The population is less than 400...but Rimington has been allocated 19,000 tickets for the village soccer club’s biggest-ever match.
Players and fans are gearing up for a trip to Leeds for Rimington FC’s clash with Huddersfield club Bay Athletic in the West Riding County FA Challenge Cup, at Leeds United’s Elland Road super-stadium.
Cup fever is gripping the Ribble Valley for the big game and coaches are being booked to take 300 or so to the away day, but club officials can’t help chuckling at their huge allocation of seats.
West Riding FA usually uses a 500-seater stadium on the outskirts of Leeds for the final, but decided they needed somewhere bigger. And they don’t come much bigger than Elland Road, a 39,000-seater super-stadium.
Manager Terry Braithwaite said: “If we get 50 watching us for a home match against another local club we think we’ve done well.”
But things are different for this match. The social networks are buzzing about Rimington’s big game, and people who haven’t been to a match for ages are booking their place.
Clitheroe estate agents Mortimers. who sponsor the club, are selling the return tickets at £7 from their office in Castle Street.
Coach firm Hodson’s have been asked to reserve six coaches, for almost 300 travelling supporters, and more will be needed if they are filled.
Although it’s a village club, Rimington’s players come from all over the Clitheroe area.
Terry added: “It’ll be our biggest match ever, and we need to make the most of it. It’ll be great for the lads to have hundreds watching us at Elland Road.”