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Big day out for Brighouse Town fans
Brighouse Town and their supporters are eagerly looking forward to Saturday’s trip to Stockport County in the FA Cup second qualifying round.
The former Football League club are obviously not what they once were as a recent spiral has seen them tumble into the Conference North, where they are currently below Bradford Park Avenue and Guiseley.
But Town chairman Ray McLaughlin has been impressed with the continued professional outlook of County.
“Our secretary has been in constant contact with them this week and they have been really good with us,” said McLaughlin.
“Everything is in place and they are still geared up for the full-time game. Being in a higher league than us, they charge £15 for league games while its £5 at our place. But they have a sliding scale of costs so they recommended a £10 price and we agreed to that.
“We have two coaches going, one for players, committee and some fans and another just for fans, but a lot of our supporters come from the Huddersfield area so many of them are making the journey on the train.
“We estimate that about 200 of our fans will be cheering us on. Stockport are getting between two and two and half thousand for their home games and they are expecting a thousand-plus for this game.”
Brighouse manager Paul Quinn has an injury-free squad and they will be suitably rested after a free midweek.
McLaughlin said: “Everyone is fit for this game – and you would expect nothing else because no-one wants to miss this one. A couple came off last Saturday at Garforth Town but that was just precautionary.
“Some of the lads looked tired in the second half because we have had a tough schedule over the last few weeks.
“We should have played at Parkgate last Tuesday but that was off because they had an FA Vase replay. That has been a godsend for Quinny and the boys ahead of this big game.”