BILLERICAY TOWN v CONCORD RANGERS
Concord 1-2 Truro
Saturday 19 December 2020
P14 W4 D6 L4 F25 A16
Saturday 2 January 2021, 3:00pm
Blunts Wall Road
Concord Rangers were formed on Canvey Island and named after a beach near where clubs the founder’s children played football.
As a junior side they joined the Thundermite League in 1967 and moved in to the Vange & District League in 1973. Their time at this level was very successful and prompted a move in to Saturday football as they joined the Mid-Essex League in 1978.
In 1988 Rangers joined the Second Division of the Essex Intermediate League. They settled in to life at this level very quickly finishing seventh, fifth and then winning the Second Division in 1991.
Concord Rangers were promoted in to the Essex Senior League in 1991 and took part in the F.A. Cup for the first time in 1994, losing 4-2 at Chesham United.
In 1996 and 1997 Rangers finished third in the Essex Senior League, they lifted the League Cup in ’97. Concord eventually won the league in 1998, pipping Basildon United to the title on the last day, with both teams only losing one match all season.
It was in February 1997 that Billericay Town and Concord Rangers first met. The Beach Boys visited New Lodge for a Second Round match in the Essex Thameside Trophy. Danny Hazle scored twice as The Blues won 3-2.
A season later and Concord finished ninth in the Essex Senior League. By 2003 they were runners-up and a year later they had worked their way back to top spot, winning by 5 points ahead of Ilford. The following season they finished ninth again.
Town and Rangers met again in January 2007, again in the Second Round of the Thameside Trophy. Chris Whelpdale scored the winner at Thames Road for Billericay in a 2-1 win.
In 2008 Rangers goal difference gave them the Essex Senior League title for a third time, ahead of Enfield. They reached the Final of the League Cup again, but lost 3-2 to Eton Manor.
The Beach Boys had a run from the First Qualifying Round of the F.A. Vase up to the Quarter-Finals, where they lost 1-0 at Lowestoft Town.
This latest League triumph gave them a promotion in to the Isthmian League for the first time for the 2008-09 season. Rangers hosted Town in the F.A. Trophy. Billy Bricknell scored that afternoon but Concord won 3-1.
Concord finished in the play-off places in their first season as members of the Isthmian League. They beat East Thurrock United but lost to Waltham Abbey in the Final.
The following season they finished as runners-up and were promoted by beating East Thurrock United and Enfield Town in the play-offs.
In 2012-13 they again made the play-offs. They won 2-1 at Wealdstone and then won 2-1 in the Final at Lowestoft to gain promotion to the Conference South.
During the 2014-15 season they had their best cup runs in the F.A. Cup and Trophy, at the time.
Boreham Wood, also in the Conference South, were beaten 4-0 in the Trophy Third Qualifying Round and Rangers hosted Barnet at Thames Road. Concord travelled to Conference Premier Barnet and won 6-0.
Then lost in the Second Round, 3-1 at Hemel Hempstead Town.
Wins against Wealdstone, Worcester City and St. Albans City gave Concord Rangers their first appearance in the F.A. Cup First Round. A 1-1 draw at Mansfield Town brought the League Team down to Essex where they won the replay 1-0.
In 2019 Concord finished in the play-off places but were not allowed to compete as their Thames Road ground did not meet the required grading.
When last season was bought to a halt because of the Covid-19 virus Concord were 17th in the league and were preparing to play a two-legged Semi-Final against Halesowen Town in the F.A. Trophy.
The Blues travelled on to Canvey on Boxing Day 2019 where the hosts won 4-0. In Rangers squad that day was Kresh Krasniqi and Greg Cundle, both ex-Town players.
Amongst Concord’s current squad is Frazer Shaw, who spent a short period with Town before being released. He then joined Dulwich Hamlet before moving in to the Football League with Leyton Orient and then Accrington Stanley.
Rangers last match was a 2-1 home defeat in the F.A. Trophy against Truro City, even though Concord are still yet to play last seasons Trophy Final. In the staring XI was another ex-Blue Ryan Scott.