd due to the circumstances and the fact of it being a local derby, a large amount of extra catering had been ordered and there were also sponsors due in attendance. Business Development Executive Dave Edler said that last nights events were in a way a fitting end to October 2012, which will go down as one of the blackest months ever in the history of the club:
“We should have almost expected as much after the month we have had, the only bright spot has been how well the players have been keeping to their task on the pitch. From a commercial point of view last night was a disaster. We were expecting our biggest crowd of the season, with lots of Bryans friends and relatives due to attend. We also had 4 of our biggest sponsors coming down and had produced a special memorial programme for the fixture. We had ordered lots of additional catering as all the indicators were we would be in for a busy night. Any talk that we were quick to pull the fixture is absolutely ridiculous. There is no game this season that we wanted to go ahead more than this one.”
With only one home game during October because of away cup commitments, and only two home games scheduled during November, income streams have been tightly squeezed at the West View club. Edler thanked the clubs recent influx of new sponsors for keeping the ship afloat: “We are really pleased to have got some major new sponsors on board during these difficult times. Without their input we would not have been able to keep our talented young squad together and keep looking to add to it even further. EMEC UK LTD and PURAGEN have come on board as new Platinum sponsors, we have 6 or 7 different companies that have sponsored the Barry Fry night, and I have another exciting sponsorship development that I should be in a position to announce later today. I almost sense that our recent emotional difficulties have galvanised the local community to rally around the club during our darkest hours and if these recent tragic losses result in a new sense of community amongst our supporters and local businesses that helps take the club forward, then I cannot think of any more fitting a legacy for Bryan Herbert than that”.
In terms of arranging a new match to be designated as the Bryan Herbert memorial fixture, the club are currently looking at a number of options. Edler explained “We are mindful of the fact that a lot of Bryans friends that would want to show their respects play for other teams on a Saturday. The next scheduled home game is against Runcorn Town on Saturday November 10th. We are looking at a couple of options as regards to this, or we also have a midweek home game with Silsden later in the month. Either way, we will make sure that Bryan and the others we have lost get the send off they deserve”. The club will make an announcement in the next few days to confirm the new arrangements.
Borough are next in action on Saturday November 3rd when they travel to face high flying Bootle at the Delta Taxis Stadium, kick-off 3pm. The game will be previewed tomorrow.
Any local businesses that want to get involved with and benefit from the strong sense of community in place at the club are welcome to ring the commercial office on 01706 871733 or 07715 629525 to discuss the range of opportunities on offer.