Welcome to the latest Club Update - Saturday 14 November 2020

First team

Following the long delayed start, the season is well and truly underway despite matches being behind closed doors (BCD).  Tuesday evening’s win at Alfreton Town was the first 3-pointer and kicks start our league campaign after a disrupted opening period with injuries and postponements.

The fantastic FA Cup run sets up the 2nd round tie at Tranmere Rovers in two weeks time with live coverage on BBC2 – another first for everyone to look forward to.  Prenton Park is a great, old fashioned stadium and, even without supporters in the ground, under floodlights in front of a nationwide, Friday-night TV audience it will be a brilliant occasion and one to remember.

The FA Cup is all about pride and passion and pleasure and glory.  It is the world’s oldest cup competition and attracts enormous interest from around the world.  With the chance of a tie against a top team for the winners, the 2nd round ties are always big occasions, especially for the small number of non-league teams that make it this far.

The income from prize money and TV money cannot be overlooked either and both are a god-send for a Step 2 club playing BCD and in the middle of a major project to re-build its clubhouse.  This unexpected income secures the finances of the club at this crucial time.

This is only the third time in the club’s history that we have reached this stage of the competition.  We have never gone further ...

The tie against Tranmere will generate plenty of media attention and we will add to this through our own output on social media and on the website.  Despite the frustration and gloomy outlook in the midst of the health pandemic, this is a great moment for the club and one we hope all supporters will look forward to and enjoy.

Glenn Walker

Tuesday’s win at Alfreton came through a goal in each half and a big clean-sheet, so an all round team performance.  The opening goal from Tre Mitford’s header came from the left wing, a pin-point cross from Glenn Walker.  The match marked the moment when Glenn equalled the club’s all-time record for appearances.  As Kevin said in an interview this week, Glenn was capable of playing at a higher level of football but his decision to play non-league only benefitted Brackley Town over the years.  Glenn has been a terrific and loyal servant to the club, a main-stay of successful sides and he remains a vital part of Kevin’s plans for the season.

Live-streaming

We live-streamed both the FA Cup ties against Marske and Bishop's Stortford with almost 700 logging in for the Bishop's Stortford match.  We have a team of volunteers producing this and they have done a terrific job to get us to this point.  The team is determined to produce a professional show so that supporters can follow the team and enjoy the games.  Thank you for your support - keep logging in.  Next up are back-to-back home games against KIdderminster Harriers on Tuesday evening followed by Chester on Saturday.  With more modifications and extra equipment in place we hope the few gremlins will be out of the system.  We are keeping the discount price of just £2 per match pass until these early issues are resolved - this covers our costs.  Thank you for your positive feedback - keep it coming in.

Clubhouse

Re-building the clubhouse that was destroyed by fire is a major under-taking.  Great progress has been made in a short time.  The shell of the building is up, it is topped out and it is water-tight.  Once finished, we will have a new facility to be proud of and that will serve the club and the community well for years to come. 

Meanwhile the Covid situation continues to hold up progress when we want to be pressing on as fast as possible but unfortunately this is the picture across the industry at the moment and is understandable.  Delays with contractors and suppliers mean that fitting out of the interior will now start in January.  We are making some changes also to the design, in particular to the entrance, and getting the external works completed so we can move around the site more easily.

We will continue to provide supporters with updates and in the New Year hope to have a more definite date for completion.

Award

Kim Grantham is well known to supporters and people around the town.  Kim has led our fantastic Saints Community Project and during the Covid crisis has continued to support vulnerable and elderly people in our community.  Kim’s work provides comfort and support that is practical and genuine and makes an enormous difference to a wide group of people who otherwise might struggle through these challenging times.  Everyone at Brackley Town FC is delighted to hear that Kim’s work has been recognised with the award of the Rose of Northamptonshire.  The award by the High Sheriff of Northamptonshire and Northamptonshire County Council recognises and celebrates the contributions of “unsung heroes of Northamptonshire” in helping others through this pandemic.  Kim has been invited to an awards ceremony and we will bring you more about this at that time.  In the mean time … congratulations to Kim on this well deserved recognition from everyone at the club!

Thank you for your continued support.  The interest across the town in the affairs of the football club and our progress both on and off the pitch is so encouraging.  Please stick to the Covid rules, let’s keep everyone safe and well, stick together, look after our neighbours and we will come through these difficult times as a stronger club and stronger community.