Life In The Sunday League with Steve Bracknall

Life In The Sunday League with Steve Bracknall
Life In The Sunday League with Steve Bracknall
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Lifting the lid on life behind the scenes of a Sunday League football team - read our new column from the YouTube sensation evereyone is talking about, Sheffield’s Royal Oak FC assistant manager Steve Bracknall.

VIDEO: Watch Episode One of Steve Bracknall’s Sunday League - CLICK HERE, It’s an absolute privilege to be asked by Grass Roots to write a column, lifting the lid on life behind the scenes of a Sunday League football team.

Paul Greenwood and Steve Bracknall

Paul Greenwood and Steve Bracknall

I’m Steve Bracknall, assistant manager of The Royal Oak FC.

It’s hard to understand the pressures that a Sunday League manager faces if you’ve not managed at this level yourself.

It’s not all about turning up on a Sunday for a couple of hours and playing your heart out for the local boozer. There are many administrative tasks throughout the week leading up to a fixture, and throughout the year, in order to keep this proud club afloat.

None of this could be possible without the support of my loving wife, ‘our Nikki’ - who has the thankless task of raising funds for the club through race nights and Christmas raffles, whilst still putting up with my mood swings on a Sunday night if the lads have failed to bring three points back to the pub on a Sunday dinnertime.

Me and Nikki are often interrupted on a Saturday night whilst settling down to watch X-Factor with a takeaway, by a text from certain players informing me they can’t play the following morning - for whatever reason.

These are the modern day problems, which Sunday League managers face on a weekly basis.

In the coming weeks I hope to share with you the rollercoaster ride which is the management of this proud club.

Up and down em… bombing on!

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