MATCH PREVIEW: First visit to Broadhurst Park

When the NPL fixtures were released back in July, many Workington supporters checked to see when we, as a club, would be making our first visit to FC United of Manchester’s Broadhurst Park.

Well, the big day has finally arrived and Reds, who will be in their yellow and black change outfit on Saturday, head to the UK’s first new ground to be built and funded by a supporters owned football club.

With the protracted Borough Park project still years down the line, Workington’s first appearance at the 4,400 capacity venue will provide a welcome opportunity for Reds’ supporters to enjoy the match day experience at Broadhurst Park and dream of what might be in the future.

The stadium was still under construction when we last played FC United of Manchester away and that fixture during the 2014-15 campaign was actually played at Curzon Ashton’s Tameside Stadium.

There are plenty of food and drink outlets at the well-appointed stadium which our neighbours Barrow use throughout the week as their training base.

Car parking is available at the ground but you have to book in advance so a ‘phone call (0161 769 2005) or a visit to their magnificent website is advisable.

Cash and card payments are accepted for entry into the ground and at the various retail outlets around the stadium.

Admission:

Adult – £13
Concession – £9
U18 – £3
U5 – free
Programme – £3

Workington supporters travelling from the north west are advised to leave the M60 at Junction 20 but if motoring from the south or east use Junction 22.

There is an important game taking place of course with FC United of Manchester currently in 17th position and five points behind Reds who are 14th.  Neil Reynolds side do have two games in hand, though, so a crucial fixture for both.

Back in September we were fortunate to register a 2-1 home win in a game which FC United dominated, certainly throughout the first half. Sam Smith scored at both ends and Kit Nelson netted his first goal for the club, via the bench, on his debut.

Steven Rigg in action against FC United at Borough Park.

Prior to that, the only previous encounters between the clubs were played during the aforementioned ’14-15 season.  The home team emerged 1-0 winners in those meetings but our success was a bit of a hollow victory as FC United had already wrapped up the Premier Division title before the Borough Park encounter on the final day of the season.

Nevertheless, the two matches pulled in an aggregate attendance of 4,952 as FC United finished as champions on 92 points with Reds’ runners-up having collected 90 points.

Kick-off: 3pm

Postcode: M40 0FJ

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