Bamber Bridge winger Mark Yeates has recalled his memorable welcome to the Northern Premier Division this season.

The Irishman appeared in the Premier League for Tottenham Hotspur before spells with the likes of Colchester United, Watford, Middlesbrough and Sheffield United.

Having left AFC Fylde last summer, Yeates has played his football in 2020/21 for Bamber Bridge, in a severely disrupted season for Step 3 clubs.

He told this site: “I got a bit of a rude awakening when I came into the league! I think it was Buxton, one of their lads absolutely lifted me in half and I ended up in Blackpool A&E that night.

“I thought I broke a bone in my hip I got hit that hard, so I ended up missing a couple of games from that as well. It’s been hard because I was really looking forward to it and dying to get out there and play games, but I can’t speak highly enough of all the people who are at the club.

“I’ve got no doubt if the league was back going, we’d have got ourselves going. Everyone was back fit and I was looking forward to it.”

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