RADCLIFFE have secured an exciting pre-season fixture against former Premier League champions Leicester City.

Former Foxes player, now assistant to Jon Macken at Boro, Frank Sinclair, has helped engineer a match against Brendan Rogers’ side, currently pencilled in for Tuesday, August 6.

At least two other EFL clubs will play friendlies at Radcliffe this summer, with Oldham Athletic coming to town on July 6 and Tranmere Rovers following a week later on July 13.

Leicester’s visit will certainly spark some local interest, with Boro chairman Paul Hilton looking forward to welcoming such quality opposition.

“We’re hopeful that they will bring along a couple of names on the night,” he told the Radcliffe Times.

“The game has been arranged through Frank and whatever guise Leicester arrive in, even their Under-23s, will be a talented team. It’s a great game for us as a club.”

Hilton is looking forward to having the renovated bar area at the stadium open for Oldham’s visit and also hopeful that the traditional fixture against Bury can be salvaged despite their near-neighbours’ financial problems.

“It’s a massive game for us, usually, and we have tried to contact their CEO but it has been radio silence so far,” he said.

“We have sent emails but with everything that goes on – they are in an awful situation – it’s understandable. I know we won’t be top of their agenda at the moment, but we’ve only got a week spare and from our point of view we want to get the whole thing boxed off.”

 Oldham’s managerial situation may also be a factor in the Latics’ visit, admits Hilton.

“The only small problem is that they haven’t got a manager at the moment and if a new man comes in and wants to do his own thing, it is possible we may have to move it.”

Boro will also play a home friendly against Workington on August 3 and will travel to Irlam on July 23 and Prestwich Heys on July 27.