So, how do we know Billericay Town? Is it the Gavin and Stacey connection? Or the fact we’ve played them at football? For some Boro’ fans, it’s going to have to be the former. And, even then, it’ll be split across at least a generation. That’s because our 2004 FA Cup clash was the first time we’d met them since our days in the Vauxhall Opel/Football League. While ‘Ricay’s progress up the ladder is slower than ours, it’s not for the want of trying. In 2016, Glenn Tamplin took over with the aim of getting the club up a level or two. Tamplin since left – although not without being noticed.
Billericay Town: The Facts
Blunts Wall Road, Billericay, Essex, CM12 9SA
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.
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.
How to get to Billericay Town – Travel Information – Distance: 48 miles
For Billericay, head down the southbound A1(M) and clockwise M25 towards the Dartford Crossing. Come off at Junction 28 and join the A12. At Junction 12, leave the A12 for the A1023/B1002 and take the first exit at the roundabout for the B1002 onto Roman Road.
The next roundabout? Take the second exit for Lower Road. Continue around onto Wash Road and cross paths with the railway line. At the junction with Rayleigh Road (A129), turn left and continue for 2.6 miles before turning right onto Tye Common Road.
The stadium car park isn’t a large one. So, you may need to find some local street parking.
Services to: LONDON LIVERPOOL STREET
Exit the station and make your way onto Radford Way. Turn right and go back over the railway bridge. Then, turn right into Western Road and follow this down across London Road and onto Tye Common Road. Turn right onto Blunts Wall Road.
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