A message from the Chairman Peter Smurthwaite
19th September 2020
After all the problems with the Covid pandemic we have the start of the season proper today and welcome Grimsby Borough back to Bridlington for today’s game. Borough have had a couple of good seasons and will be looking to continue that success today in what will be a tough game when you look at some decent results they have had pre-season.
You fans will now be used to the procedures in and around the ground to meet the rules and regulations which we must do our best to adhere to. There obviously is a cost to installing all these requirements but we have this week along with other clubs at our level received a £4000.00 grant to help pay for this work from The Football Foundation and supported by the Premier League and we thank them for this grant. We are still restricted to a maximum attendance of 300 fans but judging by the gates for the pre-season games we should be able to deal with this number without the added nuisance of having to make games all ticket affairs.
We will be making a presentation before the game today of cheques for £3500.00 to both the local MIND and Cystic Fibrosis Charities which was raised at the recent Memorial Game held here for Andrew “Panda” Brown and Graham “Rollo” Rollinson who sadly passed away during the summer. Once again we thank the Hull City Ex Tigers for bringing a team to play the local lads Bridlington Town XI. For the 3rd season running the Town and the local community gave fantastic support to the event and donated very generously to raise the £7000.00. This make £26,000.00 we have raised in the last three seasons for local charities. I could fill a full page of people to thank for their help in making these days such a success but I would especially like to thank Gavin Kelly, Mary, Dom, Becki and her staff for their endeavours and hard work.
Since I last wrote in the programme trade has started to pick up nicely in the new Clubhouse with a good attendance of local fans here to watch the Liverpool v Leeds Utd game on Sky Sports so remember this is the place to be for big TV games.
Finally thanks to all our ground staff for producing the excellent playing surface you will see today at the “Wembley of the North”.
Yours in Sport,
Chairman – Bridlington Town AFC Ltd
A Disappointing Week
5th September 2020
I have thought long and hard about whether I should write this but my opinion has not changed over the last few days so here goes.
Last week’s friendly was disappointing both in the performance and financially after paying the three officials I was left with £146.00 in gate receipts this followed on from the previous weeks receipts of £250.00 being the first game that fans were allowed back in. We did not achieve the 150 fans we were allowed to have in. I thought after being allowed to play and have fans in for the first time since “lock down” people would be very eager to see live sport again but sadly not, maybe some fans are still nervous about being around other people.
I had hoped that the opening of the new clubhouse would coincide with the start of the pre-season friendlies and we could have had a “BIG” games against a professional club or a Saturday game against Scarborough for the Dave Holland Trophy in front of possibly up to 700 fans if it was decent weather but sadly due to “COVOID” no such luck resulting in a loss of revenue of possibly £5000.00 with gate receipts and associated bar and food income.
Another disappointment was on Bank Holiday Sunday when I has organised for a singer to provide entertainment for the afternoon along with the serving of barbecue food to hopefully bring in additional income. I arrived at 2.30pm with my partner Gina to also meet some friends we had told about the event. Sadly I witnessed another disappointing turn out, so just put yourself in my place I have spent a lot of time, effort and “MONEY” on building this fantastic new club house facility and for the football club to move forward we need more revenue coming in other than just on match days. In the past I could understand the clubhouse was maybe not exactly attractive for families but it certainly is now.
When I got home I thought how strange when we have 150 fans and 4 football teams at the club we could only attract 6 fans and 1 player. People are not obliged to use the club all I am asking for is more support and not just financial but moral support. Just call in and bring your families and have a couple of drinks, tell your friends about us, you don’t have to stay all afternoon and get pissed. I have invested quite a monthly sum in installing SKY Sports and BT Sport on the three televisions screens and hope this can be paid for with increased attendances in the bar.
You only have to look at Bridlington Sports Club at Moorfield Road to see how lack of support can cause problems at a club, people were happy enough to enjoy the sports facilities but as I understand it did not want to support the club in other ways, the cricket club are now trying to rescue the situation. People need to know that we are not a members only club and I have supplied a brand new sign at the car park entrance to say we are “Open to the Public” so please spread the word. We have not been a members club since 2004 when I took over the club, but the perception is still there of “members only.”
My final disappointment was that of that of the team performance in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round game at Thornaby on Tuesday night when we missed the opportunity to be in the next round with a home game on 12th September, 2020 and the prize money which goes with victories in the competition as we showed with that fantastic win at West Auckland Town last season. There was very little difference between the skill level in both teams on Tuesday I just felt that Thornaby out-enthused us and had a greater desire and hunger to win the game. I just hope people don’t think its ok “Old Smurthy” will always bail the club out if the going gets tough, be very careful what you wish for in sport!!
Chairmam Bridlington Town Football Club
Bridlington Town v Scarborough Athletic
2nd September 2020
Bridlington Town v Scarborough Athletic
Dave Holland Trophy, Tuesday 8th September 2020, Kick off 7.30pm
The above game will be an all ticket game in accordance with Government guidelines and we will have 250 tickets available for Bridlington Town Fans priced at £6.00 and £3.00 for concessions.
The tickets will be available from the Bridlington Town Bar between the following times:
Friday 4th September – 5.00pm to 10.00pm
Saturday 5th September – 12 Noon to 8.00pm
Any unsold tickets will be added to the Scarborough Athletic Club allocation on Monday 7th September 2020. You will need to add your details to the ticket stub to be retained by our club as per the Government Track and Trace regulations.
COVID-19 Risk Assessment
Track and Trace
21st August 2020
Anyone who does not wish to give a name and contact number is perfectly within their rights. Track and Trace information will ne held in the club safe for 21 days and then destroyed. I understand some peoples reluctance however if anyone after the game confirmed as having Covid-19 we have a duty to let other people know so they can get tested. No one would know the name of any person infected just that someone was. I personally know of 2 people who have had Covid-19, my technical officer at work, she has just returned after 6 weeks and for the 1st week i was really worried! If you have ever had a chest infection and struggled to breath then multiply that by 10 and you will be somewhere near how she was! The 2nd person i worked with who was a friend and collegue although in another department didnt make it and his funeral was 2 weeks ago. Track and Trace gives the club the ability to notify anyone who may have been in contact with any individual who tests positive and gives them the chance to be tested. I myself have been tested twice, its straight forward and you have the results in 48 hrs. Its an individuals choice whether to give their name and a contact telephone number however whether people like it or not COVID-19 is real.
by Chris Webb
Bridlington Town AFC Safety officer
FA Cup: Extra-preliminary round
18th August 2020
FA Cup: Extra-preliminary round 1st September - @thornaby_fc
Preliminary round 12th September - Sunderland RCA/Durham City (home).
No news yet on spectators.
Integra Buildings signs deal to sponsor Bridlington Town AFC after completing new clubhouse
August 14th 2020
Integra Buildings has signed up to sponsor Bridlington Town AFC, just weeks after completing a new clubhouse for the non-league football team.
East Yorkshire-based Integra, an award-winning designer and manufacturer of bespoke modular buildings, has become the principal club and shirt sponsor for the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons, providing the club with a major boost following the suspension of games due to the Covid-19 crisis.
It means the Seasiders, who play in the Premier Division of the Northern Counties East Football League, will wear the Integra company name and logo on their shirts when they return to action.
It follows Integra’s successful completion last month of a new clubhouse at the Hudgell Solicitors Stadium, in partnership with the lead contractor, PBS Construction (North East) Ltd.
Built using cutting-edge modular techniques, the clubhouse was manufactured in seven parts at Integra’s production facilities in Paull, east of Hull. These units were then transported by lorry to Bridlington, where they were assembled to create the new building.
The first-class facilities will help improve access to grassroots sport across Bridlington and the surrounding area and benefit the community for years to come.
At the heart of the clubhouse is the new Town Bar, which has proven to be a big hit with supporters and the public since opening on July 25, less than nine weeks after construction began on site. The facilities also include a boardroom, office, kitchen and large open plan bar and social area.
Gary Parker, Managing Director of Integra Buildings, said: “We’re delighted to have agreed to sponsor the Seasiders for the next two seasons after enjoying such a strong relationship while working together on the new clubhouse.
“We’ve seen at first hand over the past few months what a great community club this is, so we’re proud to be able to support their important work to promote grassroots football at all levels.
“By providing new, high-quality facilities, the new clubhouse will play a major part in attracting even more people – young and old – to the game and supporting Bridlington Town AFC.
“We’ve been starved of live football over the past few months, so we’re really looking forward to the day when crowds are allowed to return and we can watch the players walk out in their new shirts proudly bearing the Integra Buildings name and logo. We wish Bridlington Town every success for the new season.”
Pete Smurthwaite, Chairman of Bridlington Town AFC, said: “We’d like to thank Gary and his team for this wonderful sponsorship. Being supported by a company of the stature of Integra is a great boost for the club.
“Not only that, but they’ve built us a clubhouse that will be the envy of a great many non-league football clubs in this country. It’s a fantastic facility.
“We had a very tight deadline to get the building up and running before the start of the new season, and despite all the challenges brought by coronavirus, Integra pulled out all the stops to complete on time.
“The clubhouse is not only a valuable asset to the football club but also to the community of Bridlington, as it is available for use seven days a week and will help us to improve grassroots sport in and around Bridlington.
“It’s been a difficult period for the club and supporters, with competitive football being suspended for so long, but the support from Integra is a big boost and we can now look forward to a very successful season ahead, on and off the pitch.”
Integra Buildings is at the forefront of the UK’s rapidly expanding modular construction sector. Its growing customer base ranges from major construction companies, to local authorities and other public sector bodies.
Integra also specialises in sports facilities and has delivered a series of grassroots football projects across the country.
Integra’s achievements were recognised at the Hull Daily Mail Business Awards last November, when the company was named Large Business of the Year.
Bridlington Town is one of East Yorkshire’s leading semi-professional football clubs, having been founded more than a century ago. The Seasiders have twice visited Wembley, winning the FA Vase in 1993.
The new clubhouse was made possible after Bridlington Town was awarded funding by the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF). As the sister organisation of the Football Foundation, the FSIF is the largest funder of non-league football in the country.
The £100,000 FSIF grant, along with an £150,000 grant from the Yorkshire Coast Community Led Local Development Programme in connection with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, enabled the club to replace an ageing clubhouse that had been in need of renovation.
The facilities support the club in giving 70 local players the chance to play football each week, including at senior and youth levels.
The Seasiders made a free donation of the former modular-built clubhouse to Bellshill Athletic, after a fire ravaged the Scottish non-league team’s facilities. The assistance came about because Bridlington Town Manager Brett Agnew comes from the Scottish village of Holytown, close to the Bellshill Athletic ground.
Bridlington Town is currently playing pre-season friendlies, with matches held behind closed doors, following the abandonment of the 2019/20 season in March following the coronavirus outbreak. The club is currently looking to start the new league season in early September.
Although there will be no spectators in the stands, supporters will be able to watch live streams of games in the clubhouse until fans are allowed to return to the terraces.
For information about Bridlington Town AFC and use of the clubhouse for events, call 01262 606879 or go to www.bridtownafc.com
To find out more about Integra Buildings visit www.integrabuildings.co.uk, call 01964 626761 or e-mail email@example.com
Integra Buildings Managing Director Gary Parker, left, and Bridlington Town Chairman Pete Smurthwaite have agreed a sponsorship deal just weeks after Integra completed a new clubhouse for the non-league club.
Bridlington Town AFC V Gainsborough Trinity
6th August 2020
The above preseason friendly game will be played at our ground but in accordance with Government Regulations it must be played “Behind Closed Doors” and no one other than the players, match officials and club officials will be allowed into the stadium.
The clubhouse will be open as normal but between 2.30pm and 5.00pm access will not be allowed onto the outside seated area behind the goal. To regulate the amount of people allowed into the clubhouse bar this will be by ticket only until 5.00pm. Tickets will be available from the clubhouse reception area between now and 5.00pm on Friday 7th August, 2020 and these will be restricted to Bridlington Town fans only and I apologise in advance to Gainsborough fans for this restriction.
We are currently looking into “streaming the game” onto the TV screens in the clubhouse for the match. I trust you understand the difficulties caused to clubs at our level with these restrictions which are going to result in very much reduced revenue from these preseason games and are causing great problems logistically.
One positive is we are having “Sky Sports” installed in the clubhouse which will be available from noon on Friday 7th onwards and will be a choice of sports on the three screens we have.
FA Cup and Vase news
3rd August 2020
Bridlington Town will enter the FA Cup in the Extra Preliminary Round and are exempt in the FA Vase until the First Round. The draws will be out on the 18th August.
Statement from the FA
18th July 2020
The FA have issued guidelines on a return to Grassroots Football and these can be read by clicking on the following link:
Update on the new clubhouse and stadium improvements
10th July 2020
Buy a Brick fundraiser **NOW CLOSED**
20th June 2020
Wall of fame
For the first time in the clubs 100 year history we're offering you; the true supporters of Bridlington Town football club the opportunity to create an even stronger bond with the Seasiders by adding a personalized brick to preserve the clubs past and help secure its future.
You can buy a brick for yourself, friends, family or loved ones. Why not buy an engraved brick to celebrating births and marriage, as well as paying a fitting tribute to loved ones that were true ‘Seasiders’ fans, professionally engraved with your own personal message, in their memory on to a brick
A commemorative brick will cost £25.00 each and will include an official Certificate of Acknowledgement bearing your inscription.
These Certificates will be individually numbered and a brick guide will be provided to help you find your brick after installation.
The ‘wall of fame’ is to be built inside the ground, where it is confidently predicted that it will be constructed with the custom-made, laser engraved bricks for our loyal Seasiders fans, where it is envisaged that the memorial wall will become a pre-game meeting place for friends and families.
Ordering your bricks
Each brick allows a personalised message of two lines with a maximum of 16 characters per line. The lettering is in Black or Gold.
For the fan that would like to show their support on a grandeur scale, there is the opportunity to purchase a double sized brick for £50, ideal for corporate supporters to have a permanent statement of their help in buying the club for the fans.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or see the clubs facebook page.
FA online meeting takes place to discuss next season
19th June 2020
The FA held an online meeting with all Step 5 and 6 Leagues, including the Toolstation Northern Counties East Football League, on Friday afternoon to discuss the strategy for starting the 2020/21 season.
Various scenarios have been planned by the FA, working out what would happen if the season was allowed to start on various different dates, starting in September in the earliest scenario and as late as January in the worst case.
All scenarios are dependent on Government guidance and would be subject to approval from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Points confirmed at the meeting were:
* As full as season as possible will be played,
* Football at our level will not be played behind closed doors as the FA understands the importance of bars and food outlets to club finances,
* As much inclusion as possible for our clubs in the FA Cup and FA Vase will take place, and
* Players' and other officials' commitments post-lockdown, as well as the potential impact on our volunteers, will be taken into consideration.
A full copy of the FA presentation will be made available in due course along with a document for all of our member clubs entitled 'Club Guidance on COVID-19 Return'.
A message from the chairman
10th June 2020
The “Big Day” is almost upon us now after having dismantled and transported our old building modules to Bellshill AFC in Scotland and the existing site has been cleared. PBS Construction (North East) Ltd having this week completed the construction of the new foundations.
Our subcontractor Integra Buildings Ltd have been constructing the new modular building at their Hull factory since we placed the order in March, 2020 and despite the Covid 19 pandemic have still been able to meet the original programme date. We are pleased to announce the 7 No modular units will be delivered and erected on site on Monday 15th June 2020. The project will be a valuable asset to the football club but also to the community of Bridlington being available for use seven days a week with the improved facilities.
The new building would not have been able to proceed without the help and financial grants from the “Yorkshire Coast CLLD Programme” in connection with East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the “Football Foundation”.
More information will be provided later about other people and organisations who have helped make this prestigious project happen.
** Club announcement **
6th June 2020
We are pleased to announce that Tyler Mallen will be joining the club as our new Videographer, Tyler has recently been covering men’s and ladies rugby matches but he is no stranger to football Tyler is well known in local football as a former goal keeper and also as a referee.
we are delighted to have Tyler on board and know he will prove to be a great addition to the clubs media team and we wish him the best of luck in his new role.
Tyler is pictured (centre) with Hendrik and Wayne.
Ps No they didn’t interview Tyler.
Message from Bellshill Athletic Secretary Brian Closs
30th May 2020
We cannot Thank everyone at Bridlington Town enough for what you have given us. It will be a tremendous asset to the senior club and the Academy structure in general.
Hopefully we will be able to organise a pre season friendly for next year, gives everyone plenty of time to save.
Thank you again and will be delighted to keep you all up to date with progress which is at planning stage at the moment.
New match day announcer
24th May 2020
We are pleased to announce that Kevin Grantham will be taking on the role of match day announcer from the start of the coming season,
Kevin who some of you will know is the face of Brid Town TV also plans to spend more time on the clubs YouTube channel and will be at games both home and away from next season getting both pre and post-match interviews with management, players and also getting the thoughts of the fans after the matches.
Kevin takes over from Warren Spear who stepped down at the end of the 2019/20 season after serving the club for over 12 years as match day announcer and we thank Warren for his time in the role and wish him the very best of luck for the future, Hopefully we will still see him supporting the Seasiders.
Finney returns to Town reserves
21st May 2020
We would like to announce that Bridlington Town county league manager Terry Finney has stepped down and will be joining up with John Kenney and the Bridlington Town reserve team. Terry had a successful stint working with John in the 2015/16 season where they won the East riding county league premier division. Terry said “After an unbeaten season with county was cut short John and myself decided to join back up and build a team capable of getting promoted into the Humber Premier League. Personally, I would like to thank Kev (Grantham) for everything last season and the lads who were fantastic week in week out. A new chapter begins where everyone will be given an opportunity to fight for a Humber league shirt for those that want to” Dan Bemrose is staying on as player/coach and will step in if John or myself can't make it.
statement from the chairman
18th May 2020
“ The contract to demolish the old clubhouse and rebuild the new clubhouse continue with quite a lot of activity this week and continues for 12 weeks. Full Health and Safety Regulations will now take effect and only persons with permission from the PBS Ltd Site Manager will be allowed within the working area. We thank volunteers who have assisted recently but we must now adhere to our Site Health and Safety Plan. People can observe the works and take photographs from outside the perimeter fencing and the club will be giving regular updates as the scheme progresses.”
Supporters club donation
13th May 2020
Bridlington Town Supporters Club Treasurer Paul Prime presents a cheque to Club Chairman Peter Smurthwaite as their contribution towards pitch maintenance at the club’s Queensgate ground.
Treasurer Paul Prime added ‘Even at these difficult times our clubs’ supporters have continued to raise funds and we are delighted to be able to make this regular contribution.
Chairman Peter Smurthwaite added “Yet again” I have to thank the supporters for their generous donations towards the cost of the annual pitch refurbishment. Everyone involved with this football club takes great pride in what a fantastic playing surface we have with our pitch and the very positive comments we receive from various visitors to our stadium. The new clubhouse will also help improve our involvement and provision of better facilities with the local community.
New first team coach
3rd May 2020
We are pleased to welcome Joe Lamplough to Bridlington Town as our new first team coach,
Brett and Anthony have picked Lamps for his excellent attitude towards football on and off the pitch,
Manager Brett Agnew said he is delighted to have Lamps on board he brings a lot of experience in the game as well as being a fantastic coach.
Lamps was the perfect fit for us at this time and he will help us along our journey to take Bridlington Town up to the next level.
Joe on his appointment as first team coach, Delighted to be joining the coaching staff, I feel like the club is moving in the right direction with the right people in charge an that I can add to that with my experiences of this level over 10 years and also having a good understanding and knowledge of the game. Looking forward to the challenge and working with both Brett and bowz and the team already in place here at brid.
13th March 2020
A statement from the NCEL has been released this afternoon and all fixtures have been suspended until further notice due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
You can read the full statement on the NCEL website
Seasiders awarded funding
Bridlington Town AFC awarded funding to revamp football facilities
People living in Bridlington are set to benefit from fresh investment into local football facilities. Bridlington Town AFC have been awarded a grant from the Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation, to upgrade their clubhouse.
The Football Foundation is the UK’s largest sports charity and exists to improve the experience of playing football for everyone, by championing fair access to quality facilities.
This grant will enable Bridlington Town AFC, which plays at Step 5 in the Northern Counties East Football League Premier Division, which gives 70 local players the chance to play football each week, to improve their clubhouse facilities.
Players and the local community will be able to experience a new purpose build clubhouse, which will represent a significant improvement on the existing clubhouse which was in need of renovation, including hospitality and year round community use.
Bridlington Town AFC worked with the Football Foundation and the East Riding County FA to secure a £100,000 grant towards the project.
Peter Smurthwaite, Owner and Chairman, Bridlington Town AFC, said: “Football makes a huge difference to the players, coaches, spectators and the whole community here. We see first-hand the impact on players’ confidence, physical health and mental focus. To receive this funding from the Premier League, The FA and the Government through the Football Foundation means a lot to us, as it will help us to improve grassroots sport across Bridlington and the surrounding area and get even more people involved in the nation’s favourite game.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “We’re dedicated to improving grassroots football facilities because we want to encourage more people to get involved in our nation’s favourite game, regardless of their background, age or ability or place. That’s why I’m delighted that this funding will support Bridlington Town AFC in developing their new clubhouse, which will benefit the local community for years to come.
“Made possible by investment from the Premier League, The FA and the Government, via Sport England, the Football Foundation is supporting the grassroots game by improving access to high-quality football facilities across the country. We believe in the power of pitches to transform lives and strengthen communities and so we’ll be investing £1bn across the country over the next 10 years.”
The Premier League, The FA and Government’s Football Foundation is the largest sports charity in the UK. It champions and supports fair access to quality football facilities for everyone, regardless of postcode, gender, race, disability or place.
The Foundation receives money from the Premier League, The FA and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, through Sport England. This is matched with partnership funding and awarded as grants to create outstanding grassroots facilities that enable better games and attract more players, helping to transform communities.
The Football Foundation celebrates its 20th anniversary next year. Since 2000, it has awarded more than 17,300 grants to improve facilities worth more than £684m – including 829 artificial grass pitches, 3,175 natural grass pitches and 1,100 changing facilities. This has attracted an additional £870m of partnership funding – totalling over £1.5bn investment in grassroots football so far.
Through the Foundation, the Premier League, The FA, DCMS and Sport England have come together to create the National Football Facilities Strategy (NFFS) that will guide work over the next 10 years to transform many more local facilities. Local Football Facility Plans (LFFP) are being created to identify priority projects where demand is greatest, and the impact will be strongest and help stimulate the action required to deliver them.
Bridlington Town supporters trust
The supporters trust is still alive and KICKING and looking for new members.
If you are interested in helping the club financially for as little as £1.00 per week then please come and see Paul Prime or Richard Bishop at the ground on match days.