CRYSTAL Park has been dubbed Crys-goal Park after it was discovered that you could see more goals at Banbridge Town than some of the most famous grounds in the world.
According to a Dutch football website, sargasso.nl, the Laws Lane ground sees on average 3.63 goals per game, making it the joint 12th highest ranking stadium for goals in the world.
And that means that the Town outrank the likes of Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium (3.58 goals per game), Arsenal’s Emierates Stadium (3.34) and the San Siro (2.9).
The list was sorted per country and the highest average score since 2000 was calculated.
“It’s an absolutely amazing statistic, I can’t believe it,” said Town Chairman, Andrew Cully.
“It just goes to show that you certainly get value for money when you watch Banbridge Town at home!
“I think anybody who comess down to the club to take in a game enjoys the action on offer and it always turns out to be a great day’s fun.
“People often demean our level of football which I think is unfair. It’s not as poor a standard as people often say and all I can suggest is that the proof is in the pudding and that people should come down and take in a game.
“Everyone wants to see goals and, as the stat suggests, you’ll see plenty of those at Banbridge Town!
“It’s great to be recognised in world football like this way and a terrific honour for the club. The pressure is on our strikers to keep it up,” he joked.
Meanwhile the Town go into this week’s game with Lurgan Celtic without midfielder Barry Tumilty, who has been banned for two games for picking up 10 yellow cards during the course of the season.
That means he will also miss next week’s Intermediate Cup last 16 tie against either Dundonald or Tandragee Rovers.
Matty McCartan will also be missing for that cup clash, having picked up five yellow cards.
Supporters are also reminded that games in the IFA Championship now kick off at 3pm for all teams.
- NATHAN Morley-Hillen has joined Banbridge Town from Larne.
The goalkeeper was previously with Newry City and comes to the club great pedigree, having played in the Premiership.
Also joining the ranks is youngster Ryan Gourley from Lisburn Distillery.
Amongst the deadline day exits was Simon Robb who has decided to take a new challenge at with the PSNI’s football team. The club wish him every succes and thank him for his excellent service he has given the club.