The Bullant is officially back, when the Northern Blues run out against Coburg in its Heritage Round. (PHOTO CREDIT: Tim Murdoch)
REVIVING the Ants’ Spirit.
The Bullant will be back on Sunday 9 June, with the Northern Blues Football Club delighted to officially announce its Heritage Round.
In its first game at the City Oval for the season, the red of Preston will return to Cramer Street in fitting circumstances.
The 156th instalment of the Battle of Bell Street will see Northern wear the famous Bullant on the front of the guernsey against local rivals, Coburg.
The game will also double up as Northern’s official past players day, with a President’s Luncheon to take place in the Grandstand Function Centre.
Poignantly, this year marks the 50th anniversary of Preston going back-to-back in 1968 and 1969.
Northern Blues senior coach Josh Fraser said the chance to run out in the Club’s old colours will be an opportunity to savour.
“We may be known as the Northern Blues now, but there’s so much history at this club which we always aim to embrace and remember,” Fraser said.
“The Ants’ Spirit is something I didn’t know too much about before arriving here, but over the last three and a half years it’s what has made our playing group tick. It’s growing all the time and I think our fans have seen that in the opening month of the season.
“Every week, we run out with ‘Remember the Ants’ Spirit’ on the hem of the jumper. For that to be at front of mind in a month’s time, it’s really exciting and something I know the playing group is so keen to be involved with.
“We want to do our club proud, we want to do our history proud and there’s no better occasion than being back at Preston against Coburg.”
Northern Blues General Manager Ben Brennan echoed Fraser’s sentiments, saying the day would be a memorable occasion.
“Some great players have run out for Preston and the Northern Bullants, and we know the Club’s history means a lot to a lot of people,” Brennan said.
“To be able to run out with the Bullant on the jumper for the first time in eight years will be a memorable day for those involved with our club.
“It’s important to mention Pinnacle Print Group: without their support, the day wouldn’t have been possible.”