It’s going to be the biggest day in Rimington FC’s history... and Charlie and Hannah Penman aim to make the most of it.
Charlie (seven) is the club’s mascot, and when he leads the players out on to the pitch at Leeds United’s 39,000-seat Elland Road super stadium on Saturday, sister Hannah (10) will be cheering like anything.
Their dad is team coach Jon Penman, who with manager Terry Braithwaite has motivated the Rimington players in their quest for glory in the West Riding County FA Challenge Cup.
Cup fever is gripping not only the little village – population about 400 – but also the rest of the area.
The village club’s players are from all over the Ribble Valley, and Saturday is going to be a big family day out for them all, with possibly 500 or more supporters travelling to Leeds.
Some have booked seats on the Hodson’s coaches laid on by the club, with tickets being sold from Mortimers estate agents in Clitheroe, and others are going by car.
Orange and black balloons – the team’s colours – will be out in force, along with a new batch of Rimington rosettes – after the first batch was delivered with the wrong spelling of “Rimmington.”
The players even became television stars when Sky Sports carried an item about the club, presented by former Ribble Valley journalist Peter Stevenson. A clip on YouTube became an instant hit.
Charlie’s prediction is : “Four-three for us!”