Local club Crewe United play Warrington Town Football Club at Crewe Park, Glenavy on Saturday 1 August (kick off 6pm) in their annual Peace Cup game.
Since the fixture’s inauguration six years ago the nearest Crewe came to winning the trophy was in Warrington in 2012 when they drew 0-0 and again in 2013 at Crewe with a 2-2 scoreline.
Last year they were heavily defeated in Warrington and the English Club went on to have a great run in the F.A. Cup defeating Exeter City from football league Division 1 to reach the second round.
That emphasises the task that Crewe will have this weekend. The Local Club had a poor season in the Mid-Ulster League last season but under new Manager Colin Telford they are confident that they can go close to bringing the trophy to Lisburn.
“It will be very difficult” said Club Chairman Tom McKenna, “They are a semi-professional club so on paper the task might seem impossible but the lads are determined to give it their best shot”.
Crewe’s pre-season games have included wins over Barn United, Iveagh United and Rosario and Manager Telford is confident that his team will give a good account of themselves.
He said: “We are looking forward to the new season and have added quality to our squad in the close season.”
“Local football followers should come along and support this fixture which cements the relationship between Lisburn and Warrington that has been sustained since the tragedy in 1993 when two young boys lost their lives”.
Club Chairman Tom McKenna endorses this comment. He said: “Its been over 20 years since that sad occasion. Our Club has always sought to develop the relationship between the City of Lisburn and the town of Warrington and we have been inspired by our Council who have been with us all the way.
“Indeed it would have been very difficult without their interest and our grateful thanks to Council Staff and all our Councillors who have been so kind and supportive in all our efforts”.