Harrogate Town v Billericay Town
F.A. Trophy 3rd Round. Saturday 3 February 2017, 3:00pm.
The Blues will play in the F.A. Trophy 3rd Round for the first time since 2004-05 when they took Exeter City to a replay.
The historic and picturesque Borough of Harrogate has a population comparable to the Borough of Basildon. The town itself is home to over 75,000 residents, around 50,000 more than Billericay.
Harrogate, who are a full-time club, are making their first appearance at this stage of the competition since 2001-02 when they were beaten 2-0 at Doncaster Rovers.
Harrogate beat St. Albans 5-0 on a Tuesday night reply before being beaten by Salford City in the league. Our hosts have since beaten Stockport County and Telford United leaving themselves in second position, 5 points behind Salford.
Harrogate A.F.C. was formed in 1914 but their formative years were postponed at the outbreak of war and they had to wait until August 1919 for their first fixture. After playing in local leagues, and the Midland Alliance, the club folded in 1932.
The current club were reformed in 1935 as Harrogate Hotspur but changed to Harrogate Town after the Second World War.
Town joined the Yorkshire League for the 1957-58 season being promoted to the First Division in 1961 where they finished as runners-up two years later. They were relegated in 1967 and then relegated again in 1970. They stayed as members of the Yorkshire League until 1982 when they became founder members of the Northern Counties East League Division.
During the 2002-03 season Harrogate made their first appearance in the F.A. Cup First Round. They’d competed in the tournament regularly since 1982 never getting past the third qualifying round.
Having beaten Great Harwood Town, Accrington Stanley with a replay and Wisbech Town they travelled to Farnborough Town in the first round only to be beaten 5-1.
It was a fifth place finished in the Northern Counties East Premier Division in 2004 that earned them a place in the newly formed Conference North. They have twice reached the play-offs but missed out on promotion on both occasions.
As of 3 July 2017 Harrogate Town started life as a professional club with the aim of gaining promotion to the Conference National.
Harrogate Town have played their home matches at Wetherby Road since 1920. It currently has a capacity of 4,000 with seating for 500 spectators.
From Billericay Town to Harrogate Town the distance is 212 miles. The journey typically takes between 3:30 and 4:30 hours using the M1.
The ground is almost half way between two train stations: Hornbeam Park and Starbeck, both being between 20 and 25 minutes’ walk away. The train journey, from Billericay to Hornbeam Park using the bus replacement to Newbury Park with changes at Kings Cross and Leeds, will take around 5 hours.
Going from Basildon station will save you around 20 minutes.
Blues fans have reported train ticket prices from £30 up to £80 for a return, depending on when they were booked.
There are no supporters coaches running to the match.
£15 – Adults (seated)
£14 – Adults (Standing)
£11 – Concessions (Seated)
£10 – Concessions (Standing)
£6 – Under 18’s (Seated)
£5 – Under 18’s (Standing)