A HUGE amount of activity has been building up down at Guisborough Town FC’s KGV Stadium in the lead-up to the keenly-anticipated start of the new 2021/22 season.

The new Ebac Northern League season is scheduled to kick off in earnest from Saturday, July 31, but ahead of that the Priorymen have arranged a pre-season programme of friendlies, starting on Saturday, June 26, with an away game at Richmond Town (2.30pm kick-off).

Guisborough are on the road again the following Saturday, July 3 at Northallerton Town, while a week later on Saturday, July 10 the Priorymen have another away game at local rivals Stockton Town.

The annual John Butterfield Memorial Trophy game against Marske United takes place at the KGV Stadium on Wednesday, July 14 with the annual Peter Morris Memorial Trophy match three days later at Thornaby on Saturday, July 17.

Another annual memorial match takes place at the KGV on Tuesday, July 20 with the Micky Skinner Trophy against Whitby Town. The following weekend on Saturday/Sunday July 24 and 25 sees the innovative and inaugural Mo Mowlam Memorial Cup tournament at Redcar Town to honour Redcar’s late, great former MP.

Guisborough will kick the four-team tournament off against the hosts, Redcar Town, on Saturday, July 24 (12.30pm kick-off) with Redcar Athletic meeting Marske United later the same day at 3pm.

The tournament will be concluded the following day on Sunday, July 25, with a third-place match between the two runners-up of the previous day’s play with the final between the two winning teams from Saturday taking place later in the day, kicking off at 3pm. It promises to be a memorable tournament to be battled out between four of Teesside’s top non-league teams and will be a must see for all keen football fans across the area.