Team’s boost on cup quest

Mark Keenan and Tony Lyons all set for Brighouse Town's 4th Round FA Vase in the Isle of Wight

Mark Keenan and Tony Lyons all set for Brighouse Town's 4th Round FA Vase in the Isle of Wight

CUP fever has taken over the area as Brighouse Town FC head down to the Isle of Wight for their massive FA Vase match.

The community has rallied round the Baris Northern Counties Eastern Premier Division club with donations to help them with the travel costs down to the island which will be one of the longest journeys the squad will have taken.

The St Giles Road team is playing Newport on Saturday in the fourth round with a chance of playing at Wembley if they progress to the final.

The squad, committee members and fans will be setting off on the mile trip tomorrow morning.

Mark Keenan, who has been raising money for the club by running a goal competition, which ends today at Mark Fry Days fish and chip shop, will be going down with his 12-year-old son Alex to cheer on the team.

“It’s all I have been talking about. They are only four games away from Wembley if they get through. Alex has already been looking at Newport’s stadium, the hotel and about the Isle of Wight.

“We are so proud to be involved and it is all about investing in the community with supporting the team and the other way round. It’s lovely to be in Brighouse and be part of its progress.”

Tony Lyons, committee member and former manager at Brighouse Town, is travelling down via plane.

“Over the last few weeks there has been a real buzz and people have been asking how Brighouse Town are doing and to wish them the best of luck. It’s a credit to all the supporters, sponsors and management team with what they have achieved.”

Donations have come from far and wide to help the club with the travel expenses.

Colin Meah, manager of Sainsburys in Brighouse has handed over a hamper full of bananas, oranges and Jaffa cakes ready for the players.

“I am pleased to be able to offer support as they have done ever so well to get this far and it is unbelievable that they have drawn the longest trip away,” said Colin.

The Home Indian, Hipperholme, donated £200.

Huddersfield Town has also donated two wheeled kit bags and match day equipment for their trip and Town legend Andy Booth has wished the team all the best.

Tenterfield’s Business Park at Luddenden Foot, Halifax, has stepped in to help cover the cost of the training session at St George’s Park in Burton.

Chairman Ray McLaughlin has also received donations from Brighouse Cricket Club, Rastrick Cricket Club and a personal cheque from David Barnes, the chairman of Brighouse Rangers ARLFC.

“Newport have been established for 125 years, while we have only been at this level for just five years, so we are really putting the town on the map,” he said.

“We have had tremendous support and its not just the money people are donating, we are being stopped in the street by people who are wishing us luck and it’s a massive boost to the team and club.

“It’s a massive expense for the club to travel such a distance and we are thrilled that some fans are also making the journey, so every penny donated is going to good use.

“Our only concern is the weather and I keep checking it daily to see if the forecasts have changed.”




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