Match Preview :- Clitheroe - Saturday July 17th, 2004 (3:00PM)
On Saturday 17th July, Celtic travel to Clitheroe FC, a team we played (and beat) in a friendly last season, with Potts and Brickell scoring for us, and Spencer scored from a penalty after Dootson saved the initial shot, and he stooped to head in the rebound.

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Brickell grabbing the opening goal

Clitheroe were formed in 1877 (as Clitheroe Central - but they dropped the Central when it was clear that there was only enough Clitheroe for one club). They plyed their trade in the Lancashire combination for over a century when they became a founder member of the North West Counties league, albeit in the third division. They went onto win the third, second and first divisions in consecutive seasons, and in 1996 won the FA Vase.

A few seasons back, Clittheroe had a massive cash boost when Crystal Palace bought Carlo Nash for ?45,000 and this has been funding them ever since!

Last season, Clitheroe won the Unibond First division (though if Mossley had not been docked 3 points for fielding an ineligible player - Mossley would have won), and even without the restructuring, would have gone into the Unibond Premier. With such prolific goal scorers as Jackson and Cryer, they were quite a force last season. They finished the league with 10 wins out of 15, 1 draw and 4 defeats.

Celtic will be looking for a moral boosting win against a team now only one division below us, but it will not easy. This will be Clitheroe's first game of the season.

On a final note, Clitheroe the town is very picteresque, and well worth a visit.
Distance: 39
Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes

Join the M60 towards Oldham.
At the junction of the M60, M66 and M62, continue under the M62 to join the M66.
Stay on the M66 to the very end where it becomes the A56.
After one and a half miles, the A56 splits off the main carriageway (which continues on as the A682), bear to the left towards Blackburn to stay on the A56.
After two miles you will reach a roundabout with the A680; continue straight across (exit 2 of 4) to stay on the A56.
After a further four miles you will reach a roundabout with the M65; continue straight across to join the A6068 (signposted Clitheroe).
After a further mile and a half, keep to the left to join the A671 (Whalley Road) on entering Padiham.
This is the second turning after crossing the M65.
After about four miles you will reach a roundabout with the A59; turn right onto the A59.
After half a mile there is a mini-roundabout; continue straight on (exit 2 of 3) to stay on the A59.
Almost immediately there is a second roundabout with the A671 (Whalley Road) signposted Clitheroe; continue straight on (exit 2 of 3) to stay on the A59.
After just over a mile there is a left turn (the second left after the roundabout) onto Four Lanes End (signposted Clitheroe, and also Information and Telephone).
Four Lanes End immediately becomes Pendle road.
Continue up Pendle Road, and across the mini-roundabout.
When you see a paper shop on the corner on your left, find a parking space.
The ground is further along, on the right, behind the Bridge Pub, and the turnstile is up the narrow lane to the right of the pub.

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