Some of the facts and figures for the Brantham Athletic first team- season 2014-2015 Thurlow Nunn Premier Division League matches,
Played 38- Won 17- Drawn 4- Lost 17-- Points 55 (8th spot in the league of 2- teams)
Ollie Mann was the top Brantham goalscorer and was the third highest goalscorer in the Thurlow Nunn League for season 2014-2015.
Best league result of season 2014-2015 - League fixture- Brantham Athletic 6 Wivenhoe Town 0.( Men on target -Shaun Webb 2, Ollie Mann 1, Jack Cawley 1, Ross Norfolk 1, Simon Mann 1)
Heaviest league date of the 2014-2015 season - Away to Mildenhall Town, Mildenhall 5 Brantham Athletic 1 (Brantham goal scorer Sean Gunn 1)
In this match Ollie Mann started his season after a long time off through injury and it was going to take him a while to get going again. In this match we also lost Simon Mann very early on to a bad injury.
Doing the double in league matches:
We took all the league points, home and away, against Felixstowe & Walton Utd, beating them 2-1 in the match played on 30th September after the original match had been stopped due to floodlight failure. Felixstowe & Walton at that stage were leading us 2-0.
In the return game at Felixstowe we came out 3-2 winners with our winning goal being scored just proir to the final whistle with the entire Brantham team making a bee-line for the goal scorer, Brendan Heath who hit it home right on the 90th minute,and they all mobbed Brendan at the corner flag as the match official blew the full time whistle, and I have been assured that you could hear the cheers for that goal in Brantham itself!!! Ollie Mann was the other man on target with two well taken goals,his first being a superb free kick from well outside the area and Ollie hit it into the far side of the goal with the keeper unable to stop it!!
We also took all the league points of Fakenham Town beating them 1-0 at home on 6th September in a somewhat bad tempered game and in March we travelled to Fakenham and beat them 3-1 with Ollie Mann getting 2 goals and Shaun Webb 1.
In the FA Cup we drew our first game at home to a physical Codicot FC side 1-1 but in the replay we just could not get going and were beaten 5-0 away and so our interest in the FA Cup finished in the first round.
In the FA Vase competition we made the trip to White Hart Lane,London to meet Wembley FC and after going 2-0 down we played some superb football to win the game 4-3. Our men on target were Simon Mann 2, Kieran Lawler 1,Jamie beecham 1.
In the next round we were at home to Yaxley on 6th December and despite playing well we came out of the Vase, losing 3-1.
Suffolk County Premier Cup - we were drawn away to Hadleigh Utd in the first with then manager Paul Abrahams giving a couple of the younger players the chance to get involved. In a great game between two good sides we went through 1-0 with Jack Cawley netting from the spot. In the next round we were away to near neighbours Whitton United and this was a game in which we just did not seem to be able to get going and Whitton went through to three first half goals. We played some good football in the second half but could not make anything count!!
Brantham skipper, Matt Travis, has had a superb and solid season and he has brought the best out in his team, alongside Jack Sibbons and not forgetting Ed Nobbs and Ben Spencer,although not always getting the credit they deserve, they have played some top class football. Ryan Bedingfield came back to rejoin us and proved that he is still one of the best keepers in the league and Ryan made some telling and first class stops to deny our opponents.
The midfield, at times had changes, but Simon Mann,coming back from injury, proved that he is also a top class defender, midfield man and even goalscorer and is an important part of the team. Shaun Webb has again proved his worth in midfield and has hit home some important goals when needed.
Up front Ollie Mann and Sean Gunn ran their hearts out for the team while we had some top class young players on loan during the season and they all did us proud. When people came into the team they gave their all for the team and you cannot ask anything else of them and keeping everything crossed we can keep the bulk of the players for the 2015-2016 season and can build on this good season just finished.
These are just some of the details from the season 2014-2015 for the first team who had Paul Abrahams as manager for the first half of the season and then Paul Skingley as manager for the second half of the season.
Next team to be looked at in depth will be the Brantham Athletic Reserves team who played in Thurlow Nunn Premier reserves league.
We will also, in time, be looking at the Team Brantham season and the Brantham Athletic under 18s' team.
Before I do finish these details may I just take the chance to thank all of the people who helped me with lifts to away games to do the match reports and newspaper reports which is much appreciated- many thanks to each and every one of you gents.
End of Season Presentation evening
Brantham Athletic football club senior teams held their end of season presentation evening last Friday and the people who attended enjoyed a top class meal from the ladies and gents in the Brantham Leisure Centre kitchens.
Our thanks also to CEO Darren Smith's charming lady , Jacquie Smith who spent the whole day getting all the tables and places sorted out amongst other things and again our massive thanks to Mrs.Smith for all of the hard work on Friday that made it such a great evening.
Thanks also to chairman Peter Crowhurst and son Tom for doing the lap top presentation and to Darren Smith for all the work put into the evening to make sure that everybody enjoyed themselves.
Nice also to see former manager Paul Abrahams and his charming wife,Verity, at the evening and we had a chance to have a talk during the evening. Paul got a top class reception from everybody at the evening.
Exec.committee member ,David Cooper was involved and enjoyed the evening.
Good to see so many people at the evening,including first team duo of manager Paul Skingley and Colin Grogan, reserve team manager Rob Peace,who is going onto greater things next season,Team Brantham Joel Andrews who made sure that nobody went to sleep when he was on with some great details about the players and club. The under 18's were represented with their manager and assistant and Nathan Burrell who has been doing a lot of work for the teams behind the scenes and ghiving people a lot of encouragement. Guy Clubb made sure that the Brantham Athletic Sunday tean were reprented at the evening and Luke ,manager of the Brantham Athletic Ladies along with several members of the Brantham ladies team who had such a great season.
I have got some of the names of the people who won awards and I am just waiting on the final two teams details.
Manager's Player of the season- Jack Sibbons
Supporter's Players of the season - Matt Travis, Ollie Mann and Jack Sibbons
Manager's Player of the season - Adam Wilson
TB Players of the season - Lewis Mitchell
Team Brantham breakthrough player of the year - Dan Dixon
(No doubt that the man of the evening was Team Brantham manager Joel Andrews who gave a great speech and certainly Joel made sure everybody listened with a superb speech and some funny details to the 100 people at the event.
BRANTHAM UNDER 18's TEAM
Manager's Player of the season- Jordan Peck
Supporters player of the season - Jordan Peck
Players player of the season -Jordan Peck
BRANTHAM ATHLETIC SUNDAY TEAM
Manager's Player of the season - Alan Backhouse
Player's player of the season - Ross Cracknell
(I am just waiting on the details of the Brantham Athletic Reserve tean winners and the Brantham Ladies winners)
Brantham Chairman Peter Crowhurst and Chief Exec.Officer Darren Smith made some other awards at the very end of the evening.
Philip Lawler was presented with an award for all of the hard work,time and effort that he has put into the football club,at every level, for the 2014-2015 season.
Barry Felgate was presented with the Clubman of the Year award for his time, effort and being involved over the season, doing match reports for the papers, the website and taking in as many matches, home and away as he was able.
CLUB SECRETARY - Dan Allen
Brantham Athletic football club secretar, Dan Allen, was thanked by EVERY team and EVERYBODY at the eveningh for ALL OF THE HARD WORK he has done on behalf of all of the clubs in the Brantham Athletic framework. As Team Brantham manager Joel Andrews made the point that without people such as Dan Allen the teams would be all over the show and Dan has been a top class secretary for all of the teams he has been involved in during a season that now seems to be an all year round thing for the secretary. Dan was presented with some liquid refreshmen and some other goodies for ALL HE HAS DONE for the teams and people involved in Brantham Athletic FC.
Pre-season friendly matches (Will no be long before we are starting up and getting ready for the 2015-2016 footballing season)
The Brantham teams will soon arranging their pre-season friendly
matches for the 2015-2016 season. As soon as details are
released they will be in this website, opposition, venue,kick off times etc.