THE Yankees are coming! Well, the DC Presidents at least – and that’s DC as in Durham County rather than District of Columbia.
Either way, American football returns to the North East’s sporting landscape for the first time in more than a decade this weekend.
And the enthusiasts who made it happen are hoping to have a success story on their hands.
In a way, the scoreline will be the least important aspect of the day.
Simply the fact that the game has been successfully staged, that the DC Presidents have shown their competence as a team and that the game has been well-supported will be of more consequence in the organisers’ minds.
That is because Sunday’s showpiece game between the newly-formed DC Presidents – a fascinating mix of veterans and rookies – and Crewe Railroaders at New Ferens Park, Durham, is the first step on the road to establishing the team’s membership in the national British American Football League (BAFL).
It’s a credibility test, if you like.
Presidents’ secretary Peter Turnbull explained: “Ultimately, we want to be competing in the national league, which begins next April.
“But before we can do that, we’ve got to show the authorities we have the infrastructure and ability to genuinely compete – so Sunday’s game against Crewe is all part of that.
“We play Crewe this Sunday at the Esh Stadium, then we’re away to Milton Keynes Bucanneers in August before playing Crewe again in September.
“We hope these games will do enough to demonstrate to the BAFL that we are a team capable of taking our place among the other leading teams.”
Read more about DC Presidents in today’s Echo.