AFTER last Saturday’s draw against Oxford City, Brackley Town FC are hoping hundreds will help them celebrate their promotion to the Conference North league this weekend.
Chairman Sarah Crannage said their supporters had done the Saints proud after being crowned South League Premier Division Champions.
She said: “It was very exciting, it was a good crowd. We had well over 200 supporters and considering the population of Brackley it was great to see our supporters out number those of Oxford. And I think it will be even better on Saturday for the home game.”
Eight-year-old Louis Clarkson, who plays for the under nines, said: “It was a good match, they could have done a little better and passed the ball quicker. But they were good at running down the line. I’m just looking forward to next season now.”
Steve Humphries said: “Over the moon is the right phrase. The future’s bright and it’s red and white. In Brackley anyway.”
He added: “It’s a great achievement for the club. What they’ve achieved in the last few years is just amazing, now they are just two leagues away from the big teams. In terms of pride from the town it’s absolutely huge. For a little market town to achieve this, yes in the grand scheme of things it is small, but in this town it’s massive.
“They’ve stayed on top for such a long time and have achieved something no one thought possible a few years ago. This would have been a dream. The whole team, coaching staff, and John Brady bringing in all the new players to achieve it has given a lot of inspiration to the town.”
Club secretary Pat Ashby said: “We’re one of the top 180 teams in the country now. I’m not sure people in Brackley know what a massive step it is.”
Match day sponsor Don Thompson said: “I never been a big football fan but Brackley has inspired me to start supporting a team. But I don’t think people in Brackley know what a great asset the team is for the town.”