Nebbett: Bracknell Town will rise from the ashes
Published 21 Jun 2012 10:30 0 Comments
BRACKNELL Town Football Club can rise from the ashes to reclaim its place as the premier club in the region.
That was the message from new joint manager Steve Nebbett as he and Danny Oliphant begin the process of rebuilding the Robins.
Bracknell once rode high in the Southern League but financial problems led to a string of relegations and dwindling support.
They finished bottom of the Hellenic Premier last season and were pinning their hopes on avoiding the drop once again on a reprieve from the league.
Robins were due to discover their fate at last night's Hellenic AGM (Wednesday), though Nebbett insists the outcome will not effect their long-term plans.
And having experienced the dizzy heights of an FA Cup first round proper tie at Larges Lane as a player back in 2000, the former Bracknell fans' favourite is relishing the challenge.
Speaking exclusively to the News he said: "There's no doubt that Bracknell Town is the biggest club around these parts, and that's no disrespect to any other club like Binfield or whoever.
"There's so much potential here and it's a shame what has happened to it over the past few years.
"When Danny and I were Bracknell players, we played in front of huge crowds in the FA Cup and when we were in the Southern League.
"But that's gone now and hopefully we can start the journey of climbing back up the league. We know it won't be easy but we will do everything we can to make it a success."
Nebbett's first tasks will be to lure stay-away Robins fans back to Larges Lane to boost attendances next season, regardless of the division they will be in.
Nebbett believes there is an untapped fanbase in the area whose support could be crucial to the future of the club.
"We want to get the community involved in Bracknell Town again," he explained. "We want to bring people back to the club.
"Loads of people have come up to me in the street to say how pleased they are that Danny and I got the job.
"It's very nice of people but we want them down at Larges Lane on a Saturday instead of sitting at home.
"Players respond to big crowds and it would be great to see the place rocking on a Saturday afternoon."