Sat 25 April

We hope that this weekly update finds you and your family well and that you are supporting our Brackley community by following government instruction to stay at home.  The high street and around the town have remained eerily quiet and people who have ventured out for shopping essentials have been following social distancing guidelines conscientiously which is good news to report.

On the football front, the week has seen plenty of activity at National League level with the league calling time on the regular season after a vote by National League, National North and National South clubs.  With two weeks still to run until the voting deadline, the league announced that with 90% of votes cast, a majority of clubs in each of the three divisions had voted to end the season so the result was being declared although clubs that had not yet cast their vote could do so.  While this seems an odd way to run a vote, if the outcome is clear then declaring it and moving on to the next stage perhaps makes sense.

The next stage is for the board to propose several options for bringing the season to “a sporting conclusion”.  The options are as yet not defined but may include holding play-offs or using Points Per Game to decide promotion and /or relegation or simply declaring the season Null and Void with no promotion or relegation.  The timetable for this second stage in the process is unclear, as is the exact voting system with National North and South clubs not having as many votes as National League clubs.

Club captain Gaz Dean has his own personal message for supporters:

“Hi all, now is a good chance to pass on my best wishes to everyone involved with Brackley Town Football Club.  This period is tough and tasking for many reasons and football is probably not at the fore-front of people’s minds and so it shouldn’t be.  Your health and well-being are the most important things of course.  Nevertheless, no football is hard for us all when it is such a huge part of our lives!  Obviously the initial decision has now been made by the National League, which has to be respected to allow clubs to plan their businesses.  This being said, we still do not know the outcome for this season from our perspective and it’s so difficult to find a fair conclusion with so many more points still to play for.  The boys are all in good spirits and we are continuing with our own fitness work from home.  My parting message will be – please continue to take care of yourselves and I hope to see all of you in the near future.”

With the insurance matters following the fire now resolved and plans underway to begin demolition of the old clubhouse hopefully in the coming weeks, the Stand Together campaign wishes to remind all supporters that it is still possible to “buy a brick”.  300 bricks was set as the target and some remain available.  The bricks look really good and are available as singles or doubles.  Each brick will be inscribed with your message and in time will be incorporated into the new build.  This now needs to be brought to its conclusion so if you were still intending on buying a brick to support the club’s work in re-building the clubhouse, it is not too late to go to the website and purchase one – or two!  Thank you.

Next Saturday the club will be sending out to all supporters a final match-day programme of the regular season.  This will be a special end-of-season e-edition.  Thanks to Steve and Chris and the programme team – something we hope you will enjoy reading.

Until next Saturday - stay safe, stay well.

BTFC Board