Billericay Town v Thurrock
Isthmian League Premier Division. Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2017, 12:00pm.
This Boxing Day Blues fans will be dragging themselves out of their armchairs following 24-hours of watching appalling TV and abusing their digestive systems to see Town face local rivals Thurrock at The AGP Arena.
All fans are reminded that the match will kick-off at midday.
The Blues travelled to The Thurrock Hotel for the August Bank Holiday having beaten Burgess Hill Town 6-1 two days before. A crowd of 523, a huge amount of them Town fans, made the short journey on a very hot afternoon to see Billy Bricknell and Jake Robinson both score twice with another goal added by Adam Cunnington to give The Blues a comfortable 5-0 victory.
The win moved Town briefly to the top of the Isthmian League table.
On Saturday Thurrock travelled to Worthing. Like Town they came from behind, winning their fixture 2-1.
There will be a minutes silence before the match as we remember Nigel Harris, a Blues fan for nearly 50 years, who passed away on Saturday. There will also be a collection for a memorial to Nigel.
Thurrock were formed as Purfleet F.C. in April 1985 and joined the Reserve Section of the Essex Senior League.
They made the step up to the Essex Senior League for the 1986-87 season finishing third and winning the Essex Senor League Cup. They retained the League Cup the following season and won the Essex Senior League title.
They finished runners-up in the Isthmian League Two North the following year and were promoted, only to be relegated the season after.
Purfleet became Thurrock for the 2003-04 season and finished third in the Isthmian Premier, allowing them to be accepted in to the newly formed Conference South. They ended the season having won the Essex Senior Cup (which they retained the following season) and Isthmian League Cup.
They spent eight seasons at this level, finishing third for the first of these seasons but losing out in the play-offs for Eastbourne Borough.
Thurrock were relegated twice in two seasons to the Isthmian 1 North were they spent the last four seasons, never finishing outside the top ten.
It appears that Purfleet and Billericay Town first met at Ship Lane on Tuesday 27 December 1988 in the Isthmian League Division 2 North. The Fleet won the match 6-1. They won the match at New Lodge 2-1 four months later.
Head to Head
Since 1988 the two sides have met 30 times in competitive matches.
Purfleet/Thurrock have won 14 of the matches scoring 50 goals, Billericay 5 wins having scored 39 times, with 11 matches being drawn.
There is no public transport running this Boxing Day so fans will need to drive, cycle or walk to the match. There is limited space for helicopters.
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.