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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


Billericay Blog: Friendlies announced and more news

The new league season starts on the 12th August, and the club have announced details of confirmed friendlies.

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Tue 11th July – St Albans (Away)
Tue 25th July – Heybridge Swifts (Away)
Sat 29th July – Concord (Away)
Sat 5th August – Waltham Abbey (Home)
Tue 8th August – West Ham XI (Home)

Details of new players are due to be announced this week and earlybird season tickets are available on the club’s website (www.billericaytownfc.co.uk)

The club have also announced that plans are already in with council for stage 1 ground improvements and stage 2 plans were submitted in last few days. Big improvements and serious facilities as promised for BTFC.

The club’s principle sponsor will be AGPSTEEL and New Lodge is now going to be reopened as the AGP Arena! Paul Robinson Solicitors will remain as shirt sponsor.

The new season is going to be exciting, with promotion the target.


Billericay Blog: season nearly over

The season is nearly over, just 1 game remaining away at Needham Market, the team won they last home game of the season, beating Canvey 3-1 in front of a record league crowd of 1970. They will finish the season just outside the playoff places which was disappointing, although they did win the Ryman League Cup for the first time.

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Glenn Tamplin has indicated that a number of changes will be made to squad, players are being released and several new players have been identified from the National Conference League but they have not been named. Although there were several good results in the second half of the season, there were also a number of poor ones, this was a particular point of concern, the team’s lack of consistency. Glenn has stated he wants to win the league next season and that’s why he has decided to change the squad.

He has also stated that players will train 3 times a week instead of 2 and during the pre season period they will be training 4 times a week. Glenn stated he expected players to show passion and desire every game, he wasn’t prepared to accept anything less than that. Some friendlies have been arranged against West Ham, Southend and hopefully QPR. Details will be announced in the summer.

A new 4G top of the range (£700k) pitch will be replacing the current grass one and a 4G pitch will also be used as the training pitch. Three new stands will be built during the summer, behind both goals and along one side, the club are awaiting planning permission to the build along the clubhouse side. New floodlights will be erected also during the summer.

Attendances increased during the last few matches, the last 4 home matches all being over 1200+, average attendances increased from less than 300 in December to 565 at the end of the season.

There is a lot to look forward to for season 2017/18, the owner has done everything he said he would plus a lot more in just 5 months. Having achieved the record attendance of 1970 against Canvey it is hoped the team will start the new season with similar support.


Billericay blog: 3 more games to go

The season is nearly over, only 3 league games left unless we make the playoffs. What a fantastic season it has been since Glenn took over in December, if anyone doubted his commitment to the club, I believe they can’t any longer. He continually displays his passion and commitment from the team bench and it was great to see him rewarded last night with the winning of the Ryman League Cup, beating Tonbridge 8-3. Glenn has made so many changes in the few months it has been difficult to keep up with them.

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Everyone is talking about Billericay Town FC and their new owner, the atmosphere in the ground has completely changed, there is a real buzz and enthusiasm about the future, I feel winning last nights cup final is just the start. The last 3 home attendances have been over 1000+, we have gone from averages of under 300 to 500+, and its going to get a lot better.

On Saturday BTFC are away at Leatherhead and on Monday 17th April they are at home to Canvey Island, it would be great to finish the home matches with the biggest attendance of the season, anything over 1500 would be fantastic. If you want entertaining football come along and give it a try, we have a team capable of scoring lots of goals.

Although we still have an outside chance of the playoffs it will be very difficult, it would be good to finish the season with 3 wins. Whatever happens next season is going to be something to look forward to, Glenn has done everything he said he would and without doubt has a lot more planned for the club going into the future.


Reflections on the Dulwich game

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It’s never dull supporting BTFC, last Saturday they had a tremendous victory at Dulwich winning 3-0, but last night we were outplayed by Dulwich in the return fixture losing 2-0. Although it’s still possible to end the season in the playoffs it is now going to be very difficult, there are only 5 games remaining.

Next match is home on Saturday 1st April v Leiston another one of the playoff contenders, they also have games in hand. It looks as though Bognor & Havant have either booked automatic promotion or a playoff spot, Dulwich + Leiston are likely to finish in the playoffs as they have games in hand. There remains one place to fight for between, Needham, Tonbridge, Enfield & Wingate, we still have to play Enfield as well as Needham which is our last game of the season. It’s still going to be an interesting and exciting end of season.

Even if we don’t make it this season, it should be remembered Glenn’s promise/ambition was promotion in 18months, the season 2017/18 was targeted. So much has happened since December, there will be setbacks while the team develops and establishes itself.

The team are receiving considerable publicity and support, on Saturday 2,805 were in attendance at Dulwich, last night Billericay had their biggest attendance since 2011 when they played Chelmsford, 1,302. It is hoped that there will be a good crowd in attendance on Saturday when we play Leiston, the atmosphere in the ground has been great for the last few home matches, it’s anticipated the team will come out fighting on Saturday and put last nights poor game behind them.

New floodlights have arrived as promised, it won’t be long before we are using them. Changes continue on a weekly basis, Glenn is definitely investing in the club, it would be good to see he continues to receive the local support his efforts deserve.