Lancaster City stalwart Rob Henry is expecting a raucous atmosphere tomorrow as he prepares to face his old club Bamber Bridge at Irongate.
The former Burnley trainee briefly ended his long association with Lancaster last season when he joined Neil Crowe’s men.
However, the lure of playing under former Newcastle United defender Darren Peacock saw Henry return to City last summer.
Henry enjoyed his stint at Brig, but feels like he has returned to his spiritual home.
He admits his defection back to the Dolly Blues may mean he comes in for a bit of stick from the home fans this weekend.
“I’m not too worried about getting any stick,” Henry said with a chuckle.
“I went to Bamber Bridge last season.
“I was a bit unfortunate – I burst my appendix and missed the start of the season at Lancaster.
“So I went to Brig and then came back to Lancaster in the summer.
“I enjoyed my time at Brig but a new manager – a new regime – came in at Lancaster. It was bit of a fresh start.
“I’ve always been at Lancaster. I’ve been here for quite a few years – it is a good fit for me.
“I know how the club runs and I’ve had some good times here in the past.”
More good times are in the offing for Henry and City this season.
They currently lie in the last remaining play-off spot in the NPL First Division North.
However, they come up against their near neighbours tomorrow knowing defeat will see Brig go back above them in the table.
“Bamber Bridge have had a good season so far and have got some good players,” Henry said. “The team has changed a little bit since I was there.
“I know Zach Clark very well – I used to play with him when he was at Lancaster. Tomorrow’s game has quite a bit riding on it for both teams.
“We have got to play each other twice in a three-week period and these two games are going to be really important.
“It’s a case of if we can get two wins against them, it will put us in with a good chance of making the play-offs.
“I think the season is going to be quite tight – we have just got make sure we perform as well as we can.”