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Essex Senior Cup Final: Billericay Town 2 Chelmsford City 1

Phoenix FM’s JOHN CHUBB reporting from the Weston Homes Community Stadium

(Photograph by kind permission of Nicky Hayes)

Billericay Town are the new holders of the Essex Senior Cup, after edging out last year’s winners Chelmsford City in what turned out to be a fiercely competitive final.

For Billericay Jack Giddens replaced Alan Julian in goal, and there were returns to the starting XI for Josh Urquhart and Adam Cunnington, whilst Nick Wheeler and Danny Waldren dropped to the bench.

Chelmsford welcomed back Lee Barnard, the former Southend United and Southampton striker returning to Rod Stringer’s squad after injury.

Missing from the Clarets squad were Scott Davies, who yesterday left the club to sign for Slough Town whilst Jazzi Barnum-Bobb, Scott Fenwick, Phil Roberts, George Lapslie and Cameron James were all ineligible having arrived at Melbourne Stadium after the Clarets’ semi-final win over East Thurrock in January.

There were few genuine chances in the somewhat scrappy opening 20 minutes of the match, Jake Robinson of Billericay probably going closest when a shot of his landed on the roof of Chelmsford goalkeeper Sam Beasant’s net.

But Glenn Tamplin’s men broke the deadlock in the 24th minute when Robbie Evans found the net to put the Blues ahead. The former Wrexham midfielder’s goal was allowed to stand in spite of claims by some of the City players of offside.

The goal made the game spring into life, and Clarets almost replied on the half hour mark, when Danny Green crossed a ball into the penalty box which found Michael Spillane, who struck the left hand post.

And on 35 minutes City, who had been pushing for an equaliser got their reward, when Danny Green’s effort from the edge of the penalty box found the net to make it 1-1.

Four minutes later Chelmsford weren’t far from taking the lead when forward Chris Dickson – Clarets’ matchwinner against East Thurrock United in last season’s final – cheekily lobbed the ball over Giddens’ head and wasn’t far away from putting his side in front.

In time added on at the end of the half Ricay’s top scorer Robinson almost made it 2-1, his close range effort being superbly being tipped over the bar by Beasant to ensure that the scores remained level at the break.

After the interval City were looking the side more likely to go in front, especially on 50 minutes when a great through ball from Dickson found Jonathan Giles, whose shot was blocked.

Tamplin and Billericay head coach Harry Wheeler decided just before the hour mark that a more attacking formation was the order of the day, so on came midfielder Danny Waldren and ex-Chelmsford striker Billy Bricknell for Matt Paine and defender Kevin Foley.

Almost immediately after this the Bostik Premier League men were back in front through Calum Butcher, the Mansfield Town loanee’s effort initially striking the post before rolling into the net to make it 2-1.

Chelmsford boss Stringer made an attacking change for the final quarter of an hour, Kudus Oyenuga replacing former Millwall and Leyton Orient forward Shaun Batt, after introducing Ebbsfleet United loanee Bagasan Graham in place of left back Craig Barham-Barrett a few minutes previously.

And the Clarets came agonisingly close to an equaliser with 8 minutes remaining, Taylor Miles firing in an effort from the edge of the box which smacked against Giddens’ crossbar before rebounding into play.

Dickson almost did the same in the 85th minute, the former Ghana international setting off on a pacy run into the area before his shot was gathered by Giddens.

With time running short Stringer introduced another Chelmsford forward as a final throw of the dice, with Green making way for Barnard.

But in spite of referee Dean Skipper adding on six minutes of injury time, the National League South side could not find a way through and Blues took the county crown to claim another scalp against a team from a higher league.

Billericay Town: Jack Giddens, Josh Urquhart, Kevin Foley (Billy Bricknell 58), Joe Kizzi, Rob Swaine, Sam Deering, Robbie Evans, Matt Paine (Danny Waldren 58), Calum Butcher (Jamie O’Hara 70), Jake Robinson, Adam Cunnington.

Chelmsford City: Sam Beasant, Elliot Omozusi, Craig Barham-Barrett (Bagasan Graham 72), Taylor Miles, Michael Spillane, Chris Smith, Danny Green (Lee Barnard 87), Anthony Church, Shaun Batt (Kudus Oyenuga 76), Chris Dickson, Jonathan Giles.

Attendance: 2528

“I’m absolutely over the moon for all those fantastic fans who turned up tonight.

“It’s our first piece of silverware this season – one of three, hopefully. I won this cup a few years ago with Canvey Island, nothing can take it away from you. Some footballers go through their careers without winning anything. We’ve got an opportunity to go and win three, plus we went a long way in the FA Trophy and FA Cup too, obviously we are very happy.
“If we can add the Bostik Premier League and League Cup it will have been a successful season for us, with the league being our main priority.

“But nights like this, if you could bottle them it would be fantastic.” – Billericay assistant manager/coach Danny Hazle

“I’m proud of my players. I’m proud to be the manager of Chelmsford City”.

“What a great spectacle of a game it was.

“If people don’t know what this level is all about, they have come here tonight they have come here tonight and witnessed two good sides.

“It was a fantastic crowd, and I thought it was a good game of football”. – Chelmsford manager Rod Stringer

Brentwood Half Marathon cancelled … but let’s run it anyway

As our regular listeners and readers will know, this year’s Brentwood Half Marathon was sadly cancelled due to a second visit from the Beast From The East.

Undeterred by this news, David Liddle and Gavin Perrett from Hawkhurst Alternative Investments decided to run the route anyway!

They set off promptly at 8am and trotted the course a little slower than normal, particularly as the roads between Mountnessing and Blackmore were very icy.

Gavin commented, “Having raised over £600 for Kids Inspire I felt obliged to at least attempt the run out of respect for the people who were generous enough to sponsor me.”

Sam Callahan debuts his new single ‘Say Something’ on Saturday Breakfast

Antonia Jones welcomed Sam Callahan to the Saturday Breakfast Show on Phoenix FM (18 March 2018) to talk about his latest tour this April with fellow X-Factor contestant Gregor Coleman and a host of other up and coming artists. We also got to hear about his hopes and aspirations for the future plus he shared his new single ‘Say Something’ on AJs SoundBooth.

This was Sam’s first interview since signing with Mean Recordings listen to the show here.

To find out more about Sam Callahan and his tour click the link here.

Want to get your music played on AJ’s SoundBooth click the link here.

Saint Francis Hospice’s Big Yellow Quiz breaks records

Saint Francis Hospice is thrilled with the backing for this Friday’s (23rd March) Big Yellow Quiz at the Brentwood Centre.

Phoenix FM’s Chris Hood will be hosting the event and Eat My Brunch host Michelle Ward is providing the musical entertainment.

Barry, Beth, Keith, Kevin and Chris from BBC’s Eggheads will be there each with their own speciality round.

Sarah Williamson, Head of Community, Corporate and Events Fundraising with the Hospice, said: “We are so grateful to our amazing supporters. This year all previous hospice records have been broken with 820 sign ups so far.

“Our aim is to make it to 900 quizzers, so if any Phoenix FM listeners are free this Friday evening from 7pm and want to come along please call the hospice events team on 01708 771431 we would be delighted to hear from you.

“Our quizzers are really going to enjoy the music round – the wonderful Steve Davis, snooker legend and music buff is asking the questions for this one.

“This is a really fun evening; whether you’re a hard core quizzer or a trivia buff, get a few friends together, bring your drinks and snacks, come along and have fun whilst supporting a really deserving local charity.”

More information is available on

Saint Francis Hospice is a registered charity that employs 150 nurses, doctors and specialist healthcare staff who are supported by 800 volunteers. Together they provide care and help to more than 4,000 people across the boroughs of Havering, Barking & Dagenham, Redbridge and Brentwood. Saint Francis Hospice provides all of its services free of charge to support patients from our local community with any life-limiting illness including cancer, heart, lung or motor neurone disease.

DJ Bus Replacement Service special

Hi All

Hang on to your hats!
Here’s the mixcloud re-cue and playlist for the Doris Woo (DJ Bus Replacement Service) special!

Ri Kyong Suk – Don’t Ask My Name
Rufus Harley – Feeling Good
John “Bowtie” Barstow – Happy Days
John “Bowtie” Barstow – Oh Danny Boy
Wing – Poker Face
Gnod R&D – Good Old Days (live at The Exchange, Bristol 12 Dec 2017)
Chase Binnie – You Already Exist (feat. Bashar channeling)
Edgar Winter – Bang Bang
Alex Popov – Wind of Hope
Eastern Lightning Gospel Choir – (unknown title)
Sam & Ben – Song to Make You Happy (VIP dubplate)
Thxa Soe – Aung Par Say (Original Mix)
Shonen Knife – Eat It
Shooby Taylor – Tow Away Zone
Shooby Taylor – Theme from Elvira Madigan (aka Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21)
The Right Band – Crazy Wise
Mikaela Mansikkala – Treasure Beyond Measure
Nick Padron – The Crack Between the World

Legend of Comedy Sir Ken Dodd Dies

I was very sad to hear of the passing of Ken Dodd this morning.

Back in September 2013 I was honoured to be able to interview Ken. It was one of the major highlights of my time at Phoenix FM and Ken was very generous, giving me a full half hour of his time. He was warm, very funny and engaging and talked about his childhood, his early days in showbusiness and a very funny interview with The Beatles.

You can listen to an edited version of that interview here –

Thanks Ken and Rest in Peace.

Phoenix Sport Meets Elizabeth Cann


Listen again as Chris Hood chats with twice Commonwealth Medallist, twice European Silver Medallist and five time English National Badminton Champion Elizabeth Cann.

Liz talks about her badminton career and her professional life and career coaching.

You can find out more about Liz and her coaching at

Billericay Town: Glenn Tamplin’s season update

We were at the AGP Arena to watch the efforts of Billericay Town’s staff and volunteers to get the pitch ready for their league match against Staines Town – all sadly in vain due to the heavy downpours this week.

We still had a chance to chat to owner/manager about the club’s form, how they are coping with the massive backlog of games and also Glenn’s recent appearance at the TLG Awards.

You can hear the interview again here:

The Brookings are Saint Francis Hospice’s latest big name signings

Sir Trevor Brooking and his wife Hilkka have become patrons of Saint Francis Hospice.

Pam Court, CEO of Saint Francis Hospice, announced the news today. Whilst Sir Trevor and Hilkka are longstanding supporters of the hospice – attending golf days and the annual ladies lunch this past year – they have now dedicated even more time, officially opening the hospice day services Pemberton Place following a relaunch.

Sir Trevor also agreed to start off the runners at the annual Santathon fundraising event in Dagenham in December, but heavy snow led to the event being postponed until March 25th. Sir Trevor has agreed to honour his commitment and will start off the 500 Santas signed up to attend.

When asked why they had chosen to become patrons, Sir Trevor said, “the hospice is fundamental to everyone who lives in the area and with people living longer I am very conscious of the challenge and the need for Saint Francis Hospice Services.”

Hilkka continued, “a lady who worked for us a few years ago came here. She was extremely well taken care of and that was the first time I visited here and I must be honest I was in awe of what I found and how well she was cared for. The place wasn’t as daunting as I thought and that’s where my interest started.”

Pam Court said “I am thrilled they have decided to become Patrons. Sir Trevor and Hilkka are such genuine, lovely people they have such an affinity with the hospice and they have a genuine interest and they have already committed time which to us is priceless. A huge thank you to both of them for getting involved.

“When Sir Trevor and Hilkka come to the hospice, staff, volunteers and patients are always excited to see them. Sir Trevor is so obliging coming in a number of times to sign memorabilia as he had so many requests.”

When asked if he was surprised by the amount of attention and interest he receives he said, “I am very lucky because even though I finished playing football a long time ago I’ve had various roles that have kept me in the public eye and we’ve always lived in this area. It seems 80/90% of the people are West Ham Fans.”

Hilkka says she is not really surprised because West Ham fans are really very loyal. “I have always said in our marriage the third person is West Ham United and at least I can say I love her.”

The West Ham Way – show 77 – with David Gold

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Welcome to the latest edition of The West Ham Way, Phoenix FM’s weekly round up of all things West Ham!

The show is presented every week by Dave Walker and Kev Slade from the online West Ham fanzine Sex Drugs & Carlton Cole and serial ITK blogger @exwhuemployee, founder of The West Ham Way website.

Current West Ham United Joint Chairman David Gold is our special guest this week. In the show – which was recorded on Monday evening – David exclusively answers questions regarding the London Stadium, club finances, transfer policy and other subjects.

David said, “I believe that it’s important that I speak directly to the fans. In the last couple of weeks I’ve had many requests to go on different radio shows, but I feel that this particular show goes directly to West Ham supporters – this is all about speaking to West Ham fans”.

Music in today’s show – all chosen by David – comes from the Beatles, Ike and Tina Turner and the Proclaimers.

Phoenix FM would like to extend its thanks to David for coming in and to Jacqueline Gold for helping to make this happen.

The West Ham Way will be back next week on Wednesday at 7pm. #COYI