The Non-League Football Paper - - NEWS - By David Richard­son

USU­ALLY it’s the stu­dents at Vandyke Up­per School who brag about the week­end’s foot­ball re­sults on Mon­day morn­ing, but their head­teacher Tim Car­roll will be in on the act too! The Brack­ley Town press of­fi­cer saw his side earn a re­play at Stock­port County yes­ter­day to keep them in the draw for the FA Tro­phy semi­fi­nals. Mean­while, his as­sis­tant head­teacher, Sean Downey, wasn’t as lucky as his beloved Leighton Town crashed out of the FA Vase against 1874 North­wich. Car­roll told The NLP: “It’s a very sporty school; of­ten assem­bly has a sporty theme to it. There are fre­quent tales of what’s hap­pened on Sat­ur­day – this time it’s us! I’ve fol­lowed the team for over 20 years and been in­volved for about 10. We’ve en­joyed such great suc­cess. It’s a priv­i­lege to be in­volved in some small way. “There’s a lit­tle bit of vy­ing be­tween my­self and Sean, like all foot­ball sup­port­ers, but I have a lot of re­spect for him.” Downey, who is Leighton’s di­rec­tor of foot­ball, added: “I’ve been in­volved with the club since 1982, on and off as a player and man­ager. “We’ve had some dif­fi­cult years at the club but we’re back on track. “We want pro­mo­tion, but the Vase has been a great com­pe­ti­tion to be in­volved in.”

PIC­TURE: Garry Grif­fiths,

TOP OF THE CLASS: Leighton Town, left, and Brack­ley, right, have en­joyed pro­longed cup runs in the FA Vase and Tro­phy re­spec­tively. In­set: Tim Car­roll and Sean Downey

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