Capacity: 3,500 (Seats 507)
Address: Churchill Way, Brackley, NN13 7EJ
Telephone: 01280 704077
Pitch Size: To be advised
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Saints
Year Ground Opened: 1974
Undersoil Heating: No
Home Kit: White and Red
The ground is situated in a pleasant rural setting. On one side in front of the Social Club building is a small seated area, that is covered. It is only comprises four or five rows and has a number of supporting pillars running along its front. 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 team dugouts are located on this side of the ground. There is also a portakabin type building that sits astride the halfway line, which on my visit, had a cameraman perched precariously on top of it videoing the game.
The Cricket Club End itself has a very small covered terrace which sits behind the goal. It is only a couple of rows high. To either side there are small flat standing areas. If segregation is in force then this end is allocated to away fans. Opposite is the South Bank. 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. There is a noticeable slope to the pitch running from the Cricket End down to the South Bank. The ground is completed with a set of six modern floodlight pylons.
It is not very often that fans are segregated at St James' Park. In the rare occurrence that they are then part or all of the South Bank End can be allocated to visiting supporters. This end has covered seating directly behind the goalmouth and open terracing to either side. I enjoyed my visit to the Club and Brackley itself is a pleasant small town, with some good pubs. One unusual aspect of St James' Park is that beyond the opposite end to the South Bank overlooking the ground is a Cricket Club and sometimes a cricket game can be seen being played at the same time as the football match. This can provide a welcome distraction if the soccer game isn't up to much!
There is a large social club at the ground, which welcomes away supporters. Although a bit dark inside, it has is brightened up by a large television projection screen which shows score updates. It is accessed from inside the ground.
The nearest pub is the Locomotive Inn, which is around a five minute walk away. This small old pub offers pies on matchdays and has real ale from the nearby Silverstone Brewery. Further up in the town (about a 10 minute walk from the ground) is the much larger Red Lion pub. This Charles Wells pub has four real ales on offer and was on my visit more popular with away fans. There is also a handy fish and chip shop across the road a little bit further up on the left called Ann's'. Also on this side of the road is the Crown Hotel which also has a bar. To find these pubs; Then with the entrance to the ground behind you, walk straight up the road in front (Churchill Way). At the bottom of this road you will reach a T-junction. Turn left and you will see the Locomotive Inn a little further down across the road on the right. Or for the Red Lion, Crown Hotel (and the town centre) turn right at the T-junction proceed up the hill and you will reach the pubs on either side of the main road.
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From the North:
Leave the M40 at Junction 11 and take the A422 towards Brackley. Stay on the A422 for just under nine miles until reach a roundabout that is the junction with the A43. Take the first exit towards Brackley Town Centre. Proceed straight across the next roundabout (there is a Tesco store on the left). After passing the Locomotive Inn on your left, take the next right into Churchill Way. The ground is situated at the bottom of this road.
From the South:
Leave the M40 at Junction 10 and take the A43 towards Northampton. After just under six miles you will reach a roundabout that is the junction with the A422. Take the second exit towards Brackley Town Centre. Then as North.
There is a medium sized car park at the ground (around 80-100 cars), which costs £2 to park. Otherwise there is plenty of street parking along Churchill Way and roads to either side.
There is no longer a railway station in Brackley itself. The closest is probably Banbury which is over ten miles away. You can though get a the Stagecoach Bus No 500 from Banbury to Brackley, although for evening games there is no return service available.
Lee Dearing adds; 'The 500 Bus leaves Banbury Bus Station from Bay 5 and drops off in the centre of Brackley at the Market Square. The service operates every 30 minutes (Mon - Sat) and the journey time is 37 minutes. The Bus Station is only a five minute walk from the Railway Station; Exit the railway station and walk up to the end of the station approach road where you will reach a T-junction with Bridge Street. Turn left and at the next traffic lights at the crossroads with Concord Avenue, you should see the Bus Station over on the right immediately behind the Cherwell Council Building on the corner.'
Over 60's/Students* £6
Under 16's £3
Under 10's Free
* Students must produce valid ID
Official Programme: £2
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2015-2016: 342 (National League North)
2014-2015: 291 (National League North)
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Brackley Town v Blyth Spartans
National League North
Saturday 21st October 2017, 3pm
Paul Dickinson (Neutral fan)
Brackley v AFC Telford
National League North
Saturday 25th March 2017, 3pm
Brian Scott (Neutral fan)
Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting St James Park?
Last season Brackley escaped relegation by the finest margin possible, one extra goal scored, sending one of my lower league teams (Lowestoft Town) down. However this season Brackley have improved. I had been putting off going there until later in the season, as I wanted to have more daylight for my drive home to Suffolk.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
I normally travel by train, but as Brackley has no railway station and it is only 114 miles from my home, I found that driving was the best option. On a gloriously sunny, but very cold spring day, I had an easy journey from the East. I arrived early at St James Park, so I was able to get a good parking spot in a local road.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
The turnstiles were open at 1.30pm so I went in and had a good look around and had a chat with a friendly steward. He informed me that the South Stand was acquired from Rushden and Diamonds and the seats in the west stand came from Cardiff Arms Park.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of St James Park?
Despite its small size, St James Park is a tidy little ground, but unusually the wind was coming from the East and it was very cold with nowhere to get shelter from it. There is no away end as such, and the steward told me that sometimes the South Stand might be allocated to away fans if a large number are coming, but normally they congregate in the North End, switching ends at half time, as is the norm at this level.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
Not much of significance happened until the 40th minute when Brackley scored, and then four minutes later they were awarded a penalty. The keeper saved it, but the rebound was put in. It remained 2-0 until well into the second half when Telford pulled a goal back. Considering that they had the famous Lee Hughes up front, they didn't seem to have much to offer on this occasion. Very different to when I went to there place last week.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
I was back in my car within two minutes and quickly on the main road out of town. Then a good drive home, mostly in daylight.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
A good day out at St James Park with very little problems. The wife was pleased that I was home much earlier than normal!
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