The Worksop Guardian is launching a campaign to pack Sandy Lane for next month’s Bassetlaw derby.
Worksop Town will go up against near neighbours Retford United, in the first competitive game between the two sides since the 2010/11 season.
If anyone can empathise with the Tigers’ recent plight, it’s the Badgers.
In 2011 they were encountering serious financial difficulties, finished bottom of the Northern Premier League and requested demotion to the NCEL Premier.
The last time the two clubs met in league action, Worksop were 1-0 winners as Ben Tomlinson found the net.
The game was at Cannon Park, where Worksop played their home fixtures during exile. Now Worksop Town’s former landlords are making the short trip to Sandy Lane, for the 20th September showdown.
And the Guardian believes the ground should be full for what could be a real spectacle.
Almost 500 watched Tigers’ first home game of this season, on a Wednesday night against Liversedge.
So it seems likely that a much bigger crowd – perhaps double – could make their way through the turnstiles for the derby clash.If any added spice was needed, Worksop boss Mark Shaw is a former Retford player and manager, and will undoubtedly be out to gain the upper hand and local bragging rights over his old employers. With a month to promote the game, we’re looking for your ideas on how to attract the people of the two towns to attend.
We’re also asking individuals, clubs, organisations and businesses to make plenty of noise on social networking sites to create a buzz.
Keep an eye out for updates on the game, and the possibility of a free raffle for those in attendance, with a big prize.
Let’s pack the ground on 20th September.
Email your ideas for promoting the game to firstname.lastname@example.org, or get in touch via Facebook or Twitter (@GrahamSmyth) if you’re going to be there on the day.