Gate’s Royal charter

Russ Mckenna turns to celebrate Gate's opening goal

Russ Mckenna turns to celebrate Gate's opening goal

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Squires Gate FC has entered a patriotic new era in its history – its School Road ground has been officially renamed the Royal British Legion Stadium.

It was groundsman Brian Addison who suggested raising funds for the club by selling naming rights to the stadium.

The winner was Kelvin Edgar from the Isle of Man, who crosses the Irish Sea several times a season to attend Gate games.

Kelvin’s choice of name is a fitting one as the club was originally called Squires Gate British Legion FC after it was formed in 1948.

A collection for the RBL will take place at all home games and a banner proclaiming the new name will hopefully be on display for the next home match against Norton on Saturday week.

On the field, Gate continue to seek their first premier division win of the season but they at least doubled their points tally with the midweek home draw with Silsden.

The home side started well and deserved their 27th-minute breakthrough when left-back Andy Harvie’s mazy run enabled player-boss Russ McKenna to slot home.

Silsden responded swiftly and were level within three minutes as Kev Ryan went one-on-one with Gate keeper Neil Beesley.

Gate bossed the second half but the could not find a winner despite close calls from Bamba, Bennett and McKendrick, who hit a post.

McKenna, who has already fielded 24 players this term in his bid to find a winning formula, said: “It was a much better performance and gives us something to build on for our trip to Wigan Robin Park on Saturday. We need a little more luck but hopefully have turned the corner”.

Gate: Beesley, Nay, Harvie, Forbes, Howson, Benfield, Mckenna, Farrow, Bamba, Bennett, Harries; subs: Gwin, Taylor, Cummings, Thornley, Mckendrick