Boro’ have taken on their fare share of opponents over the years and some of those teams have simply been no more than passing acquaintances. Meanwhile, there are also those others that became – well – annoyingly familiar, right? For all the many times that we’ve faced the likes of W*king, for example, there are no shortage of rare match-ups either. So, it makes sense for us to look back through our archives to see how many you can remember. For example, where do Billericay Town stand in the grand scheme of things?
In the same year Boro’ were stepping up into senior football for the first time, the Blues were marking 100 years in existence. The historic milestone, funnily enough, also coincided with a golden spell for the club. The period between 1973 and 1981 threw up all manner of titles and successes, starting with three Essex Senior League titles in four years. Other honours included three FA Vase wins in four seasons; two Athenian League championships and successive promotions from Division Two North and Division One of the Isthmian League.
Billericay Town: Us and Them
The story of us and them, however, starts a few seasons after reaching their peak. It was the 1986-7 Isthmian League Division One campaign, if you want us to be exact. From that, you can already see Billericay Town’s powers were on the wane. In our promotion-winning season from Div 2 North, the Blues finished up second-bottom of the Premier and were relegated. Our first away day at the higher level was, as it goes, down at New Lodge. Boro’ lost 3-2. We did, however, make up for that defeat later on in the season, winning 4-2 at home.
The following campaign, however, was one to forget for the pair of us. Our 1-1 draw at their gaff in April 1988 (we lost 3-2 indoors that term) was an unwanted watershed for Boro’. After Graham Cox’s goal in that draw, we failed to score in the next SIX matches – a barren run that sealed our fate and our first ever relegation. In a quirk of fate, however, we were joined on the trip back to Div 2 North by the Blues. For them, it was a second relegation in three seasons; Bracknell Town surviving at their expense by just one single point.
Over the course of the next three seasons, we got to know Billericay Town – for better and for worse. The first two meetings down a rung of the ladder were write-offs for Boro’ – 0-3 and 0-1. We turned the tide after that, with three victories and a draw coming from what are our four most recent league meetings. The latter two came during the 1990-1 season – the season marking the start of our surge to the Conference. For Billericay, promotion for them came a season later and – in 1997 – they returned to the Premier Division.
And there, but for a one-season cameo in Conference South, is where they have remained ever since…
Boro’s Record vs Billericay Town
P12 W5 D2 L5 F15 A15 – League Points: 14, Cup Meetings: 2, Win Rate: 42%
BoroGuide’s Billericay Town club profile – for old time’s sake…