Although only friendlies, the next 2 are a little more important than that, and i hope the Curzon players realise this. We have 180 minutes to find out who can call themselves the best team in Ashton-Under-Lyne. As someone who grew up in the West End of Ashton, and went to Curzon from a very early age, i really hope we come out on top over these 2 games. Forget the fact that the Hurst Cross lot are in a league above, we are the team who have had the greater success in recent years, with promotion from the North West Counties, successive play-offs, last year's FA Cup run. We have the modern stadium, they have that old, decrepit stadium, which seems to be falling apart at the seams. The day will come, in the near future, when their ground is no longer fit for purpose. They will then try and do a deal with Tameside Council to ensure they get the groundshare, which i secretly think their directors would like. Come on Curzon. Do what you did to Hyde, and give them a good whipping!
Don't get too ahead of yourself - although there will definitely be an edge to this game as there always is when our two clubs meet, it is a pre-season friendly and will go no way whatsoever to deciding who is "the best team in Ashton". You have done well recently, but success is relative to the league you are in and you have some way to go until you can call yourselves an established UniBond Premier Division club like we can. Getting promoted would be a good start and personally I hope you do it as it has been far too long since we played you in a real (league) derby game. If you have been taking notice of us you will have seen that we are also on an upward curve - Danny Johnson has taken us from relegation fodder to a top half of the table team in the last two seasons and is putting steps in place despite the difficult financial times to build us up as a whole "club".
Also please don't talk silly about the ground/groundshare etc when you have little knowledge of the facts. Ashton United have very little if not any interest in moving to the Tameside Stadium. Our ground is fit for purpose, holds the Grade C rating which gives it Premier Division status and therefore is perfectly fine for our needs. There are far worse grounds in our league (believe me, I've been to all of them) and we quite happilly hosted FC United when they brought over 1500 with them with no problems at all and plenty of room left in the ground. It needs constant work - all old grounds do (National Park was falling to pieces well before you left it if you remember) but very few clubs are in the situation you are with a new stadium. Personally I like your ground but I would never, ever want us to move there - it wouldn't be home.
I look forward to the game tomorrow and to welcoming you to our "dilapidated" ground on Saturday.