Our study of the teams joining us in the National League for 2018/19 continue and today we take a trip to Essex.
Nickname: The Iron
Who’s in charge?
Braintree Town turned to former player Brad Quinton to turn around their fortunes last summer after former boss Hakan Hayrettin left the club following relegation to National League South.
Quinton played over 500 times for Braintree but admitted it was still the toughest decision of his career to leave his post as manager of Enfield Town to take up the reins at Cressing Road.
The 39-year-old had been with Enfield since 2013, firstly as a player then as an assistant to George Borg before turning boss in August 2014 and overseeing three competitive campaigns since.
Where do they play?
The club has played their football as Cressing Road since it was opened back in 1923, though last season it was renamed the IronmongeryDirect Stadium for sponsorship purposes.
It currently boasts a capacity of 4,222 of which 553 is seated and has also hosted greyhound racing in the past after being built as a general sports ground.
How did they get here?
It’s fair to say that Braintree won promotion the hard way from National League South last season.
Having suffered relegation in 2016/17, The Iron fixed their sights on an instant return to the fifth tier but had to go through a gruelling play-off campaign to achieve their goal.
They almost didn’t make it to the top seven either; a one-point deduction for inadvertently fielding an ineligible player left them three points outside the play-off zone with just four games to play.
However, ten points from twelve saw them finish sixth and they saw off Hemel Hempstead on penalties, won 1-0 at Dartford and then overcame Hampton & Richmond in a Play-Off Final shootout to seal promotion.
When did we last meet?
The 2018/19 season will be the first time the two sides have ever played each other in competitive action.
When do we play them?
The National League fixtures for the new campaign are due to be confirmed towards the end of June.
“Braintree did very well to recover so quickly from relegation and getting off to a solid start last season obviously helped them restore some confidence.
“The new manager has gone in and had a real impact and even a little wobble at the turn of the year didn’t knock them off course and they overcame a few hurdles to reach the play-offs.
“To come through three games in the play-offs to win promotion must be hugely satisfying for everyone at the club and they’ll be looking to re-establish themselves at the higher level again in the new season.”