Town set for bumper festive derby crowd

Ryan Watson has announced his side's pre-season schedule. INBL39-244PB
Ryan Watson has announced his side's pre-season schedule. INBL39-244PB

Banbridge’s Town pre-season and league fixtures have been announced, including what could be a lucrative home game against Dollingstown on December 27th.

Town’s pre-season will begin on Tuesday 15 July, when they take a trip to Newry City AFC, who are now just one promotion away from Championship Two.

Town have yet to confirm a game for Saturday 19 July but will travel to Tandragee Rovers on Saturday 22nd. Then on the 26th is the Bob Larmour Cup against Cliftonville before Town travel to Camlough Rovers on Tuesday 29th. Pre-season concludes with a trip to Malahide FC on Saturday 2 August.


Town’s Championship Two campaign begins on Satuday 9 August with a home game against Portstewart.

They follow that up a week after with a trip to Lurgan Celtic. The following week, they return to Crystal Park to host Chimney Corner.

The highlight of the fixtures is no doubt the first local derby against newly-promoted Dollingstown, who Banbridge will host at Crystal Park on 27 December. With the Mid-Ulster Derby between Glenavon and Portadown scheduled for Boxing Day, there should be a bumper crowd at Town’s game.

They could follow that with another healthy gate on 3 January, when they host Ballymoney.