Billericay Town
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Full nameBillericay Town Football Club
Nickname(s)Ricay, The Blues
Founded1880
GroundNew Lodge, Billericay
Capacity5,000 (2,000 seated)[1]
ChairmanDave McCartney
ManagerDanny Brown
LeagueIsthmian League Premier Division
2021–22National League South, 21st of 21 (relegated)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Billericay Town Football Club is a football club based in Billericay, Essex, England. The club are currently members of the Isthmian League Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football, and play at New Lodge. They are the second most successful club in FA Vase history, having won the competition on three occasions.

History

The club was established as Billericay Football Club in 1880.[2] They joined the Romford & District League in 1890, where the club played until World War I.[3] They also started playing in the Mid-Essex League, winning Division Two in 1912–13, 1931–32 and 1932–33.[4] The club remained in the Mid-Essex League until joining the Southern Essex Combination League in 1947.[5] In 1946 they adopted their current name.[2] In 1966 the club were founder members of the Essex Olympian League.[5] The 1969–70 season saw them win the league and League Cup double, a feat they repeated the following season.[3] Following their back-to-back titles, the club became founder members of the Essex Senior League in 1971, finishing as runners-up in its first season and winning the title in 1972–73.[5]

After finishing as runners-up again, Billericay won back-to-back league titles in 1974–75 and 1975–76. The latter season also saw them reach the final of the FA Vase and beat Stamford 1–0 at Wembley,[5] as well as a first Essex Senior Cup title when they beat Epping Town 3–2 in the final.[3] Although they only finished third in 1976–77, they retained the FA Vase, beating Sheffield 2–1 in a replay at the City Ground in Nottingham after a 1–1 draw at Wembley.[5] In 1977 the club switched to the Athenian League, which they won at the first attempt. The 1978–79 season saw them retain their Athenian League title and win a third FA Vase in four seasons, beating Almondsbury Greenway 4–1 in the final,[5] with Doug Young becoming the only player to score a hat-trick in an FA Vase final at the old Wembley.[6] The following season saw them move up to Division Two of the Isthmian League, which they also won at the first attempt, earning promotion to Division One.

Billericay's success continued in 1980–81 as they finished as runners-up in Division One and were promoted to the Premier Division,[5] the first time back-to-back promotions had been achieved in the league by a new club.[3] The club remained in the Premier Division until being relegated to Division One at the end of the 1985–86 season. This began a spell as a yo-yo club, as they were relegated to Division Two North at the end of the 1988–89 season. The club were placed in Division Two in 1991 after league restructuring, before being promoted back to Division One in 1992–93 and then to the Premier Division in 1997–98 after finishing as Division One runners-up.[5] The 1997–98 season also saw them reach the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, losing 3–2 at home to fellow non-League club Wisbech Town.[5]

In 2004–05 Billericay reached the first round of the FA Cup again, losing 1–0 at home to Stevenage Borough.[5] They also finished as Premier Division runners-up, qualifying for the promotion play-offs. However, the club were beaten 2–0 at home by Leyton in the semi-finals.[7] A fourth-place finish in 2006–07 saw them qualify for the play-offs again, this time beating local rivals Chelmsford City 5–3 on penalties in the semi-finals after a 1–1 draw, before losing 4–2 on penalties to Bromley in the final following another 1–1 draw.[8] In 2007–08 they qualified for the first round of the FA Cup again, losing 2–1 at home to Swansea City.[5]

In 2010–11 Billericay won the Essex Senior Cup for a second time, beating Aveley 2–0 in the final.[3] The following season saw the club win the Premier Division, earning promotion to the Conference South. However, they were relegated back to the Isthmian League the following season after finishing second-from-bottom of the Conference South.[5] In December 2016 the club was taken over by Glenn Tamplin, who funded several high-profile signings including Jamie O'Hara, Jermaine Pennant and Paul Konchesky.[9] They won the Isthmian League Cup in 2016–17, beating Tonbridge Angels 8–3 in the final. The club reached the first round of the FA Cup for a fourth time in 2017–18, drawing 1–1 at Leatherhead in the first match and losing the replay 3–1. The season also saw them retain the League Cup, beating Metropolitan Police 5–3 in the final, as well as winning the Premier Division title, earning promotion to the National League South. Tamplin announced that he was leaving the club in September 2019.

Another FA Cup first round appearance in 2018–19 saw Billericay lose 3–1 at home to Chesterfield in a replay.[10] Billericay were relegated from the National League South following a 2–1 home defeat to Ebbsfleet United in the penultimate game of the 2021–22 season.[11]

Ground

New Lodge in 2018
New Lodge in 2018
Harry Parker Stand
Harry Parker Stand

Archer Hall became the club's permanent home ground during the 1930s, although it remained an unenclosed pitch.[12] In 1970 the club moved to New Lodge, which had previously been a sports ground used by Outwell Common Football Club.[13] The ground was enclosed using a loan from Basildon Borough Council and Charrington Brewery and dressing rooms and a clubhouse were built.[12] During the 1970s a covered standing area was built on the clubhouse side of the pitch, which became known as the Cowshed.[12] Temporary seated stands loaned from Essex County Cricket Club were later installed on the other side of the pitch.[12] In 1977 the club won a set of floodlights by winning the Philips Electrical Floodlight Competition final against Friar Lane Old Boys,[14] a six-a-side tournament played at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre the day after their FA Vase final against Sheffield.[3] The floodlights were inaugurated with a friendly match against West Ham United, which attracted a then-record crowd of 3,841.[15]

In 1980 a permanent 120-seat stand was built between the Cowshed and the clubhouse; its shape led to it becoming known as the Pacman stand.[12][13] During the 1980s a 200-seat stand was built on the side that had previously hosted the temporary seating, with the supporters club erecting several small areas of terracing.[12] In 1995 Billericay bought two stands that had been in use at Newbury Town's Faraday Road ground after the club went bust. One was installed next to the Cowshed and the other at the Blunts Wall End, with seats later installed in the Blunts Wall End stand.[12] The new stand adjacent to the Cowshed was soon moved to the other end of the pitch.[12] An area of covered terracing was added alongside the 200-seat stand.[13] Chelmsford City groundshared at New Lodge between 1998 and 2005.[16] In 2002 the club announced plans to move to a new 4,000-capacity stadium at Gloucester Park. However, the relocation was scrapped by new chairman Steve Kent in 2004.[17] By the summer of 2017 the ground had a capacity of 3,500, of which 424 was seated and 2,000 was covered.[15]

In the summer of 2017 New Lodge was completely redeveloped. Covered terraces were built at both ends of the ground covering the full width of the pitch; a new seated stand was built next to the clubhouse where the Pacman stand and Cowshed had previously been located, and was named the Harry Parker Stand. On the other side of the pitch the seating was extended to the full length of the pitch.[12] The ground's capacity was raised to around 5,000 with 2,000 seated. A friendly match against West Ham on 8 August 2017 attracted a record crowd of 4,582.[12]

Current squad

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As of 27 July 2022

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Pos. Nation Player
GK England ENG Harry Seaden
GK Nigeria NGA Emmanuel Nwosu
DF England ENG Michael Chambers
DF England ENG Marvel Ekpiteta
DF Ghana GHA Aaron Ekumah
DF England ENG Ashton Wilkins
DF England ENG Ellis Sullivan
DF England ENG Henry Lukombo
DF England ENG Toby Stevenson
DF England ENG Lawrie Wilson
DF England ENG George Wind
MF England ENG Henry Burnett
Pos. Nation Player
MF England ENG Bradley Stevenson
MF England ENG Montel Agyemang
MF England ENG Ezechukwu Ebuzoeme
MF Guyana GUY Anthony Jeffrey
MF England ENG Kurtis Cumberbatch
MF England ENG Freddy Cooper
FW England ENG John Ufuah
FW England ENG Gabriel Ipanga Mbambo
FW England ENG Jacob Bancroft
FW England ENG Robert Adams
FW England ENG Alfie Cerulli
FW Ghana GHA Chris Dickson

Coaching staff

Position[18] Staff
Manager England Danny Brown
Assistant manager England Lawrie Wilson
First-team coaches England Ash Goss & Pat Garrett
Under 23's manager England Lawrie Wilson

Managers

Statistics are correct as of 11 May 2022.

All first team matches are counted.

Key
Highlight Description
Manager name Highlighted stint as caretaker manager
Name Nationality From To P W D L GF GA GD Win % Honours Ref
Roy Hamm  England 2 September 1967 15 May 1968 36 13 9 14 58 66 −8 36.11 1967-68 Murrell Cup winners [19]
Don Hills  England 21 August 1968 24 May 1969 40 16 5 19 73 78 −5 40.00 1968-69 Murrell Cup winners [19]
John Newman  England 30 August 1969 18 November 1978 400 300 52 48 962 287 675 75.00 1969-70 Murrell Cup winners
1969-70 Essex Olympian League champions
1970-71 Kershaw Challenge Cup winners
1970-71 Essex Olympian League Cup winners
1970-71 Essex Olympian League champions
1971-72 Essex Olympian League Challenge Cup (shared)
1971-72 Essex Senior League runners-up
1971-72 Essex Senior League Challenge Cup winners
1972-73 Essex Senior League Champions
1972-73 Essex Senior League Cup winners
1972-73 Essex Senior League Challenge Cup winners
1973-74 Essex Senior League runners-Up
1973-74 Essex Senior League Challenge Cup winners
1974-75 Essex Senior League champions
1974-75 Essex Senior League Cup runners-up
1974-75 J. T. Clark Memorial Trophy winners
1975-76 Essex Senior League champions
1975-76 F.A. Vase winners
1975-76 Essex Senior Cup winners
1975-76 J. T. Clark Memorial Trophy winners
1976-77 F.A. Vase winners
1976-77 Essex Senior League Cup winners
1976-77 J. T. Clark Memorial Trophy winners
1977-78 Athenian League champions
1977-78 Athenian League Cup winners
1977-78 Essex Senior Trophy winners
1977-78 J. T. Clark Memorial Trophy winners
[19]
Colin Searle
Arthur Coughlan
 England
 England
25 November 1978 30 December 1978 7 6 1 0 21 5 16 85.71 [19]
Colin Searle  England 20 January 1979 21 May 1979 27 18 4 5 55 23 32 66.67 1978-79 F.A. Vase winners
1978-79 Athenian League champions
[19]
Paddy Betson  England 18 August 1979 15 April 1980 50 40 5 5 122 33 89 80.00 1979-80 J. T. Clark Memorial Trophy winners
1979-80 Essex Senior Trophy winners
[19]
Steve Bone  England 19 August 1980 8 May 1980 5 4 0 1 16 5 11 80.00 1979-80 East Anglian Cup runners-up
1979-80 Isthmian League Division Two champions
[19]
John Newman
Steve Bone
 England
 England
19 August 1980 8 May 1980 58 36 9 13 99 60 39 62.07 1980-81 Isthmian League Division One runners-up [19]
Andy McDermid  England 15 August 1981 12 Apr 1983 109 42 28 39 159 138 19 38.53 [19]
Micky Pincott  England 15 August 1981 12 Apr 1983 7 3 1 3 7 9 −2 42.86 [19]
Dave Emerick  England 20 August 1983 14 April 1984 51 17 10 24 63 85 −22 33.33 [19]
Peter Burton  England 24 August 1984 8 August 1987 222 74 53 95 341 376 −35 33.33 1984-85 East Anglian Cup runners-up
1985-86 Essex Senior Cup runners-up
1986-87 Essex Thameside Trophy champions
[19]
Brian Moffatt  England 12 August 1987 18 Nov 1989 75 31 17 27 113 95 18 41.33 [19]
John Kendall[A]  England 21 November 1989 1 May 1999 544 263 110 171 898 710 188 48.35 1990-91 Essex Thameside Trophy runners-Up
1991-92 Essex Thameside Trophy champions
1993-94 Essex Senior Cup runners-Up
1994-95 Essex Senior Cup runners-Up
1995-96 Essex Senior Cup runners-Up
[19]
Gary Calder  England 14 August 1999 30 May 2003 227 100 58 69 340 287 53 44.05 [19]
Justin Edinburgh  England 16 August 2003 2 January 2006 142 56 34 52 215 176 39 39.44 [19]
Matt Jones  England 7 January 2006 24 November 2007 107 50 27 30 189 130 49 46.73 2005-06 Eastern Floodlit League champions
2006-07 Isthmian League Premier Division Play-Off runners-up
[19]
Jason Broom
Grant Gordon
 England
 England
28 November 2007 28 March 2009 73 30 17 26 118 117 1 41.10 [19]
Grant Gordon
Lee Hodges
 England
 England
28 March 2009 18 April 2009 6 2 3 1 9 7 2 33.33 [19]
Brian Statham  England 25 April 2009 10 March 2010 49 16 15 18 60 59 1 32.65 [19]
John Mifsud  England 5 April 2010 20 April 2010 6 4 0 2 7 3 4 66.67 [19]
Craig Edwards  England 24 April 2010 2 March 2017 367 163 83 121 601 498 103 44.41 2010-11 Essex Senior Cup winners
2011-12 Isthmian League Premier Division champions
2014-15 Essex Senior Cup runners-up
[19]
Glenn Tamplin
Justin Gardner
 England
 England
2 March 2017 14 June 2017 11 7 0 4 29 15 14 63.64 2016-17 Isthmian League Cup champions [19]
Harry Wheeler  England 24 February 2018 26 August 2018 25 14 6 5 54 33 21 56.00 2017-18 Essex Senior Cup winners
2017-18 Isthmian League Cup winners
2017-18 Isthmian League Premier Division champions
[19]
Glenn Tamplin
Danny Hazle
 England
 England
26 August 2018 18 September 2018 4 2 1 1 7 5 2 50.00 [19]
Dean Brennan  Ireland 18 September 2018 16 January 2019 26 13 5 8 59 41 18 50.00 [19]
Harry Wheeler  England 18 January 2019 13 September 2019 27 12 5 10 46 44 2 46.30 [19]
Jamie O'Hara  England 13 September 2019 3 December 2020 41 12 13 16 67 78 −11 29.27 2019-22 Essex Senior Cup finalists (not played) [19]
Dan Brown
Ronnie Henry
 England
 England
7 December 2020 9 January 2021 4 1 1 2 5 6 −1 25.00 [19]
Kevin Watson  England 10 January 2021 5 October 2021 13 2 3 8 20 32 −12 15.38 [19]
Dan Brown[B]  England 5 October 2021 11 October 2021 2 2 0 0 3 1 2 100.00 [19]
Jody Brown  England 11 October 2021 18 April 2022 34 10 9 15 37 51 −14 29.41 2021-22 Essex Senior Cup winners [19]
Dan Brown  England 18 April 2022 7 May 2022 4 2 0 2 5 5 0 50.00 [19]
Dan Brown  England 12 May 2022 [19]

Notes

A. ^ : John Kendall was caretaker manager for ten matches before being appointed as manager.[20]
B. ^ : Dan Brown took charge for an Essex Senior Cup match on 7 December 2021.[21]

Honours

Records

See also

References

  1. ^ Billericay Town Archived 29 October 2020 at the Wayback Machine Football Ground Guide
  2. ^ a b History Archived 13 September 2016 at the Wayback Machine Billericay Town Unofficial
  3. ^ a b c d e f Club History Archived 10 November 2015 at the Wayback Machine Billericay Town F.C.
  4. ^ a b Official Handbook Archived 16 April 2017 at the Wayback Machine Mid-Essex League, p71
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Billericay Town at the Football Club History Database
  6. ^ Billericay Town – FA Vase Winners 1979 Archived 15 September 2016 at the Wayback Machine The Non-League Paper, 5 August 2012
  7. ^ 2004–05 Isthmian League Archived 22 June 2016 at the Wayback Machine Football Club History Database
  8. ^ 2006–07 Isthmian League Archived 22 June 2016 at the Wayback Machine Football Club History Database
  9. ^ Big money backer hopes to steer Billericay Town to the big time Archived 15 May 2017 at the Wayback Machine ITV, 31 March 2017
  10. ^ "Billericay Town 1-3 Chesterfield". BBC Sport. Archived from the original on 17 September 2021. Retrieved 17 September 2021.
  11. ^ "What Happened On Monday Across The National League". www.thenationalleague.org.uk. 2 May 2022. Retrieved 3 May 2022.
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Tamplin goes to town", Groundtastic, Autumn 2017, issue 90, pp30–35
  13. ^ a b c Billericay Town Archived 20 December 2016 at the Wayback Machine Pyramid Passion
  14. ^ Jon Weaver (2005) The Football Grounds of Rural Essex, p5
  15. ^ a b c d e f Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2012) Non-League Club Directory 2013, p265 ISBN 978-1-869833-77-0
  16. ^ Williams & Williams, p277
  17. ^ Weaver, p94
  18. ^ https://www.billericaytownfc.co.uk/club-statement-managerial-appointment/ Club Statement Managerial Appointment
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah "Managers".
  20. ^ "Managers".
  21. ^ "Managers".
  22. ^ 1939-40 BTFC History
  23. ^ 1928-29 BTFC History
  24. ^ Record crowd see Town victory Billericay Town F.C.
  25. ^ Attendances BTFC History
  26. ^ a b c d Club Records BTFC History
  27. ^ Billericay break club transfer record for Maidenhead defender Dean Inman Echo News, 29 October 2017

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