Crest of Bamber Bridge Football Club

Bamber Bridge

The Brig

Bamber Bridge Football Club, nicknamed “The Brig,” is a non-league football club based in Preston, Lancashire.

Established in 1952, they currently compete in the Pitching In Northern Premier League Premier Division, which is part of the seventh tier of English football. The team calls Irongate their home ground.

Bamber Bridge Football Club, established in 1974 through the merger of Bamber Bridge and Walton-Le-Dale, has enjoyed considerable success and growth, becoming a fixture in the North West football scene. Initially competing in the Preston & District League, where they achieved multiple league and cup successes, the club transitioned to the North West Counties League in 1990. Their ascent through the football pyramid continued with promotions to the Northern Premier League, marked by notable cup successes and a brief tenure in the Premier Division before experiencing relegation. The club’s ambition was reflected in their development of the Irongate ground, later renamed The Sir Tom Finney Stadium, which facilitated their progression and community engagement.

Significant milestones in the club’s history include winning the prestigious Lancashire FA Amateur Shield, engaging in memorable FA Cup runs, and securing various league titles and cup trophies across different levels of non-league football. Their journey was punctuated by memorable matches, such as hosting the Czech Republic national team in 1996, and achieving notable league positions and playoff participations. These achievements underscore the club’s competitive spirit and dedication to football excellence at the non-league level.

In recent years, Bamber Bridge has continued to evolve, with managerial changes and strategic signings shaping their trajectory. The club’s resilience was tested with the Covid-19 pandemic disrupting the 2020/21 season, leading to early termination and a period of uncertainty. Under the guidance of manager Jamie Milligan, the club looks to rebuild and capitalize on its rich history, aiming for success in the 2021/22 season and beyond, demonstrating their commitment to progress and excellence in football.