With 13 National League North games played, Brackley Town are in fifth position of the National League North, just 4 points off second placed Kidderminster Harriers, in what is an incredibly competitive and evenly matched division.
The first 13 league games of the season have gained Brackley six wins and four defeats, 3 of which came in the first 4 games. 21 points so far has earned fifth place which is comparable with the 23 points and third place at this stage last season. Brackley have scored more goals this season (26) than this time last season (20) but have conceded more goals (16) compared to 10 at this point last season.
The season so far has been one of some inconsistency. Some terrific performances have been interspersed by some disappointments, such as the home game against Darlington conceding four times and letting slip a two goal lead against runaway leaders Chorley.
Jimmy Armson has scored eight league goals and Lee Ndlovu seven, both ahead of their totals at this point last season.
Winning in the FA Cup against Nuneaton Borough brought a home tie against Marine from a league below. Arguably the most disappointing 45 minute performance of the season saw Marine race into a three goal lead before Brackley came back strongly. The disappointment of not scoring an equaliser to earn a replay has meant missing out on a plum home tie against National League leaders Salford City.
Brackley Town’s latest win against high-flying Spennymoor augurs well for the coming months. “It was a pleasing win,” Kevin Wilkin said. “We came back after falling behind and scored four goals against a strong Spennymoor side. We created lots of chances and worked the goalkeeper who had to pull off some really good saves. It was important today after the cup defeat and last Saturday’s narrow defeat at Guiseley. We re-grouped in the week and I thought set about our business well today. It’s a nice response and we can take a bit of confidence from it.”
Top of the League
The past month has seen the Saints take an impressive 19 points from a possible 21, which has elevated the side to the top of the Hellenic Premier League for the first time in the clubs history. Some impressive displays along the way have got many people asking how far this young team can go.
The Saints still have to play what could be considered some of the better teams in the league, such as Wantage, Reading & Bishop’s Cleeve. These games will give the Saints a true reflection of what they are capable of this season. Manager Gordon Kille said ‘We will keep playing an exciting brand of football that is bringing goals from across the team. Our attendances have started to rise with our good form and people coming for the first time are impressed with our tempo and style’.
The message from the manager is clear, get down to St James’ Park and be entertained.
The Saints are still on the hunt for another coach, to support those already in place. The existing coaching team put in a lot of hard work into the football club. Gary Courtney, the team’s goalkeeper coach, is also the junior sections goalkeeper coach, assisting all age groups when needed. He also runs the U9’s, which involves a midweek training session and a game on Saturday mornings and on top of this, he still finds time for the Saints two training sessions in the week plus midweek and Saturday afternoon games.
Tom Ash the Saints lead coach virtually lives at the club. He runs the clubs U14’s team, heading up their training sessions and competitive matches whilst also being employed by Northampton Town FC as one of their academy coaches. Tom manages or coaches three games every weekend and up to six coaching sessions a week.
Saints Manager Gordon Kille said ‘both of these guys are real football people with a desire to help and grow the youth section and deliver first rate coaching to those attending. Both are legends in my book’. Praise of the highest order!
On Saturday 3rd November, after the Chester Game, Brackley Town Football Club are offering you the opportunity to relive the excitement of the 2018 FA Trophy Final in May, when Brackley Town FC beat Bromley 5-4 on penalties. Come into the Park Suite to celebrate the FA Trophy victory ahead of this year’s entry into the competition. Wear your colours, dress up in your cup final finery, make this a great occasion.
The evening will kick off at 6.15pm with a welcome from Kevin who will be joined by Gareth Dean to share their memories of the great day, the build - up and the whole match will be shown on the big screen.
The FA Trophy will also be making an appearance after the game for those exclusive photo opportunities.
Supporters attending the Chester game are invited to stay on after the match and are welcome to be joined by friends and family after 6.00pm. If supporters are unable to make the Chester game they are welcome to attend in the evening. Everyone is most welcome so we can celebrate that great day again together!
Hot Food will be available to order and the bar will be open.
Christmas is coming soon…
Looking for that ‘something different’ early Christmas present for your loved one? Why not purchase a Brackley Town Football Club half season ticket, which takes effect from 1st December. Only £100 for adults, £50 concessions (over 60’s and students) and £20 for the under 18’s, a season ticket gains you access to all Vanarama National League North first team home league fixtures plus ‘table topping’ Saints home fixtures in the Uhlsport Hellenic Football League Premier Division. There is a matchday charge for all cup matches.
Please remember, the Park Suite is available to hire for parties etc., in the run up to and over the festive period.
Happy New year
Come along to the Park Suite on the 31st December and welcome in the New Year. Strictly Adults (18 years plus) only. Doors open 7.30 pm and the celebrations will continue until 1.00 am
You can bring your own nibbles but only drinks purchased at the bar can be consumed on the premises.
Tickets are only £6.00 per person to include the disco, but if you have a party of ten, you can book a table for £50 and save £10. Tickets can be purchased on line PURCHASE TICKETS HERE, via email firstname.lastname@example.org from the bar in the club house.
Saints Community project
Every Wednesday in the Park Suite, since September 2015, it has been Saints Community Project day. To support people who may feel isolated and assist them to build a friendship network, the club host a free coffee morning with the option for visitors to stay for a hot, home cooked lunch for £3 per person. The Saints Community Project welcomes all new participants and those who have spare time to help as volunteers”.
Beautiful poppies made by Saints Community Project members for Remembrance Day #least we forget
In the run up to Christmas, the Saints Community Project have a number of special events. On the 14th November, the Project has a Children in Need fundraising event with ‘Something Else’ providing the entertainment. Starting at 10.30am and ending 2.30pm, tickets are £7.50 per person including lunch. This will be followed with the return of Large and Larger providing entertainment on the 21st November with a mixture of pop music and country and western songs. Starting at 10.30am and ending 2.30pm tickets are £7.50 per person including lunch.
On the 5th December, the Saints Community Project offers a traditional Christmas lunch with entertainment provided by Malvern Lee and his Band. Starting at 10.00am and ending 2.30pm, tickets are £13.50 including the Christmas lunch. Finally, on 19th December is the Christmas Jumper Party with John and Anita providing the entertainment. This is a great opportunity to be silly and wear a Christmas jumper of a hat. Starting at 10.00am and ending 2.30pm, tickets cost £8 per person.
The Saints Community Project is open for elderly Brackley residents, people with learning disabilities and those with mental health issues to attend every Wednesday.
Girls go wild about football
Brackley Town FC run an SSE FA Wildcats Girls Football Centre for girls aged between 5 and 11 years old providing them an opportunity to regularly play football. SSE Wildcats has been established in partnership between the energy supplier and the FA with support from UEFA, FIFA and the Youth Sport Trust.
Wildcats sessions at Brackley Town are held every Saturday morning from 9:00am till 10:00am on the all-weather artificial grass pitch, run by FA qualified coaches. If you have a daughter interested in football bring them along and let them join in for free; if they enjoy it, they can register to join the Wildcats and the costs per future session will be only £3.00.
Boys Soccer Schools
BTFC Soccer Schools offers boys aged 4 to 6 years old the opportunity to regularly play football every Saturday morning from 9:00am till 10:00 on the all-weather artificial grass pitch, run by FA qualified coaches. If your son is interested in football bring him along and let him join in; the first session is free and if they enjoy it, they can register for our Soccer School and the costs per future session will be £3.50.
U12s Girls Team
Following on from the success of our Wildcats Girls Football Centre, we have this season entered an Under 12s Girls team in to the Northamptonshire Women’s & Girls Macron Football League. Home games are played on Sundays at Helmdon, whilst away games are played on Saturdays. All games kick off at 10:30am. Training for the Under 12 girls team is on Tuesday evenings 5:30pm till 6:30pm on our all-weather artificial grass pitch and are run by FA qualified coaches. If you have a girl aged 10 or 11 who would like to be part of the squad please bring them along to one of our training sessions. The first session they attend is free and if they enjoy it they can register to join our Under 12 girls and the costs for future training sessions is £3.00.
Kim Grantham is pleased to announce that parcel number 7 arrived very quickly and safely in Uganda at the Orphanage last week. She offered a huge thank you to everyone who donated to the collection.
Brackley Town FC and the Saints Community Project are supporting an orphanage in Uganda, with the generous help of members of the local community and sports teams. To date, they have sent over 130kg of used sporting equipment and kit to the children. Kim reports that the orphanage is still desperate for the larger size of football boots Adult size 5 and above so if anyone has any lying around and they would like to donate them, please pop them into the club.
Brackley Athletic have recently kindly donated a full kit to the children. The children at the orphanage were so excited to receive this plus a couple of beautiful trophies which will enable them to hold a tournament in December. The winners will receive the ‘Brackley Christmas Cup’.
Kim Grantham who co-ordinates the project said ‘we give our local Tesco store a big thank you for their support. Project members we were able to collect an amazing £205.00 in a few hours meaning our 8th parcel of second-hand sporting equipment will be heading to the orphanage in the coming weeks’.
Kim informed the newsletter that she had been asked by several people about the possibility of sending gifts at Christmas for the children in Uganda. With nearly 300 children in the care of the orphanage, this is too much of an undertaking, but in November there will be a Christmas collection box where supporters are invited to make a small donation of a £1. The box will be in the kitchen, so please ask if you would like to donate. The money will be used to purchase toothbrushes, toothpaste soap, colouring books and pens for all the children from a shop in Uganda. This will then be given out to the children for Christmas.
Privacy & Data Protection Policy
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