Billericay Town v Barking
Isthmian League Cup. Tuesday 19 September 2017, 7:45pm.
Town begin their League Cup defence against East Londoners Barking F.C.
There are several familiar faces amongst the ranks at Barking. Joint Manager Justin Gardner helped Town as Joint Manager at the end of last season winning the Isthmian League Cup, as well as leading the Under 23’s to the Development League Title and Champions Cup.
Young Blues defender Will Putt joined Barking on loan at the start of the season. He would have seen a few familiar faces in the changing room at Mayesbrook Park.
Goldy Capela made 27 appearances for Billericay Town last season, scoring 8 goals including the winning goal against Chippenham Town the F.A. Cup Third Qualifying Round.
Abs Seymour joined Town from AFC Hornchurch making twelve appearances and scoring twice before returning to the Upminster side.
By the end of August Town favourite Kresh Krasniqi had joined them. The attacking midfielder made 50 appearances last season, scoring three times, including a goal in the league cup final win against Tonbridge.
On Saturday afternoon Barking travelled to Dereham Town and left with a share of the points after a 3-3 draw.
The current incarnation of Barking F.C. were formed in 2006, but they can trace their begins back to the late Victorian era.
They lifted the Essex Senior Cup on seven occasions, the first coming in 1894.
Barking have been residents at Mayesbrook Park since 1974. Prior to this they played at Vicarage Field where, in 1958, Barking became the first Isthmian League club to play a floodlit match.
The Blues first joined the Isthmian League for the 1952-53 season. Prior to this they’d been founder members of the Athenian League. They’d won the Athenian League in 1935; their next league title came in 1979.
Last season they tasted success again, winning the Essex Senior League with 100 points and 125 goals.
It appears that Barking and Billericay first met on Saturday 21 October 1978 for an FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round match. Barking were playing in the Isthmian League Premier Division whilst Town were members of the Athenian League.
A crowd of over 1,300 filled Mayesbrook Park as the hosts won 2-0.
The two clubs wouldn’t meet again until 1981, this time in the Isthmian League. The match in East London ended goalless with Barking winning the match at New Lodge 1-0.
Head to Head
These two clubs have met 25 times over the years, the most recent in 2007; an Essex Thameside Trophy match with Billericay Town won 2-1 at Mayesbrook Park.
Of these matches both sides have won 10 times, with five draws. Billericay have scored 24 times with Barking scoring 29.
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.
2017-18 Admission prices to New Lodge are:
· Adults £11.00
· Concessions (Over 65’s and Student card holders) £8.00
· Under 18s £4
Anyone wishing to attend this match is asked to get to the ground early to purchase a ticket as money is not taken on the turnstiles any more.
As this is a cup match season tickets cannot be used to gain entry.
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.