North West Counties Football League - Divison 1
Boy's West View Stadium
Since the 2015-16 season kicked off all the way back in August, I had the intention of visiting as often as I could to my new adopted home town team of Bacup Borough FC. I was able to attend 3 or 4 fixtures last season under the ill-fated rebrand of 'Bacup and Rossendale Borough Football Club', where it took Bacup until the second half of the season to get their momentum and results flowing which resulted in relegation from the NWCFL Premier Division, to Division 1 at the end of the season. As a side note, it was claimed by the Football Club that the name change from Bacup Borough to BARB had caused supernatural repercussions by unhappy spirits, ultimately contributing to a poor start to the season. To read more about this story, click on this link: http://www.rossendalefreepress.co.uk/news/local-news/watch-bacup-borough-fc-manager-7981998
Now with my groundhopping antics in full flow during the first quarter of the Football season, I made it a priority over the Christmas period to attend a Borough game at home, however in East Lancashire over December we had torential rain just like most of the country and in the Rochdale and Bacup area specificaly, we had sever flooding, and this included the West View Stadium.
To set the scene as to what you can expect when you visit, I must point out that firstly, the stadium is situated at the top of a very steep hill in the Blackthorn area of Bacup. It is surrounded by terraced housing which will receive their fair share of unchartered footballs in their gardens, whilst across the road from the ground on Cowtoot Lane, is a community Primary School. Just to make the location that little bit more unique meanwhile, behind the north stand (if I can call it that) is a farmer's field, usually with Cows which if approach close enough, could be considered in the fixture attendance.
Incidently, a tray of chips and a cup of tea served in a porcelain cup cannot be bad and you get change from a £5 note too. Furthermore, inside the Sports Bar you can treat yourself to a pint and watch live football on the two big TV platforms, depending on the night and competition.
Unfortunately, on the night Bacup lost 1-0 to Chadderton from a close range, deflected shot which beat the Goalkeeper. Bacup are set up to play the ball out wide and use the channels to get forward, whilst closing down and winning the ball back in the middle of the pitch in midfield. Chadderton on the night I would say deserved the win because they pressed more and had the better chances of the two but in a crazy league where Bacup can draw 5 - 5 on the opening day against Cheadle Town, beat Rochdale Town 9 - 2 and lose to Widnes 5- 2 it is hard to predict if Bacup can maintain a run of consistency leading into the latter stages of the season now. Like I say, for £6 you'll be rewarded usually with a high scoring match and more than likely, a win too.