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Know Your Opponents- Redbridge FC- History

Aveley Football Club15 Feb 2015 - 12:14
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Redbridge F.C. is an English Association Football club based in the London Borough Of Redbridge. Prior to July 2004 the club was known as Ford United F.C. The new name was chosen to help associate the club more within the local area and attract a larger support.

The club's roots lie in the car industry which has long been a staple of the economy in East London and in Essex.

Considerable investment by Jimmy Chapman, the Ford/Redbridge Chairman, has seen Oakside developed to a grade 1 ground and Barkingside have a permanent ground-share agreement; indeed to demonstrate the intention that Barkingside would continue Jimmy Chapman became their president in a gesture of support.

From 2004, Ford United were renamed Redbridge.

Redbridge played the 2005-06 season in the Isthmian League Premier Division, as they were relegated after finishing bottom of the Conference South and played in the Isthmian League Division One North in the 2006-07 season after being relegated once again.

The 2010–11 season proved to be one of the most turbulent in the club's history. After a bad start to the season, which saw the club sitting bottom of the league, Kris Taylor was confirmed as first team manager on 1 October 2010, after talks broke down with Kevin Durrant who looked all set to join the club.

Taylor's tenure ended in December 2010 when his work commitments affected the amount of time demanded to run a club of this stature meant he was unable to give 100% to the management of the team.

First team coach Jody Brown was appointed manager on a short-term basis just before Christmas 2010 and he was able to bring some stability and stave off relegation with three games of the season still remaining.

The 2012/13 season continued as a poor start to the season, the team improved in the second-half of the season and fought off survival on the last-day to finish 20th and secure another season at Ryman Level.

During pre season Jim Chapman stepped down as chairman and sold the club to London Bari Chairman Imran Merchant who took control bringing with him Ricky Eaton who will be joint managers alongside ex Redbridge manager Dave Ross.

After a steady season, Merchant stepped down with former Chairman Jimmy Chapman taking over again.

Club Honours:-

Isthmian League:-

Division One Champions 2001-02

Division Three Champions 1998-99

Division Two North Champions 1988–89

Essex Senior League:-

winners (2): 1991-92, 1996-97

Club Records:-

Record Attendance: 1374 v Port Vale, FA Cup 1st Round Replay 19.11.03

Record Victory: 9–1 v Clapton, Ryman Division Three 03.04.99

Record Defeat: 0–11 v Heybridge Swifts, Ryman League One North 29.12.12

Best league performance: 22nd in Conference South, 2004–05

Best FA Cup performance: 2nd Round, 2011–12

Best FA Trophy performance: 3rd Round, 2003–04 and 2004–05

Best FA Vase performance: 5th Round, 1998–99.

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