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OFFICIAL PROGRAMME - SIXPENCE Headquarters & Ground: Park Lane,

Leigh Beck,

Canvey Island,

Essex.

Telephone: Canvey Island 2991

CANVEY ISLAND FOOTBALL

CLUB

(Affiliated to Essex County F.A. - Members of the BetVictor Isthmian League) Chairman: J. BATCH Esq.

Team Manager: M. BENTLEY Esq.

Secretary: G. SUTTON Esq.

Assistant: B. WELLMEN Esq.

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CANVEY ISLAND FOOTBALL CLUB FOUNDED 1926

Chairman: J. BATCH Directors: G. BRITNELL, B. HEALE, D. HEALE, M. O’BRIEN, C. SUTTON, G. SUTTON, L. WRIGHT, N. WRIGHT Manager: M. BENTLEY Assistant Manager: B. WELLMEN Director of Football: D. HEALE Goalkeeper Coach: S. SHAVE Physio: A. WALLER Groundsman: D. LEIGH Chief Steward: G. WICKENS Grants & Funding Officer: R. HALL SNR

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BETVICTOR ISTHMIAN LEAGUE NORTH

CANVEY ISLAND F. C. Versus

BURY TOWN SATURDAY, 31st AUGUST 2019 CANVEY ISLAND 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

L. JOHNSON A. OSIFUWA S. KNOTT R. LACEY M. FINNERAN E. WARREN T. JOSEPH A. LEVETT J. HALLETT G. PURCELL (c) J. HUTCHINSON

12 14 15 16 17

Z. LITTLEJOHN K. GILBERT S. GEBRAI S. DULIEU D. HUMPHREYS

M M. BENTLEY A B. WELLMEN

Referee: Ayrton Hursey

SOUTHEND SPORTS CENTRE 663 SOUTHCHURCH ROAD Tel: Southend 67688

Assistants: James Pope Gary Baker

KICK-OFF 3.00 p.m. BURY TOWN 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

D. BARDEN J. ROBSON R. STAFFORD J. HOOD J. WHITE T. HASTINGS J. CHAMBERS SHAW R. HORNE O. HUGHES C. RAMADAN R. CRANE

12 14 15 16 17

C. NZADZAYO E. MACHAYA M. MAUGHAN W. GARDNER G. BUGG

M B. CHENERY A

Registered in England and Wales with Company Registration Number 04522700 Park Lane, Canvey Island, Essex, SS8 7PX www.canveyislandfc.com - info@canveyislandfc.com - 01268 682991 People With Significant Interest In The Club: Mr JB Batch, Mr GL Sutton and Mr MC O’Brien “The Isthmian Football League strongly supports the FA statement that there should be a zero tolerance approach against racism and all forms of discrimination. Accordingly any form of discriminatory abuse whether it be based on race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, faith, age, ability or any other form of abuse will be reported to The Football Association for action by that Association.” (The FA 0800 085 0508 / Kick it Out 020 7253 0162)


THE VELOCITY TROPHY - GROUP 6

CANVEY ISLAND F. C. Versus

HULLBRIDGE SPORTS TUESDAY, 3rd SEPTEMBER 2019 CANVEY ISLAND 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

L. JOHNSON A. OSIFUWA S. KNOTT R. LACEY M. FINNERAN E. WARREN T. JOSEPH A. LEVETT J. HALLETT G. PURCELL (c) J. HUTCHINSON

12 14 15 16 17

Z. LITTLEJOHN K. GILBERT S. GEBRAI S. DULIEU D. HUMPHREYS

M M. BENTLEY A B. WELLMEN

Referee: Karl Sear

SOUTHEND SPORTS CENTRE 663 SOUTHCHURCH ROAD Tel: Southend 67688

Assistants: Patrick Yates Craig Charles

KICK-OFF 7.45 p.m. HULLBRIDGE SPORTS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

R. BUDD C. HOMANS M. ROSE J. ALLEN P. DUNN (c) G. FREDERICK E. OKUNJA N. SCARBOROUGH A. SOTOYINBO T. MONSHEJU J. SALMON

12 14 15 16 17

M. BAXTER L. HORNSLEY J. WRIGHT Y. ADELANI A. GUMBS

M D. MANNING A J. WAKELING

Registered in England and Wales with Company Registration Number 04522700 Park Lane, Canvey Island, Essex, SS8 7PX www.canveyislandfc.com - info@canveyislandfc.com - 01268 682991 People With Significant Interest In The Club: Mr JB Batch, Mr GL Sutton and Mr MC O’Brien “The Isthmian Football League strongly supports the FA statement that there should be a zero tolerance approach against racism and all forms of discrimination. Accordingly any form of discriminatory abuse whether it be based on race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, faith, age, ability or any other form of abuse will be reported to The Football Association for action by that Association.” (The FA 0800 085 0508 / Kick it Out 020 7253 0162)


INTRODUCTION

WELCOME TO PARK LANE Welcome Ladies and Gentlemen to Park Lane for our BetVictor Isthmian League North match against Bury Town on Saturday and our Velocity Trophy Group 6 match against Hullbridge Sports on Tuesday night. We hope that the players, officials and supporters of both clubs, along with our match officials, enjoy their time with us and have a safe journey home afterwards. Due to holidays we having to produce a double issue of this programme to cover both matches. Match Sponsors We would like to thank the sponsors for both matches who are The Wright Family (Bury Town) and Heale Property Management (Hullbridge Sports). Bury Town Ben Chenery's side are currently third in the table and come into this match following a 3-1 home win against Cambridge City. This will be our 20th competitive match against Bury Town, with our record to date reading P 19, W 4, D 2, L 13, F 14, A 28. Hullbridge Sports At the time of writing, Hullbridge are 18th in the BetVictor Isthmian League North and have just been beaten 3-1 by ourselves. On Saturday they will have hoped

to get back to winning ways when the travelled to Cambridge City. This will be our 15th competitive match against Hullbridge, with our record to date reading P 14, W 8, D 4, L 2, F 26, A 10. Recent Results Last Saturday we booked our place in the next round of the Emirates FA Cup with a 2-0 victory away to Spartan South Midlands League Division One side Stotfold. Our goals were scored by George Purcell and Tobi Joseph. We followed that up on Bank Holiday Monday with a 3-1 win away to Hullbridge Sports in a return to league action thanks to goals from Josh Hutchinson, George Purcell and Tobi Joseph. Upcoming Fixtures Following these matches, our next fixture is likely to be on Saturday 7th September when we take part in the Emirates FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round. The draw will have taken place after this programme has been produced. Our next scheduled match is on Saturday 14th September when we travel to Coggeshall Town in the BetVictor Isthmian League North, kick off at 15:00. We then head to Maldon & Tiptree on Tuesday 17th September (19:45) before our next home match on Saturday 21st September when Brentwood Town are the visitors.


MANAGER'S NOTES MARK BENTLEY

Hello everyone and welcome to our matches against Bury Town and Hullbridge Sports. We come into the Bury Town match on the back of a perfect start to the season in regards to results, having won all four of our matches to date. The latest of these wins was against Hullbridge Sports, when in the scorching heat and only two days since our FA Cup match away to Stotfold, the lads put in a good shift to see us home 3-1. I felt for the players in those conditions and with the matches so close together, especially as Hullbridge

didn't have a game at the weekend. However, while the performance wasn't our best, we scored some good goals and deserved our win. Nobody here is getting carried away with our strong start to the season, and the Bury Town match marks the start of a tough run of matches that also see us play the likes of Coggeshall Town and Maldon & Tiptree. We'll need to play better against the better sides, but I fully believe that we will rise to the occasion. The support has been fantastic recently and is really having a positive impact. Thanks and keep it up!


AWAY DAY REVIEW SIMON PITTS

August Bank Holiday weekend is a weekend that can always be ruined by football. In recent years, our weekends have been destroyed by defeats in the FA Cup and miserable days on the road to places like Bury St Edmunds. This year, however, proved to be different… Saturday 24th August Stotfold FC, Roker Park The FA Cup is a competition that has been kind to us in the past and we have seen more than our fair share of giant killings. It has been over the past few seasons that the magic of the FA Cup as well and truly packed its bags and left Park Lane. Several dreary defeats and cup upsets against teams leagues below us have seen us all dread the first cup game of the season. Stotfold away. The excitement of a new ground and playing a team we should have dispatched easily was overshadowed by the nagging voice inside me saying “last time you looked forward to an away day in the cup, we lost 1-0 to Ipswich Wanderers”. It was because of that evil nagging voice that I went into this one full of negativity. Come 90 minutes, however, I needn’t have worried. The Gulls were rarely troubled throughout the game and, for the first time in what seems like a decade, I can say we never looked like conceding. On a hot humid day, a deflected effort from George Purcell before half time was followed by a Tobi Joseph header as Canvey cruised into

the hat for the next round of the cup. Bank Holiday - 50% complete Monday 26th August Hullbridge Sports FC, The Ryan’s Heating Stadium Since my departure from the homeland of Canvey, Hullbridge are now my local team and I took in quite a few of their fixtures last season as they won the Senior League for the first time in their history. For many years, Canvey and Hullbridge were separated by several leagues and I never would have thought I'd be watching the Gulls playing the Bridge in a league game. As a means of highlighting our fall from grace, we found ourselves making the short trip to Lower Road to face Hullbridge in league action for the first time in over 20 years. It was far too hot for football and I was exhausted and sweaty just watching them. I was, on the other hand, surprisingly confident after our straightforward victory on Saturday. Our afternoon in Hullbridge was equally as simple as the one we had had 48 hours prior. Josh Hutchinson put us ahead before some superb build up play saw George Purcell round off one of the finest team goals I have seen us score for a long time. The game was finished by a sweet strike from Tobi Joseph. 3-1. Lovely. Bank Holiday - 100% complete. 100% record. This feels weird!


AWAY DAY PREVIEW CHRIS SMITH

Next Saturday we travel to the far reaches of Essex to take on Coggeshall Town in the BetVictor Isthmian League North. The Seed Growers have one win and one draw to their name from their opening two fixtures. After losing to Maldon & Tiptree in the playoff semi-final last season, they are perceived as firm favourites to succeed this season. Coggeshall Town currently have numerous ex-Canvey players in their ranks, such as Ashlee Jones, George Cocklin and Jack Simmons. This will be a great test for the Gulls, as we look to build on a positive start to the season. Let’s hope we see a rocket of a goal like we did last season, courtesy of exCanvey man, Sam Collins. Let’s get behind the lads from the off and make some noise! Yellow Army! Ground Information Address: West Street, Coggeshall, Essex, C06 1NT Admission Prices: £10 Adults, £5 OAP & £3 Children Travel Information Directions from Canvey Island Football Club can be found here:

Supporters have arranged a mini bus to this match, so if you would like to join, just message @CanveyUltras on Twitter. Food & Drink in Coggeshall Coggeshall Town has a very modern licensed clubhouse. It serves alcohol & soft drinks as well as showing live televised football. Alternatively, I can recommend the following, of which are just a short walk from the ground: - West Street Vinyard - 7 minutes walk from the ground. I would personally recommend this as I have been here numerous times. This is perfect for a glass of wine and a top notch meal, but be sure to pre-book. - The White Hart Pub, C06 1NH - 11 minutes walk - The Chapel Inn, C06 1TS - 13 minutes walk Interesting Fact About Stotfold Singer, Olly Murs, is a 50% shareholder in Coggeshall Town FC. He seems to be hitting the right pitch during his time here.


Mark Bentley Manager

Brad Wellmen Assistant Manager

Stacey Shave Goakeeping Coach

Alex Waller Physiotherapist

Lamar Johnson Goalkeeper

Sam Dulieu Defender

Mike Finneran Defender

Sammy Knott Defender

Zack Littlejohn Defender

Ade Osifuwa Defender

Alex Stephenson Defender

Elliott Warren Defender


Jose Figura Midfielder

Samrai Gebrai Midfielder

Kane Gilbert Midfielder

Dan Humphreys Midfielder

Josh Hutchinson Midfielder

Rob Lacey Midfielder

Albert Levett Midfielder

Ryan Melaugh Midfielder

James White Midfielder

Jason Hallett Forward

Tobi Joseph Forward

George Purcell Forward


FIXTURES 2019/20 Date

K/O

Sat 13th Jul

Oppositon

Score

H/A

15:00 Hornchurch

W 3-1

H

Friendly

Sat 20th Jul

15:00 Bowers & Pitsea

W 1-0

H

Friendly

Tue 23rd Jul

19:45 Walthamstow

L 1-0

A

Friendly

Sat 27th Jul

15:00 Ashford United

W 2-0

H

Friendly

Mon 29th Jul

19:45 Leyton Orient XI

W 3-2

H

Friendly

Sat 3rd Aug

15:00 Cheshunt

L 2-0

H

Friendly

Sat 10th Aug

15:00 Waltham Abbey

W 4-2

A

Friendly

Sat 17th Aug

15:00 Romford

W 2-1

A

League

Tue 20th Aug

19:45 Grays Athletic

W 2-1

H

League

Sat 24th Aug

15:00 Stotfold

W 2-0

A

FA Cup

W 3-1

A

League

Mon 26th Aug 15:00 Hullbridge Sports

Competition

Sat 31st Aug

15:00 Bury Town

H

League

Tue 3rd Sep

19:45 Hullbridge Sports

H

Velocity Trophy

Sat 14th Sep

15:00 Coggeshall Town

A

League

Tue 17th Sep

19:45 Maldon & Tiptree

A

League

Sat 21st Sep

15:00 Brentwood Town

H

League

Tue 24th Sep

19:45 Tilbury

A

Velocity Trophy

Sat 28th Sep

15:00 Welwyn Garden City

A

FA Trophy

Sat 5th Oct

15:00 Soham Town Rangers

A

League

Tue 8th Oct

19:45 Witham Town

A

Velocity Trophy

Sat 19th Oct

15:00 Basildon United

H

League

Tue 22nd Oct

19:45 Great Wakering Rovers

H

Velocity Trophy

Sat 26th Oct

15:00 Cambridge City

H

League

Sat 2nd Nov

15:00 AFC Sudbury

A

League

Tue 5th Nov

19:45 Basildon United

A

Velocity Trophy


Date

K/O

Oppositon

H/A

Sat 9th Nov

15:00 Aveley

H

League

Sat 16th Nov

15:00 Great Wakering Rovers

A

League

Sat 23rd Nov

15:00 Witham Town

A

League

Sat 30th Nov

15:00 Histon

H

League

Sat 7th Dec

15:00 Heybridge Swifts

A

League

Sat 14th Dec

15:00 Felixstowe & Walton Utd

H

League

Thu 26th Dec

15:00 Tilbury

A

League

Sat 28th Dec

15:00 Hullbridge Sports

H

League

Sat 4th Jan

15:00 Bury Town

A

League

Sat 11th Jan

15:00 Dereham Town

H

League

Sat 18th Jan

15:00 Basildon United

A

League

Sat 25th Jan

15:00 Soham Town Rangers

H

League

Sat 1st Feb

15:00 Brentwood Town

A

League

Tue 4th Feb

19:45 Maldon & Tiptree

H

League

Sat 8th Feb

15:00 Heybridge Swifts

H

League

Sat 15th Feb

15:00 Felixstowe & Walton Utd

A

League

Sat 22nd Feb

15:00 AFC Sudbury

H

League

Sat 29th Feb

15:00 Cambridge City

A

League

Sat 7th Mar

15:00 Great Wakering Rovers

H

League

Sat 14th Mar

15:00 Aveley

A

League

Sat 21st Mar

15:00 Coggeshall Town

H

League

Sat 28th Mar

15:00 Dereham Town

A

League

Sat 4th Apr

15:00 Romford

H

League

Sat 11th Apr

15:00 Grays Athletic

A

League

Mon 13th Apr

15:00 Tilbury

H

League

Sat 18th Apr

15:00 Witham Town

H

League

Sat 25th Apr

15:00 Histon

A

League

Date

K/O

Oppositon

TBC

TBC

Hullbridge Sports

H/A H

Competition

Competition Thameside Trophy


PLAYER STATS 2019/20

2018/19 League

Sam Dulieu Jose Figura Michael Finneran Samrai Gebrai Kane Gilbert Jason Hallett Josh Hutchinson Dan Humphreys Lamar Johnson Tobi Joseph Sammy Knott Rob Lacey Albert Levett Zack Littlejohn Ade Osifuwa George Purcell Alex Stephenson Elliott Warren James White

Start (Sub) 0(0) 0(1) 3(0) 0(1) 2(1) 1(1) 3(0) 0(1) 3(0) 3(0) 2(0) 1(1) 3(0) 0(0) 3(0) 3(0) 2(0) 2(1) 2(0)

Goals 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0

Cup Start (Sub) 0(1) 0(0) 1(0) 0(0) 0(0) 1(0) 1(0) 0(1) 1(0) 1(0) 0(0) 1(0) 0(1) 1(0) 1(0) 1(0) 1(0) 0(0) 1(0)

Career Total

Total

Goals 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0

Start (Sub) 0(1) 0(1) 4(0) 0(1) 2(1) 2(1) 4(0) 0(2) 4(0) 4(0) 2(0) 2(1) 3(1) 1(0) 4(0) 4(0) 3(0) 2(1) 3(0)

Goals 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0

Start (Sub) 4(8) 25(5) 4(0) 0(1) 12(11) 121(74) 25(10) 0(2) 4(0) 4(0) 2(0) 23(10) 6(3) 8(0) 17(1) 4(0) 9(1) 49(14) 33(1)

Goals 0 2 0 0 0 52 7 0 0 3 0 6 0 1 0 4 0 1 2


LEAGUE TABLE

BETVICTOR ISTHMIAN NORTH 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

Maldon & Tiptree Canvey Island Bury Town Coggeshall Town Heybridge Swifts Grays Athletic Great Wakering Rovers Aveley Witham Town Cambridge City Basildon United AFC Sudbury Soham Town Rangers Tilbury Felixstowe & Walton Utd Histon Dereham Town Hullbridge Sports Brentwood Town Romford

P 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3

W 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0

D 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0

L 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 2 3 3

F 10 7 7 6 6 8 6 6 5 4 8 5 5 2 3 5 4 1 2 2

A 3 3 3 2 3 4 3 3 6 5 6 5 7 4 6 9 5 6 7 12

Saturday's BetVictor Isthmian League North Fixtures AFC Sudbury v Romford Aveley v Maldon & Tiptree Basildon United v Histon Brentwood Town v Coggeshall Town Cambridge City v Hullbridge Sports Canvey Island v Bury Town Great Wakering Rovers v Dereham Town Heybridge Swifts v Grays Athletic Soham Town Rangers v Felixstowe & Walton Utd Witham Town v Tilbury

GD 7 4 4 4 3 4 3 3 -1 -1 2 0 -2 -2 -3 -4 -1 -5 -5 -10

PTS 9 9 7 7 7 6 6 5 4 4 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 1 0 0


TUESDAY'S FIXTURES VELOCITY TROPHY Velocity Trophy Group 1

Velocity Trophy Group 7

AFC Sudbury v Heybridge Swifts Bury Town v Felixstowe & Walton Utd Maldon & Tiptree v Coggeshall Town

Ashford United v Ramsgate Faversham Town v Hythe Town Whistable Town v Herne Bay

Velocity Trophy Group 2

Velocity Trophy Group 8

Barking v Grays Athletic Waltham Abbey v Brentwood Town

Ashford Town (Middx) v Bedfont Sports Northwood v Staines Town

Velocity Trophy Group 3

Velocity Trophy Group 9

Harlow Town v Histon

Cray Valley PM v Phoenix Sports Sevenoaks Town v Sittingbourne

Velocity Trophy Group 4 Burgess Hill Town v Haywards Heath Town Chichester City v Hastings United Three Bridges v East Grinstead Town Velocity Trophy Group 5 Chalfont St Peter v Hanwell Town Westfield v FC Romania Velocity Trophy Group 6 Basildon United v Tilbury Canvey Island v Hullbridge Sports Witham Town v Great Wakering Rovers

Velocity Trophy Group 10 Chertsey Town v Chipstead


ON THESE DAYS

31ST AUGUST & 3RD SEPTEMBER 31st August 2005

3rd September 1920

A penalty shootout is the most horrible and evil method of choosing the winner of a football game. If you lose, you feel sick and unable to speak. If you win, you feel mentally exhausted and also unable to speak. The tension is simply too much. Imagine going through that pain, that torture for 40 penalty kicks. On 31st August, Tunbridge Wells FC played Littlehampton Town FC in the FA Cup Preliminary Round. After a 1-1 draw on the Saturday, the replay finished 2-2 sending the tie into a penalty shootout where the clubs set an English record by taking the shootout to 40 kicks. With the scores level after 90 minutes, then after 120 minutes, then after five kicks each, the shootout went to sudden death. Each side had taken 20 penalties each before Tunbridge Wells emerged as winners, 16-15. Imagine that, I wouldn’t have any nails left and would have resorted to just chewing on my fingers.

Glory for the Belgium football team on this day in 1920 when they took the gold medal at the Olympics in Antwerp. The victory, however, was a slightly hollow one as it came after their opponents in the final, Czechoslovakia, had walked off the pitch in protest after only 40 minutes. In front of a 35,000 strong crowd at the Olympic Stadium in Antwerp, the hosts quickly took a 2-0. Queue one of the biggest strops in football history – when the Czechoslovakia left back, Karel Steiner, was sent off in the 40th minute his team left the pitch and refused to return. The result and subsequent gold medals were awarded to Belgium. The irate Czecholvakians filed a complaint which was quickly dismissed. It remains the only time in a major football tournament that one of the finalists has been disqualified.


MATCH REPORT STOTFOLD (A) Stotfold

0

Canvey Island George Purcell (42') Tobi Joseph (72')

2

Attendance: 109 Starting XI: Lamar Johnson, Ade Osifuwa, Alex Stephenson, James White © (Off 45’), Michael Finneran, Zack Littlejohn, Tobi Joseph, Rob Lacey, Jason Hallett (Off 67’), George Purcell (Off 82’), Josh Hutchinson. Subs: Albert Levett (On 45’), Kane Gilbert, Elliott Warren, Sam Dulieu (On 82’), Dan Humphreys (On 67’). Canvey Island eased into the Emirates FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round with a 2-0 win away to Spartan South Midlands League Division One side Stotfold last Saturday. Manager Mark Bentley made three changes from the side that beat Grays Athletic in midweek. Zack Littlejohn replaced Elliott Warren in central defence, while Rob Lacey came info Albert Levett in the middle of the park.

Jason Hallett was brought into partner George Purcell in attack, with Tobi Joseph moving out to the right wing and Kane Gilbert dropping to the bench. Canvey dominated the ball in the opening half although struggled to convert this possession into too many clear-cut opportunities. On 8 minutes James White played a ball down the left for Josh Hutchinson to run onto. The winger got to the touchline and crossed low to the near post where Jason Hallett was lurking, but defender Tommy Carroll was alert to the danger and put the ball behind for a corner before Hallett could apply the finish. Tobi Joseph had a shot from the right turned behind by the keeper on 17 minutes, diving low to his left to make a good save. Stotfold’s sole chance of the opening half came on 26 minutes when Owen Robertson fizzed across a powerful cross for Kim Forsythe to turn goalwards first time. The forward managed to direct the ball towards the top corner but it flew a yard or so over with Lamar Johnson rooted to the spot.


The Gulls were presented with the perfect chance to open the scoring on the half hour mark when Tobi Joseph was tripped inside the box. George Purcell stepped up to take the penalty but saw his low spot kick saved by Liam Gooch diving low to his right. Canvey came close to scoring again three minutes later when Tobi Joseph played the ball out to George Purcell on the right. Purcell played the ball infield for Jason Hallett who in turn shifted it on to Tobi Joseph who had made up ground to join in with the attack that he started, although his shot was saved by Liam Gooch with an excellent diving stop. The deadlock was finally broken on 42 minutes with Tobi Joseph involved once again. This time he wriggled between two players out on the right wing, cutting the ball back to George Purcell who was unmarked just inside the box. Purcell pulled the trigger first time, with his shot catching a deflection off defender Tommy Carroll which wrongfooted the keeper and found the back of the net. Mark Bentley was forced into a change a half time after James White picked up an injury with seconds remaining in the first half. After assessing White during the interval, the decision was made to bring Albert Levett on in his place. Much the same as the first half, Canvey had lots of possession but failed to seriously test the keeper in the

opening exchanges. Inside three minutes of the restart Tobi Joseph poked the ball through for George Purcell to latch onto inside the box, but a well-timed tackle from Stotfold captain Myles Lee prevented Purcell from getting his shot off when well placed. On 55 minutes a cross from the left by Josh Hutchinson strayed a bit closer to the target than he would have hoped, but in doing so could have crept in at the far post. Liam Gooch did well however to prevent Hutchinson from finding out, palming the ball wide and out for a throw. Chances kept coming for Canvey, but both George Purcell and Josh Hutchinson dragged shots wide from the left as the match entered the final 25 minutes. The victory was finally sealed on 72 minutes when substitute Dan Humphreys played the ball down the right for George Purcell to collect. Purcell turned inside his marked and unleashed a tremendous shot which looked to be heading for the top corner before striking the underside of the crossbar. The ball bounced down but didn’t cross the line, but thankfully Tobi Joseph was closing in to head home the rebound for his second goal in as many matches.


MATCH REPORT

HULLBRIDGE SPORTS (A) Hullbridge Sports Yemi Adelani (90’p)

1

Canvey Island Josh Hutchinson (15') George Purcell (56') Tobi Joseph (76')

3

Attendance: 228 Starting XI: Lamar Johnson, Ade Osifuwa, Sammy Knott (Off 61'), Rob Lacey (Off 76'), Michael Finneran, Elliott Warren, Tobi Joseph, Albert Levett, Jason Hallett (Off 76'), George Purcell, Josh Hutchinson. Subs: Zack Littlejohn, Kane Gilbert (On 76'), Samrai Gebrai (On 76'), Sam Dulieu, Dan Humphreys (On 61'). The Gulls made it four wins in a row with a 3-1 victory away to Hullbridge Sports at a hot and sunny Ryan’s Heating Stadium on the BetVictor Isthmian League North on Bank Holiday Monday. Manager made two changes from the side that beat Stotfold in the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday, both enforced through injury. Sammy Knott came in at left back in place of Alex Stephenson who was suffering from a dead leg, while Albert Levett replaced James

White who picked up an ankle injury. Canvey opened the scoring on 15 minutes when Ade Osifuwa showed good awareness to intercept a pass down the right wing, winning possession and then playing an excellent ball in behind the Hullbridge defence. George Purcell slid in but couldn’t make contact with the ball, but his movement caused goalkeeper Rob Budd to come off his line and he also failed to get a touch. The ball continue across the area where it was collected by Josh Hutchinson who managed to squeeze his shot home from a tight angle. Four minutes later a similar pass found Jason Hallett inside the area to the left of goal. He shot first time which went low across goal and missed the bottom corner by a couple of yards. Hullbridge’s best chance of the first half came on 28 minutes when Sammy Knott fouled Timothy Monsheju down the right wing. Monsheju stayed on his feet which allowed the referee to play the advantage, with the winger driving into the area and shooting low across goal. However, Lamar Johnson did well to save to his right and make a one-handed save, collecting the loose ball before an attacker could capitalise from close range. Canvey were straight back on the attack,


creating two good chances in as many minutes. First Jason Hallett cut in from the left wing, beating a defender on the touchline and shooting from a tight angle. The shot deflected off a defender and looped up into the air, continuing across goal and hitting the top of the crossbar before going out for a corner. Soon afterwards Josh Hutchinson shot from just outside the area having swapped wings with Tobi Joseph and finding himself on the right. The shot was struck well but Rob Budd was equal to it, diving to his left and parrying the ball away from goal. Canvey went into the break with their noses in front and extended their lead 11 minutes into the second half with a well-worked goal from front to back. Lamar Johnson threw the ball out to Ade Osifuwa on the right, who in turn chipped it down the wing to be controlled by Jason Hallett. The forward flicked the ball over the head of Jamal Allen, finding the run of Tobi Joseph who had run in behind. He squared for George Purcell who was unmarked in the middle of the penalty area 10 yards from goal, and he shot low past the keeper to notch his fourth goal of the campaign. Hullbridge made an impactful substitution on 61 minutes, bringing on Matthew Baxter in place of Gregory Frederick. Baxter had a glorious chance to score less than two minutes after coming on when he was played through on goal down the middle of the pitch. He shot low but straight at Lamar Johnson who

saved diving to his right. He had an equally good opportunity three minutes later after Elliott Warren missed an attempted clearance on the edge of the box. The ball made its way across to Baxter to the left of goal, but once again his shot was at Johnson who saved. The ball sprang loose and caused confusion between the keeper and Ade Osifuwa, with the latter’s header back towards his own goal claimed by the keeper. Having survived two major scares, Canvey made the points safe on 79 minutes with substitute and debutant Samrai Gebrai making an instant impression. Having collected the ball on the left, Gebrai played a pass into the feet of Tobi Joseph inside the box who turned a defender before rifling a low shot into the bottom corner for his third of the season. The hosts had a chance soon after the restart when substitute Yemi Odelani raced through on the counter attack, shooting from just inside the box and forcing Lamar Johnson into a smart save diving low to his left. It was nearly 4-0 on 84 minutes when a ball across the edge of the box from the left found George Purcell. His first time shot was instinctive and was going in before goalkeeper Rob Budd leapt to save underneath his crossbar. Hullbridge grabbed a 90th minute consolation when Ade Osifuwa was adjudged to have fouled Luke Hornsley inside the box. Yemi Adelani stepped up and sent Lamar Johnson the wrong way from the spot to reduce the arrears.


INTERVIEW JAMES WHITE

For this programme we took some time to speak with Canvey Island captain and central midfielder James White about his thoughts for the season so far.

Q. You've just entered your second full season with the club, how are you enjoying life at Park Lane? A. It’s great to be back with the club for another year, I think the infrastructure and people here are great. I learnt a lot about the club last year and wanted to be here this year. I’m a big fan of the gaffa and Brad and how they conduct themselves and training so was easy for me to stay.

Q. There are a few new faces in the squad this season, how have they settled in and what is the atmosphere like in the dressing room at this early stage of the season? A. I think the new faces brought in have made a big contribution to last year's group, this is a big reason why we have had a good pre-season and start to the season. I have to be honest and say that I was a little worried early on as some targets weren't landing which I think the gaffer would agree with. However, Mark and Brad have done very well. You can feel the buzz around the changing room pre and post games which is needed at any level. We have come together as a tight group very quick and very enjoyable to be around. Q. Having played in central defence for most of last season, how are you enjoying being back in your preferred position in the middle of the park? A. It's great, I can’t think of a better place to play. Playing centre back last year wasn’t really in my plans,


however we had injuries including myself and cover was required. This happened a lot across the team and always happy to help. If I’m honest to myself I wasn’t fit enough to deliver what I think a cental midfielder needs to, but was happy to help at the back. I've done a six week body transformation locally and lost just under two stone which has put me back to myself. I feel sharper and fitter than ever so really excited about this year. Q. You're club captain again this season. Aside from the coin toss at the start of the game, what responsibilities come with the role? A. In any sport, being captain is a privilege and something taken seriously for me. As a skipper you have to set the standard for the team and be a leader and winner. The role goes a lot deeper than the all important coin toss of course! You have to take responsibility on the pitch and sometimes make decisions during the game without the managers say so. You have to be there for the lads and be able to have quite frank conversations but also listen to what is going on. You have to communicate well and be a bridge between the team and management and take the heat for things when it goes wrong. You have the standard list of course such as fines, arranging nights out etc, but for me it’s being someone the

younger players can learn and look up to as the minimum standard at the club. I love the role and can’t think of anything better that lifting the league winners trophy at the end of the year. Q. Finally, what are your ambitions for this season, both for the team and from a personal point of view? A. It’s been communicated quite clearly to us that promotion this year is where we all want to be. With the new additions I think this is achievable. Time will tell when the chips are down, but promotion is our team target. Personally I want to stay fit and healthy and be consistent for the side. A personal challenge for me is to score 10 goals this year - I'm allowed to dream!


CLUB HISTORY BURY TOWN

Founded in 1872, Bury Town Football Club is one of the oldest Football Club’s in the country and has a proud history dating back over 140 years. The club was founded by Mr William Lake at a meeting in the Suffolk Hotel. The original name of the club was Bury St Edmunds FC and the first committee of the club elected to choose royal blue as the club’s colours. The club took up residence at Kings Road, also know as the Cemetery Road ground, in 1888. Kings Road was the first football ground in East Anglia to operate floodlights when on Monday 12th January 1953, the Blues played their first ever floodlit game against Cambridge City in front of 2,105 spectators. A total of 14 bulbs of 1500 watts illuminated the Suffolk skyline for the first time and history was created. The lights were financed by the Bury Town Supporters Club. A notable player for the club in the early days was Reginald De Courtney Welch who appeared as a defender for Bury St Edmunds in 1877. De Courtney Welch was a member of The Wanderers side that won the first ever FA Cup in 1872 and he also played in the first ever official international match for England, against Scotland in November 1872.

The club was one of 11 founder members of the Suffolk County Football Association in 1885 and has won the Suffolk Premier Cup on 13 occasions. The clubs name was changed by a vote to Bury Town in September 1885, however 10 years later the members chose to adopt the full name of the town back as the name, before changing to Bury United in 1908. In 1923 the clubs members decided that the name ‘United’ was no longer appropriate as there were a number of sides in Bury St Edmunds, and decided to revert to Bury Town, which has remained to this day. The club played in various local leagues until 1935 when it became a founder member of the Eastern Counties League. The club spent a total of 22 consecutive seasons in the Eastern Counties League, finishing as runners up in 1937-38. The Blues claimed the ECL title in the 1963-64 season as part of an historic treble, as they also captured the ECL Knockout Cup and the Suffolk Premier Cup. This success saw the club move to the Metropolitan League and they kicked off their first ever Metropolitan game against Charlton Athletic ‘A’ at Kings Road in front of 1,150 spectators, Bury running out 1-0 winners. The club finished 4th in their first season and also


retained the Suffolk Premier Cup. Season 1965-66 was another successful season and another treble haul of trophies as the club stormed to the Metropolitan League title, won the Metropolitan League Cup and the Suffolk Premier Cup again. By this time the club were averaging over 1,000 supporters at their home matches and interest in the club was at an all time high. In 1968, the Blues reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup and drew Third Division side Bournemouth & Boscombe at Kings Road. 3,000 spectators assembled and witnessed Bury hold the Football League side to a goalless draw. The replay saw Bournemouth win through by 3 goals to 0 at Dean Court. The season had further success when the Blues won the Metropolitan League title for a second time. The clubs success resulted them taking the bold step to join the Southern Football League for the 1971-72 season. The club struggled to adapt to their new surroundings and after five seasons, decided to take the decision to re-join the Eastern Counties League, a decision that proved unpopular with supporters. On Wednesday 28th April 1976, Bury Town played their final match at the historic Kings Road ground when West Ham United were the visitors. 1,750 watched on as the sides drew 2-2, and a pitch invasion signalled the end of the Blues spiritual home. Bury Town moved into their current Ram Meadow ground in 1978 and collected the Suffolk Premier Cup as a

reward. The Blues spent a total of 11 seasons back in the ECL and their most successful moment of that time came in their final season when the reached the 4th Qualifying Round of the FA Cup and were drawn away at Football Conference leaders Enfield. The sides drew 0-0 at Southbury Road and returned to Ram Meadow for the replay, however in front 2,500 supporters, the visitors sneaked home 1-0 to reach the First Round Proper. The 1987-88 season saw ambition return to the club and Bury were promoted to the Southern League. After a few seasons of promising results and large home crowds, the Blues failed to reach the Premier Division, the closest they came was finishing 4th in 1988-89. Years of overspending on players and ground improvements finally caught up and the club drifted into decline as the crowds drifted away. On the 4th May 1996, the Blues were relegated at Redditch United from the Midland Division of the Southern League, back to the Eastern Counties League. The club spent another 10 years in the ECL, and despite some early seasons of struggles, success coincided with the appointment of former Colchester United captain Richard Wilkins to the manager’s seat. The club reached the Quarter Final of the FA Vase in 2005 and then the Semi Final in 2006. Crowds rose back up and after two consecutive runners up spots in the Premier Division of the ECL, the club were promoted to the Isthmian League


for the first time in their history. The stay lasted two seasons and after adjusting to a higher level in 2006-07 with a 17th place finish, the following season saw the Blues finish in 7th position. The FA re-organisation in 2008 saw Bury moved into the Southern League for a third spell of membership. A successful campaign saw Bury finish in 7th position in the Midland Division table, reach the First Round Proper of the FA Cup, losing 4-2 at Alfreton Town, and reach the Semi Final of the Southern League Cup, however in 2009-10, Bury Town clinched the Southern League Midland Division Championship on the final day of the season with a 3-0 home victory over Marlow in front of 1,550 supporters. The Blues piped Hitchin Town to the title, scoring 115 goals during the campaign and collecting 102 points to gain promotion. Another move across the pyramid saw the

Blues re-join the Ryman League for the 2010-11 season, entering the Premier Division. A great season saw Bury finish third, but go out of the play off’s to Lowestoft Town. There was however some silverware for the boardroom as Bury defeated Needham Market 2-0 in the final of the Suffolk Premier Cup at Portman Road. 20011-12 saw the club lift the Ryman League Cup with a victory over East Thurrock United and again finished in the play off places, but lost out to AFC Hornchurch in the Semi Final. 2014-15 saw our spell in the Premier Division come to an end after 5 years with relegation to Division One North. In our last two seasons back in Division One North we have finished in 13th and 11th place. 2017-18 saw the Blues finish 9th and reach the final of the Suffolk Premier Cup.


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CLUB HISTORY

HULLBRIDGE SPORTS Records show that Hullbridge United Football Club was formed by a group of local men, fronted by the then proprietor of the Anchor Inn, a Mr. A. W. Moss. He owned a room behind the pub known as Buff’s Hall. This was where the club held its first meeting. A Mr. Brown generously allowed the club to play on his land, on the corner of Pooles Lane and Long Lane. Hullbridge United’s first colours were Green and Gold quartered shirts, White shorts and Green socks, which, by an amazing coincidence, were the same colours as those on the flag flying outside the Anchor Inn! Affiliating to the Essex County FA in 1947, Hullbridge United entered the Southend & District League for the upcoming 1947-48 season. 1950-51 saw Hullbridge United reach their first Cup Finals. In the Section ‘C’ Final of the Southend Charity Competition, United beat Maxwell Sports 4-1. Four weeks later, in the Southend & District League’s French Cup, Hullbridge faced Rochford Athletic but, somewhat unluckily, lost the Final by three goals to four. After six seasons of Second Division football, 1951-52 saw Hullbridge finally gain promotion – and they did it

in style, winning both the Championship and the French Cup. In the final, Hullbridge defeated the reserves of Great Wakering Rovers 3-0. In all, the club played 28 matches that season, scoring an amazing 141 goals. The summer of 1953 saw the club change name to Hullbridge Sports. After a few poor seasons, times improved for the club when they won the 1956-57 Third Division Championship and the League’s Shaw Cup. They finished five points clear of Canvey Island Sports in the League and saw off Victory Athletic reserves 3-2 after extra time in the Cup Final. Suffering relegation at the end of the 195859 season, Sports’ stay in the Third Division lasted but four seasons as, in 1962-63, ‘Bridge won promotion as runner-up in the newly named Second Division with a dramatic final day victory to ensure promotion on goal average. Drawing 4-4 at home to Southwick Rovers, ‘Bridge scored three goals in the final fifteen minutes to gain a 7-4 victory and promotion. Another double was achieved during the 1965-66 season when Hullbridge won the First Division Championship and Section ’C’ of the Southend Charity Competition - beating Southchurch


Rovers 3-0 in a replay after a 2-2 draw. A respectable fifth place finish was achieved in the Premier Division the following season, along with being French Cup finalists. 1968-69 saw Hullbridge finish bottom of the Premier Division but just three seasons later the club regained their Premier Division status, finishing runner-up to Canvey Island Amateur FC at the end of the 1971-72 season. Good cup runs that year saw the club reach the semifinal of the Ramuz Cup and the Fourth Round of the Essex Junior Cup. In the late 1970s the club decided it wanted it’s own ground. Negotiations with Rochford Council proved successful and the club took control of 16.5 acres of farmland in Lower Road (at the top of Coventry Hill), with the club moving during 1980. Transformation of the site was slow, with the clubhouse not officially opened until 1983. The end of the 1979-80 saw Sports put six goals past the Southend Estuary ‘keeper to win Section ’B’ of the Southend Charity Competition. A move up to the newly formed Southend & District Alliance in 1982 found the club wanting. Finishes of sixth and eighth and First Round knockouts in the League Cup wasn’t exactly what the club had hoped for. The only bright spot was reaching the 1982-83 Southend Charity Shield Final, although they lost 0-4 to Rayleigh Town. Nevertheless, again, looking for a higher standard of football, Sports

then joined the Essex Olympian League for the 1984-85 season. They immediately won promotion after finishing third in the Second Division. At the end of the weather-hit 1987-88 season, Hullbridge (now in the Second Division again) brought home the Essex Intermediate League Cup, beating First Division Benfleet in the Final, held at the old New Writtle Street ground of Chelmsford City FC. After a 1-1 extra time draw, courtesy of a Mark Wood goal, Sports went into the replay 12 days later having played five League matches in between! However, after a goal-less 120 minutes, Sports won 5-4 on penalties. Looking for a further climb up the non-league ladder, Hullbridge made improvements to the ground during 1989 so it passed the grade for senior football. 1990 saw the Essex County FA grant the club senior status and so the club joined the Essex Senior League for the 1990-91 season. Matt Petre had the honour of scoring the club’s first goal in senior football when, on 25th August 1990, in the club’s first match of the Essex Senior League season, he scored Sport’s only goal in a 1-3 defeat by visitors Stansted, in front of a 163 crowd. At the end of their first season, the club finished in a respectable 12th place. The new floodlights were put to good use during the 1999-2000 season when, after seven cup-ties, the youth team reached the Third Round (last 64) of the FA Youth Cup. Visitors


Blackburn Rovers won the tie 6-0 in front of a crowd of over 800. After taking over the managers hot seat during February 2006, Enrico Tiritera oversaw a gradual improvement in the club’s fortunes on the pitch. 2008-09 was one of the best seasons for the club since gaining senior status. They attained 41 points over a 30-match programme and reached the Quarter-finals of the East Anglian Cup for the first time. In 2009-10 Hullbridge reached the Quarter-finals of the Essex Senior Cup, again for the first time, before losing narrowly 0-1 to Football League side Dagenham & Redbridge. The 2010-11 season saw Sports reach their first Cup Final as a senior club, the County FA’s Tolleshunt D’Arcy Memorial Cup. Unfortunately, Sports were beaten 1-2 by Braintree Town. Dan Braney and Mark Bliss took over the reins from Enrico Tiritera, who departed the club in March 2013. In their first full season, 2013-14, Dan and Mark guided the team to their best ever FA Vase Cup run, reaching the Fourth Round (last 32), before being beaten 1-3 by eventual winners Sholing FC, having been made to travel to Southampton for the fixture on a wet January evening. The team finished the league in ninth position with 53 points from a 38 game season but the icing on the cake was winning the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy, the first ever silverware as a senior club, beating Haringey Borough 1-0

in the final, Michael Edgar scoring the only goal. Mark Bliss took sole charge of the team in 2014-15 and was joined by coach Steve Tapley and between them took the club to it’s highest ever league position and points tally, finishing fourth with 71 points and 73 goals along the way. With yet another Fourth Round FA Vase run losing 3-0 at Flackwell Hearth. Mark and Steve have stepped down for the 201516 season, Rob Hodgson has been installed as the new Manager along with Aaron Hunwicks as coach. In their first season (2015/16) Rob Hodgson and Aaron Hunwicks took the club to new FA Cup heights by making Hullbridge Sports history and reaching the Second Qualifying Round, where they were unfortunately beaten by Grays Athletic of the Ryman Premier Division. It was a last 32 exit again in the FA Vase equalling previous records and demonstrating the FA Vase consistency shown from previous seasons. In their second season (2016/17) running the First Team Rob Hodgson and Aaron Hunwicks found life more difficult as the side finished 11th in the Essex Senior League and disappointing early exits from most of the cup competitions, but they did take the side to the second Tollshunt D'Arcy Memorial Cup Final in successive seasons, but were unfortunately beaten again by Heybridge Swifts FC. Rob Hodgson and Aaron Hunwicks


continued in the hot seat at the start of the 2017/18 season, but early exits from the FA Cup, Essex County Cup and poor league form saw an emotional farewell after the FA Vase victory over Wembley FC at Lower Road. Rob stayed for a short while to play for new manager Darren Manning, but Aaron left the club that had been his home since 2012 for pastures new. New manager Darren Manning had one main objective after taking over and that was to keep the club in the Essex Senior League and he managed to achieve this finally finishing 15th (out of 21), but unfortunately Hullbridge exited the FA Vase again in the last 32 away at Tring FC. 2018-19 sees Darren Manning's first full season at the helm and his side played at the newly renamed Ryan's

Heating Stadium at Lower Road. Darren and number two James Wakeling started the 2018/19 campaign in the Essex Senior League. In the first major cup competition of the 2018/19 season, Hullbridge went out of the FA Cup in the Preliminary Round away at Newmarket Town FC (2-1). Followed by a 0-2 home defeat to Newport Pagnell Town in the Third Round of the FA Vase. Although disappointing results in cup competitions we fared much better in the league finishing as Essex Senior League Champions with 87 points, scoring 79 goals and conceding only 33, the best defensive record in the league, finishing 5 points clear of 2nd placed Stansted. Promotion to the BetVictor Isthmian League for season 2019-2020 being achieved in their first full season in charge.


3. 1900’s - The First Recognisable Programmes Programmes started to adopt something approaching their modern appearance when the clubs and authorities discovered that they could charge buyers a penny, thus introducing the possibility of the programme making a financial profit. To justify such a price they had to provide some value for money, which meant including more information on the club, their opponents and their respective players. Printers and publishers quickly cottoned on to the example shown by other branches of entertainment, chiefly the theatre, and attracted paid advertising to the issue. That, in turn, required sufficient sales to keep the advertisers happy, which meant that content had to be good enough to attract buyers at the match. By this process, the match programme evolved from a single sheet, to a folded, and then stapled, publication. Liverpool first issued in September 1892 with the visit of Rotherham Town to Anfield Road, and their 1d programme was a four page affair, with teams listed on the front page, surrounded by adverts; first and reserve team fixtures and results surrounded by adverts, and two pages of features on players, officials and recent matches, and “Notes”. The programme issued by Chester for the visit of Welsh club Druids on Christmas Day

1907 had the teams (in 2-3-5 formation) on one page, surrounded by adverts, and on the inside of the 4 page folded programme was substantial editorial entitled “Club Gossip”, a photograph and description on one of the home players, reserve team results and scorers, and “Notes by Rambler.” A number of clubs were more ambitious in their programme production. In 1887 Aston Villa entertained London Casuals and issued a “Programme Card” but by 1906-07 they had launched “The Villa News and Record” in multi-page form. This remained at 1d, but sold far more copies than the brief team sheets of a few years previously, which in turn satisfied the multitudinous advertisers. Not every League club issued for every fixture, and it often took a special occasion to compel the club to print. One such milestone was Cardiff City’s first ever match at Ninian Park, against Aston Villa in September 1910, and a special souvenir programme was issued, some time before City contemplated a regular programme. The inexorable tide of commercialism was apparent even in those early days of the Association game, and few clubs could resist the blandishments of advertising agencies and printers who put much needed money into club funds thanks to the penny programmes. For more information and advice on programmes and programme collecting, please visit www.pmfc.co.uk.


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