Wakefield AFC play inaugural game

Wakefield AFC plays it first ever game on Saturday (July 13) against semi professional East Stirling at Barnsley’s Dorothy Hyman Stadium.

It is the only home pre-season game planned by the side, which launched in March.  Boasting a squad of 28, the team aged between 18 and 23, will kick off at 1.00pm fielding players who have spent the last month training hard for their debut.

It will prove a good grounding for the young team who will play in the Sheffield League.  A second team will play in the Central Midlands Northern League.

Chris Turner, director of football for Wakefield AFC and himself a former Manchester United and Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper said: “Since we announced the launch of the club the support from local people has been incredible.

“Both football and non-football fans have pledged to back us and wished us well.  There is a real sense of pride in the city and the team, it’s why we were determined to play our first ever game in front of a home crowd.

“All the players are keen as mustard and raring to go and prove their mettle.

“Tickets are priced at £5, and juniors can get in free. The game will be on the 4G pitch while the grass pitch is made ready for the new season with a capacity of about 250 so we hope as many people as possible can get there on Saturday,” he added.

East Stirling are on a tour of Yorkshire and play at Frickley the night before.  Wakefield AFC other fixtures are with Brighouse Town, July 17, at 7.45, Skelmersdale July 20, 3.00pm, Sporting Bromsgrove July 25, 7.57pm and Glossop North End Aug 6 at 7.45pm.