NATIONAL LEAGUE FIXTURES RELEASED
Braintree Town start with trip to Chester
Next season's Vanarama National League fixtures have been released and Braintree Town start the new campaign on Saturday 8th August with a trip up the M6 to visit Chester. Iron then have two home games to look forward to, welcoming Lincoln City the following Tuesday evening, 11th August, and then Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, 15th August.
As is traditional, more local games have been scheduled for holiday dates. August Bank Holiday Monday, 31st, sees us entertain Aldershot Town at Cressing Road, Boxing Day sees us travel to Boreham Wood, with the return at Cressing Road on Saturday, 2nd January. Easter is early next year and sees a home fixture against Bromley on Easter Saturday, 26th March, followed by a trip to Aldershot Town on Easter Monday, 28th March. In a repeat of last season, our final fixture will be at home to Altrincham on Saturday 30th April.

The opening day's fixtures are as follows:
Aldershot Town -v- Gateshead
Altrincham -v- Forest Green Rovers
Barrow -v- Dover Athletic
Boreham Wood -v- FC Halifax Town
Bromley -v- Wrexham
CHESTER -v- BRAINTREE TOWN
Kidderminster Harriers -v- Grimsby Town
Lincoln City -v- Cheltenham Town
Southport -v- Eastleigh
Torquay United -v- Macclesfield Town
Tranmere Rovers -v- Woking
Welling United -v- Guiseley

In cup competitions, Braintree Town are exempt until the fourth and final qualifying round of what will now be known as The Emirates FA Cup, with that tie scheduled for Saturday 24th October. Iron will also benefit from exemption to the First Round of the FA Trophy, with the tie scheduled for Saturday 12th December. Click on the Games link above for all the fixtures!

NOTICE OF PUBLIC EXHIBITION
Proposed Development at North-West Braintree Growth Location (adjoining Panfield Lane)
Braintree Town Football Club have been advised by Phase 2 Planning and Development Ltd that they intend to submit a planning application to Braintree District Council in the coming months for a mixed use development on the land off Panfield Lane, previously identified by the Council as their preferred growth location and which included a proposed new stadium for the Club.
Braintree Town Football Club and local residents have been invited to attend the public exhibition so that they can view the proposals and provide Phase 2 Planning and Development Ltd with comments.

Where?
The public exhibition takes place on both Friday 10th July 4pm to 7pm and Saturday 11th July 2pm to 5pm. The exhibition will be held at the Glebe Community Hall, Glebe Avenue, Braintree, CM7 5RB.

Background
Supporters may remember that the site north of Springwood Drive Industrial Estate and to the west of Panfield Lane was included in Braintree District Council's Core Strategy, issued in September 2011. The Council's Core Strategy growth area required 15 hectares of land (36 acres) to be made available for new commercial development and a new site for Braintree Town Football Club.
However, since the adoption of the Core Strategy, there have been major changes in national planning policy and guidance. These include the introduction of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) and the National Planning Practice Guidance.

What's happened since?
One of the most significant changes contained within this new guidance relates to the requirement on Councils to significantly boost their supply of housing by meeting their full objectively assessed need for market and affordable housing. Indications from population projections and from the Strategic Housing Market Assessment for Braintree District, suggested that this figure is going to be much higher than that which is set out in the 2011 Core Strategy.
The Council also monitored the progress of other local authorities in a similar position and two cases were particularly relevant. The Planning Inspectorate, in letters to other local authorities, suggested that carrying forward a Core Strategy housing target based on housing figures determined before the NPPF, and not on more up to date evidence, would not be an approach likely to be considered acceptable by a Planning Inspector.
The Council also commissioned specific advice on its plans from the Planning Advice Service, as well as legal advice from external Counsel. Both of these concluded that taking a Site Allocations and Development Management Plan to an examination would be a very high risk approach and the most sensible option would be to begin work immediately on a new Local Plan, fully compliant with the NPPF.
So, at their Full Council meeting on 30 June 2014, The Council took the decision, based on the weight of evidence, not to submit their Site Allocations and Development Management Plan to the Planning Inspectorate for examination, but to instead begin work immediately on a new Local Plan which would set out the Council's strategy for future development and growth up to 2033.

All is not lost!
The Council advised that the work completed on the previous plan and the comments which have been received, would not be lost. These would be rolled forward into the new Local Plan. The New Local Plan will include all major planning policy for the District in a single document and will need to meet the requirements of the NPPF. Once complete it will replace both the 2011 Core Strategy and the 2005 Local Plan Review.
One of the main requirements in the NPPF is for local authorities to significantly boost their supply of housing and this applies across the Country. A document called a Strategic Housing Market Assessment (SHMA) helps the Council work out how many houses are needed and of what type. It estimated that this needed to be between 761 to 883 new homes per year. A range of housing need requirements was considered by the Council in September 2014. Further evidence on whether this is achievable will be collected before a decision is made on a precise number as part of the draft Plan to be published this Autumn.

What happens now?
As Braintree Council have to plan for a larger number of new homes in the District, they will need to look at larger sites. The Local Plan is not just about new homes but must ensure that housing growth is supported by infrastructure, jobs and community facilities.
The Council will be working with key stakeholders such as the NHS, education and highways authorities to ensure that vital community facilities such as schools, GP surgeries and roads and public transport links are in place to support existing residents as well as new communities. Open spaces and community facilities will also be protected and new spaces and facilities will be supported.
An important part of the Plan will be promoting economic growth and prosperity in the District. The Plan will need to ensure that land is available to support new employment areas and that the right jobs can be provided in the right places for local residents.

What does it mean for the Football Club?
As we have said before, we believe the Football Club to be a Braintree success story, with recent progress taking the Club from local football to within touching distance of the Football League. Progress that has certainly helped put the town and district on the map.
Braintree Town Football Club continue to support Braintree Council's decision to include a new site for the Club in the proposed Growth Location at Panfield Lane. Supporters may therefore be interested to view the proposed development and provide both Phase 2 Planning and Development Ltd and Braintree Council with any comments they may have.

CLUB & COUNCIL MEET
Feasibility study discussed
Braintree District Council officers and representatives of Braintree Town Football Club met last week, following the completion of the Feasibility Study looking into the future of the Club's Cressing Road Ground.
Announced last year and funded by the Council, the Feasibility Study looked at a number of options including, moving the Club, creating new facilities and redevelopment opportunities.
The study has identified and costed a number of options, which are now being considered by the Club.
Councillor Lady Newton, Cabinet Member for Planning and Housing, said: "As an authority we recognise the importance of a strong and vibrant football club, and we have been working closely to look at how the clubs facilities are improved in the future.
"The findings of the study have set out a number of options for the club to consider, and this has been an important piece of work as ultimately we want to make the right decisions for club and council tax payers.
"We will be meeting again in the next few weeks, when we intend to make a further statement about the future of the Cressing Road Ground."

Football Club Chairman Lee Harding added: "We thank the Council for the work undertaken so far and setting out the options in terms of moving forward.
"We are currently assessing the costs put forward by the Council's consultants. It's disappointing and we can understand our fans frustration at the lack of progress, but all parties involved understand the importance of making the right decision for the town and the future of the Club. We fully agree with Lady Newton that the solution must be affordable.
"Our preference remains to relocate to a new stadium, that meets the Football League's entry and admission requirements. Whilst many outside of our club will look at our attendances and query the need for new or improved facilities, it must not be forgotten that this need is to meet the entry requirements of the Football League and to allow the Club to progress. We do not make the rules, but are simply trying to comply with them.
"We believe that the football club is a Braintree success story and we will continue to work with our Council to see if there is a potential solution to our needs to meet the Football League's stadium requirements in an affordable way."


TWO VACANCIES AT BTFC
Work experience roles at Cressing Road
The Club have two work experience vacancies. The details of the roles are as follows:

SPORTS THERAPIST
Organisation: Braintree Town Football Club
Location: Braintree Town FC, Clockhouse Way, Braintree, Essex CM7 3RD
Contract type: Work Experience Placement (part-time basis)
Closing Date: Friday 3rd July 2015
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Job Description: Braintree Town Football Club are looking for a Sports Therapist to join the football clubÕs Medical Team for season 2015/2016. If you have enthusiasm, a positive attitude and are currently undertaking a sports therapy/massage qualification then this could be the ideal opportunity for you.
Braintree Town Football Club are very proud of its National League status. The club is determined to provide the most professional environment to compete against the other full time professional clubs in our League. This opportunity would suit a qualifying therapist keen to acquire further experience of working in a professional football environment.
We are looking for the therapist to attend match-day fixtures to provide pre and post- match manual therapy under the supervision of the first team physiotherapist.
Role Summary: To work in a progressive medical team in a sporting environment while promoting high standards of health, well-being and medical care.
To provide all First Team players with the best methods of therapy integrating a holistic approach to enhance conditioning, injury prevention, rehabilitation and advice, thus enabling them to optimise their performance.
Main Duties and Responsibilities: Respond to the requirements of the first team Physiotherapist.
Deliver suitable and appropriate sports therapy manual techniques based on scientific evidence and clinical knowledge to aid in injury prevention.
Work within a highly motivated medical team and provide the most effective treatment and rehabilitation for injured players.
Educate players in terms of injury prevention, injury care, post-match and training recovery strategies.
Assist the medical/fitness staff in the delivery of pre-training rehabilitation classes and rehabilitation sessions as required.
Assist the fitness staff in the delivery of recovery protocols. These duties may include a) Assisting in pre and post hydration testing procedures b) Ensuring players undertake their necessary recovery strategies such as cool downs, recovery shakes and Ice baths.
Skills & Competencies: A hard working, enthusiastic, motivated person who is committed to pursuing a career in sports medicine.
An excellent knowledge of various manual therapy methods and willingness to learn and teach in a holistic approach.
An innovative and forward thinking person who is happy to learn and investigate new ideas to improve themselves and the medical provision within the club.
Excellent interpersonal skills in order to work in a team environment including confident communication to be able to feedback to the first team physiotherapist, management team and players.
How to apply: Please send your CV and a cover letter to Danny Cowley at manager@braintreetownfc.org.uk or alternatively by post to Braintree Town FC, Clockhouse Way, Braintree, Essex CM7 3RD.

PERFORMANCE ANALYST
Organisation: Braintree Town Football Club
Location: Braintree Town FC, Clockhouse Way, Braintree, Essex CM7 3RD
Contract type: Work Experience Placement (part-time basis)
Closing Date: Friday 3rd July 2015
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Job Description: Braintree Town Football Club are offering a work experience placement for a Performance Analyst. The position is ideally suited to an aspiring Performance Analyst looking to gain further experience in football. If you have enthusiasm, a positive attitude and are currently undertaking a related sports science degree or a similar qualification then this could be the ideal opportunity for you.
Braintree Town Football Club are very proud of its National League status. The club is determined to provide the most professional environment to compete against the other full time professional clubs in our League. This opportunity would suit an individual with a sports science or coaching degree keen to acquire further experience of working in a professional football environment.
Role Summary: To work in collaboration with the management team to analyse individual, team and oppositionÕs performance through qualitative and quantative measures. This would be used to inform training and match day preparation ensuring that players received the highest level of support possible.
Main Duties and Responsibilities: The Performance Analyst will monitor and record individual and team performance data at both training and matches.
Record quantative data of team and oppositionÕs performance to support qualitative assessments and to be used for evaluation purposes.
Edit clips of our previous performances for evaluative purposes to support detailed individual and team analysis. Edit clips of opposing teamÕs previous matches to support detailed analysis for match day preparation.
Communicate with the management team and players in both training and competition environments providing feedback on performance.
Skills & Competencies: A hard working, enthusiastic, motivated person who is committed to pursuing a career in professional football.
A high level of analytical skills, including observation and data gathering skills.
A high level of technical and tactical knowledge of football.
Excellent interpersonal skills in order to work in a team environment including confident communication to be able to feedback to both the management team and players.
A good working knowledge of Microsoft packages and video production software.
Efficient in using performance analysis systems.
How to apply: Please send your CV and a cover letter to Danny Cowley at manager@braintreetownfc.org.uk or alternatively by post to Braintree Town FC, Clockhouse Way, Braintree, Essex CM7 3RD.

MITCH & SAM COMMIT FOR ANOTHER YEAR
Popular defensive duo sign up
Mitch Brundle and Sam Habergham have both re-signed contracts with the Club. Danny Cowley said: "Both players played key roles last year. Sam has played well over 100 games for Braintree and is as experienced as you get for a 23 year old. Technically Sam is excellent and he has a lovely left foot. He is an unassuming lad and is very level headed. I think this allows him to find a real consistent level of performance which will be crucial for us.
"With regards to Mitch, it is hard to believe he is only 20! Physically he is excellent and meets all of our expectations of what a modern day footballer should look like. Last year would have been invaluable for him, not only did he get forty plus games under his belt but he played in a variety of positions. He has a vast range of attributes which mean that he is really versatile. However, the challenge for Nicky and I is to find Mitch's best position during pre season. Having stability and continuity in one position is key to any young player's development. While being versatile is an attribute in itself, it is important for Mitch that he finds a position and learns to master it. In terms of the balance of the squad it would be ideal if that was right back. However, we see goals in Mitch and in order to maximise that it would mean playing him higher up the pitch. It is certainly something that we are open minded about at this point."

Mitch will also join the club's Academy coaching set-up. Danny commented: "We are really pleased to be able to offer Mitch a role within the Academy. Mitch is a role model to any young player. He is very professional in both his conduct and the way he looks after himself and will be a really positive influence on the young players in the Academy. Nicky and I have worked closely with Mark Sansom and Alan Stuckey since we arrived at the Club and really value the work that they are doing. The Academy is crucial to the sustainability of the Club at this level. There is no reason why our academy shouldn't be competing with the likes of Southend United, Colchester, Leyton Orient and Dagenham and Redbridge to attract the very best young players in Essex and beyond. Last year saw Joe Maybanks and George Pullen come through the Academy and get into the first team. That shows that there is a clear pathway for young players at this Club."

NEW DATE FOR STANWAY FRIENDLY
Trip to Rovers now rearranged for 24 hours later
A new date for our pre-season friendly trip to Thurlow Nunn Leaguers Stanway Rovers has been agreed. Previously scheduled for Friday, 17th July, but postponed because of the visit of Southend United that evening, the game has now been put back 24 hours and will take place at Stanway Rovers' New Farm Road ground on Saturday 18th July with kick-off at 3pm. The address is: The Hawthorns, New Farm Road, Colchester, Essex CO3 0PG. Tel: 01206 578187.

DANNY ADDS CENTRE HALF
Welcome to Iron Matt Fry!
The Club are pleased to announce the signing of defender Matthew Fry from Concord Rangers for the 2015/16 season. After spending 11 years at West Ham United, Matt gained League experience on loan at Gillingham and Charlton before signing for Bradford. Due to a run of bad luck with injuries, he moved on from professional football and spent the past three seasons playing for Concord Rangers, where he has been a key part of the club's success. Matt is a pacey left sided centre half who reads the game very well. He has turned down numerous, more lucrative offers to sign for Braintree Town.
Manager Danny Cowley was delighted to sign Matt Fry: "Matt has played for me during the past three seasons and has been a key influence in our defensive organisation. He has excellent physical attributes and is also very intelligent tactically. After working with him, it would feel very difficult to set a team up defensively without his presence. Nicky and I feel he will both add and compliment the group of players we already have."
"He has played around 50 League games and would still be playing in the league if it hadn't been for a run of injuries. He was a massive part of our success and when challenged in games such as the two Mansfield FA Cup games, he always found an another level of performance. We believe the challenge of this division will bring out the very best in Matt."
"Since coming to Concord Rangers he has played regularly, game in and game out. We have had to adapt his training programme and find the balance between training hard and intelligently. This programme has allowed him to overcome the injury issues that affected his early career. He feels he has unfinished business in professional football and I believe this could be a step towards that."

Danny also gave the Club site an update on other areas in the squad: "Nicky and I are working very hard to bring in a goalkeeper and two to three more outfield players to compliment the group of players we already have. We have a very clear recruitment strategy that has worked for us in the past. It is important that we show a level of patience because players that may not have been available to us in May and early June all of a sudden become accessible as the season comes closer. We have clarity regarding the type of player that we require and are doing lots of background work to ensure that we sign the best possible person available to us."

SOUTHEND FRIENDLY - NEW DATE!
Shrimpers to visit 24 hours earlier!
The pre-season friendly match at home to Southend United, scheduled for Saturday 18th July, cancelled as the Roots Hall club have been invited to host West Ham United that day, has now been re-arranged. Southend United will now visit Cressing Road the Friday evening beforehand, 17th July and we hope to switch our trip to Stanway Rovers to the following Saturday afternoon, 18th July.

PRE-SEASON PRICES AGREED
Discounted admission and cheap beer!
The Club have agreed reduced admission for their four pre-season matches, plus 'happy hour' prices in the Iron Clubhouse before all home friendlies!
For the games against first team squads from Leyton Orient on Friday, 10th July, Southend United on Friday, 17th July and Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday, 28th July, admission to all parts of the ground (including seats) will be discounted to:
Adults - £10, OAPs and students - £7, Under 16s - £5 and Under 11s - £3.
For the games against the development squads from Millwall on Monday, 13th July and Reading on Tuesday, 21st July, admission to all parts of the ground (including seats) will be discounted further to:
Adults - £7, OAPs and students - £5, Under 16s - £3 and Under 11s - £2.
In addition the reduced admission charges for all four pre-season matches, the Club will also be offering 'happy hour' prices in the Iron Clubhouse, with Carlsberg and Greene King's IPA discount down to just £2 a pint for the two hours before kick-off!

BUSY WEEK AT CRESSING ROAD
Season Ticket Deadline & Fans Forum
There's just a few days left for Iron fans to renew their season tickets at discounted prices. You can drop your season ticket application form into the Club office during the day or this coming Tuesday and Thursday evening. Don't forget that a season ticket purchased on or before Saturday 13 June will offer FIVE Vanarama National League games free of charge, or a discount of nearly 22% over the whole season. Here's what you get:

23 Home National League Games for the price of 18
Your very own personalised season ticket
First priority for cup games (home & away)
Exclusive discounts for additional Iron events


Prices are on the 'Tickets' link above and you can download your season ticket application form from here: SEASON TICKET APPLICATION FORM.
If you wish to pay by cheque, please make it payable to 'Braintree Town Football Club Limited'. Your ticket will be available for collection from the ground from Saturday 1 August 2015. Alternatively, if you wish to have your season ticket posted to you, please provide a stamped addressed envelope.

Supporters are also reminded about this coming Thursday evening's Fans Forum in the Cressing Road clubhouse. New Braintree Town Manager Danny Cowley will host his first Fans Forum, starting at 8pm, together with his brother and Assistant Manager Nicky Cowley.
The evening will bee very much an informal affair and the Clubhouse bar will, of course, be open for refreshment!
Supporters will also have the opportunity to purchase their season tickets, should they choose, before the discount deadline the following Saturday, 13th June.

ADDITIONAL PRE-SEASON FIXTURE
Iron to entertain Leyton Orient
Braintree Town have arranged an additional pre-season friendly match. Iron will entertain League Two side Leyton Orient on Friday 10th July, with kick-off at 7.45pm - in what could well be the first game for new O's manager Ian Hendon. As a result, we will be looking to re-arrange the trip to Stanway Rovers, scheduled for that evening.

IRON SALES & MARKETING 2015/16
Brochure for 2015/2016 available
The Braintree Town FC Commercial Brochure for 2015/2016 has now been released. For your virtual copy see the Sales link above or, to download your Commercial Brochure, click here: COMMERCIAL BROCHURE.
For more information contact our Sales & Marketing Director Mark Sansom on 01376 330976 or 07857 336971. Or you can e-mail him at: sales@braintreetownfc.org.uk.

2015-2016 KEY DATES
Vanarama National League starts on Saturday, 8th August
We now know the dates for the new National League, FA Cup and FA Trophy. In the newly christened Vanarama National League, Iron will start their season on Saturday, 8th August, through to the final day on Saturday, 30th April 2016.
The end of season promotion play-offs will take place during the first week of May, with the Promotion Final scheduled for Sunday, 15th May.
The FA has announced that the 2015-16 FA Trophy Final has been confirmed for Sunday 22 May 2016. It means that three of The FA's national competitions will be decided across one weekend, with The FA Cup Final taking place the day before-hand, on Saturday 21 May 2016, and FA Vase Final taking place at Wembley on the same day as the FA Trophy Final as part of a pilot double-header.
In the FA Cup, Braintree Town are exempt to the fourth and final qualifying round and this will take place on Saturday, 24th October. In the FA Trophy, Braintree Town are exempt to the First Round and this will take place on Saturday, 12th December.
The Club will also be entering a side in the FA Youth Cup, with the Preliminary Round scheduled for the week commencing Monday, 7th September.

FOUR MORE SIGN UP
Ken, Sean & Jordan joined by new striker
Iron Manager Danny Cowley has continued his pre-season squad building with four players signing contracts for next season. Re-signing for 2015-16 are skipper Kenny Davis together with strikers Jordan Cox and Sean Marks.
Danny has also signed striker Michael Cheek from Chelmsford City, where the 23-year old made 66 appearances and scored 32 goals for the Vanarama South side, having previously played for neighbours Heybridge Swifts.
Danny was pleased with his latest signings: "We are delighted to have retained the services of Kenny Davis for the forthcoming season. Kenny has been a fantastic servant for the Club and has established himself as one of the best midfield players in non league football. He uses the ball both intelligently and purposefully and his work ethic allows him to perform consistently well. Kenny is a massive part of our football club and will continue to captain the team. We look forward to working with him towards the success that we expect to have.
"We see Sean as being both a vital player and character within the group. Our group will be young and consequently it is crucial that the more experienced players that we do have are the right personality traits. Senior players can be really influential in the changing room and can carry our message and standards. In Sean we have someone with those qualities and what really impressed us from our conversations was his drive and ambition. We are hoping to use him in a slightly different way so that we can take some of the physical workload off of him. This will allow him the energy to get himself into more scoring opportunities. We know with the right service he will score goals regularly a this level.
"We know Jordan well after watching him at Aveley and following his career since. Jordan has unbelievable potential. He has great physical qualities, is mobile and has the knack of getting into goal scoring opportunities. No one in the squad had more chances last season than Jordan and that is credit to him. We are really excited about working with him in training. If we can increase his conversion rate then we could have a 20 goal a season striker in our squad.
"Moving on to new signing Michael Cheek he was, in my opinion, the best all round forward in the Conference South last year. Chelmsford were one of the top scorers in the division and Michael along with Joe Ward played a big part in that. Michael is a really good fit for the club. He is a local lad, who has progressed from the lower levels of non league football. He has declined bigger financial offers at the level below to challenge himself in the Conference National. He is someone that has an infectious work ethic and has massive potential to improve. I believe he will thrive at this level and really enjoy the challenges that this league will bring.
"Generally, the squad is now really taking shape and Nicky and I are pleased to be able to add these four players to the squad. We are hoping to announce the signings of a couple of more players in the next few days. This will give us really solid foundations from which to build on. We are in the process of speaking to potential targets and have a clear idea of the players that will compliment and hopefully add to the group. We will need to be patient and continue to do lots of work behind the scenes to ensure that we can attract the very best players and people to Braintree Town Football Club."


MORE PRE-SEASON MATCHES ARRANGED
Millwall to visit Cressing Road
Braintree Town Manager Danny Cowley has arranged three more pre-season matches as the club prepares for next season. A Braintree Town XI will visit Thurlow Nunn League side Stanway Rovers on Friday evening, 10th July, with kick-off at 7.45pm. The first team squad will entertain a Millwall XI on Monday, 13th July, at Cressing Road, with kick-off at 7.45pm. A Braintree Town XI will also be visiting Ryman League Division One (North) side Heybridge Swifts on Monday evening, 20th July, with kick-off at 7.45pm. We are awaiting confirmation from a Football League side for a fixture on Saturday, 18th July to complete our pre-season schedule.

SIXTH PRE-SEASON GAME AGREED
Iron to visit Ram Meadow
Braintree Town have confirmed their sixth pre-season friendly match. Iron will travel to visit Ryman League side Bury Town on Friday, 24th July, with kick-off at 7.45pm.

MORE FRIENDLIES ARRANGED
Reading & Dagenham to visit Iron
Braintree Town have confirmed three more pre-season friendly matches. Iron will entertain a squad side from Reading on Tuesday, 21st July, with kick-off at 7.45pm. Seven days later, Iron will welcome our friends from Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday, 28th July, with kick-off at 7.45pm. Braintree Town's pre-season build-up will complete with a trip to Ebbsfleet United on Saturday, 1st August, with kick-off at 3pm. We have not been able to agree a date to host Chelmsford City, but negotiations are on going for additional games during the week commencing Monday 13th July and for a possible trip to our friends at Bury Town - more news when we have it.

SECOND FRIENDLY MATCH AGREED
Iron to head up the A12
Braintree Town have confirmed their second pre-season friendly match. Iron will send the first team to visit Vanarama North side Lowestoft Town on Saturday, 25th July, with kick-off at 3pm.

FANS FORUM IN JUNE
Danny Cowley invites you over for a chat
New Braintree Town Manager Danny Cowley will host his first Fans Forum in June.
The 'Meet the Manager' evening will take place in the Iron Clubhouse at Cressing Road on Thursday, 11th June, starting at 8pm and will be hosted by First Team Manager Danny Cowley, together with his brother and Assistant Manager Nicky Cowley.
The evening will bee very much an informal affair and the Clubhouse bar will, of course, be open for refreshment!
Supporters will also have the opportunity to purchase their season tickets, should they choose, before the discount deadline the following Saturday, 13th June.

BRAINTREE TOWN RETAINED LIST
Danny Cowley gets to work shaping his squad
Braintree Town have announced their retained list.
The following players have been made offers for season 2015-16: Kenny Davis, Matt Paine, Sean Marks, Charlie Strutton, Dan Sparkes, Nathan McDonald, Simeon Akinola, Joe Maybanks, Jordan Cox, George Pullen, Remy Clerima, Chez Isaac, Mitch Brundle, Sam Habergham, Joe Moore, James Mulley, Carl Pentney and Nick Hamann.
The following players have left the Club: Alan Massey, Ryan Peters and Dan Walker.

SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Get yours by June 13th to see FIVE games free
Season tickets are now on sale from the Clubhouse. A season ticket purchased on or before Saturday 13 June will offer FIVE Vanarama National League games free of charge, or a discount of nearly 22% over the whole season. Here's what you get:

23 Home National League Games for the price of 18
Your very own personalised season ticket
First priority for cup games (home & away)
Exclusive discounts for additional Iron events


Prices are on the 'Tickets' link above and you can download your season ticket application form from here: SEASON TICKET APPLICATION FORM.
If you wish to pay by cheque, please make it payable to 'Braintree Town Football Club Limited'. Your ticket will be available for collection from the ground from Saturday 1 August 2015. Alternatively, if you wish to have your season ticket posted to you, please provide a stamped addressed envelope.

COWLEY WANTS TO BUILD
New Iron Manager talks to David Ward
Braintree Town's new manager 36 year-old Danny Cowley is promising fans entertaining football next season whilst further consolidating the club in the Vanarama Conference National League.
But like his predecessor Alan Devonshire, who this week returned to his first managerial club Maidenhead United as their new boss, Cowley is aiming initially for his side to reach the 50 point target seen as the cut off to avoid a dreaded relegation battle at the end of the season.
The ambitious young schoolteacher said: "The club has done remarkable well under Alan to have established themselves at the top level of non-league football and I want to build further on that and certainly aim for a top 10 position and play football that's entertaining too.
"Having spoken to all the current Iron players I want them all to stay particularly the nucleus of them for next season because it's clear that they all are closely knit group who want to play for the club," he explained. "They have shown great character and have that togetherness and that's what I was looking for on arrival and I can then add to that with any new players I feel will fit in and enhance it.
"Keeping the core of this group together is important with the tremendous team spirit they have it and will certainly avoid having to re-build from scratch this summer," he continued. "The foundations have been laid and I am looking for continuity on and off the pitch which I have always had and is one of the reasons why I have been so successful for the past eight years at Concord."
Cowley said he was excited but not undaunted at moving up to the top echelon of non-league and remains hopeful of keeping the core of this last season's team.
"It's about getting the right balance and I know we will be part-timers against mostly full-timers at times it's all about having the right players with the right attitude and the right characteristics," he continued. "Clearly the club currently has that with the core of the first team players and I will be looking to add to that with players I know who are keen and hungry enough to want to succeed at this higher level."
Cowley, along with his younger brother Nick as assistant, plan to have a solid hard core of 16 players in the first team squad supplemented, if needed and as and when, with loan players from bigger clubs.
"That has worked well in the past and it will do here again in the future," he added. "While I am also hoping that some of the younger ones can come through the Academy ranks, as both Joe Maybanks and George Pullen have this season and be given a chance at this top level."
He went on: "I am under no illusions it's going be tough and it's a big jump up for us to come and manage at this level but I am confident we can be successful and like at my previous club I also want us to play entertaining football and pass the ball and not just hitting long balls up field."
He continued: "We always do our thorough homework in advance on every side we play so we are prepared and we make sure the players are fully fit and prepared for each and every game too which is vitally important."
He added: "We know that compared to some of the bigger, full-time clubs in this league we have a limited playing budget but we have been use to that for the past eight years taking Concord from the Essex Senior League up to the Conference South and the brink of promotion again."
Chairman Lee Harding, delighted at the appointment of "two, ambitious and hungry young managers" said the club were looking to further consolidate at the top non-league level and preparing long term to move to an all new stadium which would help the club further generate income to progress even further.
"We appear to have a good reputation as a club in the non-league football circles that is stable, gives younger, ambitious managers from lower league clubs the chance to progress too," he said. "We had many good applications for the job but the board felt that Danny, along with his brother, both impressed us with their vision and commitment for the future were the right choice for the club."

BRAINTREE AGREE FIRST PRE-SEASON MATCH
Iron to visit Thurlow Nunn League champions in July
Braintree Town have agreed a date for their opening pre-season friendly of the forthcoming 2015-16 season. Iron will send the full first team squad for their opening warm-up fixture away at Thurlow Nunn League champions Long Melford on Saturday 11th July, with kick-off at 3pm. The game will allow us to express our appreciation for the help we have from the Stoneylands club in staging our reserve team fixtures.

IRON APPOINT DANNY COWLEY
New man looking forward to the challenge
Braintree Town have appointed 36 year old Danny Cowley as their first team manager - he joins from Conference South side Concord Rangers on an initial two year agreement. Danny, whose family come from Braintree, spent a very successful eight years at the Canvey Island club. He took them from step five to step two, enjoying a remarkable three promotions in just eight years plus a notable Essex Senior Cup Final success over Braintree just twelve months ago!
Chairman Lee Harding was delighted with the appointment: "I've been really pleased with the calibre of applicants for the job and thank them all, but Danny has really impressed us. I have been aware of his progress over recent years, have enjoyed hearing his views on the game and his desire to bring success to our club. The next few years will be pivotal in our history and I am confident that Danny will take us forward and be part of an exciting future."
Danny is looking forward to the challenge: "First of all, it's a great opportunity for me, one that I think I fully deserve and will mean that I have now managed at every step in the pyramid. I think it's a fantastic job and wouldn't have taken it if I didn't believe that I could take the club forward, especially after the progress made over the last four years. I've always been a winner, but it's not going to be an easy challenge. That said, it's one that inspires me to ensure that we all do everything in our power to make it a success. I'm really looking forward to it!"
Picture courtesy of Essex County Newspapers.

SAMMO'S IRON PREVAIL IN SIX GOAL THRILLER
Goals aplenty to entertain the faithful
The curtain came down on another season of Conference football for the Iron, and it came down in some style, a six goal thriller. The Iron attack ran riot at times and really put the Altrincham defence to the sword, the game finishing with a 4-2 victory.
The Iron started brightest and within minutes had fashioned a chance for Jordan Cox, who could not keep his header down. Moments later Mitch Brundle burst from right back, slalomed through the Altrincham defence and powered a shot at goal that required a smart save from David Parton to see it over the bar. After fifteen minutes Simeon Akinola showed his talent, dancing past a defender before being body checked by Gianluca Havern. Akinola stepped up to take the free kick and his missile of an attempt barely changed direction in flight, flying narrowly wide of the mark. Cox had another great opportunity to score when Kenny Davis gently chipped the ball over the Altrincham defence, putting Cox in behind them. The shot from Cox flashed across the face of goal, a whisker wide of the far post.
Having had plenty of opportunities to score, the Iron broke the deadlock hitting Altrincham on the break after the visitors had enjoyed a decent spell of possession. Akinola used his pace to get around the defence and was once again unceremoniously body checked. Dan Sparkes was given the responsibility of taking the free kick and delivered wonderfully finding an unmarked James Mulley. Both Mulley and Cox were queuing up unmarked on the six yard line to head it home, with Mulley getting to the ball first to nod it low into the bottom left corner. The goal came after thirty-five minutes.
The Iron had been on top and deserved to take the lead and almost doubled it immediately with a headed attempt from Davis dropping wide of the goal. Altrincham however found the equaliser just three minutes after the Iron had taken the lead. Some neat passing whilst hitting the Iron on the break created room on the edge of the box for James Lawrie, his shot looked to take a deflection on its way through, as it had wrong footed Nick Hamann.
The teams went in at half time level, a fact that aggrieved Mark Sansom as he stated at full time that he felt Braintree had been by far the better team. Once the second half started it did not take long for the Iron to get back on top. Having toe poked an effort wide moments earlier, Cox was on hand to take advantage of a defensive error by Gianluca Havern. A weak attempt to pass back to the keeper was pounced on by Cox who was clean through on the left side of the box and Cox rifled a half volley into the opposite corner.
The following five minutes were fast and furious from the Iron who did not allow Altrincham any time or space to breathe. Even the Iron defence were bursting forward with real intent with all the action firmly entrenched in the Altrincham half. Dan Sparkes was desperately unlucky not to have scored what would have been the goal of the game, a dipping, curling effort from outside of the box that cannoned against the crossbar. The crossbar was still shaking when Sparkes whipped an excellent ball into the box which was headed beyond the reach of Parton by Cox rising high at the far post to double his tally.
The pace left the game after the Iron built the two goal cushion, happy to absorb the pressure applied by Altrincham, who had a number of half chances but were unable to show the same lethality that the Iron had displayed. On seventy-eight minutes, however, Altrincham were given too much space and clawed a goal back. Nicky Lee galloped forward and found Kyle Perry out on the left wing. Perry drilled in a low cross with the outside of his boot that flashed across the face of goal and in off of the inside of the post, Hamann being deceived by the direction of the ball again.
The goal kick started the Iron once again and Alan Massey blazed an effort wide of the goal. The pressure and attacking play from the Iron paid dividends again as Bernard Mensah used his fresh legs to finish the scoring in the eighty-second minute. Mensah pounced on a loose ball and used his pace to get clean through on goal. From the edge of the box Mensah calmly slotted his shot passed Parton into the far bottom corner.
There was almost a late chance for Cox to finish with a hat trick when George Pullen put him in on goal, the linesman however had his flag raised. There were plenty of positives for the Iron to take from the game, and if a potential new manager was watching the match, then they surely would had been encouraged by what they saw. For Mark Sansom it was a result that gave him great pride, he went on to say that the result and performance were a thank you to the fans for their support throughout the season.
Braintree Town FC: Nick Hamann, Mitch Brundle, Sam Habergham, Alan Massey, Kenny Davis, Matt Paine, Joe Maybanks (Sean Marks, 84 mins) Simeon Akinola, Dan Sparkes (Bernard Mensah, 75 mins) James Mulley (George Pullen, 78 mins) Jordan Cox. Unused Subs: Carl Pentney, Michael Bakare. Altrincham: David Parton, Adam Griffin, Gianluca Havern, Scott Leather, James Lawrie, Ryan Crowther (Kyle Perry, 57 mins) Damian Reeves, Nicky Lee, Tom Marshall, Jake Moult, Jordan Sinnott. Unused Subs: Steven Gillespie, Kyle Perry, Sean Williams, Simon Richman, Peter Cavanagh. Attendance: 535. Match report by Ryan Delaney.

INJURIES HINDER IRON IN NORTH WALES
Wrexham prevail in North Wales
Iron made the long trip to sunny north Wales to face FA Trophy finalists Wrexham and returned home beaten by three goals to nil. It was a strong performance for most of the game from the Iron, despite the 3-0 score line, and had they not been cruelly forced into substitutions could have come away with a share of the points. Wrexham have now gone eleven matches unbeaten at the Racecourse Ground.
From the first corner of the game Wrexham headed the ball against the bar, after ten minutes Carl Pentney had to be alert after a goal mouth scramble resulted in a shot straight down the centre. After half an hour there was concern for Sean Marks who went down after a clash of heads. Moments later Chez Isaac thumped a twenty-five yard effort narrowly over the bar that had Andy Coughlin struggling. Having recovered from a knock to the head, Marks had to be replaced with Jordan Cox having picked up another injury.
The last few minutes of the half were dominated by the Iron. Bernard Mensah pounced on dawdling Wrexham defence and pinched the ball high up the field. In a two on two situation Mensah rolled the ball to his left, into the path of Cox who bent an effort inches wide of the post. Minutes after, Dan Sparkes volleyed an effort from the edge of the box that went fizzing wide of the goal. The last effort the half fell to Mitch Brundle who meandered across the Wrexham half before thumping an effort over the bar. At half time it was goalless, yet it was the Iron that looked most likely to make the breakthrough. The Iron had been more solid at the back and were effectively breaking down Wrexham attacks in the midfield. Substitute Cox had also picked up an injury, bringing the total to two, but Cox was able to continue.
The second half started fairly evenly, but the Iron were dealt a massive blow when a clash of heads left Matt Paine with a broken nose, forcing a substitution, Simeon Akinola taking to the field. The deadlock was broken in the sixty-second minute by Louis Moult. The Iron were unable to clear a long throw from the right channel, the ball only reaching the edge of the Iron box. Pentney was able to get behind the following shot from Sam Finley, but could not hold onto the ball and Moult was on hand to tap in from close range. To add further insult to injury Isaac had to be carried off the pitch, the forth injury of the day, and replaced with James Mulley, who is himself not at full fitness.
With both Paine and Isaac having to be replaced the Iron were no longer winning the majority of the midfield battles. Moult got his second goal of the game in the seventy-eighth minute. Wrexham worked the ball well to the right wing and to Joe Clarke who was in space. Clarke then whipped in a dangerous cross that Moult met with his head at the near post, a few yards from goal. Moult got real purchase on his header which took it past Pentney, slamming against the crossbar and into the net.
Andy Bishop wrapped up the scoring in the ninetieth minute when he nodded a Jay Harris cross beyond Pentney. The result does not reflect fairly on the battling performance from the Iron, and had there not been so many injuries the result could have been remarkably different. Mark Sansom stated at full time that the injuries disrupted the flow of the team and that never before has he been forced to make all three substitutions due to injury. The Iron will hope that they can shake off their knocks and perform the way they did in the first half against Altrincham next week.
Wrexham FC: Andy Coughlin, Neil Ashton, Manny Smith, Blaine Hudson (Anthony Stephens, 30 mins) Louis Moult, Andy Bishop, Dean Keates, Steve Tomassen, Rob Evans, Connor Jennings (Joe Clarke, 63 mins) Sam Finley (Jay Harris, 86 mins). Unused Subs: Wes York, Kyle Storer. Braintree Town FC: Carl Pentney, Mitch Brundle, Sam Habergham, Chez Isaac (James Mulley ,67 mins) Matt Paine (Simeon Akinola, 53 mins) Alan Massey, Kenny Davis, Sean Marks (Jordan Cox, 40 mins) Dan Sparkes, Bernard Mensash, Remy Clerima. Unused Subs: Nick Hamann, Joe Maybanks. Attendance: 2766. Match Report by Ryan Delaney.


THE FRIENDLIES

Friday 10 July, 7.45pm
LEYTON ORIENT (Home)
Saturday 11 July, 3pm
Long Melford (Away)
Monday 13 July, 7.45pm
MILLWALL XI (Home)
Friday 17 July, 7.45pm
SOUTHEND UNITED (Home)
Tuesday 21 July, 7.45pm
READING XI (Home)
Friday 24 July, 7.45pm
Bury Town (Away)
Saturday 25 July, 3pm
Lowestoft Town (Away)
Tuesday 28 July, 7.45pm
DAGENHAM&REDBRIDGE (Home)
Saturday 1 August, 3pm
Ebbsfleet United (Away)

Braintree Town XI's will also visit:
Saturday 18 July, 3pm
Stanway Rovers (Away)
Monday 20 July, 7.45pm
Heybridge Swifts (Away)

HOW WE FINISHED