Bedford Town have waited a long time to get back into action, with last season called off due to the coronavirus pandemic, but they made their long-awaited return at the Eyrie last night (Monday).
The game with Biggleswade FC – who will be ground sharing with the Eagles at The Eyrie this season – finished 1-0 to the visitors but provided a competitive start to pre-season for both sides.
More importantly, the game was used a fundraising opportunity with £783 donated by the strong crowd of 272 at The Eyrie, with the money split equally between the Teenage Cancer Trust and the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service.
The game was the first of a hectic pre-season schedule for the Eagles, with Newport Pagnell, Peterborough Sports and Championship side, Luton Town all to come.
With Wealdstone and St. Albans City also waiting in the wings at the end of July, Gary Setchell’s side face some stern tests before the beginning of another season in the Southern League Central Division One.
Bedford Town have confirmed that former captain Callum Donnelly has signed a one-year contract extension, along with talismanic striker Rene Howe, who has committed to the Eagles for the rest of the 2021/22 season.
They join Alex Street, Connor Tomlinson and Drew Richardson in signing new deals as the squad builds nicely for the upcoming season.
The fixtures for the new season have yet to be released, but Town along with local rivals Kempston Rovers will be keen to get a full season completed.
Anyone who was unable to donate at the game, or wishes to donate more, can do so via the charities page of the club’s online ticket store.
Visit https://bedfordtownfc.ktckts.com/ and donate via the Charity Partner page.