Groundhoppers urged to turn out for Bears

Local football fans are being urged to support Congleton Town on Sunday.
The club is taking part in the third annual groundhop — a hobby that involves attending matches at as many different stadiums or grounds as possible over the weekend.
Sunday’s fixture against Northwich Victoria will be part of the third annual groundhop. Run in conjunction with Groundhop UK, the UK’s premier groundhopping organisation, the event involves seven league games played over Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
A mixture of supporters, neutrals and ground-hoppers, who are supporters of football in general, are expected to attend the matches.
Congleton Town’s own club secretary, Ken Mead, said he was looking forward to a good attendance, with some newcomers in the mix, with any income generated supplemented in the future courtesy of interest germinated by the event.
League spokesperson Martin Fallon said: “The last two groundhops have brought much increased attendances, and in a couple of circumstances have set record attendances for the clubs.”
Gates will open at 9.30am for the match against Northwich Victoria, with groundhoppers, whether on a coach or not, able to gain admittance by ticket at the main gate.
Regular admission, through the turnstile, will be £6.
Free parking will be available at West Street car park, and stewards will be available and obvious wherever appropriate.
Inside the stadium, the club shop will be geared to accommodate the visitors, with club badges and any other paraphernalia readily available. Programmes will be in demand so extra supplies will be available.
Writing in his Chronicle column, Congleton Town Supporters Trust’s Mike McLaughlin said homemade delicacies such as stew, vegetable chilli, flapjacks and brownies would available throughout and the bar, “always impressive”, would be selling a special Groundhopper bitter.
He appealed to Chronicle readers: “Come along, enjoy the whole enthusiastic and idiosyncratic experience, and watch some good, honest football!
‚óŹ Sunday’s fixture is against Northwich Victoria, kickoff 11.30am, entry £6.