Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Concord Rangers FC

Tuesday 19th November 2013 kick off 19:45 hrs                                                                                      

FA Trophy Third Qualifying Round

Concord Rangers (2) 4 v Dulwich Hamlet (2) 3*AET
The Aspect Arena
Thames Road
Canvey Island

Attendance : 156
Admission :  £10
Programme : £2
Club Badge : £4
Tea : £1
Weather : Freezing Cold - Frost developing late on.
Game Number : 72 Ground Number : 51

The club was formed in 1967 by club president Albert Lant. The club gained the land which houses the Thames Road stadium back in 1985. Concord Rangers won an Essex Intermediate League double in the season 1990–1991, this was when the real progress started.
Concord were denied promotion to the Isthmian League in 1998 after winning the Essex Senior League. Following this, several players, coaches, management team, and the chairman left. One who remained was Lee Patterson, who took over as first team manager.
The club won the Essex Senior League title once again in 2003–2004, but still remained at that level for the next season. This led to one player leaving, namely current Great Wakering Rovers stalwart Nikki Beale.
In season 2007–2008 they on the Essex Senior Football League winning the title by goal difference on the last day of the season against Barkingside at the Oakside Stadium. They are also the winners of the 2007–2008 Gordon Brasted Trophy (formerly the Harry Fisher Memorial Trophy), defeating fellow Essex Senior Football League side Eton Manor 3–2 at Leslie Field, the home of Burnham Ramblers.
They were promoted to the Isthmian League Division One North for the 2008–09 season. The following year, 2009-10, they were promoted through the play-offs to the Isthmian League Premier Division.
Concord Rangers have reached the First Qualifying Round in the FA Cup six times, last in season 2008–09. They have since reached the Third Qualifying Round in 2010–11.
In 2012-13 they won the Isthmian League Premier Division play-offs, thus winning promotion to the Conference South.

Welcome to Concord Rangers FC

Meet Sharon and Tracy, the finest barmaids in Canvey.

All locked up ? Don't worry about minor details like that.

Let's take a stroll along the outside perimeter, and we come across some of the finest urban decay Essex has to offer.

Essex is awash with spare tyres. 
Back inside the ground now, let's have a look round and see what we find.
The dreaded At Cost stand - sorry readers.
The playing surface looks rather "lush" mind.

Another At Cost - they must be breeding.

Note : Holiday homes on the horizon.
Picnic tables -I can't think of a nicer place than "Canvey" to watch a game of football on a summer's evening - can you?

Is "Canvey" the Abestsos capital of Europe?


Whilst walking around the ground, I noticed a plethora of signage referring to "Asbestos Contactors". Therefore, I asked myself the question "Is Canvey the Asbestos capital of Europe?" Apparently Canvey Island is the industry's epicentre, did you know that the Chartered Institute of Asbestos Removers  HQ is on the island. All this scratching around is making me itch!!! So I will quit now, but if you ever need a specialist you know where to go now.
Not sure what this is - maybe it's a secret well leading to the Thames? - where members can merrily "fly tip" their waste asbestos?  

Around "Costa de" Canvey Island

The Lobster Smack Inn, scene of many a bare knuckle fight.
                                                      Canvey's Octagonal Cottages
The Island has always been at risk from flooding following high tides in the River Thames. The efforts taken to solve the problem of flooding have contributed greatly to the island’s development. In 1621, a group of local landowners led by Sir Henry Appleton sought to make Canvey more suitable for permanent settlement and convinced Dutch haberdasher Joas Croppenburg to finance a drainage and coastal defence project in exchange for one third of the land that was reclaimed.  A group of Dutch workmen involved in this project,  arrived on Canvey Island with their families, establishing a new community amongst the island’s original inhabitants. While many Dutch workers would eventually return to the Netherlands, their influence on Canvey can be seen in the octagonal cottages they constructed as homes. Two of these cottages still exist on the island, this one houses the Islands  museum.
The Labworth Café  overlooking the Thames estuary at Labworth beach on Canvey Island, Essex. Built in 1932–1933 by the enginner Ove Arup (famous for his design of  Sydney Opera House) to resemble the bridge of the Queen Mary.
Welcome to Canvey home of the UK's Petrochemical Industry.

It's great how holiday makers can share their "hols" with the Island's Oil refinery.

Keep clear - so stack your boats here?

Welcome to HoleHaven a truly lovely place - see below - they do not use the word "hole" for nothing.

Costa Canvey has it's very promenade complete with 1930's art deco style buildings

Sunset at Costa da Canvey - see it's not all bad after all.

The Big Match sponsored by Asbestos UK Ltd

Dulwich's travelling away support in full flow.

One for the scarfers.

This was a tense game, every time Concord took the lead Dulwich pulled a goal back. So much so, that they forced the game into extra time when they looked down out. In ET Concord put their foot on the gas and flew into a two goal lead. However, Dulwich kept pressing and pegged one back to make it 4-3 in the 2nd period of ET and nearly forced penalties with a near miss at the end.  


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