Old boys return as Blues host Quakers

Former Blues favourite Kevin Burgess returns to the Turnbull Ground on Saturday. Picture: Bri Murfield
Former Blues favourite Kevin Burgess returns to the Turnbull Ground on Saturday. Picture: Bri Murfield

A number of familiar faces will return to the Turnbull Ground on Saturday when Whitby Town play host to fellow Evo-Stik Premier Division outfit Darlington.

The Quakers have former Blues players Kevin Burgess, Tom Portas, Graeme Armstrong and Leon Scott within their ranks.

Armstrong is doubtful with a long-standing pancreatic injury, but the remaining trio may play a part and Town boss Darren Williams is looking forward to catching up with some of his former charges.

“It will be nice to see them all again,” he said.

“These lads parted with us on good terms, they still know a lot of our players and we’re all friends.

“Saturday is a friendly, but when it comes to crunch of the league games against Darlington later in the season we will have to put friendship aside until after the final whistle.”

The two teams meet in league action at Darlington’s current home, Heritage Park, Bishop Auckland on Boxing Day, before the return at Whitby on Easter Monday, March 28.

The Seasiders will be looking for a repeat of last season’s 1-0 victory over the County Durham side at the Turnbull Ground- former striker Craig Farrell was on target that day.

“We’ve had some really good games with Darlington in the past and hopefully Saturday will see more of the same,” Williams added.

“There is always a decent crowd and a good atmosphere but more importantly Darlo are a side who will really test us and that is key as we look to get ourselves ready for the new season.”

Saturday’s clash is a 3pm kick-off with admission just £6 for adults, £3 senior citizens and £2 for under-18s. Under-16s accompanied by a paying adult will be admitted free.

Season tickets will once again be on sale from the Club Shop.

Meanwhile, Williams’ men travel the short run to Pickering Town on Tuesday night for a 7.30pm kick-off.

The Blues drew 2-2 with the Northern Counties East Premier Pikes, in the corresponding game last year.

For details on a supporters’ coach for the A169 derby, contact Graham Manser on 07966 241 344.