Clyde to give Bloaters bonny start

PUBLISHED: 10:01 04 July 2008 | UPDATED: 11:21 03 July 2010

Great Yarmouth Town welcome Scottish Division One outfit Clyde next week - July 12 - for what will be a first pre-season test for both clubs, and certainly a challenging one for the Bloaters.

Great Yarmouth Town welcome Scottish Division One outfit Clyde next week - July 12 - for what will be a first pre-season test for both clubs, and certainly a challenging one for the Bloaters.

With King's Lynn entertaining Clyde on the following Tuesday, and Lynn visiting the Wellesley on the Saturday after that (July 19) it should prove an interesting triangular mini-tournament, writes Gerry Brown.

The Bloaters will be hoping for a boost to club funds from a large attendance, and Clyde are rumoured to be bringing around 100 fans with them.

Chairman Steven Brierley hailed the fixture as a superb occasion for the town: “It's a privilege to be able to entertain a club of Clyde's standing,” he said this week.

“It will be good for our players to have this experience as it will point them a little towards what we want to achieve here which starts with a professional attitude.

“Thing are moving on quickly and we are seeking to put certain players on contracts to secure the long-term future of the club. But we will not be breaking the bank.”

Clyde are managed by John Brown who was appointed last January.

It is his first managerial appointment after a successful playing and coaching career at Hamilton Academicals, Dundee and Rangers.

The Clyde boss said: “It's a good chance for us to get away as a group and also get some early action under our belt.

“We'll be using the full squad in these early pre-season matches before we move to a more settled side in our last couple of friendlies.”

The Yarmouth connection with Clyde is Dale Gordon's association with Andy Goram from their days at Rangers - Goram, a former Scottish international keeper with over 40 caps, is now the goalkeeping coach at Clyde.

Clyde also have a link with King's Lynn in the Linnets' first choice keeper last season, Scott Howie.

Howie was a big favourite among the Clyde support in the early 1990s and his abilities quickly earned him a big money move to Norwich City. He had announced his retirement in 2006 but was persuaded to play again and had a big part in Lynn's title win last season.

Admission to the Wellesley for the game has been set at £5 for adults and £2 for senior citizens and juniors 10-16 years; accompanied children under 10 are to be admitted free.

The game is to be preceded by a four-team under-9s mini-tournament starting at 1pm.

Following the match, the Wellesley club is putting on evening's entertainment in the club's new Legends Sports Bar - An Audience with Andy Goram. Tickets for this are on sale at £10 in advance (£15 on the door) by telephoning 07702253229.

The evening includes a cold buffet and an auction of sporting memorabilia. Space is limited so prior purchase of tickets is advised.

A big weekend for the Bloaters will conclude on the Sunday with a barbecue at which the club's awards for the past season will be presented.

In the FA draws announced this week, Yarmouth had the misfortune to be drawn away in both the FA Cup and Vase.

The FA Cup extra-preliminary round on August 16 sees Yarmouth visit Hadleigh United, who narrowly missed promotion to the Ridgeons Premier last season.

In the FA Vase, Yarmouth enter at the second qualifying round stage on September 20 and will visit Eagle Bitter United Counties League side St Neots Town, members of the Eastern Counties League for three seasons between 1969 and 1972.

The ambitious Saints have just opened a stunning new multi-million pound stadium and number Luton Town and Oxford United among their pre-season visitors.

The Ridgeons League fixtures are expected to be published on July 17.

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