Football season returns

THE football season returns this week with Banbridge Town hosting Glebe Rangers yesterday at 3pm.

It will be a season which will see the club try to bounce back from last season’s relegation from Championship 1 and the hope will be that Ronnie Haughey’s men can come straight back up – although it’s more than likely going to be a case of the Crystal Park side consolidating their position.

The core of last year’s squad remains at the club and they have been boosted by the return of Matty McCartan to the ranks.

Banbridge Rangers, who were crowned Mid Ulster Intermediate B champions at the end of last season, kick things off against Crewe United on Friday night for their first game in Intermediate A, kick-off 8.30pm.

It’s going to be a tough season for the Cheney Park side, however the league promises to throw up a number of mouthwatering fixtures with the likes of Dollingstown, Tandragee Rovers and champions Camlough Rovers to come – as well as a derby fixture with Seapatrick.

The Village open their campaign at Tandragee’s Madden Road pitch after appointing a new management team of Tony McCreanor, Steven McCreanor and Tony McGrath after Andy Frazer left the club to become the new boss of Banbridge Rangers’ reserves.

In Intermediate B Banbridge AFC host Hanover while there is a free week for Moneyslane.

Elsewhere in Division One Gilford Crusaders open the 2012/13 season at home to Dungannon Tigers; in Division Two Keady Celtic provide the opposition for Scarva Rangers while in Division Three Donacloney are at home to Glenanne United.

- Queen’s University will be Banbridge Town’s opponents in the first round of the Irn Bru League Cup, which gets underway next Tuesday, at Crystal Park (kick off 7.45pm).

The winners will be rewarded with a trip to Institute on Monday August 27.

Meanwhile the league games between the two sides have been switched.

The first Championship 2 game between the two teams will be at Crystal Park on Saturday September 29 with a 3pm kick-off.  

It is anticipated that the reverse of this fixture will be played at Dub Lane on Saturday January 26, kick-off 2pm.

- Banbridge Town supporters are being urged to buy season tickets for the forthcoming season.

At £60 for adults and £30 for OAPs and U18s they represent great value – plus it comes with free club membership worth £10.

To purchase one call into the Social Club at Crystal Park.

- Do you need a venue for your next function or meeting?

Banbridge Town’s social club, at the club’s Laws Lane ground, is open for all groups and for parties. Located close to the centre of the town, it has capacity for 100 people and has convenient parking with competitive events available.

For more information and for bookings contact Chris Gilmore on 406 22081, 07825313945 or email info@banbridgetownfc.com