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Brackley Town

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One of the most exciting success stories in non-league football must have been provided by Brackley Town who achieved promotion to the Blue Square South, just one step from the peak of football outside the Football League, after taking over one hundred years to reach senior football in the Southern League in 1997.

A club formed in 1890 played in local leagues Banbury & District and North Buckingham shire before settling down in The Hellenic League in 1977. Just one season was spent with The United Counties League in 1983-1984 but otherwise ‘The Saints’ of Brackley built their confidence on and off the field within Hellenic football, until they qualified for The Southern League as Champions. Perhaps they weren’t quite ready, as two seasons later they were back.

However, lessons were obviously learnt. It took just another four campaigns before another The Hellenic Championship took them into The Southern League Division One Midlands and after just two seasons, it was onwards and upwards to The Blue Square North as Champions by eight points.

The satisfaction will be thrilling for all who have helped build this little club into a serious competitor amongst some very big names. When they compete in a Northern Division, which may mean more traveling, the thrill of visiting new rivals and playing at new grounds will be well worth the extra efforts.

 

Club Factfile

Ground:
St James Park, Churchill Way, Brackley NN13 7EJ
Telephone:
01280 704 077
Directions:
Take A43 from Northampton or Oxford, or A422 from Banbury to large roundabout south of town. Take exit marked Brackley and follow towards the town (Tesco store on left). Pass the Locomotive public house and take first turning right, signposted Football Club, into Churchill Way - road leads into Club car park.
Capacity:
3500
Seats:
300
Covered:
Yes
Clubhouse:
Yes
Shop:
Yes
 

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Club History

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 YearLeaguePositionManager
1979-1980Hellenic League Division One5th
1980-1981Hellenic League Division One7th
1981-1982Hellenic League Division One6th
1982-1983Hellenic League Division One6th
 1983-1984United Counties Division One1stRay Styles
1984-1985United Counties Premier Division16thRay Styles
1985-1986United Counties Premier Division16thRay Styles
1986-1987United Counties Premier Division11thWally Hastie
1987-1988United Counties Premier Division14thBrian Smith
1988-1989United Counties Premier Division2ndPhil Lines
1989-1990United Counties Premier Division20thPhil Lines
1990-1991United Counties Premier Division20thKeith Piercewright
1991-1992United Counties Premier Division24thJohn Randall
1992-1993United Counties Premier Division22ndJohn Randall
1993-1994United Counties Premier Division22ndDon Watts
1994-1995Hellenic League Premier Division14thDon Watts
1995-1996Hellenic League Premier Division2ndPhil Lines
 1996-1997Southern League Midland Division1stPhil Lines
1997-1998Southern League Midland Division13thPhil Lines
1998-1999Southern League Southern Division22ndBob Rayner & Jon Blencowe
1999-2000Hellenic League Premier Division5thTerry Muckleberg
2000-2001Hellenic League Premier Division2ndPeter Foley
2001-2002Hellenic League Premier Division7thPeter Foley/Matty Haycocks
2002-2003Hellenic League Premier Division7thTim Fowler
 2003-2004Hellenic League Premier Division1stTim Fowler
2004-2005Southern League Division One West7thTim Fowler/Mike Ford
2005-2006Southern League Division One West3rdMike Ford/Phil Lines
 2006-2007Southern League Div One Midlands1stPhil Lines
2007-2008Southern League Premier Division8thRoger Ashby/David Oldfield
2008-2009Southern League Premier Division11thPhil Lines
2009-2010Southern League Premier Division5thJon Brady
2010-2011Southern League Premier Division9thJon Brady
 2011-2012 Southern League Premier Division1stJon Brady
2012-2013Conference North3rdJon Brady
2013-2014Conference North

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