Weekly club update: Sat 5 June
We are into June and thankfully, finally, warmer and sunnier weather. The early work on the St James Park pitch means it looks quite superb. At the end of the month we host our first game. Saturday 26 June will be a special occasion marking Glenn Walker reaching over 350 first team appearances, a club record. Two invitation teams will bring current players and former SJP favourites together for what promises to be an entertaining afternoon as The Venue opens up. After the game supporters can enjoy the 5pm and 8pm kick-offs in the last 16 of the Euros 2021 on the big screen in The Venue. Tickets for the game are now on sale with restricted capacity due to Covid so best to buy your tickets early.
Before this on Tuesday 22 June, the club sends out an open invitation to come along and visit the new clubhouse and entertainment venue, The Venue at Brackley Town Football Club, between 10am and 5pm. The town mayor will be cutting a ribbon and Brackley Community Radio will be broadcasting live to make it a real community day. See you there!
Volunteer of the Month
Congratulations go to Alan Bannard who is Vanarama’s Volunteer of the Month for May. CEO Janene Butters said, “Alan typifies the very best of volunteering at our club. Most days Alan will devote several hours to club work, reporting to the ground to undertake a wide range of jobs in support of our grounds and stadium maintenance team. Nothing is too much trouble. Alan brings an enthusiasm and smile to his work that is almost as valuable to the day to day running of the club as the work he completes. Invariably a two hour task in the morning turns into a whole day shift broken only by collecting his grand-children from school. Alan is simply a great person to have around and I am delighted that his contribution to our club has this wider recognition.”
Puma are our new partner and kit supplier. Launched on Friday the on-line shop will be live shortly to take orders for the new shirts and new kit for the 2021-22 season. The club shop has limited stock of the new Puma wear and will be open on Saturday morning from 10am – 1pm for anybody seeking to be the first to get your hands on the new shirt.
Note our star models - Gaz, Danny and Shep!
Club Commercial Manager Steve Goodman said, “The club is delighted to announce Puma as our new team-wear provider. This is a new era for the club and the deal represents how the club is moving forward on and off the field. I would personally like to thank Sporting Touch for their support over the past few seasons and wish them all the best for the future.”
Jamie Hall, Business Development Manager at Puma UK, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Brackley Town to the PUMA family, we are delighted to be partnering with them and playing our part in the next chapter of the Club’s journey.”
Early bird season tickets will be on sale from Monday. Look out for further information on social media and the website.
From Whippets to Wembley
The first ever book chronicling the story of Brackley Town Football Club is due for publication in late summer. “From Whippets to Wembley” is lavishly illustrated and will soon be available for pre-order. The intention of this co-authored volume is not to produce a comprehensive account of the club’s 130 year history but to tell the story of highs and lows, lean years and memorable seasons and with plenty of focus on the relentless successes of recent seasons. Here is an excerpt:
“ … the Buckingham Hospital Cup holds greater memories for the club than even early cup success. In 1929 Brackley were losing finalists in a game that attracted attention far beyond the borders of Buckingham. The match was kicked off by celebrity and sporting icon Young Stribling, American heavyweight boxer. Stribling toured Europe that year recording a first round win over Jack Stanley at the Royal Albert Hall and in November being disqualified in the 4th round against world champion Italian Primo Carnero in London. In a re-match one month later at the Velodrome d’Hiver in Paris Stribling was the victor with Carnero disqualified. Stribling was a sensation weighing in at 20 stones, a weight unheard of in those days.”
Print runs will inevitably be relatively small so we hope that as many supporters and people in the town as possible will want to own a copy so that we can make this exercise cost-effective.
Junior football camps
Last week’s football camps were again a roaring success with boys and girls enjoying the footballing activity amidst improving weather. Thanks to Andy Thompson and the coachng team for delivering another great week of activities.
Please continue to follow the rules to keep you and those around you safe as we are not through this Covid pandemic yet.