July 10, 2013 by backofthenetjl
Thursday sees two clubs who have previously featured in European competition lock horns on English Soil. Stainton Park (Home of radcliffe Borough), sees Belgian outfit Club Brugge take on Romanian’s Otelul Galati.
It can only be described as an incredibly strange game, and the reason why the game is happening, is even stranger. Originally, Brugge were scheduled to play recently relegated Bury in a friendly at Gigg Lane, but the Belgian outfit decided to pull the plug on the friendly after Bury played Otelul behind closed doors in a game which the Romanians won quite comfortably.
The game comes as a surprise, but it is not a massive shock to see these two sides play each-other, seen as though they are both currently in the midst of their pre-season training in the North-west.
So instead, two sides who have previously competed in European competition, will now face each-other on the hallowed turf of Evo Stik North division one outfit Radcliffe Borough; it certainly must be a privilege and an honour for them to stage such a game. After all, Brugge are the second most successful team in Belgium, having won the Belgian first division title 13 times. In addition this, they also have a certain Eidur Gudjohnsen in their squad, who of course Premier League fans will remember from his time in England with Chelsea, Spurs and Stoke. As for Galati, they are well known from their 2011-12 Champions League campaign, where they were placed in the same group as European Giants Manchester United.
So how did the two sides do in their respective leagues last season?
Firstly, Brugge had a decent season but by their standards, it will be viewed as a disappointment by fans and all those associated with the club. They ended the season in fourth place, 13 points behind the league’s winners Anderlecht. Onto Galati, they finished in an unimpressive 11th position, so they will surely want to make sure they are fully prepared for the next campaign; starting with this friendly.
It really does have the potential to be a fantastic game of football at a traditional football ground. There will be plenty of internationals on show, as well as plenty of unknown talent to be discovered. Ticket prices are cheap, with adults being charged £5.00 and U18’s paying an incredibly cheap price of £1.00.
So if you’re in and around Greater Manchester on Thursday, get down to Stainton Park for what looks to be a random, yet magnificent game of football.
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