FA Cup: Community united behind minnows Brackley Town ahead of big day

Glenn Walker and Elliot Sandy embrace after knocking out Gillingham.
Glenn Walker and Elliot Sandy embrace after knocking out Gillingham. Photo: PA

It's a town more famous for putting fast cars on Formula One tracks, but Brackley's football club is fast becoming famous in it's own right.

An FA Cup first round win over League One Gillingham catapulted the Northamptonshire team into the limelight, and tomorrow they'll bid for a place in the FA Cup third round.

Brackley's players celebrate with fans after beating Gillingham.
Brackley's players celebrate with fans after beating Gillingham. Credit: PA

The excitement's building in the town ahead of this Saturday's clash with Macclesfield Town, with the Kettering Buccleuch Academy taking more than 80 students and staff to the game.

Eddie Odhiambo watches over a pupil's work.
Eddie Odhiambo watches over a pupil's work. Credit: ITV News Anglia

And the community support even extends to their bigger rugby playing neighbours.

Northampton Saints star Tom Collins is rooting for the footballing Saints. His dad, former Rushden and Diamonds record goal scorer Darren, is now the assistant coach at Brackley.

Northampton Saints star Tom Collins is backing Brackley to make the third round.
Northampton Saints star Tom Collins is backing Brackley to make the third round. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"I reckon they (Brackley) have got a massive chance.

"I was a bit doubtful in the match against Gillingham, but when I went there and watched them, I thought they were quality.

"They were all pulling together, they've got a good team environment down there."

– Tom Collins, Northampton Saints

With the big boys from the Premier League and the Championship set to enter at the next stage, Brackley will be hoping that they will have another "biggest day in the club's history" in the new year.