September 28th, 2016

Non-league day hailed a great success after Bromsgrove Sporting gets its highest crowd of the season

BROMSGROVE Sporting FC’s Non-League Day has been hailed a great success after it generated the largest crowd of the season.

A total of 553 turned out to the Victoria Ground to watch the Rouslers take on Pershore Town and the team duly obliged on the pitch by romping to a 3-0 win.

Prior to the kick-off, there was the Walking Football six-a-side final for the over 50s and half-time entertainment was provided by Bromsgrove charity Libby Mae’s Little Angels.

The Standard reported last week how Bromsgrove Sporting was one of only four clubs in the country to officially celebrate the 2015/16 Non-League Day.

And Sporting spokesperson Phil Baker said it certainly paid off, adding he was delighted with the response and the club had received some really positive feedback.

“It was a really good, entertaining game and end to end for a lot of it.

“It was definitely a good advert for non-league football.”

He said there were some things you got in non-league football that you did not get anywhere else – such as being able to stand and watch the match and the fans changing ends at half time so they could continue to have some banter with the opposition goalkeeper.

“The food was really popular as well – we had a good run on chips and were close to running out.”

Mascots for both Bromsgrove Sporting and Pershore Town were from Millfields First School who were encouraged to watch Sporting by one of the parents who regularly attends with his young daughter.

All under 12s gain free entry for all matches and, on Saturday (October 10), there was free squash and biscuits at half-time for children along with a football goody bag made up of football magazines and trading cards.

Phil added, he hoped some of the fans had caught the Bromsgrove Sporting bug.

“In previous years, people who have come along to see what non-league football is all about have kept on coming down and some have even become season ticket holders.

“The way I see it is that Bromsgrove has a population of between 20,000 and 40,000 and a lot of them like football, but we are lucky to get 500 each week.

“We think there’s a lot of people out there who would really enjoy it and have a great day out if they came down.”