Hungerford Town v Billericay Town
F.A. Cup 3rd Qualifying Round. Saturday 30 September 2017, 3:00pm.
This weekend Blues fans will be making the journey to Berkshire as we visit the historic market town of Hungerford in the F.A. Cup.
The Crusaders are currently in their second season as members of the National League South.
Last weekend Hungerford made the journey to North Essex to face fellow National League South side Braintree Town. Braintree won the match 5-0, which leaves Hungerford sitting 15th in the table.
Hungerford Town were formed in 1886 and played in local leagues until becoming members of the Hellenic League in 1958.
The clubs first honour came during the 1904-05 season when they won the Newbury Challenge Cup, the first of two titles. They would also win the Newbury League on four occasions.
The Crusaders joined Isthmian League Division Two for the 1978-79 season and stayed at that level until they returned to the Hellenic League in 2003.
Winning the Hellenic League in 2008-09 gained them entry to the Southern League. They were promoted to the Southern League Premier Division after four seasons and three seasons later were promoted to the National League South.
Billericay and Hungerford first met in January 1976 for an F.A. Vase fifth round match. As was so often the case Freddie Clayden was on the score sheet as The Blues won 2-0 and went on to lift the Vase at Wembley.
This will be the first meeting between the two have met since November 1991. A crowd of 89 watched as Hungerford won 2-0.
Head to Head
These two clubs have met competitively on six occasions:
31 Jan 1976 – Billericay Town 2 Hungerford Town 0 (F.A. Vase 5R)
1 Sep 1979 – Billericay Town 1 Hungerford Town 0 (Isthmian League 2)
1 Mar 1980 – Billericay Town 0 Hungerford Town 3 (F.A. Vase QF)
15 Mar 1980 – Hungerford Town 1 Billericay Town 0 (Isthmian League 2)
5 Oct 1991 – Billericay Town 4 Hungerford Town 1 (Isthmian League 2)
2 Nov 1991 – Hungerford Town 2 Billericay Town 0 (Isthmian League 2)
When Hungerford won the F.A. Vase tie between the two in 1980 they became the first team to beat The Blues in a Vase match at New Lodge. That days attendance of 1,655 was Billericay’s biggest attendance of the 1980’s.
Guisborough knocked out Hungerford Town over two legs in the semi-final.
Adults – £12
Concessions* – £6
Children under 16 – No Charge
Carer (accompanying disabled spectator) – No Charge
Matchday Programme – £2
Fans wishing to travel by train from Billericay will start with the familiar replacement bus to Shenfield.
Fans will be meeting at the station for 9am with the aim of getting the bus replacement to Shenfield at 9:12, or cabs to Shenfield. They’ll get the 9:39am from there to London Liverpool Street.
This will eventually be followed by changes at London Paddington and then Reading with a half hour journey from there to Hungerford station. The entire trip should take around 3 hours.
The ground is around a 15-minute walk from the station.
A car journey from Billericay to Hungerford will take roughly 2 hours.