We want to send a message to supporters and everybody associated with our club.
Yesterday was a traumatic day for the club as fire tore through the clubhouse, bar area and other rooms. It was a shock and a sadness to see much of the club’s home go this way.
The fire officers who attended came from Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire and did a really professional job including staying on to supervise the site with walls potentially unsafe. In the aftermath the fire service has already been of immense help with information and advice as we start to assess how to respond to a situation few of us have experienced before. Thank you.
As we begin to take stock, first there is relief that nobody has been hurt. Material damage can be replaced and buildings re-built.
We want to thank the many fellow football clubs around the country who have sent messages and offered support and especially the clubs, large and small, from our local area. Until you find yourself in this situation you don’t appreciate how much these messages mean. It truly feels as if the football family and followers have come together to help us.
We have of course also been deluged with enquiries and expressions of support from our own supporters and people in the town and surrounding areas. This outpouring has also been quite moving and is appreciated. Brackley Town Council and South Northamptonshire Council were immediately in touch offering support.
While the damage is significant, thankfully the changing rooms were untouched and so that should mean there need be no disruption to the football team regarding preparations for training and matches. Kevin continues with his first team plans, training starts next weekend and the exciting programme of pre-season fixtures goes ahead as scheduled with the visit of Oxford United on 11 July and games against MK Dons, Banbury United and Northampton Town to follow.
The artificial pitch will be back in use from Monday and we are already planning temporary bar and kitchen facilities so that spectators attending matches and all users of the club will continue to enjoy first rate food and refreshments.
Our new-build, half completed, is unaffected and will provide additional accommodation which we hope will be ready to move into in a few weeks which is fortuitous.
So we intend the club to be back up and running very soon with alternative accommodation for The Saints Community Project and private hire bookings.
As in life itself, football can deal highs and lows. In recent seasons we have enjoyed plenty of high points including the Wembley win, successive top three finishes and even the recent award of Community Club of the Year - startling success for our small club. Yesterday’s fire is a set-back but nothing more. We will not allow it to become a low point for long. The strength of support for the club shown by so many people in the last 24 hours has been uplifting. The values of the club and belief we all have in each other will take us through this set-back and ultimately leave the club stronger.
The coming weeks will demand a little patience from everyone but we will ensure that we keep you updated with news and progress as and when it happens. The new season is just around the corner and today is the start of the rebuilding program and a new chapter in the history that is Brackley Town Football Club. Together and with all your help and support we will succeed.
We will be working on a plan over the next few days and will be in touch with those that have volunteered their help.
Onwards and upwards from The Management Board