Billericay blog: A New Season

🔵⚪️🔵 Billericay Town FC 🔵⚪️🔵 A New Season

It won’t be long before the new league season starts, the National League (South), fixtures were released today, first up an away trip to Truro on Saturday 4th August, followed by home games against Concord Rangers on Tuesday 7th August and Wealdstone on Saturday 11th August. The club also have an exciting list of fixtures over the Christmas/New Year period, Boxing Day 26th December, away to Chelmsford, Saturday 29th December away to St Albans City and New Years Day, home to Chelmsford

The team play their first pre season friendly away to Ebbsfleet on Saturday 7th July (1230 KO) followed by away to Basildon on Tuesday 10th July (7.45pm), there is a home fixture v West Ham on Tuesday 31st July (7.45pm)

Following last seasons problem with the pitch flooding extensive work has taken place to resolve the issues. A new drainage and irrigation system has been installed which looks impressive, hopefully there will be no further problems + a new grass pitch has been laid.

At the end of May, 300+ season tickets had been sold, last season the average attendances were around 1000, it would be good to see average attendance above 1500 for the new season. There is a lot of interest in the town following last seasons success winning the league + League Cup and Essex Senior Cup

As promised Glen Tamplin has continued to invest in the team for this new season. Harry Wheeler continues in charge but with an increased coaching team, which includes Danny Hazel as well as being joined by Tristan Lewis another experienced coach

The majority of players from last seasons successful team have remained at the club, including top scorer Jake Robinson. A few players have left including fans favourites Billy Bricknell who has signed for Enfield, Rob Swaine who has signed for Chelmsford and Jack Giddings who has joined East Thurrock, Josh Urghart has also departed as well as Matt Paine who has left to become a police officer. A number of new players have signed, all of whom appear to have a lot of experience playing in the football league and national league, the last signing was Jake Howells who has played over 400 times for Luton Town.

I’m really looking forward to the new challenges for 2018/19, I think it’s exciting times for Billericay Town FC, since Glen arrived he has done everything he promised plus a lot more, we have a ground and club to be proud of. Where will finish in the league, it would be a good season for me if we make the playoffs, there are a lot of good teams in the league, there will be no easy games.