Grays Athletic

Club Profile

First Played: 1986-7

Win Rate: 46% (from 24 games)

Last Updated: 04 July 2022

Grays Athletic were a familiar opponent in both our Isthmian and Conference National days, as well as being an epic FA Trophy foe. It was against the Gravelmen that Boro’ needed to get past to make it through to the 2007 FA Trophy Final. After getting to the Conference in 2005, the Essex side had an eye on going straight through and out the other side; finishing third under Mark Stimson and falling short in the playoffs.

Stimmo came to us and then the Gravelmen started to struggle. The 2009-10 season ended in relegation; things getting worse when they quit the Conference completely. Instead of taking a spot in Conference South, they applied to join the Ryman League. Their bid was batted back at first, however; only allowed in after an FA appeal. In 2016, Grays Athletic became a community-owned club.


Grays Athletic: The Facts

Park Lane, Aveley, RM15 4PX


Who are Grays Athletic?

Grays. The only place in the land to take its name from the hues, colours and shades of its landscape; wedged on the Essex bank of the Thames between Tilbury and the side we looked at last time, Thurrock. Or Purfleet. The history of Grays Athletic starts in 1890, formed as Grays Juniors before merging with United to make the side we came to know. First joining the Athenian League (1912), the Blues had spells in the London, Kent and Corinthian Leagues between 1914 and 1958 before returning to the Athenian set-up in 1958.

It was, however, their move to the Isthmian League in 1983 that laid foundations for the story of us and them.

Why do we know the Blues?

After joining the Isthmian League, Grays Athletic spent a season in Division Two before it split out into North and South in ’84 (to cater for an influx of new teams, including Boro’). The Blues won the new Div Two South at the first crack, resulting in promotion to Division One. A year later, us Div Two Northerners joined them. Due to a quirk in scheduling during the 1986-7 Vauxhall Opel League Division One season, our first two meetings were just two weeks apart. The first on 30 March finished 2-2; the second in mid-April ending up 1-1 at their gaff.

Grays Athletic: Record vs Boro'

Pl W D L F A GD Pts* WR%
Overall 24 11 7 6 32 25 7 30 46%
Home 13 4 5 4 15 12 3 13 31%
Away 11 7 2 2 17 13 4 17 64%
League 18 8 6 4 25 19 6 30 44%
Cup 6 3 1 2 7 6 1 n/a 50%

* league points only

Grays Athletic: Result-by-Result (Boro' Scoring First)

Tuesday 23 March 2010

Tuesday 22 September 2009

Tuesday 09 December 2008

Thursday 25 September 2008

Saturday 23 February 2008

Saturday 29 September 2007

Saturday 17 March 2007

Saturday 10 March 2007

Saturday 17 February 2007

Saturday 18 November 2006

Saturday 31 December 2005

Saturday 26 November 2005

Tuesday 08 February 2005

Saturday 26 October 2002

Tuesday 29 March 1994

Monday 27 September 1993

Tuesday 20 April 1993

Saturday 30 January 1993

Monday 28 December 1992

Tuesday 11 September 1990

Tuesday 27 October 1987

Saturday 29 August 1987

Tuesday 14 April 1987

Monday 30 March 1987

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How to get to Grays Athletic – Travel Information – Distance: 55 miles

By Road

Go around the M25 to Junction 30/31, which is in the clockwise direction and is for the A13. Take the second exit at the roundabout for the Thurrock-bound A13. At the next roundabout, go right round and take what we hope is the fourth exit – this is Ship Lane.

Keep going down Ship Lane for 1.2 miles into Aveley, before you need to turn left onto High Street and then right again onto Mill Road. You’ll come across the ground on the right-hand side, just before you reach St Paul’s Close.

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The ground has a car park that can accommodate 200 vehicles.

By Rail

The nearest station isn’t all that near – so the train is unlikely to be an option unless you’re willing to catch a bus or something.

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