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Club History (autumn 2010):
Billericay Town Football Club was formed in 1880 making it the 11th oldest club in Essex. It moved into the Romford & District League in 1890 competing in this league until 1914.
After the 1st World War, BTFC entered the Mid-Essex League where they remained until 1947. Between 1947 and 1966 they played in the Southern Essex Combination League. In 1966 they became founder-members of the Essex Olympian League.
Five years later, in 1971, Billericay Town Football Club became founder-members of the Essex Senior League and the club`s six-year stay in that competition saw them win the Championship three times and be Runners-Up twice (and third the other season). The League Cup was won four times and they were Finalists once. In addition they won the League Challenge Cup the only time that it was competed for.
Whilst members of the Essex Senior League, the club won the FA Vase in 1976 beating Stamford 1-0 after extra-time at Wembley Stadium. The following season, 1976/1977, the club went to Wembley again for the FA Vase Final. After a 1-1 draw at Wembley, the replay was played at Nottingham Forest F.C. Billericay Town emerged victorious with a 2-1 victory over Sheffield, the oldest club in the world.
Billericay Town also became the first Non-League club to win the Rothmans Merit Award in 1978 for "having made a worth-while contribution to the wide spectrum of the game in 1977/78" - the only CLUB previously to have won this Award was LIVERPOOL, the previous season, when they were the EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS!
Progressing to the Athenian League in 1977, Billericay won the Championship and the League Cup in their first season. They became Champions again in 1978/1979 and after two seasons were elected into the Isthmian League.
Billericay Town became the first [and so far the only] club to win the F.A.Vase for a third time in 1979 when they defeated Almondsbury Greenway 4-1. This match was notable for a hat-trick by Doug Young - the first hat-trick in a Cup Final at Wembley Stadium since Geoff Hurst`s in the 1966 World Cup Final.
The Club then competed in the F.A.Trophy until 1989/1990 when the F.A.Vase was again entered and the Quarter-Final was reached, losing 0-1 to the eventual Finalists, Bridlington.
After their success in the Athenian League, Billericay`s league successes continued in the Isthmian League when in their first season they easily won the Division 2 title with a winning margin of 17 points, scoring 100 goals in their 36 league matches. The following season, in Division 1, they finished as Runners-Up to Bishops Stortford - the first time in the history of the Isthmian League that a club had won promotion in two successive seasons on entry into the League.
Billericay then had five seasons in the Premier Division before being relegated in 1986. They then spent two years in Division One before again being relegated - this time into Division Two North.
Following re-organisation of the League, Billericay finished in third place in the newly formed Division Two and so gained promotion to Division One. That season,1991/1992, they finished the season with an unbeaten run of 15 games, including winning the Essex Thames-Side Trophy.
Full Membership of the Football Association was achieved in 1993, twelve years after obtaining Associate Membership in 1981.
Promotion back to the Premier Division was obtained in 1998 and 12th. position was obtained in the first season back. In season 1999/2000 they obtained their highest-ever league position in the Pyramid structure - 7th. place. In the following three seasons they finished in 8th., 9th. and 12th. places in the League.
Following the resignation of Gary Calder as Manager at the end of the 2002/2003 season the Club moved away from the usual list of local managers and appointed ex-Tottenham Hotspur player Justin Edinburgh as Manager - his first venture into football management following his early retirement from the game after being injured playing for Portsmouth, where he spent two seasons.
In January 2004, a local business-man, Steve Kent, acquired the controlling interest in the Club by buying the shares of the major shareholders and also settling the club`s debts. Since his arrival Steve has set about renovating some of the clubs facilities, overseeing the resurfacing of the car park, the building of new boardroom and office facilities and the refit and extension of the clubhouse.
Unfortunately the 2003/2004 season ended in disappointment for Billericay as they were unable to escape the bottom four and failed to earn a place in the new Nationwide South league. Many changes have occurred on the playing side of the club over the summer, with a lot of new players arriving at New Lodge as Billericay became to latest non-league club to move towards having a full-time squad. In the event Billericay narrowly missed out on promotion, finishing second, only to lose in the play-offs.
Notable former Billericay Town players:
Steve Jones sold to West Ham United for a then club record £22,500 in October 1992. Having found first team opportunities limited at West Ham, making only 16 appearances for the Hammers, he moved on to AFC Bournemouth. When Bournemouth manager Harry Redknapp was appointed as West Ham's new boss he returned to West Ham in January 1996 for £150,000. Again, after finding first team opportunities limited at Upton Park he moved on to Charlton Athletic for £400,000. After making over 50 appearances for Charlton he was sold to Bristol City for £400,000. He then moved to big spending non leaguers Hornchurch.
Nathan Elder sold to League One outfit Brighton & Hove Albion in the 2007 January transfer window for £10,000 (and a 15% sell on clause).
Amara Simba an ex French international, played for Billericay in the 2001/02 season whilst aged 39.
Chris Whelpdale who arrived at New Lodge following a protracted transfer from Maldon Town, several months into the 2006/2007 season after terms had been agreed terms in the summer of 2006 (Maldon claimed he had verbally agreed a new deal with them). He want onto transform Billericay’s season from being on the edge of the play offs to genuine title contenders. He then moved to League Two outfit Peterborough United in the summer of 2007 for a club record £40,000 with interest from League One sides Southend United and Swansea City as well as Championship side Crystal Palace.
DJ Campbell briefly played for Billericay, he went onto inspire a fantastic cup run by fellow non-league outfit Yeading before being sold to Brentford from where, after scoring twice against Sunderland to knock them out of the FA Cup, he was sold on to Birmingham City and then Leicester City.
Jamie Reeves, a member of the 1979 FA Vase winning team, is a pundit onto the ESPN Star Sports coverage of the Premier League.