Bamber Bridge F.C.


Bamber Bridge F.C.

Football club infobox
clubname = Bamber Bridge


fullname = Bamber Bridge Football Club
nickname = The Brig
founded = 1890s ("refounded 1952")
ground = Irongate Ground, Bamber Bridge
capacity = 2264
record attendance = 2400 v Czech Republic
chairman = Terry Gammans
manager = Phil Entwistle
league = Northern Premier League
Division One North
season = 2007-08
position = Northern Premier League
Division One North, 5th
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Bamber Bridge Football Club is an English football team based in Bamber Bridge, near Preston, Lancashire, England. The club plays at the Irongate ground.

The club joined the North West Counties League in 1990-91, and won successive promotions in 1992 and 1993 to enter the Northern Premier League. Bamber Bridge gained promotion to the Premier Division in 1995 and won the league championship at the first attempt, but the club was ineligible for promotion to the Conference. The team was unable to repeat that success, and slipped back down to the First Division, but gained promotion back to the Premier following the 2004 Conference expansion. Bamber Bridge's stay though was short-lived and the club was relegated back to the First Division for 2005-06. In 2007, it was announced that Bamber Bridge would play in the inaugural season of the Northern Premier League Division One North.

The club is currently managed by Phil Entwistle, assisted by Neil Crowe.

On Wednesday 9th April, 2008, Bamber Bridge conceded two goals in the first 47 seconds of their 0-3 defeat by Newcastle Blue Star. This is believed to be a world record [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_conf/7343189.stm " Blue Star double may be a record"] "BBC Sport", April 11 2008. Accessed April 20 2008] .

The Czech Republic national team played a friendly at Bamber Bridge in a warm-up game prior to the 1996 European Championships, the Czechs winning 9-1. The attendance on that day is still the record attendance at the ground of 2300.

History

* 1990-91 - Joined North West Counties League Division Two
* 1991-92 - North West Counties League Division Two Champions; promoted to Division One. FA Vase semi-finalists
* 1992-93 - North West Counties League Division One runner-up (on goal difference)
* 1993-94 - Joined Northern Premier League Division On e
* 1994-95 - Northern Premier League Division One runner-up; promoted to Premier Division
* 1995-96 - Northern Premier League Champions
* 2001-02 - Relegated to Division One after play-offs (SemiFinal Bamber Bridge 3 Radcliffe Borough 2; Final Ashton United 2 Bamber Bridge 1)
* 2003-04 - Promoted to Premier Division
* 2004-05 - Relegated to Division One
* 2007-08 - Joined Northern Premier League Division One North
* 2008-09 - Finished in 5th position in the Northern Premier League Division One North and were defeated 3-2 in the semi final by FC United of Manchester

* Best league position: 1st in Northern Premier League Premier Division (then level 6), 1995-96
* Best FA Cup performance: 2nd round 1999-00
* Best FA Trophy performance: 2nd round, 1994-95, 1996-97, 1998-99 and 1999-00
* Best FA Vase performance: semi-final, 1991-92

ources

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References

External links

* [http://www.bamberbridgefc.co.uk/ The Official Bamber Bridge F.C. Website]
* [http://www.bamberbridge-fc.co.uk/ The Unofficial Bamber Bridge F.C. Website]


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