|As the new season rapidly approaches fyldesport.com takes a look at the Saturday football scene across the Fylde Coast. There's a lot more going on than many people think and if you're a fan of local grassroots football there's absolutely no excuse for having nothing to do on a Saturday afternoon.|
Even if you're a regular at Bloomfield Road you may find yourself at a loose end if the Tangerines are away at somewhere like Plymouth. Before the glooms sets in and you're facing the prospect of an afternoon with the Missus browsing soft furnishings in Textile World worry not as there are plenty of alternatives on offer that allow you to get out of the house to watch some local football action both along the Coast as well as some great venues within sixty minutes of the Tower. This article takes a look at our local sides, who are they? Where do they play? What Divisions are they in and how much does it cost?
Throughout the season fyldesport.com is going to trial a weekly round up of Saturday football action but its success will be largely dependant on the pro-active help of the clubs involved. If you're involved with any of the clubs in this article and you'd like to see your club featured in the weekly round-up then all you have to do is send us a couple of paragraphs about the day's game to firstname.lastname@example.org hopefully by midnight Saturday. This can range from a full match report with a few photo's to a few brief lines including the result and scorers. I'll pull it all together and hope to have it published by Sunday PM. Fyldesport.com is a non-profit making site run as a hobby. Any sponsorship money is ploughed back into the running of the site so there's no hope of us making payments for articles or expenses. Also, if you'd like to add/amend/clarify/delete any aspect of this article just let me know.
Fleetwood Town FC.
Highbury Avenue, Fleetwood.
Up the coast at Fleetwood the local side have enjoyed great success in recent seasons as they've progressed through the North West Counties Leagues and the Unibond Leagues and now find themselves in the 'Blue Square' Conference North Division just two promotions away from football league status. After a sticky start in the higher Division they improved greatly as the season progressed to finish in a highly creditable eighth place. You could say tha they're only about 130 places below Manchester United in the footballing pyramid.
The ambitious club has seen huge improvements both on and off the pitch and if you haven't been there recently give it a try. The facilities are excellent and under the new main stand there's one of the best sports' bars in the North West. Ex Blackpool FC midfielder Micky Mellon is now the man in charge and with another new stand being planned if they keep the current momentum going who knows what they can achieve. The famous Cod Army often exceeds four figures for home matches and they have a noisy and enthusiastic away support.
The club's excellent website can be found by clicking here. As they're in the Northern league away fans travel some long distances to such places as Workington, Gateshead and Solihull but still have a good local derby against Southport to look forward to. The Blue Square North website can be found by clicking here. The club have a well run commercial department selling a whole range of clothing. There's also a decent range of snacks on offer at matches and as I said the Sports Bar is perfect to watch the Saturday lunchtime football before the action starts. A full season ticket costs