Weekly club update: Sat 10 July
With first team training well underway, the publication of fixtures and a first pre-season game coming up on Tuesday, the new season will soon be upon us.
Kevin has retained the nucleus of last season’s squad and has a number of triallists training with the squad. Two new signings will be announced over the weekend so look out for this news of exciting additions to the squad.
On Wednesday National League North fixtures were published. We start at Chorley on 14 August with Darlington the visitors to SJP and then a first visit to York City’s new stadium. Note that there are not the usual early-season midweek games. We enter the FA Cup on 18 September with the FA Trophy campaign starting in late November.
Christmas and New Year fixtures take us to Boston and bring a double header with Northamptonshire neighbours Kettering. The season concludes with a home game against Chester on 7 May ahead of play-off games.
Season ticket sales are well under way. With so much going on we have decided to extend the early bird price for a little longer so take advantage of the reduced prices and buy your ticket to all Brackley Town’s league games for the new season. THEY CAN BE PURCHASED HERE
Steelman manager Gary Mills has former Brackley favourites Steve Diggin, Eliot Sandy and Gary Mulligan in his squad. It is a swift return to their former stamping ground for Mulligan and Sandy who turned out at SJP two weeks ago for a Glenn Walker XI on the day of the official opening of The Venue.
New National League chairman Jack Pearce has wasted no time in setting up a round of meetings to consult with clubs over some big issues for next season and governance of the league. Some decisions have been promised ahead of the big kick-off on 14 August.
Our walking footballers
Brackley Town’s walking football team known as the “Senior Saints” rounded off an excellent weekend of competitive football by winning the Over 60s Walking Football Tournament held at Daventry Town FC.
On Saturday, the “Senior Saints” beat neighbours Bicester Fossils 3-0 in a Regional round of the WFA Walking Football Cup and now wait to see who they will be drawn against in the next round and with the likes of Wimbledon, Oxford United and Leyton Orient in our region the next round will be exciting.
On Sunday, at Daventry Town’s Super 6 Football Tournament the “Senior Saints” progressed through the robin round group stage against the likes of Rushden & Diamonds , Sheffield, Moulton, and Northampton Town to reach the Quarter Finals where they faced and beat Burtonwood 2-0 on penalties. In the Semi-Final our “Senior Saints” beat Moulton and in the Final against Northampton Town the game again went to penalties with Steve Watson and Peter Cross scoring to give Brackley Town’s walking footballers the victory and another trophy.
Well done you “Senior Saints”
Walking Football takes place twice a week at Brackley Town FC - from 10:30am to 11:30am on Tuesdays & Fridays. Ideal for the Over 50s as a way of staying active, having fun and playing the game we love. We have players who are in their 70s and who play twice a week - so if you would like to try walking football then come along and join in.
A message from everyone at Brackley Town Football Club ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2020 Wembley final – congratulations to Gareth Southgate and the players for reaching a first major final since 1966, now go and win it! Come on England!
While many Covid restrictions look set to be eased from 19 July, we must continue to follow the guidance until then. Hands. Face. Space.