Bracknell Town are one of those teams. By that, we don’t mean a “Luton” or an “Accrington” before anyone starts writing angry tweets about them on, er, Twitter. No, the Berkshire outfit are one of those teams who have a pretty decent record against Stevenage and won’t likely have to protect it any time soon. With four meetings to speak of from the mid-to-late 1980s, we are trailing a long way back in second this particular two-horse race is concerned.
We’ve not been spotted together with the Robins since we went down from Vauxhall Opel League Division One in 1988. With three defeats from our four encounters, we don’t need much reminding of them to be fair. As of 2020, the club was a member of the Isthmian League once again; spending much of the 2010s in the Hellenic League.
Let’s go back to 1896 and the formation of Old Bracknell Wanderers – a wonderful, twee name for a football club. In local competition, they had a decent bit of success. But they didn’t break out into the broader regions for some time. Just after World War Two, the Robins changed their name to plain Bracknell FC; adding “Town” into the mix in 1962. Around about this time, they also went a little bigger with their horizons – and joined the Surrey Senior League.
Their first season in the competition was a bit of a disaster. But the Robins picked themselves up to claim the league and cup double in 1970. This achievement spurred them onto join the Spartan League, keeping themselves among a leading vanguard of clubs. For some reason, the Athenian League said no to them in 1984; laying the foundations for them to join the Isthmian League instead.
They secured promotion from Division Two South in 1986 – the same year we did the same from Division Two North.
How to get to Bracknell Town – Travel Information – Distance: 55 miles
Once you’ve done the A1(M) and M25 part of the trip, take the M4 west and come off at Junction 6 for the A355. Take the first exit to go south on the A355; then continuing onto the A332. Take the second exit at the next roundabout for the A308 and continue on the A308 until you get to join the A332 Kings Road. At Heatherwood Hospital, take the third exit of the roundabout (A329) and, after 2.6 miles, turn left.
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