After two years in the Conference, Canvey Island accepted voluntary demotion to Isthmian League Division One North in 2006. It had seemed only a matter of time before the Gulls rose up into the Conference. Three seasons on the trot, they came second in the Isthmian League; twice scoring 100 goals doing so. Finally, however, they secured their elusive title – yet the cash ran out as Jeff King pulled back his investment.
Canvey Island Travel Information – Distance: 64 miles
The quickest way to get to Canvey Island from Stevenage is to take the M25 eastbound until you reach Junction 29 – the A127 turnoff. Head along the A127 towards Southend and – after 12 miles – you’ll reach the junction for the A1245 for Chelmsford, Wickford and the A130 among others.
Come off the A127 here and take the third exit at the roundabout for the A1245. In a very short distance, keep left to join the A130. In about one-and-a-half miles, stay in the left two lanes to stay with the A130 down towards Canvey Island.
Make sure you’re in the right lane for the A130 as you approach the roundabout. You’re going (more or less) straight across here. As you near the island itself, you’ll come to a roundabout. At this point, take the second exit for Somnes Avenue (B1014). Keep going for 2.8 miles after this.
At the roundabout with Park Lane just after passing the transport museum, it’s a right turn (second exit) and the ground is down here.
The car park at the ground itself is pretty big and can cope with a modest sized crowd, while also free of charge. If a bigger crowd is expected, you may be wise to aim for the seafront (Eastern Esplanade) or the other side of Point Road.
Services to: LONDON FENCHURCH STREET
When you leave the station, we suggest you catch either #3 or #151 bus services and ask for the stop after the Admiral Jellico pub.
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