Big weekend for Dereham Town as they make their Ryman League bow

Dereham Town, Thurlow Nunn Premier Division champions, kick-start their Ryman League campaign tomorrow. Picture: Matthew...

Dereham Town, Thurlow Nunn Premier Division champions, kick-start their Ryman League campaign tomorrow. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Just 13 weeks after Dereham Town clinched their promotion to Step Four of the non-league ladder, the Magpies are applying their finishing touches before the visit of Heybridge Swifts on Saturday.

Heybridge travel to Aldiss Park highly regarded as one of the best sides in Ryman Division One North and Dereham chairman Simon Barnes is urging fans to come along and support the Magpies.

Barnes told the Dereham Times: 'We really need fans to come out and support the team on Saturday, it is a special day for the club and for the town and we want it to be a game to remember in years to come.

'We are looking to create a family atmosphere here on Saturday and to mark and celebrate our first game in the Ryman League we will be giving away a range of free Dereham Town merchandise to children as they come through the turnstiles. In addition to this we will also be collecting for Dereham Cancer Care – our charity of the year.

'The forecast is good for Saturday and with Norwich yet to start and Wroxham away it would be great to see a good crowd here and it would really help the team as your support comes on to the pitch and drives the lads on.'

The Magpies are also one of only 150 clubs in the country and just two in the county to be taking part in The Bobby Robson National Football Day on Saturday. And to mark this the club will be running a series of coaching events before the game and at half-time.

Dereham's general secretary Ray Bayles said: 'It is a great event for the club to get involved with especially as there are only 150 clubs in the country taking part. We are very proud to be taking part and I would like to thank the organisers at The FA and everyone who will be helping to run the event.'

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