This Sunday (12th September) sees the start of a new Bracknell & District Sunday League season.
Following severe Covid-disruption to the last two seasons, when in both no League titles were awarded, everybody hopes that this season can be played all the way through to May 2022, to a conclusion.
Football did, of course, return briefly in April and May earlier this year when the majority of teams in the League competed a supplementary cup tournament, played on a Champions League basis, that has culminated in the two finals, kindly sponsored by the Sultan Balti Palace at Wokingham, as follows:
Sultan Senior Cup Final – Finchampstead Athletic v Woodley Saints (Sunday 26th September)
Both Finals are to be played at Finchampstead Memorial Ground and will kick-off at 2pm. Entry to both games is free and the bar will be available for refreshments.
What to expect from this season’s League competition:
Tough to predict and competition will be close between the eight competing teams. Finchampstead Athletic and Bracknell Rangers (League Senior Cup winners in May) will start as favourites though William Twigg, returning to us after their short soiree with the Reading Sunday League, may have a say. Crowthorne Inn too have been there or thereabouts at the top for the past four seasons, will again be strong challengers.
In an upward shuffle of teams, no less than 6 have been promoted to the division that, as in previous seasons, will prove to be highly competitive. Continuing their rise up through the divisions AFC Dukes, winners of the League Junior Cup for the second year running in May, shall be the fancied team for the title. Both Freeman Royals and FC Showcase (who are promoted from Division 3) have impressed in recent seasons and will be strong challengers.
The experience of Bracknell Cavaliers, Silver Birch, promoted Bracknell Spartans Vets and relegated Sandhurst FFC may be telling. Harts of Bracknell impressed in the Sultan Cup and will have a say.
Promoted Crowthorne A may probably start as favourites after such a strong showing in the League Junior Cup last season, losing narrowly to AFC Dukes in the final. Bracknell Royals will be strong too whilst newcomers William Twigg Reserves may cause a few surprises.
We’re going to make a bold prediction here and install a youthful Finchampstead Athletic B as favourites for the title. Finch are joined in the division by fellow newcomers to the League BAS, Bracknell Athletic Tigers and Wokingham Wanderers.
Football in Berkshire wish all Bracknell Sunday League teams every success in the new campaign. We shall bring regular updates throughout the season as the action unfolds.