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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.

Billericay Blog: end of season review

I have been a fan for 25 years and never believed I would be privileged to be part of such a fantastic season. On Tuesday 24th April we beat Harlow Town 2-0 and confirmed promotion to the National League South in front of one of the season’s biggest crowds of 1600+.

Photo courtesy of Nicky Hayes

Saturday 28th April was a day for celebrating when we played Folkestone at home in front of the club’s biggest ever league crowd of 2200+. It was an entertaining game between two good teams, Billericay were losing 2-1 with a few minutes left when Jamie O’Hara scored with a long range shot which was probably one of the best goals of the season, final score 2-2.

It was a time to celebrate at the end of the game, apart from winning the league, the club have also won the League Cup, the Essex Senior Cup, had their best ever run in the FA Trophy reaching the Quarter Final and equalled their best ever FA Cup run.

(It was good to see players during celebrations/presentations wearing shirts in memory of ❤️Nigel Harris❤️ long term fan who sadly died in December 2017, he will always be remembered).

The team have been coached/managed well throughout the season by Harry Wheeler and Danny Hazle. I was pleased to see it announced after the game on Saturday Harry would manage the team, assisted by Danny for the season 2018/19.

When Glenn Tamplin took ownership of the club in December 2016 part of his plan was to win promotion in his first full season, he’s achieved that + a lot more. I believe we are lucky that he has invested in our club, he has also built a ground to be proud of going forward into the National League South.

We have played 74 games during the season, since losing 1-0 to Kingstonian in the first game of the season the team have scored in all the other 73 games, a record. Jake Robinson has scored 57 goals a season total record (7 hat tricks), 34 of those goals in the league equalling Leon Gutzmore’s record. Billy Bricknell scored 34 (4 hat tricks) A total of 198 league and cup goals were scored in the season another club record.

Average attendances for the season were 1057, this is better than any team in the National League South, Dartford the promoted club (1022) Chelmsford (861) and Braintree (531).

It’s good to see the club continuing their ‘Schools in the Community Project’ encouraging the fans of the future. A lot of people have worked hard behind the scenes to promote and run the club, a big thank you to all of them, everyone has helped towards a very successful season.

The league playoffs will take place between Dulwich v Leiston and Folkestone v Hendon. It will be interesting to follow developments during the summer regarding playing staff, without doubt we have had a great squad of players this season, they have worked hard to achieve the treble in difficult circumstances, playing 3 games a week, 13 games in a month, well done all of them. The pitch was the only disappointment, hopefully this will be resolved in the summer.

I don’t want to wish the summer away but I am so looking forward to next season.

Billericay Blog: Just 2 League Games To Go

🔵⚪️🔵 Billericay Town FC 🔵⚪️ Just 2 League Games To Go

It’s been a good week, 3 league wins in 5 days has kept the team at the top of the league with a 4 point gap over Dulwich going into the final 2 league games of the season.

On Tuesday we beat Dorking 1-0 away, it was a hard fought match on a difficult pitch, but a wins a win. On Thursday we beat Needham Market 5-0 at home, it was an entertaining match with plenty of action as well as another hat trick from top scorer Jake Robinson. The week finished at Margate on a very warm day with the third win of the week 2-1. It was a well contested game between two good teams, Billericay’s goal keeper making some excellent saves. (Alan Julian has been excellent all season and has had 21 clean sheets.)

Jake Robinson has scored 57 goals, 34 in the league which equals Leon Gutzmore’s record of 34, he can expect to break that record with 2 league games remaining. (Jake has scored 7 hat tricks)

We’ve played 72 games in all competitions, scored 194 goals and scored in the last 71 games. Many records have been broken this season by a squad of players that have worked hard throughout the season. The coaching staff should be proud of their achievements to date, 2 cups won and automatic promotion is possible, the club need 3 points to guarantee it.

The final week is going to be a big week, Tuesday 24th April we play at home to Harlow Town FC and Saturday 28th April we are home to Folkestone, a win on Tuesday guarantees promotion, hopefully it will be in front of a big crowd, I don’t think my nerves will survive until Saturday. Our only rivals to the automatic promotion place Dulwich are away to Kingstonian mid week and home to Margate on Saturday, Margate are just outside the playoff places and will need to win.

I’m hoping my final blog next week will be celebrating automatic promotion, the final part of the objective Glenn Tamplin put in place at the start of the season. Without the investment of GT we would not have had such an exciting and enjoyable season + Harry Wheeler/Danny Hazle have coached the team well throughout the season, the fans have a lot to thank them for. The players have worked hard playing 3 games a week since February, it wouldn’t be fair to single individuals out, but goals and clean sheets win games.

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

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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.


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.


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 (

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.


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.


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

Billericay Dulwich

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.

Billericay Town FC v Burgess Hill – Saturday 11th March

A look ahead from Billericay Town supporter Mike Joyce


It’s been another exciting and disappointing week. On Saturday the team won at Harlow, a game they dominated playing attacking football.

That good result was followed by a 1-0 defeat on Tuesday night at Hendon. With so much talent in the squad goalscoring chances were limited.

The match officials were poor again but that shouldn’t be used as an excuse – we need to create more goal scoring chances and take advantage of them.

Although it will be difficult a playoff place is still a possibility; with 9 games left there are still 27points available. BTFC are on 54 points – in previous seasons 81 points has ensured a playoff place.

A big finish is required and we cannot afford many more setbacks such as the Hendon result. We need more goals from the forwards and strong solid defence. Joe Ellul is available Saturday and Paul Konchesky will be making his home debut.

It’s a big game Saturday 11th March v Burgess Hill, and it requires a big result and importantly a big crowd supporting the team.

The push promotion could continue on Saturday dependant upon the result, playoffs this season would be a big bonus. It was stated in November when the new owner took over that he wanted promotion within 18 months.

Off the field supporters will anticipate continued development of the club, Glenn Tamplin hasn’t been slow in his promises of improving not only the team but also the clubs facilities.

An exciting, attacking game is expected, it would be good to beat the best attendance of the season, that was 561 on the 23rd February. The future appears very good for Billericay’s town football club, come along and see for yourself.

Konchesky in, Edwards out


The big news this week is the signing of Paul Konchesky, the ex-premiership and international player, someone with a wealth of experience, it doesn’t get much bigger than that in the Ryman League.

The other big story is Craig Edwards who has been the clubs manager for 7yrs has decided to leave the club. Craig has been successful in his time with BTFC taking them to the title in 2011/12 as well as winning a cup. He was a good manager and worked well with limited resources during his tenure. It doesn’t appear there will be time to sign a new manager before the end of the season so Glenn Tamplin will take over with the assistance of senior professionals at the club.

On Tuesday 28th February BTFC drew 2-2 at Enfield, it was another hard fought game, we were leading 2-0 when we suffered another unfortunate sending off of Alex Stephenson. There were some very good performances, new goal keeper Alan Julian, Matt Johnson, Adam Cunnington & new signing Mekhi McLeod. We now move forward to the away fixture at Harlow Town on Saturday which should include Paul Konchesky making his club debut.

With 11 league games left 29 points is still a possibility, teams in previous seasons have reached the playoffs with 80+ points, so the dream is still a possibility, to gain a playoff spot. The next home game is Saturday 11th March v Burgess Hill, I think we can anticipate a big crowd to see Paul make his home debut, but can we beat the season’s highest (561), I hope so.

So much is happening at the club, but I think this weeks events have been the biggest so far, I wonder what next week has in store for our club.

Billericay Town 4 Hendon 1

Another very entertaining match to watch and a good win Saturday against Hendon (4-1). The game had plenty of goalmouth action, BTFC were winning 3-0 at HT and dominated the 1st half, the 2nd half was more evenly balanced but there was no doubt about the result.


It was Billericay’s biggest crowd of the season (561) and this helped to create a fantastic atmosphere. It feels now as things are really happening at the club under the ownership of Glenn Tamplin. New fencing has been erected around the entire pitch, this has smartened up the ground, work is/has taken place in the clubhouse and new floodlights are to be installed soon.

In December Glenn promised fans there would be changes and I can confirm things are starting to happen. The next fans forum is planned to take place at the club on Thursday 23rd March, everyone is welcome.

The team are now 7pts off the league playoff positions with 12 league matches to go, there is still an outside chance of reaching them. The next 3 matches are away, first to Enfield on the 28th February followed by Harlow and Hendon. The next home fixture is Saturday 11th March v Burgess Hill.

It would be good to increase our supporter base, perhaps that can happen on the 11th March with a crowd bigger than 561. Spread the word if you want entertaining, exciting football at an ambitious, caring club, Billericay Town FC is the team to support.