Brig ready to raid college’s academy

New boy: Jerome Fitzgerald during his spell with Chorley ' has now signed for Brig
New boy: Jerome Fitzgerald during his spell with Chorley ' has now signed for Brig
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Bamber Bridge’s signing of ex-Lancaster City forward Craig Carney this week could signal the dawn of a new era for the club.

Manager Neil Crowe revealed this week that he has been in touch with Phil Brown, who is the head coach at Myerscough College.

Brown was formerly Tony Hesketh’s assistant manager at Lancaster City and in his time with the Dolly Blues he forged a strong bond between the club and the college.

It has meant City, over the past few years, have had the pick of the college’s finest young talent.

However, Brown stepped down from his role at Giant Axe at the end of last season and now there is a possibility that other clubs in the area could now benefit from Myerscough’s renowned reputation for developing young footballers.

Crowe, who has also signed experienced defender Jerome Fitzgerald, said: “I’ve signed Craig Carney this week and he was recommended to me by Phil Brown at Myerscough.

“I’ve known Phil for more than 30 years and with him moving away from Lancaster City, there might be a possibility of signing a few more from the college.

“Myerscough have got a great pedigree for developing young players – as Lancaster City have shown in the last few years.

“If we can get one or two from there, that would be 

“I know three players from the college, who played for Lancaster, went on to sign for Stockport, so they must be doing something right at the football academy.

“Craig came off the bench the other night against Clitheroe and scored. He looked a very nice and tidy footballer.”

While the future looks bright for Brig, the present is not so rosy.

The men from Irongate have lost their last three games in the NPL First Division North and face a major test at home against New Mills tomorrow, who have won six out of seven in the league this season.

Brig were beaten 2-1 at Clitheroe on Tuesday and that followed a 4-2 loss away at Curzon Ashton at the weekend.

“We can’t seem to buy a win at the moment,” Crowe added.

“Performance-wise we are doing okay, we’re just not taking our chances.

“New Mills will be a good side.

“They are new to this division, but they have not come up from a lower league, they’ve moved from the South Division.”

Elsewhere, Clitheroe are away to Ossett Albion and Burscough visit Harrogate. Lancaster City have no game.