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Swifts boss relishing friendly showdown with the Lambs

By Tamworth Herald  |  Posted: June 16, 2011

Daren Fulford

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BOLEHALL Swifts boss Daren Fulford says he is relishing his side's pre-season fixture against Tamworth and hopes to make the meeting an annual event.

Fulford, the one-time youth team manager at The Lamb, comes up against his former club at Rene Road on Friday, July 22.

And he said: "The match has already generated a lot of interest and I think we will have a big crowd for it.

"From our point of view, the fact that there's myself, Dave (Haywood) and Darren (Acton) in the coaching set-up at Bolehall adds to the interest.

"I think fans of both clubs will look forward to it and it's good to have games like this between local sides.

"It's important that clubs in the town help each other.

"From my point of view, I have an affinity with Tamworth and, if I am successful in management, then maybe one day I could manage my home town club. You have to have ambitions.

"For us at Bolehall, I think it's important to build links with clubs like Tamworth and so meetings like this are great and I hope it becomes an annual clash."

Fulford has also arranged a home friendly against Sutton Coldfield Town on July 9.

Swifts also face Atherstone on July 16 and Boldmere St Michaels on July 30.

The Swifts are also looking into the feasibility of a midweek clash with Aston Villa.

There are plans to play for the Clive Lyons Aspinall Cup.

The match would be in honour of former Bolehall boss and Tamworth assistant manager Clive, who passed away in 2009.

Clive was also affectionately known for his work with Aston Villa at Bodymoor Heath, providing support for young players who were away from home and lodging in the Tamworth area.

Meanwhile, Swifts boss Fulford is looking to capture former Atherstone Town defender Todd Perry, brother of Lambs striker Kyle.

The experienced defender is considering a switch to the ambitious Midland Combination Premier side.

Fulford has already added keeper Acton to his ranks and has moved for former Atherstone striker Simeon Smith.

Nuneaton Griff midfielder Dom Coulson is also heading to Rene Road for pre-season.

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