Thursday, April 12, 2007

Red hordes set for second invasion

Source: North West Evening Mail

HOLKER Old Boys have pulled off a major coup by landing an end-of-season friendly with FC United of Manchester.

The Red Rebels — who last weekend clinched promotion to the UniBond League — will visit Rakesmoor Lane on Saturday, May 5.

FC United was formed in the summer of 2005 by fans unhappy at Malcolm Glazer’s takeover of Manchester United.

The club are famed for their large, highly vocal, travelling support.

Holker faced FC United twice in the North West Counties Division Two 2005/06 season.

Over 2,300 fans watched Old Boys lose 2-0 in a home game played at Barrow RL’s Craven Park ground.

The away game took place in front of more than 3,100 at Altrincham’s Moss Lane, FC United winning 4-1.

Close links between the two clubs were developed, and further strengthened when midfielder Dave Swarbrick transferred from Holker to FC United in February 2006.

Acting Holker chairman Dick John said: “This is great for the club. There are a lot of details to sort but it is going to happen.”

He added: “We’re not expecting over 2,000 fans. I’m thinking more around the 1,000 mark.

“Last time we got a capacity quote for Rakesmoor Lane was when we staged a rugby league game last year and it was 1,750.”

Holker’s official website says: “Both parties are really looking forward to a joyous event, with Rakesmoor resounding to the renowned signing of the FC faithful.

“Details will be firmed up over the next few weeks as discussions with key stakeholders, including the police in Barrow, take place.

“It is anticipated that a large number of FC United fans will spend the Bank Holiday in the Furness area, so this is also a great occasion for local attractions to look to support Holker and FC United in making this a weekend to remember.”

John is hopeful of arranging a kick-off time which will allow fans to watch both the game at Rakesmoor and the televised Premiership Manchester derby between United and City, being held at the Eastlands stadium on the same day.