Saturday 5 September

Welcome to the latest club update.

Today sees our first pre-season friendly with the trip to Banbury United, kick-off 3pm.  Tickets can be purchased on-line in advance – visit the Banbury United website.  Alternatively admission on the day is by cash at the turnstile where you will be required to provide contact details for Track and Trace.  Turnstiles open at 1.45pm.  Please allow plenty of time as queuing and entry to the ground must obey social distancing rules.

Banbury have worked hard to put all of the necessary Covid-secure measures in place.  The referee will conduct the toss 30 minutes before kick-off to allow supporters lots of time to change ends if required and to move around the ground with appropriate distancing following the signage and stewards’ directions.  We must all play our part to ensure that the arrangements around the game go well – demonstrating that spectators can watch football and be safe is how we will get spectators back into football grounds.

Speaking ahead of the game, Kevin said, “This is a first outing for us so it’s a starting point to get rid of the cobwebs.  I am not expecting us to pull up any trees but if we play to the level we are capable of then it will give us a chance of getting a result.  The most important thing will be getting everyone through the game fit and well but, equally, you want to keep winning games because it becomes a habit.”

If you cannot get to the game, live commentary will be on Brackley Community Radio with our own Andy Bannard.  Coverage is also on BBC Radio Oxford with pre-match, half-time and full-time reports live from the Spencer Stadium.

Matches at St James Park

Following the game at Banbury, we travel to Tamworth on Tuesday evening and then entertain AFC Rushden & Diamonds next Saturday at SJP with a 3pm kick-off.  While we hope that spectators will be allowed into the game, this has still not been approved so at this time the game remains behind closed doors.  Should approval be granted – and this may come as early as Monday – we will publicise this widely.  Ticketing arrangements for the game are all ready to go with full details on the website.  If approval is given, tickets will be limited.  Depending on any capacity agreed there may be the possibility of buying any remaining tickets on the day from the Cabin – again this will be announced as soon as confirmed.

In all cases, when it is agreed that spectators can again attend games at SJP, capacity will be limited and so we are launching the club membership scheme as a way to manage ticket sales and to reassure regular supporters and provide priority ticket booking. 

Membership scheme

This week we have launched the Brackley Town FC Membership Scheme – details and application on the website.  Adult membership is £10, Junior membership is £5 and is for the whole season.  Membership will give priority access for tickets at all ticket games along with a range of other benefits. SEE MORE AND PURCHASE YOUR MEMBERSHIP

First team squad

Kevin has made further signings to add to the early signings of Harry Flowers and Ashley Chambers.  Wes York is back at the club having returned to York City in March after his loan spell and he is joined by defender and ex-Cobbler Aaron Phillips who was with St Ives Town last season.

Wes and Aaron have been training with the first team squad and are available along with several triallists for the trip to Banbury.

Volunteers

The club is seeking to bring in more volunteers to a variety of roles.  These include match-day stewards but also roles as yet undefined, on a regular or occasional basis, for a few minutes here and there to as many hours as you feel you can give.  If you would like to become involved in helping at the club, on match-days, up front or behind-the-scenes, we need your enthusiasm and skills and have a host of roles to fill – you will be very welcome.  For more information visit the volunteering page on the club website at https://www.brackleytownfc.com/club/btfc/vacancies/225-match-day-volunteers

Clubhouse re-build

The new building is really beginning to take shape now with all of the steel structure in place and the roof purlins on ready for the roof to go on next week.  This is an exciting phase in the project as progress is rapid.  Over the coming few weeks we will get to see what the new clubhouse, the Brackley Town Events Centre, will look like.  There is a long way to go but all is on track to this point.

In a further ground development we have moved the team dug-outs back a little so as to comply with ground grading regulations. 

Amidst the continuing uncertainty, there are also plenty of encouraging signs and an air of optimism as our first competitive fixture of the new season approaches on 3 October.

For all the latest news and updates stay in touch through our social media outlets and the club website.

Until next time – stay safe, stay well.