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.
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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