Play-off final rekindles fond memories for Glennon

Matt Glennon
Matt Glennon

Tomorrow’s play-off final won’t be the first time Matt Glennon has come up against Brackley boss Jon Brady.

The Town keeper played against Brady’s Stevenage for Carlisle in the 2005 Conference Premier play-off final, with Glennon keeping a clean sheet as his side won promotion to the Football League.

The 34-year-old remembers the game fondly and is hoping for a repeat performance this weekend.

He recalled: “That makes me feel really young! I’m sure he’ll have great memories of that! Hopefully it’ll be the same result on Sunday though.

“I remember it well. It was a long, hard season, like it has been this year, and the game went really well.

“I had a few saves to make. I just remember a lad called Chris Lumsdon kicking the ball into the stand and wondering what on earth he was doing but the referee had blown for full-time.

“It was a great day. It’s a brilliant way to go up if you can manage it.”

Glennon, who also runs a hairdressers, G27, in Emley, says a few Town fans have been getting the message across about the importance of tomorrow’s match after popping in for a trim.

He said: “I have quite a lot of fans coming into my shop so I know what it means to them.

“They all say how important it is. A lot have been fans for a long time and they’ve seen some dark times but hopefully the club’s on the rise now.

“We’re a big club in this league so there’s a bit of pressure on us but there’s pressure in every game.

“Any promotion is fantastic. It’s been a bit of a grind at times this year, but it would be amazing if we won.”

The former Huddersfield and Bradford stopper is pleased with his own form heading into the game and is confident about Town’s chances.

He added: “I’ve kept 20-plus clean sheets in the league and cups so it’s gone well for me personally, but I’ve had a good defence in front of me. I’ve really enjoyed it.

“The performance at Guiseley was fantastic, I thought we were superb and that we deserved to win.

“Obviously it would have been massively disappointing not to have got to the final, but we know we can go out there and beat them.

“We’re all excited. There’ll be a few nerves as it’s a big game and everyone wants to do well but if we take the game to them we should have a good chance.”

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