Billericay Town v Metropolitan Police
Isthmian League Premier Division. Tuesday 19 December 2017, 7:45pm.
The AGP Arena is again the setting for an Isthmian League match under the floodlights this Tuesday evening as we welcome the Met Police in to the town in the last home match before Christmas.
Last Tuesday the Met progressed in the League Cup by beating fellow Londoners Romford 4-2.
On Saturday they travelled in to Suffolk to face Needham Market. The crowd of 205 watched the two sides play out a 1-1 draw. This result left Met Police in sixth.
Billericay Town travel to Burgess Hill on Saturday. The club are organising coach travel for this match, and to Tonbridge on New Years Day. Details can be found by following this link.
Town will host Thurrock on Boxing Day with the match kicking off at midday. The Blues are at home again four days later when Dulwich Hamlet visit.
The Metropolitan Police’s football club came in to being in 1919, the same year the force purchased the Imber Court sports facility they still occupy today.
They played friendly matches until 1928 when they became members of the Spartan League, where they would remain until joining the Metropolitan League in 1960.
Six seasons later they moved to the newly formed Isthmian League Division Two, and were promoted after their first season. Between 1977 and 2011 The Met yo-yoed between the second and third tiers of the Isthmian League until they were crowned Isthmian League One South Champions and gained promotion to the Premier Division were they still compete.
It appears that Billericay Town and the Met Police first faced each other on Tuesday 26 August 1980 for a League Cup match. The match, played at New Lodge, ended as a 2-2 draw after extra time, thanks to goals from Fred Clayden and Russell Kean.
Town won the replay 2-1 at Imber Court with goals from Tony Wakefield and Steve Witherspoon.
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 café’s. 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.
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.