Seasiders to accept promotion if offered
21st April, 2021
Bridlington Town chairman Peter Smurthwaite has said that the Seasiders will accept the offer for promotion up into Step 4 of the National League System if it is offered by the FA.
It was announced last week that the top three Toolstation NCEL Premier Division sides, in accordance with Points Per Game standings over the past two seasons, will be invited to move up as part of NLS restructuring plans.
By our reckoning, that means Liversedge, Yorkshire Amateur and Bridlington Town will get the opportunity to progress but that is yet to be confirmed by the FA.
A statement released on Bridlington's website by Mr Smurthwaite said: "Further to my recent statement about the possible upward movement of our club to Step 4 after meetings with club officials, we have decided to accept the offer to move up.
"This is obviously subject to the official invitation and decisions by the FA to accept our application.
"My main reservation is that we are applying to move up but don’t know what clubs will be in the new Northern Premier Division but hope that it will be a sensible geographical allocation for the division.
"In view of the above, we won't be holding a 'Fans Forum' until we know more and we are in the next stage of the 'Roadmap' to lift more restrictions to allow us to hold meetings in our new clubhouse.
"No doubt, there will be plenty of discussion and comments on social media and, as most people who know me realise being the original 'Luddite', I don’t really bother with these sites.
"What I would say is obviously there will be a reasonable increase in the costs of moving to a higher level of football and this means the club will require more income.
"I would ask that people keep up the recent upward trend of support for the club and if you feel the need to be negative with comments on social ,edia come down to the club, have a pint and talk to me about your concerns face to face as someone once said: 'It's good to talk'.
"We have quite a few plans to maximise the use of the new facilities with community clubs during the day and Sportspersons Events on an evening.
"Also, should you require to hold a party or any other suitable event at the club please contact Becky on 01262 606879 or call in and have a chat with her to discuss your requirements.
"When we find out whatever league we are in once the fixtures are released, book early if you want to sponsor a game by contacting Dom Taylor in the usual manner and through the club's new website.
"Hopefully, when things get back to normal people will want to watch proper football in a safe and friendly environment at a sensible cost, especially with professional football going the way it is with the European Super League showing that real fans are now becoming valued less and less by the top clubs in football.
"Come and support grassroots football clubs where your valued support will be appreciated.
"As always, remember there is always room for more volunteers at our games as I have stated before, especially the away games and let’s keep up the excellent reputation of this special football club."
(Story Source: Bridlington Town)
Seasiders centenary book now on sale
11th March, 2021
A book celebrating the centenary of Toolstation NCEL Premier Division club Bridlington Town is now on sale.
Subtitled "A Small Club with 100 Years of Football History", its 160 pages are packed full of photos and comments from players, managers and staff - past and present - as it looks back at the ups and downs of the Seasiders since they were formed in 1920.
The book, written by Alan Armitage and edited by Dom Taylor, is now available from the club's online shop for £10 with all profits going to Bridlington Town. Click here to go to the club's online shop.
Those involved told the Seasiders' website: "The idea for this book came in late 2019 after the chairman of the club, Pete Smurthwaite, made the announcement that plans were to be drawn up for a new clubhouse.
"It was felt that a project of this kind should be recorded for the future and to be done on a before and after format.
"Then, it was realised that the building of it in 2020 would coincide with the centenary year of football in the town under the name of Bridlington Town FC.
"It was then suggested to incorporate the two events into one book. So, the year-long project took off.
"Research and investigations were carried out for a 100+ years of history and records to produce an article to show what a local club can achieve for the sporting enjoyment of local people and others, and to preserve it on record for the future townspeople to see the history of it.
"Making this book has been an interesting, educational, and sometimes a demanding project. The original idea was to produce a matchday programme-sized booklet but, as time went on, it was obvious that a lot more space would be required to do it justice.
"It has literally grown to more than three times the size.
"As it progressed more people became involved in supplying information and pictures to which our thanks go to them for being so helpful.
"Also, it has been quite humbling how many people with links and memories from the past to the present have such an affection for the club to offer to say so in writing a dedication of their time here. We thank them all.
"Making it has run past its original finish date but it has been worth all the effort."
(Story Source: Bridlington Town)
Seasiders Vase clash to be played behind closed doors
30th October, 2020
Bridlington Town have announced that their Buildbase FA Vase First Round tie with North Shields on Saturday will now be played behind closed doors.
A statement released by the Seasiders said: "With East Yorkshire moving into Tier 2 COVID-19 restrictions at 12:01pm on Saturday, Bridlington Town have been in dialogue with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council for most of the day.
"And, we were informed at 5:22pm that the council were not allowing the club to admit paying spectators into the Hudgell Solicitors Stadium for the Buildbase FA Vase first round tie against North Shields.
"The game will therefore be played behind closed doors with only club officials allowed into the ground to watch the game.
"Those that have purchased tickets will be offered a full refund.
"Bridlington Town contacted the FA but were informed that it was up to the local authority to determine if spectators were allowed or not.
"The game is being streamed live as pay-per-view and details can be found on the club's website and social media sites.
"The clubhouse has been fully booked for a week and only those that have booked will be admitted.
"There is no view of the pitch from the clubhouse."
(Story Source: Bridlington Town)