Joint managers, Adam Flanagan and Danny Dafter, have left Brentwood Town FC.
The joint managers, who took the Club from the lower half of the Ryman Isthmian League Division One North to the Ryman Isthmian League Premier Division via play-off wins against AFC Sudbury and Thurrock FC, are going their separate ways.
Danny adopted the role of player/joint manager and has enjoyed a run in the team this season but has struggled to retain full fitness from game to game. Danny has been on the scene at Brentwood Town for a decade and has enjoyed playing into his 30s but knew this would be his last season as a Player and has now “hung up his boots”.
Adam came in to a joint manager position with Danny the season before last and this was his first venture into management although he had been involved in coaching roles at other local clubs at this level. Adam moves onwards and upwards to manage Vanarama South side Concord Rangers following the departure of their manager, Danny Cowley, to Braintree Town.
Brentwood Town FC are indebted to these two young managers who took on a difficult job and achieved well beyond expectations. Charged with the emphasis of promoting local youth, the joint managers took on that challenge and there were very high percentages of local youth and ex-youth players regularly featuring and later dominating the team sheet. Under the guidance of the joint managers, this young squad flourished and, despite a slight dip in form in the closing weeks of the season, raised their game in the 5–0 second half win against Thurrock in the play-off Final last weekend.
All at Brentwood Town FC wish Adam success at Concord and Danny a satisfying “retirement” from the game – although we all expect he will return to his passion at some stage.
The Club have been inundated with interest for the vacant manager’s post and remain open-minded at present. Applications are invited. Interested parties should forward their CVS to the Club Secretary, Ray Stevens, at email@example.com or by post to 59 Slewins Lane, Hornchurch, Essex, RM11 2BZ.
Brentwood Town Youth season 2015/16
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Brentwood Town’s youth policy provides a path of progression from youth to senior first team football in the Ryman League with 9 current first team players having played for Brentwood Town youth. You will be coached by a UEFA A licence coach.
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Brentwood Town clinch history making promotion with Thurrock thrashing
Sunday 3rd May
RYMAN DIVISION ONE NORTH PLAY-OFF FINAL
BRENTWOOD TOWN 5 – 0 THURROCK
By Martin Voller
(Photos by the Brentwood Gazette)
Brentwood Town will compete in the Ryman Premier Division for the very first time after a comprehensive 5-0 victory over 10-man Thurrock in the Ryman North play-off final.
After a goalless first half, Brentwood blew their local rivals away with four goals in the first 19 minutes.
Alex Akrofi put the Blues in the driving seat with two fine finishes before he completed a 13-minute hat-trick from the spot after Thurrock’s Aaron Waters saw red for a clumsy challenge on the striker.
Robbie Rees added Brentwood’s fourth before Sherwin Stanley completed the scoring in front of a crowd of 763 at The Arena.
Ryman North play-off final preview
Brentwood Town v Thurrock
Sunday 3rd May
At The Brentwood Arena
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Back in early August on the first day of the season, few would have predicted that the Brentwood Town season was going to end as it started, with a home game against Thurrock. Brentwood lost that opening Ryman North fixture 0-3 and then, after losing three of the first four league games, it looked as though the Blues might have another difficult season in the wrong half of the table. But things soon turned around with a good FA Cup run and a long unbeaten sequence that saw them into the top half of the table and eventually into a play-off position.
Wednesday night’s play-off semi-final was an incredibly tense and closely-fought battle between two totally committed teams. It could have gone either way, Sudbury had the better of the play but Brentwood also had chances to win the game before it went to penalties. The team have shown remarkable resilience on a number of occasions this season when they have been up against it, particularly in some tough away games, and they thoroughly deserved their win.
Thurrock were among the early season favourites for promotion but had an indifferent spell in the middle of the campaign before finishing strongly to secure fifth place with a week of the league season remaining. They then went to Harlow Town on Wednesday and won 4-3 after extra time in their play-off semi-final. This set up an unexpected home match for Brentwood as their fourth place means ground advantage on Sunday. Most people will feel a bit sorry for the third and second-placed teams, Harlow, who amassed 103 points league points, and AFC Sudbury, but that’s the rules for football these days and Brentwood Town and Thurrock have taken advantage to set up Sunday’s final.
However, will home advantage help the Blues on Sunday? They have actually lost at The Arena this season to all the other four sides that finished in the top five of Ryman North. But away from home they drew one and won three against those same teams. However, those are just stats and will mean little on Sunday.
In their eight seasons in Ryman North, Brentwood Town have reached the play-offs three times. In 2009, after finishing third Blues were full of confidence but slid to a 4-1 home defeat to Waltham Abbey. In 2011, they travelled to favourites Needham Market and produced a superb performance to win the semi-final 3-1. The final at Wingate & Finchley went to extra time before Brentwood lost 3-2 to a very late goal.
So Sunday is the second final appearance and gives Brentwood a chance to progress to the Ryman Premier, which would be the highest level that the current Brentwood Town club has ever played. For Thurrock, it will be an opportunity to return to the Premier after a two-year gap.
Admission prices for the play-off final are £8, £4 concessions (senior citizens/students), £1 under-16s.
Brentwood Town U17 - 2015/16
We are currently seeking players in all positions to join our existing squad in preparation for next season. If you are a current year 11 and would like join us for some training sessions with a view to trialling in June, please contact us at email@example.com with a brief history of your playing career so far along with your age and preferred position.
Brentwood Town’s youth policy provides a path of progression from youth to senior first team football in the Ryman League with nine current first team players having played for Brentwood Town youth. You will be coached by a UEFA A licence coach and you will have opportunities to play for our U18s and U21s.
Brentwood Town reach play-off final with shoot-out victory over Sudbury
Wednesday 29th April
RYMAN DIVISION ONE NORTH PLAY-OFF SEMI-FINAL
AFC SUDBURY 0 – 0 BRENTWOOD TOWN AET
(Brentwood Town win 4-1 on penalties)
By Martin Voller
(Photos courtesy of the Brentwood Gazette)
Brentwood Town will compete in the Ryman North play-off final after they defeated AFC Sudbury 4-1 on penalties following a tense encounter at the Wardale Williams Stadium.
Both teams had chances to score in a pulsating two hours of football, but neither was able to break the deadlock.
Ultimately, Blues keeper Ollie Bowles proved to be the hero, making two excellent saves while his teammates scored all four of their spot-kicks, setting up a final clash with neighbours Thurrock at The Arena on Sunday.