Harlow Town v Billericay Town
Isthmian League Premier Division. Saturday 18 November 2017, 3:00pm.
The Blues will play their fourth match in a week as they travel to North Essex this weekend.
Last season Glenn made his managerial debut as Town won 2-0 at Elizabeth Way thanks to goals from Adam Cunnington and Billy Bricknell. It was at this match that Blues fans adopted the ‘what a waste of money’ chant.
Harlow Town Football Club was formed in 1879 and played their first match that October, against Saffron Walden Town.
The Hawks joined the Isthmian League in 1973, having been members of the Athenian League, and by 1979 had been promoted to the Premier Division.
They spent five out of the next six seasons at this level but then suffered back-to-back relegations dropping in to Division 2 North for the 1986-87 season. They eventually returned to the Premier Division in 2007 having previously not played during the 1992-93 season and switching to the Southern League for two years.
Billericay Town have been enjoying runs in four cup competitions this season. During the 1979-80 season Harlow enjoyed a run to the Fourth Round of the F.A. Cup, beating Lowestoft, Hornchurch, Bury Town, Harwich and then Margate to get to the First Round Proper, where they were drawn at home to Leytonstone Ilford.
A 2-1 victory earned them a trip to Roots Hall, and a 1-1 draw there meant The Seasiders would travel to The Sportcentre. The Hawks overcame the odds and won 1-0.
The Second Round gave them a trip to Filbert Street against Leicester City. The non-league side draw again and repeated their last round heroics by beating The Foxes 1-0. The match drew a club record crowd of over 9,700.
Their brilliant run came to an end in the Fourth Round as they lost out to Watford, 4-3, at Vicarage Road.
The records appear to show that the first competitive meeting between Harlow and Billericay was on Tuesday 8 September 1981 at New Lodge. Dave Groom scored as The Blues won 2-0.
Billericay’s first trip to Harlow took place on Tuesday 17 November 1981. Harlow won 3-1.
Billericay finished the season in 17th, with Harlow finishing 21st and being relegated.
Head to Head
A quick glance through the record books shows that these two clubs have met 20 times in competition since 1981.
Billericay has won nine of the meetings with Harlow triumphing six times.
The Blues have scored 38 goals with Harlow scoring 33.
The BTIS will be meeting at Billericay Train Station for 9:50am and getting the train replacement bus service to Newbury Park.
All fans are welcome to join them.
£8.00 Concessions (60+/Students – proof may be required)
£2.00 Under 18’s (Proof of age required)
The Harlow Arena