Billericay Town v Margate
Isthmian League Premier Division. Saturday 6 January 2018, 3:00pm.
This Saturday will see Town play Margate for the first time since April 2015. Two goals from Afolabi Obafemi helped The Blues to a 4-3 win. Margate finished third that season and went up via the play-offs.
Billericay Town will have gone eleven days without playing as the home match against Dulwich and the away fixture at Tonbridge both succumb to the appalling weather.
Margate were due to play at Leiston on Saturday but the pitch was affected by the poor weather, as so many matches did that day.
Prior to the postponed fixture in Suffolk they travelled to Surrey on Boxing Day but left Dorking with a 4-2 defeat.
Margate were visited by Folkestone Invicta on New Years Day and the match survived the weather. Margate took the lead but were blown away by Folkestone who won the match 3-1, having lead 2-1 at half time.
Margate Town was formed in 1896 though the club folded and reformed twice before the Second World War.
During the 1930’s Margate had a link with Arsenal. The league club would send their younger players to get match experience or even experience players to get match fitness. It was during this period that Margate reached the third round of the F.A. Cup having beaten Wimbledon, QPR and Crystal Palace but were eventually knocked out by Blackpool.
They would reach the third round again during the 1972-73 season before being beaten 6-0 by Spurs.
The club spent most of its early history as members of the Kent League until they gained admission to the Southern League in 1959. They remained as members of the Southern League until they were crowned Champions in 2001.
From 1981 to 1989 the club were known as Thanet United but reverted back to their current name.
In 2001 Margate became members of the Conference, finishing eighth in their first season. After three seasons they were relegated to the newly formed Conference South but were deducted 10 points for going in to administration and were relegated to the Isthmian Premier.
After ten years back in the Isthmian Margate were promoted via the play-offs having beaten Dulwich and Hendon. Their stay in the Conference South lasted for two seasons.
It would appear that Billericay and Margate first met in Kent on Tuesday 4 October 2005. The match ended in 1-1 draw with a Hockton goal giving Town a share of the points.
The first meeting at New Lodge between the two took place on Saturday 25 March 2006. A crowd of 512 saw Nathan Elder strike again as Town ran out 4-1 victors.
Billericay ended the season in seventh with Margate finishing fourteenth.
Head to Head
Billericay Town and Margate have now met 18 times. Billericay have won 7 of those encounters with Margate winning 6.
Town have scored 28 times with Margate scoring 27.
Visiting fans travelling by train will find two taxi ranks outside the station. A Cab journey to the ground should cost around £5.00.
Alternatively the High Street is a short walk from the train station and is home to several pubs, restaurants and café’s. The High Street is 10-15 minute walk from the ground.
For those driving to the match there is secure parking available for £5.00, or street parking is limited along Tye Common Road.
The clubs address is AGP Arena, Blunts Wall Road, Billericay, Essex CM12 9SA.
Fans are asked to get to the ground in plenty of time, as tickets will need to be purchased from the ticket office prior to entering the ground.
Tickets can also be bought from the club between 9 and 5 or via the online tickets site.
2017-18 Admission prices to New Lodge are:
· Adults £11.00
· Concessions (Over 65’s and Student card holders) £8.00
· Under 18s £4
The ‘Town Crier’, the official matchday magazine, is available inside the ground for £3.00.
50/50 tickets are available from inside the ground for £1.00. Half the money raised goes to the holder of the winning ticket, with the other half going to the club.