Preview: Brackley Town (a)

    Our final away outing of the regular season sees Calum McIntyre’s side travel to Northamptonshire, as we face third place Brackley Town.

    The Seals have been in superb form on the road recently, and last weekend’s performance epitomised that. Chester thrashed Gloucester City 6-1, in what was our most dominant and clinical display of the campaign. That result, coupled with the convincing 4-1 victory at Buxton a fortnight ago, means our last two away score lines have a combined aggregate score of 10-2.

    The reverse fixture in December saw George Glendon score the only goal of the game as we beat Gavin Cowan’s Brackley 1-0 at the Leap76 stadium.

    The Blues currently sit only three points outside of the play-off places with two huge games still to play. Goal difference may be crucial, which would favour Chester tremendously, as our goal difference of +23 is considerably higher than the teams around us in the table.


    Brackley Town have yet again been a force to be reckoned with this season as they sit in third place with a play-off place already guaranteed.

    After finishing fourth last year, The Saints narrowly missed out on promotion to the National League at the final hurdle in front of their home support, as Kidderminster Harriers beat them 2-0 In the play-off final at St James’ Park.

    Gavin Cowan’s outfit are on an unbeaten run of ten games, which includes six wins out of their seven matches . With the play-offs looming, they will be looking to preserve that momentum, as they look to get promoted from the play-offs at the sixth consecutive time of asking (excluding the 2020-21 season that was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic). It’s fair to say Calum McIntyre and his players have their work cut out this weekend.


    In his first season with the Saints, Gavin Cowan’s work has been a continuation of the success that Brackley Town have enjoyed over the last few years.

    Brackley is his second job in football management, as he was the manager of AFC Telford United for a three years spell before departing in 2021.

    The 42 year old was a central defender in his playing career, turning out for a plethora of non-league English clubs such as AFC Telford and Nuneaton Town as well as having a brief spell with Shrewsbury Town between 2005 and 2007.

    The German born manager is the founder of his own football academy and has a podcast along with a couple of his old Shrewsbury teammates.


    Brackley’s captain Gareth Dean has been a rock at the heart of defence this season and has led the team to seven clean sheets in their last nine games.

    Dean joined his current employers at the start of the 2016/17 season on a free transfer from Solihull Moors and since then the 34-year-old has assumed a leadership role at St James Park.

    Whilst at the club, Dean has captained Brackley as they have consistently placed at the top end of the table.

    After last week’s 2-1 win away at Boston United, Brackley midfielder Tommy O’Sullivan earned a spot in Vanarama’s National League North Team of the Week for is all-encompassing display. The whole team work together as a cohesive unit, with any player capable of providing a strong performance.


    Brackley Town | W23 D10 L11 | F57 A35 GD: +22 | Pos: 3rd

    Last Three

    Gloucester City (A) | D 1-1 | Scorers: George Carline

    Tamworth (H) | W 3-0 | Scorers: Morgan Roberts, George Carline, Zak Lilly

    Boston United (A) | W 2-1 | Scorers: Connor Hall, Danny Newton

    Chester FC | W18 D14 L12 | F57 A34 GD: +23| Pos: 9th

    Last Three

     Buxton (A) | W 4-1 | Scorers: Declan Weeks, Harrison Burke, Adam Thomas, Tom Peers

    Alfreton Town (H) | L 2-0 | Scorers: N/A

    Gloucester City (A) | W 6-1 | Scorers: Harrison Burke X2, Tom Peers, George Glendon, Adam Thomas, Ben Tollitt

    Match Preview By Jude Deedigan


    Kick off is 3pm at St James Park on Saturday. The postcode for the ground is NN13 7EJ. 

    Segregation is in place for this fixture, with Chester fans entering via Turnstiles 1, 2 and 3. Pricing is reduced online in advance, so we recommend supporters buy via the link below.


    Advanced online admission prices are…

    • Adult – £15
    • Concessions – £10
    • Under 18 – £5
    • Under 10 – £2
    • Under 5 – FREE

    There is a £2 increase for matchday purchases at the ticket office.


    Refreshments are available from the usual points around the ground. Alcohol is on sale in The Venue for home fans and refreshments bar for away fans.

    • Limited car parking is available at the ground priced £3 (payment on entry in cash only – please present the correct amount). If a disabled bay is required, this must be booked in advance and is at no charge.
    • Limited seating is available on the far side of the ground with several spaces for wheelchair users.


    • We will have full, FREE match commentary on Seals Live from 2:40pm this Saturday afternoon. Tune in by visiting our Match Centre: CLICK HERE

    There is also updates from the ground on our social media channels throughout matchday, including…

    • Match Updates on our Twitter page. CLICK HERE
    • HT/FT Updates on Facebook and Instagram. CLICK HERE
    • A full time match report on CLICK HERE
    • A post match interview with Calum on Chester FC TV. CLICK HERE