Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Rams expect record crowd

Source: lancashiretelegraph.co.uk

By Telegraph newsdesk

RAMSBOTTOM United are expecting a record crowd at the Riverside Ground when FC United visit on Easter Saturday.

A steam train, the Rammy Rattler, has been arranged and is fully booked with more than 300 fans.

Ramsbottom United chairman Harry Williams said it would be the biggest attendance in the club's history. He said: "We have a capacity of 1,750 and entrance is ticket only. It is a big day for the club, and has taken a lot of planning."

The Rammy Rattler has been arranged by Bury and District Supporters Branch for FC United, also known as the "Red Rebels".

Member Mark O'Rourke said: "The idea came from a chat over a pint last season when FC United looked likely to join Ramsbottom United in the North West Counties Football League Division One.

"We thought we couldn't let this local fixture pass without doing something a bit different to mark it."

The plan was to fill one 64-seat carriage but demand was so great the whole train sold out.