Billericay Town
Full nameBillericay Town Football Club
Nickname(s)Ricay, The Blues
Founded1880
GroundNew Lodge, Billericay
Capacity5,000 (2,000 seated)[1]
ChairmanDave McCartney
ManagerJody Brown
LeagueNational League South
2020–21National League South (season curtailed)
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Billericay Town Football Club is a football club based in Billericay, Essex, England. The club are currently members of the National League South, the sixth 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]

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.[11] In 1970 the club moved to New Lodge, which had previously been a sports ground used by Outwell Common Football Club.[12] The ground was enclosed using a loan from Basildon Borough Council and Charrington Brewery and dressing rooms and a clubhouse were built.[11] During the 1970s a covered standing area was built on the clubhouse side of the pitch, which became known as the Cowshed.[11] Temporary seated stands loaned from Essex County Cricket Club were later installed on the other side of the pitch.[11] In 1977 the club won a set of floodlights by winning the Philips Electrical Floodlight Competition final against Friar Lane Old Boys,[13] 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.[14]

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.[11][12] 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.[11] 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.[11] The new stand adjacent to the Cowshed was soon moved to the other end of the pitch.[11] An area of covered terracing was added alongside the 200-seat stand.[12] Chelmsford City groundshared at New Lodge between 1998 and 2005.[15] 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.[16] By the summer of 2017 the ground had a capacity of 3,500, of which 424 was seated and 2,000 was covered.[14]

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.[11] 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.[11]

Current squad

As of 21 January 2022[17]

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 Rhys Lovatt [18]
GK State of Palestine PLE Luis Shamshoum
DF England ENG Michael Chambers
DF England ENG Marvel Ekpiteta
DF Ghana GHA Aaron Ekumah
DF England ENG Tariq Hinds
DF England ENG Henry Lukombo
DF England ENG Toby Stevenson (on loan from Bromley) [19]
DF England ENG Rob Swaine
DF England ENG Lawrie Wilson
MF Portugal POR Denilson Carvalho
MF England ENG Kurtis Cumberbatch
Pos. Nation Player
MF England ENG Bagasan Graham
MF England ENG Jack Munns
MF Portugal POR Anderson Pinto
MF England ENG Josh Smile (on loan from Maidenhead United) [20]
MF England ENG Josh Wright
FW England ENG Femi Akinwande
FW England ENG Shaq Coulthirst [21]
FW Republic of Ireland IRL Dylan Gavin (on loan from Charlton Athletic)
FW England ENG Gabby Ipanga Mbambo
FW England ENG Kweku Lucan
FW England ENG Norman Wabo

Out on loan

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

No. Pos. Nation Player
DF Italy ITA Daniel Ojo (on loan at Cheshunt) [22]
DF England ENG George Wind (on loan at Bowers & Pitsea)
Pos. Nation Player
MF England ENG Jake Nickless (on loan at Tilbury) [23]
FW Saint Kitts and Nevis SKN Rowan Liburd (on loan at Cheshunt) [24]

Management

Position Name
Owners David McCartney, Greg Lake, Rob Dowman, Nick Hutt[25]
Chairman David McCartney
Football Operations and Recruitment Steve Pitt
Manager Jody Brown[26]
Assistant Manager TBA
Coach James Robinson
Physiotherapist Danny Baker

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. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Tamplin goes to town", Groundtastic, Autumn 2017, issue 90, pp30–35
  12. ^ a b c Billericay Town Archived 20 December 2016 at the Wayback Machine Pyramid Passion
  13. ^ Jon Weaver (2005) The Football Grounds of Rural Essex, p5
  14. ^ a b c d e f Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2012) Non-League Club Directory 2013, p265 ISBN 978-1-869833-77-0
  15. ^ Williams & Williams, p277
  16. ^ Weaver, p94
  17. ^ Squads Archived 9 November 2020 at the Wayback Machine Billericay Town F.C.
  18. ^ Billericay Town F.C. Statement ahead of the weekend
  19. ^ Billericay Town F.C. Ins and Outs at New Lodge
  20. ^ Billericay Town F.C. Squad News
  21. ^ Billericay Town F.C. Squad News
  22. ^ Billericay Town Blues Go Out On Loan
  23. ^ Billericay Town F.C. Archived 11 September 2021 at the Wayback Machine Jake heads to Tilbury on loan
  24. ^ Billericay Town Rowan goes on loan
  25. ^ "Club Statement". Archived from the original on 1 November 2019. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  26. ^ Club Statement – Managerial Update Billericay Town FC
  27. ^ 1939-40 BTFC History
  28. ^ 1928-29 BTFC History
  29. ^ Record crowd see Town victory Billericay Town F.C.
  30. ^ Attendances BTFC History
  31. ^ a b c d Club Records BTFC History
  32. ^ Billericay break club transfer record for Maidenhead defender Dean Inman Echo News, 29 October 2017

Coordinates: 51°37′18.5334″N 0°24′11.8008″E / 51.621814833°N 0.403278000°E / 51.621814833; 0.403278000