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BILLERICAY TOWN v EBBSFLEET UNITED

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EBBSFLEET UNITED

Formed

1946

Current Form

WLDDW

Last Result

Ebbsfleet 3-2 Hungerford
National League South
Saturday 24 October 2020

League Position

4th

Versus Billericay

P8 W3 D4 L1 F9 A11

Saturday 31 October 2020, 3:00pm

Venue

New Lodge
Blunts Wall Road
Billericay
Essex
CM12 9SA
W3W: mess.times.spill

League Fixtures

Saturday 31 October 2020
Braintree Town v Hemel Hempstead T
Dartford v Havant & Waterlooville
Dulwich Hamlet v Chelmsford City
Eastbourne Borough v Welling United
Hungerford United v Dorking Wanderers
Maidstone United v Concord Rangers
Oxford City v Hampton & Richmond B
Slough Town v Bath City
St Albans City v Chippenham Town

Every Man Matters

Break The Silence
Battle of the Badges
New Lodge, Billericay (£2 entry)
Friday 30 October 2020
8:30pm

Women

Chesham United
Women’s F.A. Cup 3rd Qualifying Round
New Lodge, Billericay
Sunday 1 October 2020
1:00pm

Under 23’s

Barkingside Reserves
Essex Senior League Reserve Division
Lakeside Sports Ground, Grays
Friday 30 October 2020
7:45pm

Women’s Reserves

Hounslow Reserves
FAWNL South-East Reserve Division
Away Match
Sunday 1 November 2020
2:00pm

Women’s Development Team

Chelmsford City
Essex Women’s Football League
Premier Division
Nursery Playing Fields, Ramsden Heath
Sunday 1 November 2020
2:00pm

Youth

Barking U16
Eastern Junior Alliance U16 Blue
Sunday 1 November 2020
Home Match

Aveley U15
Eastern Junior Alliance U15 Blue
Sunday 1 November 2020
New Lodge, Billericay
10:00pm

Godmanchester Town U14
League Cup Under 14’s
Sunday 1 November 2020
New Lodge, Billericay
4:00pm

Bowers & Pitsea U13 White
Eastern Junior Alliance U13 Blue
Len Salmon Stadium, Pitsea
Sunday 1 November 2020
10:00am

Women and Girls

Ridgeway Rovers U18
Friendly
Fords S&S Club
Sunday 1 November 2020
12:30pm

St. Cleres Girls U15
Essex County Girls Football League
Fords S&S Club
Sunday 1 November 2020
12:30pm

Canvey Island Girls U14 Blue
Essex County Girls Football League
Fords S&S Club
Sunday 1 November 2020
12:30pm

Dagenham & Redbridge U13
Essex County Girls Football League
May and Baker’s Ground
Sunday 1 November 2020
2:00pm

Collier Row Youth U12 Diamonds
Brentwood Community Football Alliance
Forest Row Centre
Sunday 1 November 2020
10:00am

Springfield Y U11 Black
Brentwood Community Football Alliance
Dunton
Sunday 1 November 2020
12:00

Hutton Y U9
Brentwood Community Football Alliance
Dunton
Sunday 1 November 2020
12:00

When Gravesend United, of the Kent League, merged with Northfleet United, of the Southern League, in 1946 they became Gravesend & Northfleet. Both clubs had been formed in the 1890’s. The new club took Northfleet’s place in the Southern League for the 1946-47 season.

It was this season that the club reached the First Round of the F.A. Cup. They lost at near neighbours Gillingham 4-1.

The Fleet moved in to Stonebridge Road, which had been the home of Northfleet United since 1905.

In the clubs first 10 years as members of the Southern League they never finished higher than fifth, regularly finishing outside the top ten. The 1957-58 season ended with The Fleet winning the league, and then finishing as runners-up in the Eastern Section a year later.

During the 1949-50 season The Fleet enjoyed some big wins in the F.A. Cup. Canterbury City were beaten 5-1, then Dover were thrashed 5-0 before a 6-1 away win at Corby Town to reach the First Round again. Torquay United visited Northfleet and the league side left with a 3-1 victory.

Another cup run followed during the 1962-63 season. The run began in the First Qualifying Round when Chatham Town left Northfleet having lost 2-1. Sutton United fell to the same fate.

Erith and Belvedere were the next team to visit Stonebridge Road. They were beaten 5-0 as Gravesend progressed in to the Fourth Qualifying Round. The run of home fixtures continued and Lewes were swept aside to take The Fleet in to the First Round again.

Fourth Division Exeter City made the journey from Devon first the First Round of the F.A. Cup. Gravesend won the match 3-2 and they were rewarded with another home match.

Wycombe Wanderers were then members of the Isthmian League. They returned to Wycombe as their own cup run came to an end, with a 3-1 win for Gravesend.

In the Third Round Gravesend & Northfleet United were given a huge away journey as they were drawn away to Carlisle United. Carlisle would end the season being relegated from the Third Division, which capped a poor season for them, not made any easier by losing 1-0 to a non-league team in the F.A. Cup.

The Fourth-Round match was played in February 1963. A club record crowd of 12,032 packed Stonebridge Road as Second Division Sunderland left with a 1-1 draw. The replay ended The Fleet’s great cup run as the North-East club won 5-2.

The following season’s cup run ended in the Second Round with defeat at Brentford. A season later they were beaten 7-0 at Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic (who became AFC Bournemouth in 1971). Wimbledon beaten them in the First Round during the 1965-66 season.

Gravesend & Northfleet signed Barry Fry joined from Leyton Orient for the 1967-67 season. He eventually returned to Brisbane Road.

Between 1969 and 1971 The Fleet were represented on the field by Roy Hodgson. He was signed from Tonbridge and moved to Maidstone United.

The Fleet were promoted from the Southern League First Division in 1971, only to be relegated after one season. They returned to the Southern League Premier Division as First Division Champions in 1975.

Gravesend & Northfleet were founder members of the Alliance Premier League in 1978, and finished fifth in it’s first season. Today this division is known as the Conference National.

The 1982 season ended with relegation back to the Southern League. Four years later and they were relegated again.

Eventually another promotion was followed by relegation and then promotion back to the Southern Prem in 1994 as champions.

The Fleet switched to the Isthmian League Premier Division for the 1997-98 season. On 15 September 1998 Billericay Town visited Stonebridge Road for the first ever competitive meeting between the two clubs.

It ended as a goalless draw.

The next match, at New Lodge, resulted in a 2-1 away win.

It was during the 1998-99 season that The Fleet signed Jimmy Bullard from Dartford. The following summer he was sold to West Ham United for £30,000. He would make over 300 appearances in the Football League and spent the 2016-17 season managing Leatherhead.

The Fleet won the Isthmian League in 2002 and returned to the top tier of non-league football for the first time in 31 years.

Wins against Eastbourne Borough, Histon and Slough Town took The Fleet to the Quarter-Finals of the F.A. Trophy. A short journey to Hertfordshire to play Bishop’s Stortford ended with a 1-1 draw. The replay was one by the Herts side, 3-2.

They would lose to Northwich Victoria at the Quarter-Final stage in 2007.

In November 2007 the club was bought by the MyFootballClub website for £700,000. The websites members contributed towards the fee and voted on transfer signings and any major decisions.

With the construction of the Ebbsfleet International station, and the club’s shirts being sponsored by Eurostar, Gravesend & Northfleet changed the club name to Ebbsfleet United for the 2007-08 season

The newly named club continued their assault on the F.A. Trophy. A 1-0 replay win against Burton Albion in the Quarter-Final finally saw them progress to the Semi-Finals.

The two-legged Semi against Aldershot Town began with a 3-1 home win, followed by a 1-1 draw in Hampshire and Ebbsfleet went to Wembley, where they would face Torquay United.

A single goal decided the match and the Trophy went to Kent with Ebbsfleet.

The following season gave them another run in the Trophy, but they fell at the Semi-Final stage, losing 4-2 on aggregate to Stevenage Borough.

Relegation came again in 2010 and the club joined the Conference South for the first time. Their stay didn’t last long as they finished third, behind Braintree Town and Farnborough, before play-off wins against Chelmsford and Farnborough gave them an immediate return to the Conference National.

Nathan Elder moved to Stonebridge Road for the 2012-13 season, scoring 16 goals for the club. Big Elds had left Billericay Town in 2007 to sign for Brighton & Hove Albion for £10,000.

By 2013 they were back in the Conference South. They finished as runners-up in 2016, to Sutton United, and 2017 to Maidenhead United. A play-off final win in 2017 against Chelmsford City saw them promoted yet again.

It was in 2013 that a group of Kuwaiti investors bought Ebbsfleet United, who immediately went about improving the playing staff and facilities.

In 2015 Adam Cunnington joined for a brief spell, later moving to Town in 2017. The same year Ebbsfleet signed Sam Deering from Cheltenham Town. The following season Sam helped Ebbsfleet win the Conference South play-offs and return to the National League.

The club have reached the First Round of the F.A. Cup for the last three seasons, losing out to Doncaster Rovers, Cheltenham Town and, most recently, Notts County.

By the time the 2019-20 season was brought to a halt by the pandemic Ebbsfleet United were just outside the relegation places. They had been languishing in them until a good run of form lifted them away from the foot of the table.

The National League used a points per game method of working out the final positions and Ebbsfleet United found themselves relegated to the Conference South.

Two players in Ebbsfleet’s squad will be familiar with New Lodge. Greg Cundle joined the club on loan from in 2016. He scored 4 goals in 8 starts for The Blues before being subbed off for Brandon Diao at Merstham.

Jack Paxman moved from Maidstone United to Billericay Town in 2019. He moved to Stonebridge Road during this summer having made 27 starts, 13 appearances from the bench and scoring 2 goals.

LIVE STREAM

A streaming platform has been setup by the club as a facility for our fans until we can have them back into the stadium.

The price for a single match streaming pass will be £8.49, with confirmed season ticket holders gaining FREE access to every game. With the streaming services many clubs are going with, a large percentage of revenue goes to the service provider. We have managed to create something quickly to ensure that our club retains the money from streaming pass revenue. On the club website there will be a section for Live Streaming on the navigation bar at the top of the page.

SEASON TICKET HOLDERS

Obviously, Season ticket holders bought their tickets on the basis that they would be able to attend home games. The club have recently issued a number of options for fans to choose from given the current restrictions. For those who confirm their wish to retain their season tickets, the code on the front of your season ticket e.g. (RIC000123) is the access code you can use to enter on the streaming page of the website and be able to watch the latest match straight away. IMPORTANT – If multiple season tickets were ORDERED under the same name, they will have the same ‘RIC’ code. In this case you will need to put ‘-1, -2, -3’ (RIC000123-1) at the end of your ‘RIC’ code depending on how many were ordered under your name. As you can only use one code at any one time this will enable each family member to watch the stream independently if they wish.

If you are still yet to receive or collect your season ticket then please contact the club so we can give you your ‘RIC’ code/s

If you do log in early on a match day, and access the stream page, do not worry if there does not appear to be anything there. This will be because we will not have gone live at that point. We aim to be live from 15mins before KO for each home game.

NON-SEASON TICKET HOLDERS

As stated previously, the price for a single match streaming pass is £8.49. After clicking onto the Live Streaming page, you will be presented with 3 options:

  • Login (as ST holder)
  • Buy Match
  • Enter access code

Once the single match pass has been bought, you will be emailed a code that can be entered into the box to get straight into the stream. Once entered in, you will be taken into the stream page, if there does not appear to be anything there, it is likely that we haven’t gone live yet. We aim to be live from 15mins before KO for each home game.

COMING UP

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7:45pm

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Tuesday 10 November 2020
7:45pm

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National League South
New Lodge, Billericay
Saturday 14 November 2020
3:00pm

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