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Know Your Opponents- Heybridge Swifts- History

Know Your Opponents- Heybridge Swifts- History

Aveley Football Club15 Jan 2015 - 11:42
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As we prepare to face Heybridge Swifts we take a look through their history.

Heybridge Swifts are a Non-League football club based in Heybridge, near Maldon, Essex. They were established in 1880 and were founding members of the Essex Senior League in 1971. The Swifts are currently playing in Isthmian Division One North.


Heybridge Swifts FC was formed in 1880, but the club's first foray into senior football did not come until 1971 when they were founder members of the Essex Senior Cup.

In 1995–96 Swifts finished as runners-up in Isthmian League Division One and stepped up to the Premier Division, where they remained until relegation during the 2008–09 season.

Random Fact:-

In September 2011 the club also got some media attention as they signed Mark Wright from the ITV2 show The Only Way is Essex, he played two games and left at the end of October to join his brother Josh at Thurrock

Club Records:-

Isthmian League Premier Division:
Runners-up: 2005–06
Isthmian League Division One:
Runners-up: 1995–96
Isthmian League Division Two North:
Winners: 1989–90
Essex Senior League:
Winners: 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84
Runners-up: 1980–81
Isthmian League Cup:
Winners: 1981–82, 2000–01

Club Records:-

Best league performance: 2nd in Isthmian League Premier Division, 2005–06
Best FA Cup performance: 1st round, 1994–95, 1997–98, 2002–03
Best FA Vase performance: 5th round, 1986–87
Record attendance: 2,477 v Woking, FA Trophy 1997.

Notable Former Players:-

Simon Royce:-

Goalkeeper who featured 70 times for Heybridge Swifts. He then moved to Sluthend where he made 149 appearances. He played for clubs such as QPR and Manchester City, before finishing his career Gillingham.

Alan Kimble:-

A left back, started his career at Charlton Athletic, and made 518 appearances for Wimbledon and Cambridge United combined. But he is most well known for being our previous manager in 2010. But he is currently the manager of Maldon & Tiptree.

Dean Holdsworth:-

He only played nine times for Heybridge Swifts, but is most well known as the previous manager of Newport County, Redbridge, Aldershot and Chelmsford City.

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