On Saturday 23rd July, the pre-season friendly with City of Liverpool has been elevated in status, as we have both been invited by the Football Supporters Association to compete in the Brain Lomax Cup providing an opportunity for either Club to lift the first trophy of the season.
This will be the second occasion that we have played in this event, back in 2014 we beat a youthful Wrexham side 3-2 with goals from Kayne McClaggon, Ian Traylor and Dan MacDonald.
The competition takes place every pre-season and celebrates the role of supporter-owned football clubs. The first winner was in 2002 when AFC Wimbledon beat Enfield Town 3-2.
The cup is named after Brian Lomax, the founder of the very first supporters trust at Northampton Town FC and a former managing director of Supporters Direct, who was considered to be the founding father of the supporters’ trust movement. He sadly passed away in 2015.
The cup itself was paid for by subscriptions from supporter’ trusts and individual fans, and is inscribed with Jock Stien's maxim, "Football without fans is nothing."
We expect a healthy crowd to be in attendance, with many making the journey from Merseyside for a second visit to the MetCoaches Community Stadium to enjoy another contest between the sides.
On their previous visit to Penydarren Park in July 2018 the teams faced each other in the Supporters Direct Shield when the Martyrs won 4-2 on that occasion.