Manager- Dan Trenkel
Last Season Finish- 15th
Who are they?
The club was formed in 1919 by soldiers demobbed after World War Iand finding employment in the local brickfields. They first played in the Southend & District League, where they played until 1982, being the league's most dominant club especially in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1982 they switched to the newly formed Southend & District Alliance Football League, but this league folded in 1989. At this point the club decided to make the step up to intermediate level and join the Essex Intermediate League.
At the first attempt they were promoted to Isthmian League Division Two, then moved to Division One North in 2002 due to league reorganisation. Further reorganisations saw them transferred to the Southern League Eastern Division for two seasons, but in 2006 they were switched back to Isthmian League Division One North. In 2011–12 the club finished bottom of Division One North, and were relegated back to the Essex Senior League. In 2014, they won the ESL by one point on the final day of the season, and were promoted back to the Isthmian League.
Get up to much last season?
The main aim for the Southend based team was to retain their Ryman League status and they did just that. Finishing well in 15th at the end of the season showed that they could easily improve on that next season in what could be up there with the most competitive Ryman North many have seen for a long time.
Burroughs Park was constructed in 1985 on the site of 104 disused allotments which the local council gave to the club, and was named after local farmer (and former player) Roger Burroughs in recognition of his assistance to the club. The ground has floodlights and also boasts a clubhouse and tea bar. The highest attendance ever recorded was 1,150 for a pre-season friendly against Southend United in 2006.
Best league performance: 7th in Isthmian League Division Two, 2001–02
Best FA Cup performance: Second qualifying round, 1998–99, 2006–07
Best FA Trophy performance: First round, 2002–03, 2004–05
Best FA Vase performance: Fifth round, 1997–98, 2001–02
Appearances: John Heffer 511
Attendance: 1,150 vs Southend United, friendly match, 19 July 2006
(No transfers updated on clubs website or social media channels so no transfers in or outs available on this Ryman North Preview.)