July is already upon us and preparations for the start of the 2024/25 season are well under way at Bridge Road. Our groundsman Mark Critoph has worked his usual magic with the playing surface and the maintenance volunteers have got the stadium looking spick and span in readiness for the new season.

The first of our pre-season friendlies is at Kempston Rovers this coming Saturday 6th July. This game gives us the chance to see the first stage in manager Chris Nunn’s team preparations ahead of the new season and may feature some of his new recruits into the squad. Kick-off will be at the earlier time of 1.00pm so that those who wish to get home in time to watch the England team put on a dazzling performance against Switzerland later in the afternoon can do so. It’s a 5.00pm kick-off in Dusseldorf for that one.  Kempston’s ground is on the west side of Bedford in Hillgrounds Road and the postcode is MK42 8SZ.

The following Tuesday 9th July we entertain Royston Town at Bridge Road with a 7.45 kick-off, followed by Hitchin Town the following Saturday starting at 3.00 pm. This game will be the annual Stephen Parker Memorial match. Our final pre-season home game will be the following weekend when we entertain Biggleswade Town. This game will also start at 1.00pm at the request of our visitors. We then round off the season preparations with an away match at Eynesbury United (not to be confused with Eynesbury Rovers) on Tuesday 23rd July. Kick-off at 7.45pm.

In summary, the schedule is;

Sat 6th July – Kempston Rovers away.   Kick-off 1.00pm

Tue 9th July – Royston Town at Bridge Road.   Kick-off 7.45pm

Sat 13th July – Hitchin Town at Bridge Road.    Kick-off 3.00pm

Sat 9th July – Biggleswade Town at Bridge Road.   Kick-off 1.00pm

Tue 23rd July – Eynesbury United away.    Kick-off 7.45pm

One further date for your diary is the Under 18s pre-season friendly at Bridge Road against Cambridge United Under 18s on Wed 31st July.

The full set of United Counties League fixtures should be with us shortly so stay in touch with us via social media.