Brackley Town F.C.
St James Park Stadium
Ground Number: 69
Date: Saturday 3rd February 2018
Score: Brackley Town F.C. 3-1 Sutton United F.C.
Competition: FA Trophy 3rd Round
One competition that I really love is the FA Trophy because we (Sutton United) generally get drawn against teams that I haven't seen before and get to go to new grounds and see different teams and it can be a really exciting competition because over the years, I have seen us play teams like Worthing and Curzon Ashton and it really is interesting seeing as I have never seen Sutton play teams like Curzon Ashton.
So far, we have done quite well in the FA Trophy as we have narrowly beaten National League South side Truro City 1-0 and beaten Bostik Premier side Hendon FC 3-0 and up next we had Barrow or Brackley away and Brackley beat Barrow in the 2nd Round Replay so it was a trip to St James Park for us and to be honest, I was really glad that Brackley had beaten Barrow because we our trip to Barrow last week in the Vanarama National League was postponed when we got there so we went to Lancaster City FC instead and you can read about it here.
Another reason why I was happy that Brackley had beaten Barrow was because Brackley was one of the teams that I wanted to try and visit over the next 3 seasons and now I would be able to visit them this season and it would be another ground ticked off and another ground nearer to my 100 target! The Saturday before the game was spent up in Barrow but the game was postponed when we goit there so we went to Lancaster City FC instead and I spent the rest of the week at college and mainly getting things ready for my trip to New York in a just over a week which kept me busy.
On one side in front of the Social Club building is a small seated area, that is covered. It is situated to one side of the half way line, towards the Cricket Club End. There are also open standing areas to either side. The opposite side has no facilities for spectators, apart from a narrow pathway which runs along the perimeter fence. The Cricket Club End itself has a very small covered terrace which sits behind the goal. To either side there are small flat standing areas. This area was recently developed so that it has a covered seated stand behind the goal flanked by fair sized open terracing to either side. The ground is completed with a set of six modern floodlight pylons. (Description of St James Park is sourced from Football Ground Guide).
I do like this ground, it has a true non-league feeling to it and I like the main stand in particular and how it doesn't dominate the rest of the ground. I do like the small covered terrace behind one of the goal and it does feel more like a bus stop rather than a terrace at a football ground but I do like it. For me, the centre piece of the ground is the seated stand and standing terraces behind the goal as it is something I do like and doesn't ruin the overall look of the ground and is also quite unique in its own way.
Food and Drink: 7/10
Value For Money: 8/10
Overall Rating: 7.7/10