Local fans flock to Clayborn as Sedge boast biggest crowd in over a decade

Some of the 605 supporters who packed into Clayborn for Liversedge's biggest home crowd in 12 years.
Some of the 605 supporters who packed into Clayborn for Liversedge's biggest home crowd in 12 years.

Liversedge FC’s biggest home crowd in 12 years were in attendance at Tuesday’s clash against Bridlington Town.

It was the biggest attendance at Clayborn since the crowd of 826 who witnessed the club’s FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie against Coalville Town in 2004.

Supporter Jimmy Dean set up a Facebook campaign bidding to pack out Clayborn for the mid-week match and the club will show their gratitude by making him a guest at a future match.

Despite awful weather and the attraction of the televised England match, fans from across the Spen Valley flocked to watch their local team.

Fans of Huddersfield Town, Leeds United and Bradford City were all present at the game, while a number of local amateur clubs also attended.

One group of young supporters gathered in the stand behind the goal and really got behind Liversedge, creating a cracking atmosphere for a non-league game.

Sedge manager Jonathan Rimmington praised the supporters for turning up in big numbers but was disappointed his side were unable to send them away happy.

Rimmington said: “The crowd were unbelievable and if we can get a third of them to stay, along with our normal fans, we are going to have 250 to 300 here and that puts us in the ball game to keep our players.

“The crowd were fantastic and that is what we need.

“Jimmy has done brilliantly and he is already talking about doing something like this next summer.

“If he does, I think we could have a real go at breaking the record .

“The local area have come out to support us and this is what we want.

“We didn’t play as well as we can but Bridlington are a very good team.

“They went to Newcastle Benfield, where we lost 3-0 three weeks ago, and beat them 2-0.”

Liversedge’s previous highest crowd this season was 178 who watched last Saturday’s 6-0 demolition of Garforth Town and Tuesday’s gate was the biggest of any Northern Counties East League match this season, eclipsing the 594 who watched Worksop v Retford last month.