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Dave Holland Memorial Match

15th July 2019

Dave Holland Memorial Match - Scarborough Athletic v Bridlington Town AFC Friendly Match 16th July, 2019 7.45pm Kick Off

I have just returned from holiday this weekend and was surprised and disappointed to be informed that the admission charge for the above game is £10.00 for Adults and £5.00 and £3.00 for concessions and kids. Our club has had no involvement for these prices which I believe are too high for a game of this nature and would not have been these prices had the game been played at Queensgate.

I and my colleagues had the utmost respect for Dave Holland and believe the importance of this game should be reflected in attracting as many fans as possible to the match. With that in mind I will give a rebate to any Bridlington Town Fans who want to attend the game. If you keep your ticket or make yourself known to me I will reimburse the fans with £4.00 and £2.00 for concessions at our next home game to encourage as many of you as possible to attend this important game.

Kind Regards,
Peter Smurthwaite
Chairman – Bridlington Town AFC

Bridlington Shellfish Co Ltd

26th June 2019

We are delighted to announce that the Bridlington Shellfish Co Ltd have agreed to be the clubs main shirt sponsor for the 2019/20 season, We thank them for their continued support to the football club.

Pre-season fixtures

2nd June 2019

The pre-season fixtures arranged so far for July:

FIRST TEAM
Tuesday 2nd - Bridlington Town v Chalk Lane (at St. Mary's College, Hull) - 7:15pm

Saturday 6th - Bridlington Town v Worksop Town - 2:00pm

Thursday 11th - Beverley Town v Bridlington Town (at Longcroft School, Beverley) - 7:30pm

Saturday 13th - Bridlington Town v North Ferriby United - 3:00pm

Tuesday 16th - Scarborough Athletic v Bridlington Town (David Holland Memorial Trophy) - 7:45pm

Saturday 20th - Bitton FC v Bridlington Town (Toolstation Cup at Bridgwater FC, Somerset) - 3:00pm

Hull City Academy Tournament at Bishop Burton College involving Bridlington Town, Hull City Academy, Huddersfield Town Academy and Pickering Town. Kick-off times to be confirmed.
Wednesday 24th - Hull City Academy v Pickering Town
Thursday 25th - Huddersfield Town Academy v Bridlington Town
Saturday 27th - 3rd/4th place play-off and Final

RESERVES
Saturday 20th - Bridlington Town Reserves v Cleethorpes Town Reserves (at Queensgate) - 3:00pm

Saturday 27th - Bridlington Town Reserves v Brighouse Town Reserves (at Queensgate) - 3:00pm

Building firm hits out

Wednesday 22nd May

Please follow link
https://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/news/hull-east-yorkshire-news/hull-building-firm-hits-out-2891309

Toolstation Cup 2019

16th May 2019

Bridlington Town are pleased to announce that the club has accepted an invitation from the Toolstation Northern Counties East Football League to represent the NCEL in the annual Toolstation Cup final this summer. Toolstation also sponsor the Western Football League and for the past five seasons the two leagues have alternatively hosted a pre-season fixture between one club from each League’s Premier Division for the Toolstation Cup.
This year it is the turn of the Toolstation Western League to host the game and on Saturday 20 July the Seasiders will travel to Somerset to play Bitton AFC at Bridgwater Town’s Fairfax Park ground, kick-off 3:00pm. Both Bitton and Bridlington finished the 2018/19 season in third place of their respective leagues and no doubt the Western League side will want to regain the trophy, which has been held for the last four years by the NCEL.

Previous Results
2014 Knaresborough Town 0 – Bristol Manor Farm 1
2015 Willand Rovers 4 – Cleethorpes Town 5
2016 Handsworth Parramore 4 – Odd Down 0
2017 Street FC 2 – AFC Mansfield 3
2018 Penistone Church 1 – Buckland Athletic 0

Bitton’s last successes were ten years ago when they won the Western League Premier Division Championship and the Gloucestershire CFA Challenge Trophy. They lost in this year’s Challenge Trophy at the semi-final stage when Bishops Cleeve went through to the Final by winning a penalty-shootout 5-4 following a 3-3 draw.
Town will most probably play in their alternate dark blue strip as Bitton’s usual colours are red and white striped shirts with black shorts and socks.
Any more details about the fixture will be issued once they are known.

IT’S THE END OF A LONG SEASON

30th April 2019

What a really good end to our league season last Saturday, a really good atmosphere very much helped by the large contingent of kids with their parents coming from Maltby for what is now hopefully a regular event with the weather being a lot better than the “Beast from the East” cold snap last year. I know the Bridlington and Maltby kids really enjoyed the penalty shoot-out competition at half time with Bridlington winning the trophy back after last year’s defeat.

What a great advertisement the game was for Northern Counties East League with the quality of the goals and football from both teams and the victory ensured a third place finish for our team after a difficult spell in March we recovered really well. It has also given Maltby a very respectable finish in the league again this season which is a credit to their committee and managers and prove they are a very well run club. We even had a “de-brief meeting” in the Revelstoke Hotel in Bridlington on Saturday night with some of their committee to discuss how well the game had gone over a few beers.

We held our end of season presentations after the game on Saturday which was well attended and also thanks to our match sponsors who also stayed to support the lads. It was also good to see every player stayed for the presentation and some well-deserved awards were handed out. I don’t envy Brett Agnew who had to drive the minibus back to Hull and the surrounding area with the players in a “merry state” having done the post presentation trip several times myself in the past.

All credit to Brett, Anthony Bowsley, the physios and all the players for their efforts this season in achieving that third position in what is a tough competition league. I understand there will be a re-organisation of the leagues at this level next season where the top three teams will be promoted. Continuity is important at this level of football so Brett and Anthony will continue to manage the team and despite the usual “cherry picking” of our best players I trust our players will stand by this club with us having looked after them so well again this season. I was disappointed that some of our players left at the end of the season last year with the promise of more money only to find that “all that glitters is not gold” then found themselves without a club and the “promised gold”.

This season has been the best ever whilst I have been at the club for match day sponsors and other sponsorship generally and people have already put their names down on the list for next season’s game and fans are already asking about season passes. I thank all our other fans for the support this season which has increased again and makes running this club a lot more satisfying for myself.

We now have the one remaining game on Wednesday 1st May 2019, the E.R.C.F.A Senior Cup final at the Roy West Centre, Inglemire Lane, Hull Kick Off 7.00pm. This used to be a really big occasion when the final was at the KCOM stadium but now it is just another game and I will continue my lone fight next year to see if it can return to the KCOM stadium for the good of local football. Every team that enters this competition does so in the hope they can get to the final and play at Hull City’s ground and this year there has been no reason given as to why it is not at the KCOM. Yet again we requested a later kick off as we did for the semi-final for a 7.45pm kick off but again this has been refused, we now have two players who are unable to make it because they work in Sheffield yet it is no problem for the Hull City squad who are all full time professionals and trainees and are actually playing at their home ground (Unusual for a final!!)

I have subsidised the cost of a coach from Bridlington to bring some of our fans who have difficulty in parking a mile from the ground and getting to the kick off on time. Imagine if the FA decided to hold the FA Cup Final at Leyton Orient because they could not afford to play at Wembley.

I am proud to be on the committee of the East Riding County Football League which is one of the best leagues in the country which has maintained most of its divisions and member teams despite losing teams to the Humber Premier League a few years ago when other leagues have reduced greatly or even gone out of existence.

One of the great attractions for this league is that their four Cup Finals are played at a stadium, Bridlington Town by coincidence!! Eight teams are looking forward to what they see as a great occasion (not just another game) and a day they will always remember on the 11th and 18th May this year. Even my own son Brendon runs a team, West Hull AFC in this league and they have been trying for several years to get to a final at this “Old Mans” ground. For a team such as “Souths FC” who are in Division 5 to play at Queensgate, Bridlington is great motivation for clubs to do well in County League and what a great “occasion” for them to end the league season. We have already had six cup finals from the East Riding Youth League in the past month and to see the response from those kids to playing at our ground brings a smile to everyone’s faces, winners or losers.

The governing body of football are here to facilitate the playing of the game and give all levels of football the chance to excel themselves to want to play at the highest level they can and not get bogged down with Laws, Rules and bloody red tape. See you all next season and remember never accept second best.

Yours in Sport
Peter Smurthwaite
Chairman
Bridlington Town AFC

** Awards Night **

27th April 2019

Bridlington Town held its end of season awards in a packed Seasiders Bar on Saturday 27th April.

Awards were given to the following:
Top Scorer: Joe McFadyen
Players Player : Tom Jackson
Supporters young player: Lewis Dennison
Supporters player: Lewis Dennison
Managers players: Joe McFadyen & Lewis Dennison
Talk of the town player: Lewis Dennison
Club man award: Hedrick Korivaar
Young supporter of the season: Jay Stockdale
Supporter of the season: Mary Green

THE LAST OF THE “MAGIC ROUNDABOUT” TRIPS

11th April 2019

Last night we completed the last of our seven away midweek league game trips this season where yet again on the journey back the M18 (Eastbound) was closed from the junction of the A1. You then have to go round the “Magic Roundabout” and work out your most suitable diversion home due to the lack of a suitable signed diversion. This then added twenty minutes to my journey and not for the first time this season. It’s a bit strange with these seven fixtures which have included trips to Penistone, Yorkshire Amateurs, Eccleshill, Liversedge, Worksop and Staveley (all clubs right on our doorstep for a midweek game)

The irony of all this is we have been very fortunate in that we once had a midweek HOME league game last summer in August against Knaresborough, our only one of the season. On the plus side we have saved a lot on electricity by not using our floodlights.

Let’s hope next season we can work with the league to try and correct this imbalance which we know is not an easy task. Credit must go to my Manager Brett Agnew and his Assistant Anthony Bowsley, Secretary Gordon Gillott and our small group of diehard fans who have made these midweek journeys in all weathers. Most of all credit to our players who having been at work all day have nearly all made themselves available for these long midweek journeys most probably arriving home at 1.00am in the morning.

On the positive side it was nice to complete our distant journeys at Staveley Miners Welfare which is a proper non-league football club and excellent facility run by proper football people with a good group of fans. It is always a pleasure to visit them (even on a midweek night) and as usual the hospitability and food was second to none and I thought both teams played the game in the correct manner and was a good advertisement for this league. It was also nice to go home with the three points despite the usual debateable penalty conceded by ourselves, one of many given against us over the years at Staveley, remember the famous game in April 2013 which cost us the league title.

I can look forward to the cricket season (no midweek games for them) and the remainder of the Rugby League season without having to worry about how the hell to navigate my way through peak time traffic to get to a game and then face the “Magic Roundabout” courtesy of Highways England on my way back.

Yours in Sport
Peter Smurthwaite
Chairman
Bridlington Town AFC

Agnew is back

30th March 2019

Town Manager Brett Agnew makes his long awaited return to the Seasiders starting eleven against Hemsworth Miners Welfare today.
Brett who has been out for over a year with a knee injury whilst playing for previous club North Ferriby United said he is feeling confident and is raring to go.
hopefully Brett can give the side a much needed boost after a recent goal drought.

Charter Standard award

27th March 2019

Today we received news on our annual health check and we are pleased to have been awarded the Charter standard status.
Bridlington Town football club is proud of our FA Charter standard status, We're committed to delivering the best possible experience for players, referees, coaches and supporters making football safe and fun for everyone.
#CharterStandard #Proud

The Demise of a Great Cup Competition

14th March 2019

No it is not the FA Cup it is the East Riding County FA Senior Cup, I remember in the late 1960’s going to watch the final at Boothferry Park, Hull City’s ground to watch Bridlington Town versus Bridlington Trinity in front of nearly 2000 people. Last night we won through to the final to play Hull City on 1st May, 2019, sadly at the Roy West Centre, Inglemire Lane, ERCFA headquarters, possibly with a crowd of 200.
It was agreed after the fiasco last season to make an early approach to have the final played at the KCOM Stadium where the Stadium Management Company have a duty to a allow a number of “Community Matches” to be played there each season.
The ERCFA had the ideal opportunity to get this game played at the KCOM when they were in negotiations with Hull City to allow their Under 23 games to be played at the Roy West Centre, I would have asked for the reinstatement of the ERCFA Senior Cup Final and the cost of the same as part of the deal with Hull City at the KCOM Stadium (that’s why I am a successful business owner, sorting out good deals)
No disrespect but the ERCFA Headquarters is not a suitable venue for the area’s most prestigious Cup Final (unlike the West Riding County FA ground at Woodlesford)
- Car parking for only 2 cars from each club, spectators and players take pot-luck parking at the nearby roads
- Covered seating for only 80 people
- No suitable standing area behind one goal and part of one touch line
- Very limited catering facilities, etc etc
It is just not a proper stadium and is only used for the convenience of the ERCFA Committees and not for the enhancement of local football. For years local players have wanted to be given the opportunity to play at Hull City’s ground in a Cup Final. I was Manager of Sculcoates Amateurs Under 18 team when we won the ERCFA Dr. Lilley Cup at Boothferry Park and some of these players still talk about it when they meet up, what an occasion it was for them.
Even the Semi-Finals were always played at one of the areas Non-League grounds, North Ferriby, Hall Road Rangers or Bridlington Town and again the chance for local amateur players to enjoy having played in a stadium.
We are now told it would be unfair if our team played at our own ground in a Semi-Final, yet Hull City under 23’s can play the Semi-Final and Final at their current ground the ERCFA Headquarters.
A couple of weeks ago Scarborough Athletic played York City in the Semi-Final of the North Riding County FA Senior Cup in front of 1600 fans with the final being played at the Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium later this season.
Prior to last night’s semi-final we asked for this kick off to be changed from 7:00pm to 7:30pm as previous years and this was denied, when our Manager asked why he was told by one of the ERCFA Committee as some of their members are volunteers they need to be home early. Most non-league and amateur clubs are ran by volunteers yet the standard evening kick off time is 7:45pm.
We have players, committees and fans who have to travel from outside the Hull area and this is one of the reasons why some of our fans boycotted the game (I don’t really agree with that as a protest you should turn up and support your team at all times and do the Hull City thing and protest with tennis balls, throw some of our many ERCFA fines onto the pitch).
There were no drinks provided at half time and food and drinks provided after the game for the players of both teams, this would not have happened at one of the Non-League grounds or even the Humber League grounds, hospitality would have been provided as it normally is.
The semi-finals were also an opportunity for the Non-League clubs to get some extra revenue but as with the situation with the Hull City Under 23’s, it appears the ERCFA want to make money out of local football when I thought one of the purposes of their organisation was to put money into local football.
It is obvious the ERCFA no longer treat this Cup as their “Flag Ship” competition with the real importance it used to have for the finale of the local football season, I can fully understand when playing the intermediate, junior and qualifying Cup Final, along with other amateur football finals at their ground but not this Senior Cup especially with its history of having been played and competed for over the previous 100 years of local football.
I did want to discuss some of these issues with the senior executives of the ERCFA but none were present but they must have known that the “moaning old bugger Smurthwaite” would be there!! This is the same person who received his 50 year service medal from the FA last year so I must have a reasonable opinion on local football.

Programme sponsor

9th March 2019

Pictured is Chris Broadley from Industrial Supplies giving Pete Smurthwaite a cheque for the programme sponsorship. They have sponsored the programme for several years now and we thank them for their continued support to the football club.

Saturday match preview

6th February 2019

On Saturday the Seasiders are at home again when they play Bottesford Town for the first time this season. Bottesford are ninth in the league but in the last three games they lost at home to Grimsby Borough in the Lincolnshire Senior Trophy semi-final, drew away to bottom side Goole AFC who the Seasiders play on Tuesday and theb lost 3-2 at home against Liversedge in their last fixture.
Town are in sixth position and will be hoping to pick up the three points that will keep them in contention for top spot. Mark Hutchinson and Stuart Oliver are added to the squad but Andy Norfolk will be out as he ends his two-match suspension and Lewis Dennison remains a doubt with injury. Both Nathan Modest and Benn Lewis are also injured and decisions on their fitness will be made before the game..
Bridlington Town from: Jackson, Dennison, Lewis, Thompson, Taylor, Griffin, Jenkinson, Papprill, Bulless, Adams, Day, Modest, McFadyen, Hutchinson, Oliver, Norton, Flowerdew, Broadley,

LIVERSEDGE MATCH OFF

2nd February 2019

Today's game at Liversedge has been postponed due to a frozen pitch. we will update you with the new date as soon as we have the details.

** New signing **

1st February 2019

We are pleased to announce the signing of Stuart Oliver who joins us from Beverley Town, Stu is a box to box midfielder who has an eye for a killer pass and will provide us with more quality in the centre of the park. I look forward to working with Stu i think he will fit in nicely at Bridlington Town.
Thanks to Beverley Town in their help in making it a quick transfer.

** New signing **

30th January 2019

We are pleased to announce the signing of Mark Hutchinson who joins us from North Ferriby United, Mark who is a striker also played for Milwaukee Torrent in the American National League.

From the Gaffer Brett Agnew
“After meeting up with Mark today his positivity, knowledge of football and eye for goal is exactly what we need. In recent games we have made enough chances to win by double figures so I think Mark will take his fair share of chances.
Also thank you to Jamie Waltham and North Ferriby United for there help in making it a quick and easy transfer”

Player of the month

29th January 2019

Congratulations to Matt Broadley who has been voted our player of the month for November.
Matt has proved to be an excellent signing scoring 5 goals in his first 5 games and certainly deserved this months award.

Player of the month is voted by members of the talk of the town supporters group.

** Tonight's match at Goole is OFF **

4th December 2018

Tonight’s match away at Goole has been postponed due to a problem with their floodlights. We will update you with the new date as soon as we get the info.

Sponsorship announcement

29th November 2018

We thank Peter Marshall at Newton Printing Services for his continued sponsorship of our club and the supply of Bench Coats and Trousers for the team substitutes and Managers this season

Player of the month

28th November 2018

Congratulations to Lewis Dennison who has been voted our player of the month for November.
Lewis is a player that always gives 100% and certainly deserved this months award.

Player of the month is voted by members of the talk of the town supporters group.

** New signing **

24th November 2018

We are pleased to announce the signing of Jackson Jowett, Jackson is a forward that can also drop into midfield, he recently had a spell at Scarborough Athletic and he also played locally for Scarborough side Edgehill.

THE VALUE OF NON LEAGUE FOOTBALL TO THE LOCAL COMMUNITY

21st November 2018

What a disgrace that Richard Sudamore the departing Premier League Executive Chairman is to receive a £5 million pound golden hand shake from the Premier League Clubs. What would that amount of money do for non-league and grass roots football at a time when most clubs and organisations struggle to pay their way.
The good thing is that our level of football is not about money, it’s about involving your local community by giving them an alternative to having to pay large sums of money to travel and watch their local professional club. People can feel part of their club and have pride in helping out or watching their team at non-league and grass roots football.
It brought it home to me last Saturday when one of our young fans decided he wanted to eat his chips and mushy peas whilst sitting in the “Directors Box” a few seats from myself, which greatly amused myself and Mark White sat behind me who despite his disability loves coming along with his dog to sit with the Chairman and watch his favourite team in safe and friendly surroundings.

The young boy proudly wearing his Bridlington Town replica shirt under his coat and with a smile on his face. Money can’t buy that feeling that what we are giving is so important to the local community and makes the effort to run a decent club all the more worthwhile.
As well as our First Team we also have a reserve team in the local Humber League, a third team in the local County League and an Under 13s team in the Sunday Boys League. These teams are run by local people who volunteer to give up their time to allow local players to enjoy being involved with their local club. Some of that £5million pounds would allow us to build another pitch at a different site to accommodate them all and also improve the facilities at our stadium where two of these teams play.

We are lucky that a lot of the cost of running this club comes from sponsors most of which are local who kindly donate money and help the club and I would like to thank the following organisations:
- Bridlington Shellfish Co Ltd
- Neil Hudgell Solicitors
- Lloyd Dowson Accountants
- Humberside Excavations Ltd
- North East Aggregates Ltd
- GP Shipping
- Newton Printers

This season we have had the most Match Day sponsors than ever before with nearly every home match sponsored and I would like to thank the following groups:
- Royal British Legion Bridlington Branch
- FC Lodge
- The Telegraph
- The Ship Inn
- Paul Prime
- Mooneys Men
- The Design Formula
- Lee Harper and Friends
- Bridlington Cricket Club
- James Ringrose and Friends
- Graham Dowson and Friends
- Biomass Projects UK
- Ship Inn – Sewerby
- Relay Port Agency
- Andy Ripley and Friends
- Simon Tibbett
- The Star Inn
- Andy Thorley and Friends

As you can see a real community effort by everyone, we also get help from Supporter Trust and the Onward Fund and the local businesses who have pitch side advertising boards and adverts in our programme.
So when the Premier League Clubs say “Stuff You” whilst swimming in their billions we have that nice feeling that our efforts are appreciated and the local community want to help and support us for the benefit of everyone who loves football in our local community.
That young lad who came and sat in the “Directors Box” will always remember how well he was greeted and was not asked by some steward where his parents where with his pass and how happy and safe he was eating his chips and mushy peas and watching his favourite players entertain him without being paid millions of pounds to represent their local club.

Peter Smurthwaite
Chairman – Bridlington Town AFC

** New signing **

6th November 2018

We are pleased to announce the signing of Danny Norton from North Ferriby Utd,
Danny is a great catch for us and someone who gives 100% in everything he does, he will strengthen our already good squad and will go straight into the squad for tonight's game.
We would like to thank Paul Foot and North Ferriby Utd for there co-operation in making the signing easy for us.

** Club announcement **

3rd October 2018

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Rimini Draper who has joined the club and will be assisting first team physio Chris Shenton on match days, Rimini is a qualified First Aider and is training as a Sports Rehabilitator. Welcome to the Seasiders Rimini #seaSeaSEASIDERS

** New signing **

13th October 2018

We are pleased to announce the signing of Ben Clappison who joins us from North Ferriby United.
Ben is a central midfielder and a former Hull City junior/Academy player and had spells at Halifax and then York City before loan periods at Boston and Alfreton so has good experience at the higher levels,
Manager Brett Agnew said "Ben is someone i rate very highly and is just what we need to strengthen our already good squad"

** Club announcment **

1st October 2018

After recent requests from various sources I can confirm that Brett Agnew has been appointed as First Team Manager along with Anthony Bowsley as Assistant First Team Manager and both have agreed to accept the appointments! They will also be assisted by Gavin Kelly as the goalkeeping coach.
There needed to be a settling in period after Curtis stood down and Brett and Anthony have impressed me with their organisation and enthusiasm. We have a very loyal group of fans along with our dedicated team of volunteers who help run the club and I am sure they will give the management team their full backing.
As always the management team will be looking to strengthen the squad and will also be working with John Kenney and Terry Finney to develop players in the Reserves and the County team who have the ability and desire to want to progress into the First Team squad.
I believe from what I have seen this season that this league will be the most competitive that it has been for a long time with most teams capable of beating each other and don’t think there will be a team that dominates the top of the division.
Thanks,
Peter Smurthwaite
Chairman – Bridlington Town AFC

Statement from Curtis Woodhouse

10th September 2018

I feel the time is right for me to step down as Bridlington Town first team manager. It’s a role I feel privileged to have held and one I have thoroughly enjoyed but the demands on me have become too much and I’ve not been able to give the role anywhere near 100% and I’ve started to feel very jaded and at times absolutely shattered.

When I first took on the role although it was a part time position I treated it as a full time job. I would travel all over the North of England watching games and making sure the team was prepared the best we could be and very little slipped by me but I haven’t been anywhere near that recently as I just haven’t had the time and with me retiring from professional boxing on Wednesday I feel the time is right for me to step down as Bridlington Town manager and step away from football management. It’s impossible for me to ask for everything from my players when I’m not giving everything, the players deserve better than that. I wouldn’t be the man I think I am if I took money for a job I wasn’t doing to the maximum and I wouldn’t be able to look at our fantastic chairman Peter Smurthwaite in the eye knowing that I wasn’t able to give 100%. Everything Peter promised to me he has delivered on and he deserves more than what I can offer at this moment in time.

With the opening of the Curtis Woodhouse Elite Boxing Academy I’ve been in the gym taking classes from 7am to 9pm Monday to Friday then 7am to 11am Saturday morning and also have 3 children of my own that are missing out on Dad. On top of that we had training or a game with Bridlington Town on a Tuesday evening 8 - 9pm then training again 8 - 9 on a Thursday with a game on a Saturday and I’ve just been unable to make the sessions and the team as a consequence has looked disjointed and that is my responsibility but hand on heart I’ve just not had time to be on top of it, unfortunately the big man only gave us 24 hours to play with.

I’ve always prided myself on my preparation and always been a step ahead and that is no longer the case. I would like to place on record my thanks to all the players that have pulled on the shirt for me and gave there all, I’d like to thank all the fans that are always behind the team come rain or shine, all the volunteers at the club that work behind the scenes to make Bridlington Town the fantastic football club it is and last but not least the chairman Peter Smurthwaite who I’ve know from afar for a long time and always had a ton of respect for him for what he does for the local community and played an integral part in me setting up my Academy by making a very generous sponsorship package to get us some much needed equipment. Peter goes above and beyond and they don’t make em like that anymore and to work for him has been a privilege. Bridlington Town and East Yorkshire in general are very lucky to have Peter and at times I don’t think they realise just how lucky. Queensgate will always hold a special place in my heart from playing there in cup finals for Bridlington Rangers when I was just 10 years old to managing Bridlington Town, it’s a very special place for me and one of the main reasons for me stepping down as manager is I know and have known a lot of people connected to the club for nearly 30 years and I can’t look them in the eye knowing I’m not giving every ounce I have so it’s time to let somebody else give the time and commitment this fantastic football club deserves. On a personal note I’m also stepping away from social media to concentrate my time to working within my own community with the young people to give them a better platform in life so they can go on and achieve and it’s a role I’ve loved and now look forward to giving 100% to. We have had a crazy response through my Academy and some kids that have walked through the door as shy nervous vulnerable kinds are walking out 4 weeks later a different animal and that makes me really proud and wants me to really take that to the next level and for that it needs my undivided attention.

Kind Regards,
Curtis Woodhouse
#SeaSeaSEADSIDERS

**Curtis Woodhouse stands down**

9th September 2018

I have today been informed by Curtis Woodhouse of his decision to stand down as Manager of Bridlington Town due to the change in his personal circumstances.
He has recently opened his new Elite Boxing Academy in Driffield which will take up most of his time to make it a success.
Curtis has prepared a full statement which will be released later and i take this opportunity to thank Curtis for his hard work as Manager in the time he has been at the club and wish him every success with his new venture.

Peter Smurthwaite
Bridlington Town Chairman

Statement from Chairman Peter Smurthwaite

2nd August 2018

I attended a meeting at our ground at the end of May this year with representatives of Hull City’s Under 23s team having shown an interest in playing their home games at our ground this coming season. I received a reply eventually on Tuesday afternoon this week to inform me that they had decided to play elsewhere but thanked me for my offer. The reason given was that it was too far away from Hull yet it is not that far from there base at Bishop Burton College but I accept their decision. There are a lot of Hull City fans who live in Bridlington and this part of the East Riding who would have been happy to attend these games instead of having to arrange coach travel to the KCOM stadium for a change,

Fifteen minutes later I received a message from a colleague that it had been announced on the Hull City Twitter feed that they had decided to play their home games at the East Riding County Football Association ground at Inglemire Lane, Hull. I am really disappointed at this decision and I am sure North Ferriby United will feel very much the same that this revenue from Hull City will not be helping the Non-League football clubs in this area. I know the revenue previously received was a great help to North Ferriby who had achieved great success in recent years with the FA Trophy win and appearing in the National Conference League bringing great prestige to the area.

It’s not too much of a problem for our club because we have not received any money from Hull City in fact they would not even send us any of their teams for a pre-season friendly this season yet have played Whitby Town and Pickering Town this pre-season.

The decision means the ERCFA are depriving non-league clubs of this vital income which is frustrating because they take money from the local clubs which helps with the upkeep of their facilities. Last season we paid £300.00 in affiliation fees and £1285.00 in disciplinary fines from our teams (yellow and red cards but nothing from myself last season I must have mellowed!!) Yet I have to raise money from elsewhere for the upkeep of our facilities with the following being spent on improvements and maintenance:

1) Refurbishment of the football pitch
2) New central heating boiler and equipment for the social club
3) Roofing repairs to the social club
4) Upgrading electrics to the stadium
5) Repainting around the stadium
6) Plumbing repairs around the stadium
7) Replacement of seats with new in the main stand
8) Service and repairs to grass cutting equipment
9) Purchase of new line marking machine
10) A sizeable water rates bill for watering the pitch
11) Repairing the floodlights

The Sum Total of above £20,000.00

These costs during the reduced revenue of a closed season and what do I get from the football authorities “SWEET FA”. Yet the ERCFA are getting some very nice income from the Professional Football game as a bonus.
But the FA have the answer, lets sell the main asset of the game “WEMBLEY STADIUM” and put money into grass roots football, sorry to say I have heard it all before, it won’t happen.

Would it not be nice if Bridlington Town AFC, North Ferriby Utd and Hall Road Rangers AFC could be given an annual grant of £20,000.00 per season for the upkeep of our facilities and put money into grass roots football without selling “WEMBLEY.

TO THEM THAT HAVE!!

Here’s hoping in the future.

Peter Smurthwaite
Chairman and Benefactor
Bridlington Town AFC

Extra Time For Local Football

12th July 2018

There will be extra time for local football clubs this season as Yorkshire Coast Radio expands its local football coverage.

For the last two years a partnership between the radio station and Scarborough Athletic has seen Boro fans enjoy commentary on home and away matches on Yorkshire Coast Radio Extra.

Now a new partnership with Whitby Town will see the launch of commentaries for Whitby Town matches and it’s hoped a similar service for Bridlington Town will be added in the coming weeks.

The Whitby Town service will launch on Saturday July 14th with coverage of the clubs pre-season friendly at Billingham, the Scarborough Athletic service will cover the home friendly against Spennymoor Town.

The club’s own media teams will provide the commentaries for the Yorkshire Coast Radio platform.

Yorkshire Coast Radio’s content manager, Matthew Pells, said.

“This is a fantastic new service for local football fans, the Scarborough commentaries have been enormously popular and the broadcasts have really become a community radio station for the club and its supporters.

The media team at Whitby Town have developed their own commentary service over the last few years and we are really pleased that we are able to help them build on the hard work they have put in to take the service forward.

We are working with Bridlington Town to hopefully deliver a similar service for Bridlington fans later in the summer.

These are real partnership projects, it’s brilliant that we are able to provide a platform for passionate local fans to create a community radio service for their club”

The Yorkshire Coast Radio Extra service is available via the stations website and smartphone app. There will be a number of streams available offering local football fans a choice of matches to listen to.

The Extra service has also been enhanced to provide a rolling service of news headlines and in-depth interviews when the football services are not on-air.

if interested you can contact club Secretary Gordon 'Joe' Gillott on 07786 879895

You can listen online at www.yorkshirecoastradio.com/extra the Yorkshire Coast Radio App is available from the major app stores.

Flowerdew agrees to join the Seasiders

05/06/2018

We are pleased to announce that local lad Ben Flowerdew has agreed to join the club. Ben is an exciting winger who likes to create chances and will be a valuable member of the squad.

Statement from Curtis Woodhouse

posted 05/06/2018

I'm delighted so far with the business Bridlington Town have done, bringing in Nathan Doyle, Mike Thomson, Danny Stimpson, Shaq Mckenzie and Nathan Modest. With Danny and Mike we have added some real leadership qualities into the back 4 and with mike being 6ft2 and Danny 6ft5 they both bring a major threat from set pieces. The signing of Nathan Doyle speaks for itself, a real class act and from speaking to him on a regular basis he's really looking forward to preseason and stamping his authority on this team. Nathan will be brilliant for our younger players and will hopefully inspire them to be better. Yesterday getting Nathan Modest and Shaq McKenzie boxed off really changed the outlook of our team, it's now got some real pace and power in the attacking third, last season I got really frustrated with how easily we was brushed aside by the better teams in the league and we lacked physicality and were a bit of a soft touch which bugged me because whenever I've done anything I'm a balls to the wall type of bloke so to see my team brushed aside and lack any sort of spunk against the big boys was something I wasn't willing to accept so I knew changes had to be made but the 5 lads I've recruited all bring power to the table and now with that injection of pace we have been seriously lacking in the final 3rd I think the supporters are going to really enjoy watching us next season, faster tempo, more pace more power. Also it's a big season for Lewis Dennison, James Faulkner, Archie Brown and James Williamson who are all at a good age and all made a real impact last season in difficult circumstances. Lewis winning young player of the year after some really good consistent performances and James Williamson had become one of the first names on the team sheet. Both Archie Brown and James Faulkner showed they are good enough for this level, both Bridlington lads with a renewed dedication and desire but they need to go from being good enough for the level to excelling at the level so I'm looking forward to seeing how all 4 develop over the season and bringing in some quality and experience around them will only help them progress. Again preseason will be open to EVERYBODY connected to the club, all the reserves and county players, all they have to do to stake a claim for an opportunity with the first team is turn up and train on a regular basis, I ask no more. Obviously we have lost players and we wish every one of them all the very best but I believe the lads that have come in are a level above the lads that have left so regarding recruitment I'm very happy how it's gone. Looking at my recruitment list we still have 2 more coming in that are 99% done and I hope to get them over the line this week and I have had lots of calls and recommendations for lads to come to preseason so you never know what that might throw up. Like everybody we need some luck with injuries one thing we never got last year but this preseason has a different feel to the last one, I think we only have 5 players in the squad of 22 Tim Taylor , Andy Norfolk , Chris Jenkinson , Chris Adams and Alex Knaggs that were here when I first became manager so I finally feel like I'm going into preseason with "my" squad and one that I've recruited and not inherited so as a manager that's all you can ask for. I had a good meeting with our fantastic chairman Peter Smurthwaite and my coaching staff Mally Parker and Anthony Bowsley at the end of last season and we all agreed that some had ran there course at Bridlington Town and we needed to make changes if we were going to improve and I think we have certainly done that. I'm glad to get the majority of my business done early but some may still leave and others may still come in but the core of the squad is pretty much complete with also the addition of Brett Agnew as a coach and Gav Kelly as goalkeeper coach. We have some great fixtures lined up in preseason when I will get a good chance to look at everybody and different systems and scenarios but everything looks in place to have a major improvement on last season.

New coaching staff

Posted 23/05/2018

we are pleased to announce two new appointments to the Bridlington Town coaching staff . Firstly delighted to get Gavin Kelly on board he will be our goalkeeper coach and have that department to himself to improve and inspire. It's an area I'm no expert in and the position of goalkeeper is a specialised one and Gav is an expert in the field so a great addition to the coaching staff.
Also we welcome back Brett Agnew who has suffered a serious knee injury but is always welcome back at Bridlington Town and will take up a coaching role and work closely with our forwards while he's recovering so two really good bits of business from us so far.

Pre-season friendlies

posted 21/05/2018

Hall Road Rangers – Wednesday 4th July – Away – Kick Off 7.45pm

Scarborough Saturday League XI – Saturday 14th July – Away – Kick Off 3:00pm
(This game will be played at Scarborough Rugby Union Ground)

Scarborough Athletic – Tuesday 17th July – Home – Kick Off 7.30pm
(This is for the Dave Holland Memorial Trophy)

AFC Mansfield – Saturday 21st July – Home – Kick Off 3.00pm

Pickering Town – Saturday 28th July – Home – Kick Off 3.00pm

“WHAT A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS” – ERCFA Senior Cup Final

posted 03/05/2018

I have finally been defeated in my efforts to get the most “Prestigious Football Cup Final” in the East Riding to be played at the areas main sporting stadium (KCOM) to keep up with the tradition of many years. People may remember there was an outcry last year when the Stadium Management Company (SMC) refused permission for the ERCFA Senior Cup Final to be played at the KCOM.
The final comments from the SMC were it’s too late to sort out but we will definitely look upon it favourably next season. The final was played at Haworth Park, Hall Road Rangers ground.
The SMC and the ERCFA have had a year to sort out staging of the final at the KCOM and here we are again, no game at the KCOM.
I know Liz Shipp and Doug Waterson (the competition organisers) have done their best as individuals to try and get the final at the KCOM but surely as an organisation the ERCFA could have done more to arrange the game at the KCOM.
A couple of weeks ago I wrote to the Councillor who represents the ward where I live in Hull asking why Hull City Council who own the stadium have no power to overturn the decisions of the SMC with regard to our “COMMUNITY STADIUM”. His reply was “although the contract was drawn up by the Council it seems to have benefited the SMC more than the Council” so sadly he was unable to help with our request and I thanked him for his efforts.
We then received a “glimmer of hope” when I received an email on the 25th April, 2018 from the ERCFA stating that the SMC had offered the game to be played at the KCOM on Saturday 12th May, 2018 but wanted too much money to stage the event. I replied immediately that through the assistance of our club sponsors I could raise £2000.00 + VAT (£2440.00) and this was agreed and I set about raising money which I had almost achieved within 2 days.
I then received an email from the ERCFA dated 27th April 2018 that stated:
“It would appear the SMC and Hull City don’t keep each other informed of arrangements regarding availability of the ground and players?”
Nothing new there then and as a consequence the Cup Final will now be played at the ERCFA Head Quarters, Inglemire Lane, Hull on Tuesday 15th May, 2018 although my company built this facility I would not call it a stadium.
Perhaps I should be the Chairman of Driffield Juniors or Pocklington AFC who are playing the final of the ERCFA Senior Country Cup at a stadium, Queensgate, Bridlington, the home of Bridlington Town AFC where I am sure they will enjoy the experience as players, management, committee and fans and a game to remember.

Peter Smurthwaite
Chairman
Bridlington Town AFC

BRIDLINGTON TOWN V MALTBY MAIN AFC “KIDS GO FREE DAY”

7th March 2018

We are pleased to announce that in conjunction with our good friends at Maltby Main football club we are allowing children under 16 free entry to the game if accompanied by an adult on the 17th March
Maltby are treating their junior club players and friends to a day at the seaside and taking in our match in the afternoon. Also in view of the fact it will be our third consecutive home game in seven days for our fans and to encourage parents to attend the game we are reducing the entry fee for adults to £4.00 and £2.00 for Senior Concessions.
We understand that Maltby are bringing upwards of 80 children which should create a good atmosphere for the game. We will be encouraging the kids to get autographs from players of both teams and we will be producing a special programme for them along with other events.
Let’s hope we can also encourage local children to attend what should be an entertaining day which may hopefully lead to an annual event involving both communities.

Peter Smurthwaite
Chairman – Bridlington Town AFC

Penistone Church match new date

2nd March 2018

Our match v Penistone Church has been rearranged for Tuesday 3rd April.

BRIDLINGTON FREE PRESS & WORKSOP GAME

23rd February 2018

** Statement from Peter Smurthwaite **

I would like to take this opportunity to praise their coverage of our football club in this week’s Bridlington Free Press which includes information on all our three teams. This includes the upcoming fixtures and the league tables for each team along with the usual detailed report of the first team game against Handsworth Parramore last Saturday. Another nice touch is the paragraph about the first team man of the match which appears to be a new feature.
I come from an era of getting most of my local sports news and information from the local daily newspaper and the Saturday evening papers such as the Green Sports Mail. There is something nice in being able to turn over the pages and read through the newspaper rather than look at modern newspaper websites which have very irritating adverts flashing up in the middle of the content you are trying to read.
A lot of local newspapers have ceased publication in recent times and I would not like to see the same happen to our local papers in Hull and the East Riding. Even though I recently criticised the Free Press about a certain article I did not refuse to send copy or to let our club give them information as normal. Let’s hope the Free Press can keep up the good work on local football and other local sports which can only be to everyone’s benefit and improve their sales.
Well done to the team with the excellent victory at Worksop Town on Wednesday evening this week after a good team performance. It was good to see Reece Nestor make his full league debut in goal with a competent performance and another cameo performance from Archie Brown and both are Bridlington based players along with Jake Day it augers well for the future.
Thanks to the two fans, the mini-bus driver and our club secretary who attend all the away games and to “twitter” who was an adequate replacement for the missing fans. I do appreciate this was the third time this season we have been to Worksop for a mid-week fixture. I look forward to seeing our regular away following at Harrogate Railway on Saturday and wish Curtis Woodhouse good luck in his next professional boxing bout at Doncaster on Saturday evening.
Thanks to Worksop Town for their excellent hospitality on Wednesday evening and the good banter between the mini bus driver and their fans and some kind comments about some of my previous statements about recent issues on our website. We look forward to seeing them at our ground on Tuesday 13th March, 2018.
Peter Smurthwaite
Chairman (and mini-bus driver)
Bridlington Town AFC

East Riding County F.A cup draws

13th February 2018

“The draws for the Semi-Finals of the East Riding Senior Cup and the East Riding Senior County Cup will be held in the Seasiders Bar, Bridlington Town AFC after this Saturday’s game against Handsworth Parramore. It has also been confirmed the East Riding Senior County Cup final will be held at Queensgate, Bridlington Town AFC at a date to be arranged. All are welcome in the bar to witness the draw, membership is not required”

Peter Smurthwaite
Chairman

BEAT THE 214 AND ENJOY YOUR FOOTBALL

9th February 2018

Our next home game is Saturday 17th February, 2018 with a 3 o’clock kick off against Handsworth Parramore which are always good competitive matches between the clubs. I am hoping we can increase the crowd to beat the 214 fans who watched our friendly rivals at home last week in the National League North.
There appears to be a lot of unhappy football fans in Hull and East Yorkshire at present not enjoying their football and with Hull City playing Chelsea on Friday evening why not try a decent non-league game. The assistant manager of Handsworth is former Hull City player Ryan France who made 133 appearances between 2003 and 2009 scoring 6 goals and was extremely popular with the City fans.
Ryan has agreed to do an interview with myself immediately after the game in our club house to talk about his career and his time at Hull City and there will be no charge and the bar is open to everyone who wants to attend. Why not come along to a “sustainable” non-league club and as always here receive a warm welcome from the locals and our staff.
There is ample parking next to the stadium and good public transport links being only a 10 minute walk from the railway station. Entry to the game is only £6.00 and we have CONCESSIONS for seniors and juniors at only £3.00. You will not have to worry about groups protesting at the game so no need to bring stress balls with you.
Both teams chairmen will be at the game and are always available to speak to fans about proper football. I look forward to seeing more new faces; don’t let problems elsewhere dampen your enthusiasm for football. Be brave and try a different version of the “National Game”.
I recently paid £27.00 as a senior concession price to watch Hull City versus Leeds United, what a poor advertisement for “entertainment”, see you at a decent match.

Peter Smurthwaite
Chairman – Bridlington Town AFC

Worksop Town match OFF

7th February 2018

Tonight's match at Worksop Town is OFF due to a frozen pitch

The Football Authorities and the Poachers

26th January 2018

Myself and Curtis Woodhouse were informed by our player Paul Robson that North Ferriby Utd had been in touch with him “again” to sign for them. We had received a 7 day notice of approach from NFU but informed them it was not in accordance with Rule and they could not sign him. On the 22nd January, 2018 we sent a report about this illegal approach to the East Riding County Football Association (ERCFA) to ask them to look into this problem. We again contacted the ERCFA to ask them to contact North Ferriby Utd (NFU) to enforce an embargo on not being able to sign any more of our players and were informed our request had been sent to the Football Association (FA), we have to date received no response (not a surprise).

Paul Robson has today sent a text to Curtis Woodhouse to say he is unavailable for us tomorrow because he signed for NFU last night. I have today contacted the ERCFA but received no satisfactory explanation and the usual “Sweet FA” response.
NFU have now signed 5 of our first team players since the 30th November, 2017. The registration rules are you can only approach one of other clubs players every 28 days, this situation should not have been allowed by the FA & ERCFA to happen.
We play Barton Town tomorrow in what is a vital game in their fight against relegation with us fielding a weekend team through no fault of our own which is totally unfair on the other teams fighting relegation in our league.
The same applied last week when we played top of the league AFC Mansfield with a weakened team, no disrespect to them they were worthy winners. What is even more frustrating for me was I had to serve a 3 match stadium ban at the start of the season having been reported by the referee after a game last season.
The 3 officials had “inadvertently” made errors in their reports to the ERCFA, my case was judged by the ERCFA before I had sent my “Witness Statements” to support my appeal against the charges. The ERCFA initially gave me a 5 game stadium ban and fortunately my appeal was heard by the Derbyshire County FA and I was subsequently reduced to 3 games (it’s a shame we are not affiliated to them)
In July 2017, I was kindly invited by the ERCFA to a “Presentation Evening” at Hull University and I was pleased to be informed that I was to be presented with an award for my “50 Years’ Service to Football”. Much to my amazement all I received was a “Lapel Badge” and a “Framed Citation” which had the wrong information on it. Apparently I should have received a proper inscribed medal in a presentation case but it had gone missing and to this day I have not received it.
NFU obviously have no respect for the Registration Rules and it is such a shame they are allowed to get away with it, yet if it was my club I think it might have been sorted.

I will most probably now be charged with “bringing the game into disrepute” something they do quite well themselves but at least I will “eventually” have my medal to wear with pride and show to people who do have respect for myself and our football club. The offer is still on the table if NFU want to come and take the full club.

Peter Smurthwaite
Chairman – Bridlington Town AFC

Worksop match OFF

17th January 2018

Tonight’s League cup match at Worksop Town has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, we will update with rearranged details as soon as possible.

Statement from Peter Smurthwaite

15th January 2018

This is an open invitation to the Directors of North Ferriby United to consider the purchase of my football club then they won’t have to keep taking our players.

They have already signed four of our first team squad, two of which were signed outside of the registration rules and I have solid evidence they have now approached two more of our players outside of the rules.

They could purchase a club that is well ran and organised with excellent volunteer staff working at the club that is very well respected throughout the non-league football family and has plenty of potential for expansion.

The club is free of debt and covers it’s costs every season through good management, excellent sponsors and the support of the local community with an increase in attendances this season even though the team are mid table in the league. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the two supporters groups who raise money for the club which has gone towards refurbishment of the ladies toilets and new carpets in the club house and helps with the player’s expenses.

We work to a sensible budget in respect of player’s expenses and we do not try to buy success which has led to the club going out of business in the distant past. We are awaiting a response from the Football Authorities with regard to the “illegal approach” to our players and I would confirm we are not interested in the so called dual registration of players, it only ever works one way, that of the senior club.

I would put a sale price of £125,000.00 for the club which would be exceptional value for money.

Regards,
Peter Smurthwaite
Chairman

Royal British Legion presentation

05/01/2018

Members of the Royal British Legion (Bridlington branch) were match sponsors at the recent Bridlington Town v Thackley FC and before the match they presented the Chairman Peter Smurthwaite with a plaque in recognition of the clubs support to the veterans of the British Legion in Bridlington.

Official club statement regarding Press and Media

21/12/2017

I think most people connected with our club know I don’t like or use social media and a previous article of mine being published in “The Non-League Paper” and my views have not changed. Last weekend a rather disappointing “Twitter War” broke out between members of our club, I spoke to the people involved on Monday and thought I had resolved the issue.

Unfortunately the Bridlington Free Press have resurrected the story today despite me requesting them not to do so because it would only add fuel to the fire I had put out. Their response was it is in the public domain and there has to be “freedom of speech”, that’s fair enough so here I go with my views about their publication:

• Their article is written by their sports reporter, a person I have not seen at a Bridlington Town match other than the odd game against Scarborough Athletic. The sports writers are based at their Scarborough office and seem to have forgotten where Queensgate is, we have to send in our match reports even for home matches

• This newspaper has not donated a penny in sponsorship to my knowledge in the last twelve years even though we are the senior football club in the area

• Their recent “Sports Awards” evenings have been held at Bridlington Rugby Union Club every year (I don’t criticise the Rugby Club for this because we have a good relationship with them) By holding the event at different sporting venues such as our football club, Bridlington Sports Club and Boxing Club helping raise much needed revenue for them, this would have been much appreciated

• They print our reports for matches we send and then fill the rest of the space with photographs when they could provide the readers with our Fixtures List and up to date League Tables, the same applies to the Rugby Union club and the two senior cricket clubs who would love to see their score cards and league tables published

• When I have questioned them previously about articles or lack of news their attitude is they are doing us a favour by giving us any coverage. Well this works both ways because without them covering their Senior Football, Rugby Union and Cricket Clubs they would not have a sports section worth reading in their newspaper. Remember social media is now the main news source apparently and for them to lift an out of date story from social media is not exactly what I would call interesting news

• The irony of what caused the story in the first place is that our first team will be playing a mixture of our reserve and county teams, this coming Saturday (23rd) at Queensgate with a 2 o’clock kick off and free admission for spectators. The “Seasiders Bar” will be open for anyone wanting a Christmas drink
• Surprise, surprise there is no mention of this friendly game in the “Free Press” even though it was announced yesterday (Wednesday) Maybe it is too current to publish…


• In conclusion I won’t be preventing them covering our club and we will still send in our match reports in accordance with “Freedom of Speech” and would remind them there is now competition in the area with two other independent newspapers. I think it’s fair to say the Free Press is not the paper it used to be for local sport but I presume this is what is called progress in the modern world yet we can’t find a way to publish a league table!!!

Peter Smurthwaite
Chairman of Bridlington Town AFC

Official club statement

22nd November 2017

I would like to confirm that recent comments posted on social media and a fans forum site linked to this club are in no way supported by this football club.

I think most people who know me know my opinion of “social media”, I was told 5 or 6 years ago that it would bring great benefits to Non-League football clubs. I am still waiting for these benefits to appear. I now have to spend time which I can ill afford responding to rumours and queries with regard to the running of this club and the people involved. People who do not even come to watch the team are able to pass opinion and unfounded statements about club and team matters. It would be far better instead of people spending time trying to be “controversial” on forums if they could spend time raising money for the club by selling Christmas Draw tickets or asking people to join our Club Lottery. If people have genuine questions and queries as always feel free to speak to me or contact me by email.

No doubt I will get the response about “Freedom of Speech” but when it gets personal and distasteful about individuals it does not present a good image for a football club when we are always trying to encourage more people to support our community football club.

Regards,
Peter Smurthwaite
Chairman

Official club statement

15th November 2017

Official club statement from Peter Smurthwaite

I have spoken to Curtis Woodhouse today and can confirm he is continuing as Manager of Bridlington Town,
There has obviously been a lot of speculation due to a well publicised story on social media involving another football club about which we as a club do not want to comment.
Curtis was not at the game last night due to a prior engagement he has in connection with his boxing commitments of which he had previously informed me.
I would like to thank Mally Parker , Vinny Orszewski and all of our players for the effort in to last nights game.
I trust like last night the fans will continue to give the same fantastic support to the club for the forthcoming games.
Thanks
Peter Smurthwaite

Lucky 13 Lottery

12th October 2017

Thanks to all of our corporate sponsors in the lucky 13 lottery

Two in and two out at Queensgate

11th October 2017

Bridlington Town are delighted to announce the re-signing of experienced goalkeeper Phil Dobson from Hall Road Rangers.

The veteran shot stopper has worked with the gaffer before at Hull United and has proven his skill and experience time and time again. He was included in the NCEL Division One team of the season in 2016-17 for helping Hall Road to the title last season.

“I’m really happy to welcome Dobbo to Bridlington Town, he comes with lots of experience and will bring some calm to our back four,” the gaffer said.

He added: “We have been conceding way too many goals when we are defending well but at the moment it’s one shot one goal and it’s not been good enough. Dobbo will make his debut on Saturday and going forward will be our number one goalkeeper.”

Though while Dobson is cup-tied for the FA Vase game against Tow Law, having played for Hall Road, the gaffer has brought in Adam Nicholson as a back up ‘keeper.

“Both train tomorrow with the team for the first time. Thank you to Bill Gill and Darren Sunley for their help getting Dobbo over the line. A pleasure to deal with as always.”

Two players have also left Queensgate, with Benn Lewis and James Hitchcock departing the club.

“Hitchy was offered the opportunity to stay and fight for his shirt like everybody else but saw himself above that so decided to leave.”

We thank them both for their hard work during their time with The Seasiders and wish them the best of luck for the future.

Our next game is Saturday’s trip to Maltby Main.

National Non League Day

2nd October 2017

This Saturday is Non League Day - Whether you’re a Premier League or Championship fan without a game, a League One or League Two supporter who can’t make an away trip, or just someone who is curious about what their local club has to offer, there is sure to be something to interest everyone.
For Non League Day Bridlington Town have reduced the admission prices to
£4 for Adults
£2 for Concessions
and if you are a season ticket holder you can bring a friend for FREE
we have also reduced the price of our award winning match programme to just £1.
it would be great to see some new faces at the game and hopefully they will enjoy it and want to return again.
thanks for your support.

#SupportNonLeagueFootball

Re-arranged match v Thackley FC

22nd September 2017

Our home match against Thackley FC has been re-arranged for Saturday 30th December 3pm kick off.

Statement regarding the fixture v Thackley FC

21st September 2017

Dear All

Would you please note that Thackley have been reinstated to the Buildbase FA Vase
As a result they will be at home to Ashington this Saturday and the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division fixture Bridlington Town v Thackley is postponed to a later date.

Bridlington Town's next game is scheduled for Tuesday 26th September at home to Pontefract Collieries but this is dependent on Pontefract not having a replay in the FA Vase.

For those connected with Bridlington Town Saturday's Reserve team fixture has been reversed and the Reserves will be at Queensgate against Hessle Sporting United with a 2:00pm kick-off.

Kind Regards

Gordon Gillott
Secretary, Bridlington Town AFC

Saturday's match preview

30th August 2017

On Saturday Town are at home to Parkgate who had taken just two points from their four games before last night’s local encounter against fourth-placed Maltby Main. Their points came from two 1-1 home draws with Hall Road Rangers two weeks ago and Penistone Church last Saturday. The last two fixtures at the Hudgell Solicitors Stadium between the two clubs have been at the end of the season and on both occasions the Steelmen went back to Rotherham with all three points.
Next Wednesday the Seasiders travel to Barnsley to face Athersley Recreation for what is always a tight, keenly contested fixture that Bridlington lost for the time last January in five visits to Sheerien Park. Athersley hope to have a new management team in place in time for the game after Wayne Thompson and Neville Hunt were relieved of their duties at Monday’s board meeting.

Statement from Peter Smurthwaite

23rd August 2017

Further to the statement by our Manager Curtis Woodhouse which he obviously feels very passionate about having been a British title winner in his Boxing and his successful football career he doesn't like to accept second best.
Most of what Curtis said about what i do at the club is correct but i must make it clear i do not pay the players fines, these are always collected by the individual players.
It is always our intention at this club to be successful on the pitch and different managers do things different ways and as usual i will do my upmost to help the club be successful.

Peter Smurthwaite
Chairman
Bridlington Town Football Club

New shirt sponsor announcement

3rd August 2017

We are delighted to announce our new shirt sponsor for the 2017/18 season is Outbox and we thank them for their support.
We also would like to thank Humberside Excavations Ltd and Lloyd Dowson for their continued support.

Tony Kempster Memorial Match

27th July 2017

On Tuesday 1st August, Bridlington Town play Humber Premier League side Pocklington Town in the inaugural Tony Kempster Memorial Charity Match at the Henry Thirsk Amenity Centre in Pocklington the game kicks off at 7:30pm and admission is by programme, which is priced at £3 and will be available at the ground on the night. Donations will also be taken for the nominated Charities during the game and a trophy will be awarded to the winning team.

Pocklington Town, who are honored to have been chosen to host the game, look forward to renewing acquaintances with Bridlington Town and expect the same tough test that they had in the East Riding Senior Cup semi-final last season, which the Seasiders won 3-1.
All fans of the "Beautiful game" are invited to come along to, not only pay their respects to Tony, but contribute towards good causes and also watch what should be an exciting and entertaining game of football.

Widely regarded as `Mr Non-League`, Tony sadly passed away in June 2009 after a brave fight against cancer. His name and spirit, however, live on within the Non-League community and in addition to paying respect to a man who had a massive influence on the development of Non-League football in the pre-social media days, fans can contribute to the funds raised from the game, which will be donated to four very worthwhile charities:

York Against Cancer
Macmillan Cancer Support
The British Heart Foundation
North East Autism Society

Tony is pictured receiving the Football Supporters Federation Services to Supporters Award 2007-2008 at the York City vs Wrexham FC game on 14th August 2008.

Pocklington Town Football Club
Henry Thirsk Amenity Centre
the Balk
Pocklington
East Yorkshire
YO42 2NZ

Scarborough Athletic AWAY

10th July 2017

Information for the away match at Scarborough Athletic on Tuesday 18th July :

Admission: £5 Adults, £3 Concessions, Kids 11 years and under go free (when accompanied by a parent/guardian).

Please note: Dogs and smoking are not permitted within the facility.

DIRECTIONS TO FLAMINGO LAND STADIUM
Flamingo Land Stadium, Scarborough Sports Village, Ashburn Road, Scarborough, YO11 2JW

Follow A64 into Scarborough passing the Park & Ride, LIDL and PEUGEOT Garage coming to a set of traffic lights. At the lights turn right onto Valley Road, continue straight on at the roundabout and take the next right onto Ashburn Road. Continue straight on and the stadium is at the end of the road past the UTC and Coventry University, including coach parking.

FA Cup and FA Vase draw

7th July 2017

FA Cup
Bridlington Town v Billingham Synthonia
winners will be away to South Shields FC

FA Vase

Bridlington Town supporters trust

27/06/2017

The supporters trust is still alive and KICKING and looking for new members now the season is upon us. 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.

Reserve team friendlies at Queensgate

27/06/2017

Town Reserves will play the following pre-season friendlies at the Hudgell Solicitors Stadium.

Wednesday 19th July v Walkington FC, 6:30pm kick off

Sunday 30th July v LIV Supplies FC, 2pm kick off


New Seasiders Bar Manager

25/06/2017

We would like to announce the appointment of Becki Brunning as the new manager of the Seasiders Bar,
everyone at the club wishes Becki the best of luck in her new role.

Check out the new Facebook page to see what's going on in the Seasiders Bar

https://www.facebook.com/Bridlingtonseasidersbar/

New home shirt for 2017/18

20/06/2017

We are pleased to reveal the new home shirt for the 2017/18 season,
the shirts will be available to order from the club shop soon.

sizes available
Adults: Small, Medium, Large, XL, XXL, XXXL £38
Kids: YXS, XXS, XS £26

Benno returns as first team coach

18/06/2017

We are delighted to welcome the return James Bennett to Bridlington Town as first team coach.
James is a very bright passionate young coach with some good ideas on the game and is currently coaching Hull City u14s. He will be a vital part of the team moving forward ⚽️⚽️

"I spoke with Curtis a couple of months ago about coming in as first team coach as it was a role he wanted filling and I'm delighted to be given the opportunity. I know Bridlington Town very well and already know most of the players and it's a very strong squad. My aim as a coach is to improve and inspire the group. I can't wait to get started"

Welcome back Benno

Pre season line up announced

11/06/17

JULY
Saturday 1st - Pre-season Training and the 2017/18 Season commence

Wednesday 12th - Grimsby Borough v Bridlington Town KO 7:45pm

Saturday 15th - Bridlington Town v North Shields KO 3pm

Tuesday 18th - Scarborough Athletic v Bridlington Town (Dave Holland Memorial Trophy) KO 7:45pm

Saturday 22nd - Bridlington Town v Brighouse Town KO 3pm

Tuesday 25th - Bridlington Town v Selby Town KO 7:45pm

Saturday 29th - Bridlington Town v Hull City XI (Tom Fleming Testimonial) KO 3pm


AUGUST
Tuesday 1st - Pocklington Town v Bridlington Town
(Tony Kempster Charity Match) KO 7-30pm

Saturday 5th - Toolstation NCEL Season commences with the Emirates FA Cup Extra-preliminary Round

Presentation awards night

11/06/2017

The club held its end of season awards night in the Seasiders Bar on Saturday.

Supporter of the season : Duncan Sarginson
Club man of the season : Aaron Irwin
Talk of the Town player of the season : Chris Jenkinson
Supporters Young player of the season : Andy Norfolk
Supporters Player of the season : Chris Jenkinson
Managers Player of the season : Tom Fleming
Golden Boot winners : Brett Agnew and Joel Sutton
Special award from the supporters club : Tony Mooney

Seasiders retain the Senior cup

10/05/2017

The Seasiders retained the East Riding Senior cup after a 4-2 win over Hull City's under 23s with goals from Andy Norfolk 2, Brett Agnew and Joel Sutton. report to follow on the results page.

Thank you

09/05/2017

All James’s friends, family and players at Langtoft FC would like to say a massive thank you to everyone at BRIDLINGTON TOWN AFC for their amazing hospitality and support during Saturday’s Harold Robinson Memorial Cup Final, during which a whopping
£2,400
Was raised in the raffle, with all proceeds going to C-R-Y

C-R-Y has quickly become a charity very close to our hearts off the back of James's passing. It works towards preventing young sudden cardiac deaths through awareness, screening and research, as well as supporting the effected families.

THANK YOU

www.c-r-y.org.uk/memorial-funds/james-moorfoot/

East Riding cup Finals at Queensgate

09/05/2017

Two more County Leagues finals @ Queensgate this Saturday. Admission £2/£1 (covers BOTH matches).

Junior Cup
Saturday May 13th 12.00pm kick off Harchester Utd v South Cave Res

H.E Dean Cup
Saturday May 13th 3.00pm kick off Beverley Town Res v Reckitts Res.

East Riding cup Finals at Queensgate

28/04/2017

H. Robinson Cup
Saturday May 6th 12.00pm kick off Langtoft v Hedon Rangers 3rds

Senior Cup
Saturday May 6th 3.00pm kick off AFC Orchard v Queens County

Junior Cup
Saturday May 13th 12.00pm kick off Harchester Utd v South Cave Res

H.E Dean Cup
Saturday May 13th 3.00pm kick off Beverley Town Res v Reckitts Res.

Curtis snaps up Papprill from Pocklington

29/03/2017

After an impressive display whilst playing for Pocklington Town against the Seasiders in Tuesday's Senior cup semi final boss Curtis Woodhouse acted quick to snap up center back Fraser Papprill, Everyone at Bridlington Town wishes Fraser all the very best of luck and hope he has a successful time at the club.
Fraser will go straight into Saturdays squad for the match v Barton Town old boys.

Town team up with college to launch new academy

08/03/2017

former Bridlington Town midfielder Ash Allanson is hoping to use his day job to provide the next generation of players for the club....

He is a sports tutor at East Riding College, which has a campus just across the road from Town’s Queensgate stadium. The college has now teamed up with the club to launch the academy, with trials for young footballers due to be held in May and June.

Read more at:
http://www.bridlingtonfreepress.co.uk/sport/football/town-team-up-with-college-to-launch-new-academy-1-8425280

Curtis Woodhouse Appointed Brid Town Manager

30/09/2016

“I’m delighted to take over the job as manager of Bridlington Town, it’s a club that I’ve had a soft spot for since I watched them play against Yeading in the FA Vase back in 1990 at Wembley and I’ve always had a interest in the football club since then.

I used to ball boy for the club when Colin Morris was the manager and use to love having a kick about with his son Lee after the final whistle, I spent most of my youth playing for Bridlington Rangers under 10s to under 15s and have played many finals on Queensgate not loosing too many, let’s hope that continues!

So to return as the manager is a proud moment for me, normally when a new manager takes over a club it’s in crisis but Gary Allanson has done a excellent job over the years so I’m fortunate to take over a team that is already on the right footing, my job is to try and improve us and I’m sure the club has a very bright future with me at the helm, I’m looking forward to working with Pete Smurthwaite on and off the pitch to drive the football club to the next level starting today, thanks and let’s really get behind the team”

Many thanks,

Curtis Woodhouse.

Club Statement: Pete Smurthwaite

30/09/2016

I was informed by our manager Gary Allanson earlier this week that with regret he wanted to offer his resignation as team manager of our football club. He explained his reasons which were mainly for personal matters and he also felt he has taken the club as far as he can in this his second stint as manager.

I fully understand his personal reasons which with him being such a conscientious and professional person and the time needed to manage a club at this level seems to get greater every year. The season seems to start earlier every season meaning you only have a very short close season before training and friendlies start again. Our fixture list has been so intense with a fair amount of travelling with us having a midweek fixture every week since the 7th August 2016 to 30th October 2017 a situation I have never experienced before as chairman.

On behalf of everyone at the club I would thank Gary for all his efforts during this time with us and creating the reputation this club has for playing an attractive style of football and most importantly being professional in what we do both on and off the pitch and wish Gary well for the future. He has led us to two success’s in the ERCFA Senior Cup Finals at the KCom Stadium, respectable final position in the league table and recently our best run in the FA Cup for 13 years with it some much needed prize money. It is unusual to say as a club chairman that there has never been a cross word between Gary and myself and he has been a pleasure to work with.

I am pleased to announce that I have moved quickly to replace Gary to keep the continuity of the football side and I have appointed Curtis Woodhouse to take over as manager with immediate effect. Curtis has previously managed Sheffield FC, Goole AFC and Hull United and had a successful professional football career. He also has previous connections with Bridlington which he details in the following statement.

Myself and all connected with Bridlington Town Football Club wish Curtis a successful future with our club.

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS

Regards

Peter Smurthwaite
CHAIRMAN
BRIDLINGTON TOWN AFC

Bridlington Town supporters trust

27/06/2017

The supporters trust is still alive and KICKING and looking for new members now the season is upon us. 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.