Following back to back wins in our opening fixtures in the North West Counties Premier Division our focus now shifts to the FA Cup and the first fixture in this history-steeped competition back at Gigg Lane in over four years.
After confident performances on both the opening day against Glossop North End and Colne this Tuesday (highlights below), Andy Welsh’s men have set off out of the blocks at blistering pace with eight goals in the opening two games.
In what promises to be a fantastic occasion as we welcome FA Cup football back to Gigg, the Shakers will actually enter the hallowed turf as the “away” side due to the fixture being shifted from Uttoxeter’s OldField Sports Ground due to concerns over managing a large crowd.
That being said we look forward to hosting Uttoxeter, their fans, volunteers, staff and players this coming Saturday.
So Shakers, get down in numbers. BANG that drum and let’s make Gigg roar!!!
In Opposition – Uttoxeter Town F.C
The club was formed in 1972 when they split from Uttoxeter Amateurs after a disagreement on the club’s location. The club joined the North Premier Division of the Staffordshire County League. In the late 1970s the club switched over to Sunday league football but in 2012 the club switched back to Saturday football and joined the Staffordshire County Senior League.
The 2012–13 season saw the club win Division One and became founding members of the Midland Football League in 2014–15. Despite finishing fifth in the division, the club dropped back down to the Staffordshire County Senior League for financial reasons. In their first season in the Staffordshire County Senior League the club entered the FA Vase for the first time, progressing to the third round before being eliminated by Coleshill Town. The prize money they earned from their FA Vase cup exploits enabled them to overcome their financial issues and they re-joined Division One of the Midlands league the following season.
In 2021, Uttoxeter were promoted to the Premier Division based on their results in the abandoned 2019–20 and 2020–21 seasons.
Tickets & Admission
Tickets are now on sale for Saturday’s FA Cup game against Uttoexter! We are opening the South Stand and monitoring sales currently, as well as making a number of 1885 Suite tickets available in the Main Stand.
We know this will be a well-attended game and many supporters will want to guarantee their place by purchasing a ticket in advance, and we recommend doing so in advance as this avoids queues which are more common on pay-on-the gate turnstiles. It also helps us plan our resources better.
There will be an admission gate taking CASH & CARD payments, but if you can and buy in advance we still recommend doing so.
All seating in the South Stand is UNRESERVED.
Prices*: £10 adult, £5 16-18, £3 Under 16s & Free for Under 5s.
1885 Suite: £30* per ticket
On the Day & In the Ground
Travel: Gigg Lane is accessible by car and is well served by public transport, please see our page on the TfGM website, which advises the best travel routes to the stadium. Directions can be sourced via Google Maps below.
SatNav Postcode: BL9 9HR
Parking: Our new car-park policy for the upcoming season is now in force.
Due to the limited space within the car park at Gigg Lane, it is reserved for the following:
- Team Playing Staff and Management
- Match and Competition Officials
- Club Staff and volunteers transporting matchday equipment
- Members of the 1885 Suite
- Blue Badge Holders
If you have a blue badge or mobility issues please email the club secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org at least TWO days before the game. Blue Badge holders shall be prioritised for a parking space.
Entrance to the car park is strictly controlled and includes the areas within and in front of the fenced area. Please contact the Club Secretary with any other related queries.
There is on-street parking in the residential areas surrounding Gigg Lane, with supporters reminded to be respectful and considerate of the local residents at all times, as well as being mindful of and adhering to the parking permit measures in place in close proximity to the ground.
Stadium Entry: Gates will open at 1.30pm.
Our matchday volunteers will be on hand, both outside the turnstiles and inside the ground, to guide supporters to where they need to be. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask those who are there to help the day.
Food / Drink: Our new catering partner, Quirky Catering, will be operating the kiosks this weekend and throughout the season, and are accessible for supporters under the stands. A selection of hot and cold snacks will be available. Alcohol will be sold, and can be consumed anywhere in the stand. Please respect the advice from stewards on managing this process on the day.
Matchday Programme: Uttoxeter will be providing a programme to sell on the day, this will be available in and around the ground.
Pound for the Ground: Our ‘Pound for the Ground’ half-time raffle tickets will be on sale in and around the ground, £1 per entry. Sellers accept cash or card, with 40% of the total pot going to the winning ticket with results announced over the PA system and on the scoreboard.
Keep #GiggGleaming: With so much work gone into Gigg Lane to get us to this point, we want to keep it that way and a lot of work goes into turning the ground around between games each weekend. We have a team of volunteers lined up to clean the stands following the game.
With this in mind, we urge all supporters to make sure any rubbish is processed in the correct manner, using the available bins where necessary, or if possible please take any rubbish away with you.
Designated Smoking Areas: Supporters are not allowed to smoke / vape anywhere within the stands at Gigg Lane. Designated areas are set aside to do this, follow guidnace from stewards on this and only smoke / vape within these areas.
#NonLeagueDogs: For now, dogs are NOT permitted in the ground.
Match Coverage & Live Stream
If you are unable to make it to the action at Gigg Lane, we’ll have all the live coverage across our media platforms.
Live Stream: For this game, we will have no live stream. Keep up-to-date with all our video content via the club’s YouTube Channel. Click to subscribe and never miss highlights and match reaction across the season.
Audio Commentary: Roch Valley Radio will be providing commentary for this game. Join the team from the press box at Gigg Lane. Click here ahead of kick-off to listen live. Audio commentary will be provided for every game of the season, so you will never miss a piece of the action.
Social Media: Our team will also bring you in-depth text commentary via the club ‘MatchDay Live‘ Twitter feed, with team news and score-line updates available also on Facebook and feel like you are there with our match galleries and imagery available over on Instagram.
Whatever the weather, wherever you are across the globe, we have you covered.
Up the Shakers!