Billericay Town v Corinthian Casuals
Isthmain League Cup Semi-Finals. Monday 19 February 2018, 7:45pm
The Blues are looking to reach a second successive League Cup Final this week but first they will need to beat Corinthian Casuals.
Tonight’s visitors are currently on an eleven-match unbeaten run going back to 23 December. This run has seen them rise in to third place in the Isthmian One North, only two points behind leaders Lewes.
Corinthian FC (formed 1882) merged with Casuals FC (formed 1883) in 1939 playing one match prior to the outbreak of war.
The Corinthian club have been hugely influential throughout the world with Corinthian in Brazil taking their name from the club whilst they toured the country and their all white kit encouraging Real Madrid to do likewise.
In 1894 and 1895 England field two sides made up entirely of players from Corinthians, though they all played for other clubs.
Casuals FC had been founder members of the Isthmian League in 1905 and after they merged with Corinthians the new club took Casuals place in the league, and apart from 13 seasons, they have been members ever since.
Last season was their best since re-joining the league in 1997. A fourth-place finish saw them reach the promotion play-offs which they started with a win at Greenwich Borough. In the final they travelled to Dorking Wanderers and after a goalless draw the match went to penalties. Wanderers won the shoot out and were promoted.
Billericay Town first met Corinthian Casuals in the Isthmian League Division 2 on 17 November 1979 at New Lodge. A crowd of 668 watched as The Blues won 4-0 with goals from T. Sharpe 2, Steve Bone and Doug Young.
The return match was played in February 1980 with Town winning 2-0 thanks to goals against Gray and Wakefield.
The Casuals finished bottom that season, as they would the following year. Town won the Division by 17 points.
Visiting fans travelling by train will find two taxi ranks outside the station. A Cab journey to the ground should cost around £5.00.
Alternatively, the High Street is a short walk from the train station and is home to several pubs, restaurants and cafés. The High Street is 10-15 minute walk from the ground.
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.
2017-18 Admission prices to New Lodge are:
· Adults £11.00
· Concessions (Over 65’s and Student card holders) £8.00
· Under 18s £4
Anyone wishing to attend this match is asked to get to the ground early to purchase a ticket as money is not taken on the turnstiles any more.
Tickets can also be bought for the League Cup match against Barking. As this is not a league match season tickets cannot be accepted to gain entry.
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.