Radcliffe secure high-profile pre-season games

Radcliffe FC have secured two EFL teams and a pre-season fixture against former Premier League champions Leicester City.

Former Foxes player, now assistant to Jon Macken at Boro, Frank Sinclair, has helped engineer a match against Brendan Rogers’ side for Tuesday 6th August.

Leicester’s visit will certainly spark some local interest, with Radcliffe chairman Paul Hilton looking forward to welcoming such quality opposition.

“We’re hopeful that they will bring along a couple of names on the night,” he told the Radcliffe Times.

“The game has been arranged through Frank and whatever guise Leicester arrive in, even their Under-23s, will be a talented team. It’s a great game for us as a club.”

Hilton is looking forward to having the renovated bar area at the stadium open for Oldham’s visit and also hopeful that the traditional fixture against Bury can be salvaged despite their near-neighbours off field problems.

“It’s a massive game for us, usually, and we have tried to contact their CEO but it has been radio silence so far,” he said.

“We have sent emails but with everything that goes on – they are in an awful situation – it’s understandable. I know we won’t be top of their agenda at the moment, but we’ve only got a week spare and from our point of view we want to get the whole thing boxed off.”

Oldham’s managerial situation may also be a factor in the Latics’ visit, admits Hilton.

“The only small problem is that they haven’t got a manager at the moment and if a new man comes in and wants to do his own thing, it is possible we may have to move it.”

Radcliffe FC Pre Season 2019:
Saturday 6th July: Oldham Athletic Home 3pm
Saturday 13th July: Tranmere Rovers Home 3pm
Tuesday 23rd July: Irlam Away 7.30pm
Saturday 27th July: Prestwich Heys Away 3pm
Saturday 3rd August: Workington Home 3pm
Tuesday 6th August: Leicester City Home 7.30pm
Saturday 10th August: Colne Away 3pm

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