We are pleased to announce that B&E Boys are continuing our relationship with Bacup Borough Football Club. We are the official club partner of BBFC, and the new 2019/20 season has already kicked off.
Unfortunately, the season opened disappointingly with a defeat away at Daisy Hill on Saturday 3 August. Borough fought valiantly but ultimately went down 3-1. It was always going to be a tall order in this fixture not having captain, Laquan Esdaille, available for selection – and so it proved.
Daisy Hill simply had too much for Borough on this occasion. However, it was good to see BBFC continuing their proud record of giving young players a chance. Ben Oldfield has certainly earned the right for an opportunity in the first team.
Manager Brent Peters remained upbeat after the game but was honest enough to admit that Borough are likely to have a difficult two or three weeks at the start of the season, due to the list of absentees. Along with Laquan Esdaille, other experienced players, such as Matthew Bryan, Michael Gervin and Matthew Deal are all currently unavailable.
This is why Bacup Borough now need your support more than ever. They open their home campaign at Brian Boys West View Stadium on Wednesday 7th August against AFC Darwen, with an 8.00pm kick off. Borough follow this up with another home fixture on Saturday 10th August at 3.00pm – the visitors are Emley AFC.
With the EFL season already underway and the Premier League starting up again soon, non- league football rarely gets a look-in from the national media – but leagues like the North West Counties and clubs such as Bacup Borough Football Club are football’s grassroots. They are vitally important but face an increasingly tough time surviving.
Clubs such as Bacup Borough really do need all the support they can get. Credit goes to the local businesses that partner and sponsor the club, including shirt sponsors MKM Building Supplies and official team playing shirt partners, Linco PC Ltd. Programme partners for the new season are C&B Coal and Acorn Fire & Security.
It’s also a credit to the local community that BBFC are ready for the start of the season the Brian Boys West View Stadium at all. The last few weeks have been a hectic period of fundraising activity for the club.
The trail of devastation left by February’s Storm Erik was particularly damaging for BBFC. The storm ripped the roof from the changing rooms. The initial damage was repaired but it soon became apparent that the full extent of the damage was far worse than first expected. From painting to plumbing and electrical work, the club’s fundraising campaign called on the local community for support and assistance – and the club received many offers of help and are extremely grateful for this.
In truth, a club of Bacup Borough’s stature will always need the support of the local community to survive. What better way of showing support than getting yourself down to BBFC and through the turnstiles for the team’s first two home matches of the season?
B&E Boys would like to wish everybody involved with BBFC good luck for the season ahead.