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Billericay Blog: Still Top, 5 Games To Go

🔵⚪️🔵 Billericay Town FC 🔵⚪️ Still Top 5 Games To Go

On Monday we played at home on our own ground for the first time in a few weeks because the pitch had been waterlogged. It was another wet evening and the playing surface was difficult, but despite that we beat Staines 5-3. It was an entertaining game to watch, Ricky Modeste scored a brilliant goal, but had to go off injured in the second half. Ricky was replaced by Jake Robinson, Jake then scored 2 fantastic goals taking his seasons total to 52. By taking his total to 52 he has beaten the previous record for goals in a season 1997/98 of 51 by Leon Gutzmore

The game against Staines was the team’s 7th match in 14 days, despite the possibility of tiredness setting in they showed great character and fighting spirit. Total goals scored this season increased to 178

On Wednesday 11th April we played Metropolitan Police in the League Cup Final at Aveley. Although we took an early lead in the match the opposition came back strongly leading 3-1 in the second half. With 5 minutes left of the game Billy Bricknell scored 2 brilliant goals taking the game into extra time. Although Met Police had played really well for 80 minutes of the game we totally dominated extra time and Billy scored his third completing a great hat trick. This was the second cup won this season, the last time we won 2 competitions was in 1978 when the club won the Athenian League and FA Vase in 1979. We also retained the League Cup which we won last season beating Tonbridge 8-3

Home league attendances are averaging approximately 983 which is lower than what the club were requiring at the start of the season but it’s not surprising taking into account the number of games played, the weather and playing some home fixtures at Aveley. The club still have one of the best averages in the Bostik Leagues/Evostik Leagues apart from Dulwich and Hereford. There is only one club (Dartford) in the National League South that has better averages than ours. We are also the 2nd best supported away team taking into account averages for the Bostik League/Evostik Leagues

On Saturday 14th April we drew at home with Wingate & Finchley 2-2 in front of an excellent crowd of 1048. The pitch wasn’t good and made passing football very difficult to play. We wasted several chances in the first half and the score at HT 0-0. The second half didn’t start well and we were soon down 2-0, but a spirited fight back levelled the score 2-2. (Total goals scored 180)

Games coming up :
Tuesday 17th April (away) v Dorking
Thursday 19th April (home) v Needham
Saturday 21st April (away) v Margate
(Also playing on the 21/04 are Folkestone v Dulwich and on the 28/04 we play at home to Folkestone )

League positions going into w/c 15/04
1/ Billericay Town FC – 86 points – played 41
2/Dulwich. – 85 points – played 42
3/Folkestone. – 81 points – played 43


Billericay Blog: Back On Top Entering Final Run In

Since my last blog the club have lost several league games but have also won the Essex Senior Cup beating local rivals Chelmsford 2-1. Having also reached the QF of the FA Trophy we were well beaten by Wealdstone 5-3. The last few weeks have been difficult especially taking into account how we dominated the season up to this period.

In the league we have been beaten by Leiston, Folkestone, Worthing, Tonbridge and Hendon in away fixtures. A big disappointment was being well beaten at home to our nearest rivals Dulwich 3-1, there was a period when things weren’t looking so good. Although we were losing in the league, the squad played really well in the Essex Cup, bringing home the clubs first trophy of the season, it was great to see us beat rivals Chelmsford, I’m sure Billericay fans outnumbered + made more noise than our rival fans.

I’m pleased to say though the squads fighting spirit has taken over and this has included some recent good results against Harrow, Wingate and Tonbridge. The result against Tonbridge 2-1 on Tuesday took the club back on top of the league.

The club had built up a considerable backlog of fixtures, firstly because we drew so many away cup games and progressed in all competitions. In February the pitch became a major issue and despite being relaid in the summer couldn’t stand up to the weather. This has necessitated some of our home matches being played on Aveleys artificial surface, it’s not the ideal answer but in the circumstances the only solution available. (A big thank you to Aveley for their help) It’s also been a testing time for the squad having to play 3 games a week and this will go on until the end of the season. Tuesday nights win against Tonbridge showed there is a strong fighting spirit in the squad + well supported by hundreds of loyal fans prepared to travel to Aveley

Although 3 league games have now been played at Aveley which will affect our average league attendances the club is still averaging approximately 1000, this is second in the league and better than anything in the National League South.

We are where we are because Glenn Tamplin heavily invested in our club, he also put his love and desire into making it successful, we have a lot to thank him for. We’ve won one cup already, we have the League Cup Final to come v Metropolitan Police, plus back on top of the league. The state of the pitch is probably already on the agenda for the club to solve in the summer, very important especially if we gain promotion.

Billy Bricknell has scored his 100th goal for Billericay and Jake Robinson has scored his 50th goal of the season, both great achievements. There are more records that can be broken before the end of the season.

Sam Deering, Danny Waldren and Jake Robinson have already played 50+ games this season for the club. The team have scored in 64 consecutive games, the previous record has been well beaten. A total of 173 goals have been scored in all competitions this season.

We are now entering the final stages of the season with the following games coming up

Enfield v BTFC. League (away). Saturday 7th April
BTFC v Staines. League (home). Monday. 9th April
BTFC v Met Police. League Cup Final at Aveley Wednesday 11th April
BTFC v Wingate. League (home). Saturday 14th April
Dorking v BTFC. League (away). Tuesday 17th April
BTFC v Needham. League (home). Thursday 19th April

Last night we drew 1-1 away at Brightlingsea, it was another tough game but we did miss a lot of chances, with 8 league games remaining we have a 3 point gap over rivals Dulwich, they also have 8 games left. Although it was anticipated the end of the season would have been easier, Billericay never do anything that way, every game is going to be a battle but the same applies to those fighting for promotion as well as staying up. I’m looking forward to these challenges coming up thick and fast.

The last few matches are going to be big, Saturday 21st April away at Margate and Saturday 28th April home to Folkestone, Dulwich will be away to Folkestone on the 21st and home to Margate on the 28th April, all teams in the top 5

Update – On Saturday 7th April we drew 1-1 with Enfield conceding a goal in the final minutes, fortunately Dulwich also dropped points so things have changed at the top again, Folkestone are also a threat but we do have 2 games in hand over them and play them at home in the last game of the season. With 7 games left 5 of which are at home it’s going to be an exciting end of season.

1/ Billericay Town FC. Played 39 – 82 points
2/Folkestone FC Played 41. – 80 points
3/Dulwich FC. Played 39 – 79 points


Billericay Blog: The club progress to their second Cup Final

Billericay Town FC beat Corinthian Casuals 3-1 Monday in the League Cup Semi Final, they are now in their second cup final of the season, they will play either Dulwich/Brentwood or Met Police in the final which will be played at Aveley. Monday nights game was played on a wet night, this made the pitch very heavy and difficult to play on.

We are also in the final of the Essex Senior Cup having beaten Romford 6-1 in the semi final. The final takes place at Colchester on the 20th March v Chelmsford.

It has been a successful season so far in all cup competitions, on the 6th February we beat Harrogate (National League North) 3-2 in an FA Trophy replay. It was a hard fought game with Billericay reduced to 10 in the 2nd half hanging on at the end. We are playing at home to Wealdstone (National League South) in the Quarter Final on Saturday 24th February, this is the first time we have reached this stage in this major competition.

Recent league form has been mixed, on Saturday 10th February we drew 2-2 with Met Police in a hard fought game, on Tuesday 13th February we beat Lowestoft 5-0 at home, playing one of our best games in recent weeks, but on Saturday 17th February we lost 3-1 away at Leiston. This was only our second league defeat of the season, we played one of our poorest games and didn’t deserve anything from the game, Leiston played really well. Despite this blip in form we are still top of the league by 1 point from Margate, but we have 7 games in hand.

A lot continues to happen at the club, BT Sport has started filming for a documentary on Billericay Town, they were at the club on the night we beat Lowestoft 5-0, a good night to be there.

Jake Robinson has now scored 46 goals, the team have scored 154 goals so far this season which is another club record, the previous best was in season 1977/78 when they scored 142 in all competitions. The team have also scored in 52 consecutive games, another record.

Jermaine Pennant & Louie Theophanous have left the club, 4 new players have signed. Calum Butcher, Luke Rooney, Liam Hughes and Scott Doe. All of these players have considerable football league/national league experience and should make a big difference to the squad at this stage of the season. (Details just released Tom Conlon midfielder aged 22 signed on loan from Stevenage)

We’ve been lucky with injuries, only Kevin Foley has been out for a long period, he’s had an operation on his groin and should resume light training soon. In last nights game Josh Urquhart a regular in the team went off with concussion and will be out for a week.

Fixture Update

21/02 (Away) v Folkestone League
24/02 (Home) v Wealdstone FA Trophy Quarter Final
27/02 (Away) v Wingate & Finchley League
03/03 (Away) v Worthing League
06/03 (Home) v Dulwich League
10/03 (Home) v Staines League


Billericay Blog: A Final At Wembley Is Still Possible

🔵⚪️🔵 Billericay Town FC 🔵⚪️🔵

It’s going to be another big week in the history of our club, on Saturday the team achieved a great result in the FA Trophy away to Harrogate. The teams were playing for a Quarter Final place, Harrogate 2nd in the National League North were the best team we have played this season, it was a hard fought game ending 2-2. We are in the FA Trophy QF draw for the first time, the draw is on Monday and the replay v Harrogate is due to be plated Tuesday 6th February.

The team deserve BigBig Support for their achievements this season. Their playing exciting/entertaining football, spread the word, come along witness the changes at the club, this represents a real chance to get to a Wembley final in a major competition.

Last Tuesday night we played Worthing in a league match and although it was a hard fought first half (0-0) on the restart everything changed, 2 goals from Adam Cunnington + 2 from Sam Deering gave the team a well deserved 4-0 win. The victory took us to the top of the league with 6 games in hand, we’ve only conceded 19 goals ensuring we have the best defence from the 2nd Division, all the National Leagues & the equivalent league to ours in non league football. We’ve also scored 67 league goals, compared with the same leagues mentioned only Kettering, Weymouth & Hereford have scored more goals, but they have played more games. (Although we didn’t play a league match Saturday because of the FA Trophy, Dulwich only managed to draw so we remain top with 7 games in hand.)

Saturday 28th January we played Tooting & Mitcham FC it was another good win 6-2 which included a 6th hat trick of the season for Jake Robinson taking his total for the season to 42.

On the 16th January we beat Wingate & Finchley 1-0 in the League Cup QF, it was another tight difficult game played on a very cold night. (We have been drawn at home to Corinthian Casuals in the semi final)

Although the attendance against Worthing was one of our smallest (594) we are still averaging 1177 which is the 3rd best average attendances in the National South, Bostik League, Evostik Premier & Evistik Premier South, only Hereford + Dulwich are higher. Another highlight of the season so far is we have scored in 45 consecutive games.

6th February Home v Harrogate FA Trophy Replay
8th February Home v Romford in the Essex Cup Semi Final (Winner plays Chelmsford in the final)
10th February Away v Met Police league
13th February Home v Lowestoft league
17th February Away v Leiston league

Dan Walker has left the club and joined Dorking, Bricknell/Foley are injured. Yesterday the club announced they had signed on loan to the end of season Callum Butcher who was at Mansfield on loan from Millwall, last season he played 30 times for Millwall.

We have a great club + team playing entertaining/exciting non league football, come along and see for yourself, it would be great to increase our attendances. We have scored 136 goals so far this season.


2018 – the season continues

Billericay Town supporter Mike Joyce updates us with the latest news at the club

Happy New Year to all my followers, here at BTFC we are looking forward to the rest of the season.

❤️Sadly on the 15/12 one of the clubs best known and loved fans, Nigel Harris (57) died at home, it was later discovered he had died peacefully, his heart had just stopped working. Tributes were paid to Nigel at the away game v Burgess Hill and on Boxing Day v Thurrock. RIP Nigel❤️

(Nigel’s funeral will take place on Friday 26th January and will commence from his beloved Billericay Town Football Club travelling to Bentley Crematorium. Details have been published locally.)

On Saturday 16/12 following the sad news of Nigel’s death we played away at Burgess Hill, the first half didn’t go well losing 2-0 and 3-1, but we managed to go in at half time only losing 3-2. The 2nd half was completely different, we dominated the half winning 4-3, Nigel would have been happy with the result.

On Boxing Day we were at home to Thurrock winning 1-0 in a not so entertaining game in front of one of our biggest attendances (1653 ) The new year didn’t start well, games on the 30/12 v Dulwich & away on 1/1 v Tonbridge were postponed because of waterlogged pitches.

On 6/1/18 we were at home to Margate in an entertaining game resulting in a 1-1 result. (Attendance 1570) The after match comments of owner Glenn Tamplin were very interesting and honest. He believed 3/4 players didn’t fully commit to the game and it was something he wouldn’t tolerate. He stated established player/s would go out on loan because of this, today the club announced Leo Chambers & Louie Theophanous would go on loan to Kingstinan for 28 days. It was also reported by Echo reporter Luke Lambert the possibility of new players.

On the 09/1/18 we played Harlow winning 3-0 in the Quarter Final of the Essex Senior Cup.It was a good performance played on Harlow’s artificial pitch. Jamie O’Hara played the full 90 minutes on his return from injury and had a good game. We have been drawn at home to play Romford or Grays, the other semi final is between Chelmsford & East Thurrock.

The average home league attendance is now up to 1226 which is over 110% up on last season. It’s interesting to note that local teams in the league above us are averaging a lot less. Chelmsford 905, Braintree 588, East Thurrock 289, Concord Rangers 276. (Dagenham in the National League are averaging 1467) We have some way to go to achieve the 2000+ but I’m sure it will happen as we continue to push for promotion.

The team have only conceded 17 goals in 22 games, the best in the league, this includes 11 clean sheets. It’s also the best defensive record currently in the non league premier divisions, the National League, National League North/South as well as the 2nd Division.

We are currently 5 points behind Dulwich who are top but do have 5 games in hand. Our next 2 games are cup matches, home v Stourbridge on the 13/1 in the FA Trophy and away v Wingate 16/1 in the League Cup. The next league game is 20/1 v Harrow at home.

The game on Saturday 13th January v Stourbridge is another big game and a chance to reach the last 16 of the second biggest cup competition in the country. If you can join us come and see what has happened to BTFC in just 12 months, Glenn Tamplin took over ownership in December 2016


Billericay Blog: A great first half of the season

A year ago on the 8th December 2016 Glenn Tamplin took over ownership of the club. Since that date there have been amazing changes to the ground, facilities, squad of players and support, I don’t think anyone expected it to happen so quickly.

2017-07-07 10 Billericay Town FC

Since my last blog we have beaten Staines 2-0, Leiston 4-0 and drawn 2-2 with Merstham in the league, Jake Robinson scored his 5th hat trick of the season and Dulwich only lead by 2 points but we have 4 games in hand. Hopefully by Christmas Billericay will be top of the league.

Last Tuesday night although it was disappointing dropping 2 points, the 2 goals scored took the club to 101 (now 103) scored in all competitions so far and we have now scored in 34 consecutive games, a new club record. (Conceded only 13 goals in league) On Saturday it was another great away win at 3rd in the table Staines.

The club equalled their best FA Cup performance, are due to play Havant and Waterlooville (National League South) in the FA Trophy on the 16/12. They have also reached the QF of the League Cup and are due to play Harlow in the QF of the Essex Senior Cup on a date to be arranged before 13/01/18.

There are a number of big league games to be played at home before the end of the year v Met Police 19/12, Thurrock 26/12 and Dulwich 30/12. We are also away in the league v Brightlingsea (weather permitting) on the 12/12 and Burgess Hill on the 23/12.

There have been some big home attendances (3400) for the home cup replay against Leatherhead and currently the club are averaging 1210 in the league, the target is to increase attendances during the rest of the season.

With 103 goals scored so far there has been plenty of excitement and entertainment, Jake Robinson scoring 31, Adam Cunnington 19 and Billy Bricknell 18 and a number of other players contributing to that total. Jamie O’Hara has returned to full training and is expected to be fully fit in a few weeks, he last played as a substitute v Thamesmead in the FA Cup. Billy Bricknell and Kevin Foley are both injured but it is anticipated they will be back playing soon.


Billericay blog: future games and fans forum

After a 1-1 draw at Leatherhead we were well beaten in the replay the following Thursday, a match televised live on BTSport. It wasn’t the result the club or fans wanted but fortunately following this defeat, only the second all season, the team have continued to progress well in other cup competitions as well as the league.

There have been wins against Heybridge in the League Cup and Hungerford in the FA Trophy. We have now been drawn at home to Havant (Conference South) in the 1st Round of the FA Trophy on the 16th December and on the 30/11 we are at home to Basildon in the Essex Senior Cup.

There have also been good league wins at Harlow & Kingstonian. In the next 8 days there are a further 3 league games planned starting tonight at Harrow, then home to Leiston on Saturday, then Merstham on Tuesday next week. During this same period Dulwich who are 9points ahead of us only have 1 league game so it’s a great opportunity to close the gap.

Paul Konchesky has left for the club, the reason given is he couldn’t be guaranteed a place every game. Glenn Tamplin stated he understands why players wanted to start every week and he wishes them all the best, but no player is guaranteed to play every game. Several new players have been signed during the past few weeks and all have settled well into the squad.

Glenn spoke with passion about his own commitment. He said that he needs help from the fans to take it further – he wants more people at games and wants the fans to bring more people to the games to support the club. There was a crowd of 3400 for the Leatherhead game, the ground capacity is currently 3800. We are currently averaging crowds of 1350 in the league so there is still a lot of work to be done to reach the 3000+ that Glenn wants. It’s been proved the support is there, the club & players want your support, they are playing exciting + entertaining football.

Last night the club held another ‘Fans Forum’ which was well supported + there were several speakers. Dan Groves (Chairman) stated ‘Dan Groves spoke about his current operational role at the club. He announced that half-season tickets will be available from 1st January and asked anyone interested to get in touch with the club as soon as possible. Prices will be adults £99, concessions £66 and children £33.’

Paul Webster introduced himself, talking about his own footballing background firstly as a Leyton Orient youth player. Paul is a former director of Chelmsford City FC but came to Billericay Town because of the vision that is being followed through at the moment. He explained his role is to make the club sustainable & self sufficient.

Apart from the cup game against Basildon on the 30/11 there are 2 important league games coming up, Saturday 2nd December v Leiston & Tuesday 5th December v Merstham, your support would be appreciated👍 We now have an ambitious club, fantastic facilities + great squad of players playing exciting & entertains football.💙Billericay Town FC💙 Need Big Crowds💙 Come and join us our our journey, the first target is promotion to National League(South)


Billericay Blog: Big Weekend for the Blues

It’s a big FA Cup weekend for Billericay Town FC who are playing away to Leatherhead FC on Sunday 5th November in the FA Cup 1st Round. The club have a great chance to reach the 2nd Round for the first time, it’s anticipated there will be considerable support for the team at Leatherhead on Sunday.

2017-07-07 19 Billericay Town FC

It’s been a good season so far in all cup competitions, last Saturday we beat Tooting 3-1 in the 1st Qualifying Round FA Trophy & will now play Bury Town FC at home in the 2nd Qualifying Round on the 11th November. They have also progressed in the Essex Senior Cup having beaten Southend United 7-3 and are due to play away to Maldon & Tiptree FC in the 2nd Round League Cup on the 8th November.

The success in the cup competitions is impacting upon progress in the league, the team has only played 11 games, on the 21st October they beat Enfield 2-1 and on the 31st October drew 1-1 at Needham Market. We are currently 3rd in the league but have 4 games in hand on our rivals, Dulwich are top 5 points ahead. Providing there are no drawn cup games there are 5 league games planned for November and hopefully we will be able to catch up on the team’s above us. (Needham Market v Billericay FC on the 31/10 was a club record attendance of 607) Billericay Town average Home league attendance in currently 1350 2nd best in the league behind Dulwich, best average Away attendance is held by Billericay at 855.

Joe Elull has left the club and Dean Inman has signed from Maidenhead United FC for a club record fee of £27,600. It’s possible further players will be added to the squad.

There’s still a chance to obtain tickets for Sunday’s fixture at Leatherhead on Sunday. The excitement + entertainment continues, the fitness of the squad is playing a big part in all the games and it’s certainly noticeable in the final stages of matches.

Next home fixture is v Bury Town FC in the FA Trophy on the 11th November followed by v Merstham FC in the league on the 14th November.


Billericay Blog: October update

It’s hard to believe we are already in late October but only having played 9 league games, 3 or 4 less than most of the other teams in our league. The season so far has been entertaining plus exciting and up until the last week we were top of the league having won 8 of our matches, scoring 26 goals plus conceding 7. At the end of last season attendances were averaging 500 plus, but in December 2016 we were only having 200 plus, they have now risen to an average of 1315. The last 12 months have been amazing. This Saturday we are back in league action, home to Enfield, it would be great if we could continue to increase the attendance averages.

We have also reached the 1st Round Proper of the FA Cup, the last time the club achieved this was the 2007/08 season. The club have never reached the 2nd Round but we have a chance of changing that having been drawn away to Leatherhead FC on the 4th November. To date we have beaten Hungerford FC and Brackley FC teams from the leagues above us. During this cup run the fans have been entertained with 23 goals scored and 7 conceded.

In December 2016 Glenn Tamplin the new owner promised the fans and town a team to be proud of, a team of talented players that would excite plus entertain, community involvement, support for good causes, after his first 10months he’s certainly achieved all that plus a lot more.

He has built the club a new ground, one to be proud of with excellent facilities. The pitch is still looking amazing, is a credit to those who maintain it and hardly looks as though it’s been played on.

Although the FA Cup has provided brilliant entertainment, promotion is still the main target to the National League South. On Saturday 21st October we are home to Enfield FC in the league, come along and see what’s happening at 💙Billericay Town FC💙


Billericay Blog: so much work has taken place

Anyone who hasn’t seen the ground since the end of last season won’t recognise it. So much work has taken place, new stands, new facilities and new grass pitch, Glenn Tamplin has done everything possible within the guidelines set for possible future development. Those facilities will I believe include a sweet shop, a new club shop, two inside bars and 6 outside bars.

BTFC

The new players have been signed and together with those retained players ensures the club have an experienced and talented squad, a squad capable of winning the Ryman League. Training will commence soon and everything is targeted towards winning the league.

The first home fixture is a friendly on 29th July v Leyton Orient, a date for your diary to come along and see for yourselves what has happened at the club. This is followed by a friendly against a West Ham XI in early August. Tickets are available for both these games as big crowds are expected to attend. The league season starts on Saturday 12th August and fixtures for the season will be available on the 15th July.

Without doubt it’s going to be an exciting season following the team. The last home match attracted an attendance of 1,970 and the facilities now available can cope with a lot more than that. It would be brilliant if we could smash one of the league’s biggest attendance at Havant which was 3,455.