The Northern Football League
Published 17th August 2012
More than 2,000 fans will watch the Ebac Northern League First Division opener between Bishop Auckland and Darlington 1883 tomorrow.
Darlington are to play all their home games at Heritage Park, near Bishop Auckland, this season, the home of Bishop Auckland FC.
But tomorrow’s match is a home game for the Bishops, although roles will be reversed in the return leg later this season – played at the same venue.
Club officials are warning supporters not to turn up without a ticket. “The game has sold out,” said Kim Fryer, commercial director at Bishop Auckland Football Club. “This is the biggest crowd we have ever had here. We are really excited about it. It is absolutely fabulous for the town and should be a really good day.
“We need to ask people not to turn up without a ticket. There will not be any on sale on the day. We are full to capacity and cannot fit any more people in.
“We could have sold many more tickets and the phone has not stopped ringing. People will be disappointed if they arrive without a ticket.”
She added: “We have had people ringing saying they haven’t been to a match since Darlington was at Feethams but they want to come here. It is great for local football.”
Denis Pinnegar, DFC 1883 chairman, said: “We are delighted the game is sold out and that fans are showing such an interest in the game and following the team at the start of this new era. We want this to be an enjoyable experience for everyone because we want people to go back.”