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24 July 2014

Two friendlies in two days for Town

Huddersfield Town’s Development Squad and First Team are in action over the next two days at Radcliffe Borough and Scunthorpe United respectively.

Frankie Bunn’s Development Squad visit Stainton Park on Friday (7pm) to take on Northern Premier League Division One North side Radcliffe Borough.

Meanwhile, Mark Robins’ First Team squad will head to Glanford Park on Saturday (3pm) to take on newly promoted League 1 side Scunthorpe United

Radcliffe Borough – Friday 25 July, 7pm
Stainton Park: M26 3PE
Pay on the day: £7 adults, £5 concessions, £2 16-18 year-olds (on production of ID); under-16 (School Children) free if accompanied by an adult, £1 if not.

The Boro is a Northern Premier League Division One North side formed in 1949 and based in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester. They reached the First Round of the FA Cup back in 2000 and also reached the Third Round of the FA Trophy in 1995/96.

Simon Kelly (450+ starts) is the Club’s record appearance holder, whilst Ian Lunt is their record goalscorer with 147. The Club’s highest transfer fee received was from Shrewsbury Town for £20,000 for Jody Banim. The highest transfer fee paid was for Gary Walker from Buxton for £5,000.

Former Town striker Frank Worthington turned out for The Boro in the 1989/90 season, whilst former Sunderland and Marseille defender Chris Makin joined the Club in 2010.

Radcliffe finished 18th in the Northern Premier League Division One North last season and its playing squad features DR Congo forward Djeny Bembo-Leta, who played three times for Oldham between 2009 and 2012.

Daniel Carr, Max Leonard and Matt Crooks (2) scored in a 4-0 victory when the two teams met in last season’s friendly.  

Scunthorpe United – Saturday 26 July, 3pm
Glanford Park: DN15 8TD
Pay in advance (Season Card prices): £8 adults; £4 over-60s, under- 21s, full time students and under-18s; £1 under-16s.
Pay on the day (also price for non-Season Card holders in advance): £10 adults; £5 over-60s, under-21s, full time students and under-18s; £2 under-16s.

The Iron is on the up after achieving promotion from League 2 with a second placed finish last season. 

Manager Russ Wilcox took over as manager midway through the season and after a 28-game unbeaten run, ending with a 2-0 defeat to Exeter City, which broke the all-time Football League record, Scunthorpe achieved automatic promotion back to 
League 1. 

He was presented with the LMA League 2 Manager of the Season award whilst former striker Sam Winnall picked up the Golden Boot with an impressive 23 goals. Wilcox also picked up a special merit award from Sir Alex Ferguson for his unbeaten start as manager.

Winnall has since departed for relegated Barnsley, whilst former captain and ex-Town midfielder Michael Collins has moved down a division to join Oxford United.

Sheffield United striker Lyle Taylor has signed along with former Notts County and Blackpool midfielder Neil Bishop, as Wilcox looks to build a squad capable of competing in League 1. 

Former Terrier David Mirfin is still at the heart of the Iron’s defence. The 29 year-old made over 150 appearances for Town before moving to Scunthorpe. He is now in his second spell and is nearing 200 appearances. Sadly, Mirfin will miss the clash with a knee injury.

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