Bedlington Terriers boss Keith Perry faces his sternest test in charge when his reformed squad entertain Billingham Town on Saturday at Welfare Park.
Pinning his faith in a number of former youth players, he is hopeful that they will do the club justice.
And the young squad have remained unbeaten in all pre-season games, showing a good attitude which has left club officials hoping they have unearthed players of the calibre of former Terriers legends Micky Cross, Dean Gibb and John Milner.
Perry, who rightfully earned the title of ‘Mr Bedlington’ in the 1990s for the club’s outstanding success winning the Northern League title five years in a row and an FA Vase final, has shown tremendous loyalty and commitment over a 16-year period.
At the end of the 2011/12 season, there was a possibility the club could have folded due to financial constraints and lack of sponsorship.
Former chairman Dave Holmes resigned and long time joint manager Tony Lowery decided to take time out.
Perry, who brought in local businessman Ronan Liddane as chairman, said: “Losing Tony was a big loss but I could not see a club I love fall by the wayside.
“Ronan to his credit is doing a superb job in taking the club forward.
“I have said previously that this season will be difficult but I hope our supporters will get behind the youngsters and give them a chance.
“We have a difficult start to the campaign. After Billingham there are away games at Whitley Bay and Celtic Nation.”
The Terriers have been boosted by the news that former Newcastle United player Mark Doninger will be available for Saturday’s game.