In that game, Jack Dyche giving the travelling Trinity contingent the dream start - and the faithful didn't look back from there! It has been a summer like no other at Gainsborough Trinity HQ following the decision of Richard Kane to step down as Chairman after nearly ten years at the helm. A new Board of Directors put into place, headed up, in the interim, by David Horsley & John Myskiw. With new people has come new ideas, new energy, and a determination to once again be up and amongst it fighting amongst the top sides in thr division, and looking to go one better from last season.
There has been a turnover of players, with only Club Captain Dylan Cogill & versatile George Hornshaw remaining at the club. A clear vision on how Bish & Stampy want to play the game has seen what appears to be a successful summer recruitment drive, with young, hungry up and coming players the order of the day. A sprinkling of experience sees Dayle Southwell & Bobby Johnson add the nous on the playing field, as we prepare to embark on a roller coaster of emotion.
One thing for sure is, it will take everyone: players, supporters and officials all pulling in the same direction, if we are to achieve anything. The community have really rallied around - so now it's time to see what the Holy Blues can do - when they step out on the lush, green, Northolme turf. Marine, with Neil Young in charge, have also undergone something of an overhaul in the summer. Focusing on the striking department. Divisional Runner Up in the Goal Scoring stakes, Fin Sinclair-Smith as joined the Crosby outfit, from Bamber Bridge. Young has further bolstered his attacking options with the signing of former South Shields, Ashton United & Stalybridge Celtic goal-getter, Darius Osei. Will Russ, who also scored nine across spells at Hyde United & FC United of Manchester last season.
In association with Matchday Creative & AATM Media, we bring you the Holy Blue Review. Featuring Luke Broughton's cracking image of Javelle Clarke in pre-season action on the front cover. Inside, hear from skipper Dylan Cogill & Co-Chairman Dave Horsley. Bobby Johnson is the Big Interview for this one, as he shares how he is settling in.
Meanwhile, Steve Andrews (our non-collecting, programme collector) dives under his bed to find opening day programmes from his collection. It's always a worthwhile read, to travel back down memory lane! And if history is your thing- and particularly related Trinity facts... Phil Anderson returns to his popular 'View from the Carlilse Steet.'
The Non League Paper have their weekly column, while BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Dale Storey will be back for the next edition. He's currently on the longest honeymoon on record. He's sure to return to a press bench near you soon - just for a rest! Additionally, inside the programme - and on the Big Screen at the Northolme, you'll see the Official Head Shots for the new season. Captured by our friend Graham Oxford at Photography Street. In the programme is a QR code that will take you to his gallery of the photos, where you can purchase images of your favourites! Also, check out his advert to get a discount on your first photo shoot. You'll have to buy a programme to see how though!!
Last season, the Holy Blues had the beating of Marine, Curtis Durose netting a double at the Marine Travel Arena, before Fraser Preston broke the hearts of the Crosby based side, firing home in the 93rd minute, to secure all three points for Gainsborough, in a game that finished after 10.30 in the evening, thanks to an immediately night for our visitors. Tuesday night games certainly provided logistically challenges for both sides, but this time, we both (currently) have the luxury of Saturday fixtures.
With both sides looking to get on the ball, fashion chances and score goals, this game certainly looks a good pick for Game of the Day! I only hope that doesn't jinx things and it ends up a dour, goal-less draw!
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All tickets allow you access anywhere in the ground. There is no transfer fee to move to the seated Ping Stand. Please note, Season Tickets can be collected from Club on the Park from midday, if you haven't received them already. Wishing everyone a safe journey to the Northolme for Saturday's game. Here's hoping for a bumper crowd to officially welcome in the new regime. And here, is to the next 150 years at Gainsborough Trinity!
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Matlock Town vs Bamber Bridge
Warrington Rylands vs Radcliffe
Whitby Town vs Arherton Collieries
Workington AFC vs Ashton United
2022/23 Player Sponsor Shirts will be available for collection from the Club Shop ahead of Saturday's game. We thank you for your support of the players. Even the ones no longer at Gainsborough, we know they relished pulling on the blue (or grey) jersey and representing the Trinity Family.
Preview written by Rob Hughes (@AATM_Media)