Exhibition celebrates Leamington FC’s most successful FA Cup run

FA Cup Run 2005A display at Leamington Art Gallery and Museum will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Leamington Football Club reaching the first round proper of the FA Cup.

During the 2005/06 football season Brakes went on the most successful cup run of their modern incarnation, defeating five teams to reach the first round proper of the FA Cup.

On November 5 2005, they faced Colchester United – a professional team six leagues above them – losing 9-1 but scoring a spectacular goal courtesy of Richard Adams.

A “Brakes Fluid” beer bottle and a match-day shirt are among items that the team manager at the time Jason Cadden has donated to the gallery.

These will be displayed alongside items including a signed match football and programme from the day – as well as items made available by the club (framed signed match shirts) and the Brakes Trust (DVDs and the restored Leamington Town shirt).

A video made at the time by Brakes Videos documenting the cup run will also be shown.

There will be a place for people to share their memories of the day.

Senior curator Vicki Slade said: “It was a fantastic achievement for Leamington Football Club to reach the first round proper of the FA Cup, and a wonderful occasion for the town.

“It’s only fitting that ten years on we celebrate this.

“We’re very grateful to Jason Cadden for generously donating and lending items from his personal collection, which has made this display possible.”

Vicki added her thanks to the Club and the Trust: “Thank you so much for loaning the football shirts, they’ll make a great addition to the display!”

The exhibition runs from Tuesday 6th Oct to Sunday 6th Dec’15.


Here are links to the match reports of the cup run:

And here is the on-line version of the highlights from Brakes Videos:

Videoing the matches during the cup run was a real team effort, the people involved were:

  • Sarah Beamish: Oadby Tn (H) 2nd half.
  • Paul Edwards: Sutton Tn (H) 1st half.
  • Andy Jenkins: Oadby Tn (H) 1st half and extra camera for Wodford Utd.
  • Phil Kitchen: extra camera for Kidsgrove Athletic (A), Woodford Utd, and Ossett Tn. All our match, feature and interview camera work for Colchester Utd.
  • Nick Rogers: Sutton Tn (H) 2nd half, Oadby Tn (A), Woodford Utd and Ossett Tn.
  • Daniel Wearden: Sutton Tn (A) and Kidsgrove Athletic (A).

More Videos:

The Intro from the 2005-06 Highlights DVD set – graphics by Phillip Rogers.

The build-up to the match @ Layer Road.

The media coverage of the Brakes Cup run on BBC and Sky.

Brakes fans lucky to have Windmill Wonderland and Leamington FC TV

Since 2000 while the Brakes have always punched above their weight as they rose through the ranks of non-league football in terms of support they have had the benefit of an excellent printed fanzine – ‘Windmill Wonderland‘. This is now published as an on-line blog and, in an insightful post, Paul Edwards writes about getting the Brakes on video.

In a typically modest piece where Paul plays down his own part in editing the Brakes Videos highlights, he interviews Nick Leek about how Leamington FC TV came about and is progressing.

22 year old Coventry born Sky Blues fan Nick looks back on the day he discovered the vacancy as a bit of a defining moment with regard to his university course. “A few months before starting at Leamington, I wasn’t doing very well with Media related projects. Confidence was very low, University was tough..and then I was informed of a vacancy at the club regarding filming matches. Bearing in mind that things hadn’t been going well for me at the time, I immediately said yes to the chance, and used it as a fresh start and have not looked back. Filming and Football are two things I am passionate about, so combining both interests like that seemed perfect to me. Some at the University were not so keen on it, even though the first few months were simply classed as “work experience” to add to our portfolios for our intended future media careers. They insinuated that it would all be “a waste of time” and that we should be looking to go abroad instead (being told this by highly paid individuals was difficult to accept bearing in mind we were the students affected by the higher tuition fees!!). So after basically being told not do take the opportunity, we did the opposite because we felt we would benefit from it, and we bloody have! We enjoy it and don’t regret it at all (apart from when it it’s freezing and/or raining, but that’s a story for another day!).”

The culmination of this great effort is the screening of Nick Leek’s documentary ‘Part Time’ on broadcast TV this evening:

“I’m absolutely delighted it has made it to TV. I didn’t think it would happen, but knew that if I didn’t try then I would never know. The plan was (and still is, kind of) to submit the film to festivals to see how it does. Film festivals are good for filmmakers to gain recognition for their work, so that is why the film wasn’t just put online immediately. In the grand scheme of things, TV is where you could potentially draw the most eyes to your work, its just extremely difficult to get anything on there, so TV wasn’t even thought of at first. Whether it benefits me that the film has made it to TV remains to be seen, but for Leamington, it should at least attract an interest in the club to viewers who may have no affiliation to the club or non-league football before watching the film. The whole project has been extremely satisfying from start to finish, and the fact it will be broadcast tops it off. Not bad for a project that would be a “waste of time!! I am also in discussions with a local TV channel who have expressed an interest in showing the film, so this will be announced in the coming weeks!”

“Part-Time” will be shown on the Community Channel at 9pm, Tuesday 8th September.

It will also be repeated on the following dates:

Thursday 17th September at 9:30pm
Friday 25th September at 9:30pm
Tuesday 29th September at 9:30pm

Community Channel is available on Freeview, Freesat, Virgin Media and Sky.
Freeview channel 63, Sky channel 539, Freesat channel 651 and Virgin Media channel 233.

Hop over to Windmill Wonderland for the full story: https://windmillwonderlandfanzine.wordpress.com/2015/09/07/through-a-lens-brakes-caught-on-camera/

Keep up the good work with Windmill Wonderland Paul, and likewise Nick and all at Leamington FC TV.

I’m supporting Macmillan Cancer Support’s Brave the Shave campaign

This August I’m taking part in Macmillan Cancer Support’s Brave the Shave campaign.

Nick Rogers - Brave the Shave please support me raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support

Update 19th Aug:

Massive thanks to everyone who donated last night:
Raised £690.15 for Macmillan Cancer Support including a fabulous pledge of £500 from Phillips 66 as well as the Golden Goal £20 from the club – as no-one had the winning ticket!
Thanks to Tony Hall for doing the shave and Bob S-W for proffering the collection bucket so persuasively
I also raised £75 for Meso UK.
I’ll be staying shorn until the end of August – so will be taking donations for the next month or so.
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During August Brave the Shave participants will be standing proudly alongside men and women with cancer whilst raising money so Macmillan Cancer Support can help people take control back from cancer.

We know that cancer can turn the world upside down and that’s especially true when it comes to appearance. Men and women with cancer go through hair loss and changes to their appearance that can affect everything from the way they look, to how they feel. So when they need someone to turn to, Macmillan is here. Right from the moment of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond, we’re here to give people the energy and inspiration to take back control of their life.

Many of us have been touched by cancer in some way. I’m braving the shave in memory of my dad, Alan Rogers, and also by way of thanks for the caring support from the local Macmillan nurses.

It was Dad’s birthday on 4th July and he died just over 13 years ago of Pleural Mesothelioma – a pernicious lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos.

I’d like to give part what I raise to Meso UK – the charity which supports Mesothelioma victims and research, you can do this at: www.justgiving.com/NickShave.

– but I will leave that up to people how they choose to donate.

If you’re uncertain, then please, please just donate on my Brave the Shave page now at: bravetheshave.org.uk/shavers/nick-rogers.

The shave will take place during the half-time interval at Leamington FC’s home match vs Kettering Town, Tuesday evening, 18th August.

As well as being able to donate on-line there will be forms circulating for cash donations. All donations qualify for Gift Aid.

P.S. I might not have much hair – but the beard is going as well – both are undergoing a concentrated growth regime in order to give Tony Hall’s clippers something to go at!

Nick Rogers.