Saturday 11 July

This week we focus on the upcoming play-off eliminator match with plenty going on behind the scenes so that the game behind closed doors can go ahead.

We are in uncharted waters, delighted to be here but treading carefully to ensure everything is done properly to ensure that all of the rules and regulations are met and that everybody stays well and safe.

The game is scheduled for a 3pm kick-off on Sunday 19 July at St James Park with Gateshead the visitors.  As the home side we are responsible for hosting the game and putting in place all of the necessary measures to ensure the welfare and safety of the players, officials and everybody else involved.

Attendance is tightly controlled.  Only accredited players, coaches and medical staff from each team, safety and security staff, a handful of press/media people and a small number of officials from each club will be allowed into the ground.

Our training and match protocols and stadium plan set out in detail the arrangements leading up to the game and on the match-day itself.  This includes the Covid-19 testing regime for anybody who will be in the Red Zone inside the ground.

Arrival and ground entry are strictly controlled and every step in the process towards getting the game started is carefully laid down from procedures for players changing (the away team will be using both the normal home team changing rooms) to how they enter the field of play, how the coin toss is conducted to the new rules around substitutions.

The game will be played over 90 minutes with no extra time were it to be level at full time.  In those circumstances the game will be settled by a penalty shoot-out for the right to meet Boston United in the play-off semi-final.

We wish to emphasise to all Brackley Town supporters that there will be no entry to the match and all supporters are asked to stay away from St James Park on the day of the match.

The circumstances surrounding this game are unique in the history of our club.  To add some fun to this unique occasion we have teamed up with The Football Company to provide an opportunity for supporters to be at the game in cardboard cut-out form as you might have seen at recent Premier League games.  We hope that you will want to get involved in this way and we will tweet out and publish pictures of the cardboard cut-out crowd at the game.  To get involved visit the club website.

A further opportunity to show your support for Kevin and the team is to have your flag or banner displayed on the terraces.  This costs nothing but you will need to follow the instructions and to deliver your flag or banner to the ground on Friday 17 July and it will be put up for you and later taken down and made available for collection.  For details of how to do this, again visit the club website.

In both of these ways we hope supporters will want to get involved and ensure that St James Park shows its support in red and white for Gaz Dean and the team.

It now seems unlikely that BT Sport will be televising the game.  It may still be possible that the club will stream live pictures of the action so look out for further details about this.  Live radio commentary will be provided by a combined BBC local radio team including BBC Oxford and BBC Northampton.

Further good news comes from the sale of bricks for the new clubhouse.  All of the double bricks have been sold and just 21 single bricks remain.  The sale of 279 bricks has been a great achievement.  The campaign team is hoping to sell the remaining bricks so please visit the website at

https://www.brackleytownfc.com/standtogether/buyabrick  to make your purchase and help complete the wall.

We will provide the next weekly club update next Saturday on the eve of the play-off game.  Look out for the match preview in the week and the on-line programme which is free to download with supporters asked to make a donation if you wish.  In the meantime, stay safe, stay well.

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