Category: Mens

LEAN ON ME

🚨 Never in doubt…

We are pleased to announce that Matt Leaney has signed on with Bradninch FC for the 2019/20 campaign!

As the winger gets back to full fitness, he’ll soon join up with the rest of the lads at training as he prepares for a long awaited return to playing in the famous green and black!

#LeanOnMe #OnceANinchian 💚🖤

RESERVES VS WITHERIDGE 3RDS

Kicking off the season with a bang…

Following the announcement of new manager Neville England, the 2nd team get their season underway this weekend with a tricky trip to Witheridge 3rd’s.

A squad mixed with youth and experience, as well as some new faces to grace a Bradninch shirt! Division 8 looks set to be another competitive league to get out of, so we should know a bit more about how the season could go come 5pm on Saturday afternoon!

#WeAreTheNinch ❤️💛

SQUAD VS ELMORE 3RDS

Another away day on the horizon…

Confirmation of Leigh Brooks matchday squad as Bradninch 1st’s taken on Elmore 3rd’s this Saturday. All the lads involved are focused on getting the first points on the board of the 2019/20 campaign!

Another tough fixture as the 1st team look to bounce back from last weekends opening day 4-2 defeat to Dawlish United 2nd’s. It’s fair to say the boys are raring to go!

#AwayDays ❤️💛

THE GAME IS NEVER OVER

Back in the hot seat…

We’re pleased to announce club legend Neville England as our new 2nd team manager, with Jonathan Reed also joining the coaching setup as assistant manager.

After weeks of perfecting the details over pre-season, Nev will take charge of the 2nd team’s first game of the season as they travel to Witheridge this Saturday in their Division 8 season opener!

#WeAreTheNinch 💚🖤

Dawlish 4 – 2 Bradninch

Dawlish 4-2 Ninch Despite a two-goal lead, our Division 6 season opener ends in defeat. Plenty of positives to take out of today’s performance, with all of the boys working their socks off in some challenging heat!

A full match report will be available shortly.

#WeAreTheNinch 💚🖤

Team News vs Dawlish 2s

Confirmation of our squad that will travel to face Dawlish United II in tomorrow’s Division 6 season opener!

It hasn’t been an easy decision for new boss, Leigh Brooks, who has suffered a selection headache this week as he whittles the ever-growing squad list down to just 16 players.

The boys have been working so hard recently and the mood in camp is better than ever! We can’t wait for the first whistle at 3pm tomorrow!

#WeAreTheNinch

Back to Business

Today, our season begins…

We wouldn’t be where we are today without the hundreds of people that affect Bradninch FC. From every single one of the opposition players we’ll play against this season, to the referees that keep us in check on a Saturday afternoon!

The kitchen staff that always go above and beyond to make sure we’ve got something to snack on after a tough game. The coaches that turn up half an hour before training just to set up the cones. The groundsmen, because without someone taking care of our pitch, we wouldn’t be able to even kick a ball on the weekend!

Our sponsors who have supported us financially across many seasons, supplying kit and much needed essentials so we can get the best out of our game. The committee, who keep everything ticking along, despite the relentless pressure and challenges that crop during the year!

The captains, the players, the managers. The list goes on…

But most importantly is you, our supporters! Thank you for turning up to watch us, to comment on our posts when a result didn’t go the right way, for sharing our stories when we’ve needed a helping hand!

Hopefully we can do you all proud this season!

#WeAreTheNinch

Backing Brooks

Leigh Brooks to take charge of Bradninch 1st Team

Bradninch Football Club are pleased to announce that Leigh Brooks will take over as manager of the first team.

The 32-year-old first joined the club in 2016 as a player, supporting the senior squad as they struggled to name a starting XI on a weekly basis. Having had a short playing career in the heart of defence, Brooks soon moved into more of a coaching role, supporting Stuart Murray, former first team manager.

Over the years, Leigh has used his impressive networking skills and ever-growing presence within the local community to bring in new players and attract some exciting talent. Along with the support of the committee and coaches, the club now have 36 players signed on, with more to come as they get set to compete in the MACRON Devon and Exeter League during the 2019/20 campaign.

The first task on Brooks’ hands is whittling that squad list down to select the players he would like to join him in the first team, who will compete in Division 6 this season. Whilst it’s bound to give him a few headaches in the process, the road ahead looks like a long and prosperous one:

The squad looks fresh, driven and ready for Saturday’s season opener. I’m almost as excited as they are. I look around at the quality across all of the players at training and I’m amazed of our squad depth. We’re going to have two very tidy teams in a few short weeks.

Asked what his plans are for the new season, Brooks was quick to refer to the different variations of player he has available to him, making sure he uses each and every one of their strengths to his advantage:

The short-term goal for the club is ultimately establishing itself in Division 6 and being competitive in every game we play. I’ll want to bring through the youth players and utilise our senor players to help coach them along the way.

It’s a little like Christmas Eve for me this time of year. You’ve signed your players, ran training sessions, played plenty of friendlies and finalised your squads. Now it’s just the long wait until game day and the buzz of Saturday football being back again!

Brooks will take charge of his first game as first team manager in this weekends season opener as his side travel to Dawlish United II in search of three points.

This news of course comes following the departure of Stuart Murray, former first team manager, who we would like to thank for his time, service and loyalty to the club over the past few years.

#WeAreTheNinch

Come and Join Bradninch FC!

We get it…

Joining a new football club can be pretty nerve wracking, but at Bradninch FC we’ve been seeing new players each and every week at training, so we like to think we’ve got pretty good at making anyone feel welcome!

Whether you’re interested in playing, training or just socialising on a weekly basis, we’re always on the lookout for new people to come and join us at Kensham Park on a Wednesday night as we look to finalise our two senior squads for the 2019/20 campaign.

Whatever your age, ability or experience in the game, we’d love to see you! If you’ve got any questions or want to know more about training, just ping us a message!

#WeAreTheNinch

Golesworthy Cup Quarter Final Preview

Bradninch face tough test as they target back-to-back Golesworthy Cup semi-finals

Thursday 28th March
Kick Off: 7.30pm
Edenvale Park, Cullompton


It seems as if Spring is well and truly ready to welcome the business end of the football season; with evenings getting longer and pitches staying drier, midweek football has finally returned.

Often considered to be a critical point in any club’s campaign, the fixtures are coming thick and fast for Bradninch as they entertain Dunkeswell Rovers in the quarter final of the Golesworthy Cup.

The game comes just 48 hours after Bradninch fell short at Sidmouth, having put in a passionate performance that left them dropping out of the Grandisson Cup following a 2-0 loss to the Division 1 outfit.

Manager Stuart Murray was immensely proud of how his side played on Tuesday night and has urged each of his players to repeat the same level of work rate under the lights at Cullompton’s Edenvale Park.

Bradninch are no strangers to the Golesworthy Cup, having narrowly lost in the final last season to Upottery II, they know what it takes to raise their game in midweek competitions.

They’ll need that same level of intensity to overcome Dunkeswell Rovers, who enter Thursday’s game full of confidence after picking up four wins in their last six games.

The Division 5 side are currently sitting in 8th position but have a huge schedule to get through having only played 12 league games this season; winning seven, drawing two and losing three.

Once again, Bradninch will find themselves as underdogs come the first whistle, but that’s something Murray believes his side can thrive on as they look to cause an upset.

It’s no secret that form goes out the window when it comes to big games like this, and Bradninch will be more than eager to showcase the progressive football that’s been on offer all season.


Team News

With a staggering 36 Bradninch players making themselves available for this fixture, it comes as no surprise that everyone wants to feature under the lights on a Thursday night on Cullompton’s first-team pitch.

Both Murray and Bradninch Villa manager Leigh Brooks have worked together to select a match-day squad capable of overcoming Dunkeswell’s confident, attacking setup.

Bradninch will make a total of five changes from the squad that faced Sidmouth II in the Cup on Tuesday night, with the first of those being between the sticks.

Goalkeeper Alan Rodgers comes in for Carl James, whilst Todd Scrace is now available for selection and will add another option to the heart of defence.

Midfielders Harry Buxton and Harry Coombe return to the squad after missing Tuesday’s trip to Sidmouth, whilst experienced striker John King comes in to provide another option in attack.

Bradninch Town squad: A. Rodgers, J. Vincent, T. Scrace, W. Birley, T. Brown, R. Shrewsberry, L. Scrace, H. Coombe, O. Buxton, H. Buxton, C. Goff, C. Wright, J. King, M. Rawlings, A. Cottrell.

Please feel free to come down and support the boys as they look to book their spot in the Golesworthy Cup semi-final. Kick off is from 7.30pm at Edenvale Park, Cullompton.