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  • An Overview of Thurrock Football Club

    Thurrock Football Club was a popular English football club that was based in Essex, Thurrock, and Purfleet. Until 2003, the club was known to be Purfleet and played most of their games at Ship Lane. The club was founded in 1984 with the name Essex Sports, which was then renamed in April 1985 as Purfleet. The club was created to play senior football and in 1985, it entered the Essex Senior League’s Reserve Division. Before getting into the first-team league, the club spent one whole season in the Reserve Division. They won the league cup in the very first season and 1987–88, they also won the cup double as well as the league. The club was promoted to the Isthmian League’s Division Two North. In the first season, they were the runners-up which earned the promotion to the higher Division One. But in the next season, they earned only second from the bottom, which led them back to the Division Two North.

    The club was again upgraded to Division One in 1991–92 when they were successful in winning the division. After two seasons, they got a promotion to the Premier Division when they were second at the end of the season. It was in 2003 that the club renamed itself Thurrock. At the dawn of the 2003–04 season, the club finished with third place in the league during which they also won the Essex Senior Cup and the league cup which made them Conference South’s founder members.

    During the first season of the club in the new league, Thurrock managed to qualify for the play-offs. However, Eastbourne Borough knocked the club out. But they were successful in winning the Essex Senior Cup for the second time successively. Even though the club completed the season in the relegation zone during 2008–09, Team Bath left the league and the club was reprieved.  In 2010–11 also, the club finished the season in the relegation zone. But the expulsion of Diamonds & Rushden from the Conference National league reprieved the club. Thus, Southport could manage not to relegate from the Conference National.

    On 5 December 2011, after the defeat of the club against Staines Town, Robbie Garvey, manager of Thurrock resigned. After the incident, Grant Gordon and Lee Goodwin managed the team which was on a game-to-game basis until the club appointed a new manager. At the end of the season, Thurrock managed to relegate when they finished at the lowest of the Conference South. They were the 19th during 2012-13 in the Isthmian Premier, which was two positions above the relegation. But the club got three points deducted for the controversy of fielding an unqualified player which made their position drop to the bottom. Thus, they were relegated to Isthmian League’s Division One North. The controversy was also an extended legal dispute. Thurrock the play-offs for the season in the final during 2013–14. In 2014–15, Thurrock could get the fifth position and in 2015-2016, the club made it to the play-offs. Thurrock finished in the 3rd position in 2016-2017 and got promoted to the Premier division of the Isthmian League.


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    13th September 2008 – Thurrock 8 – 0 Stansted

    On a warm late summer’s afternoon those that visited Ship Lane were once again treated to a wonderful display of attacking football.

    The hosts were in top form as they went into half time with a three goal lead.

    Chris Taylor’s shot was ‘poked’ in by Leon McKenzie after just 7 minutes and it was Taylor, with some lovely individual play, who grabbed the second on 21 minutes.

    The visitors worked hard but couldn’t match Thurrock’s quality and the third soon followed. A corner came in from the right and Spencer Harrison somehow ‘scrambled’ the ball over after colliding with their keeper.

    There were numerous chances throughout the half with Burns, Gilbey, McKenzie and Taylor all going close. The visitors had a couple of efforts from distance but keeper Elliot Justham was never troubled.

    After the interval it was more of the same and apart from a ‘scare’ on about the 65 minute mark Stansted weren’t able to create a single goal scoring opportunity.

    The second half goals came from McKenzie, Taylor 2, completing his hat-trick, Ramkin and to round things off on 85 minutes Tony Fraser hit the eighth following a wonderful passing move.

    The Reserves have no League fixture this weekend.

    Team: 1) Justham  2) Brookes  3) Roberts  4) Ramkin  5) Green  6) Harrison  7) Burns  8) Gilbey 9) McKenzie  10) Taylor  11) Fraser : 12) Read for Burns 45 mins,  14) Ievoli  15) Holt  16) Smith for Gilbey 80 mins,  17) Staunton for Brookes 65 mins


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    16th August 2008 – Thurrock 7 – 1 Clapton

    This was the ‘new’ reserves’ opening league fixture and after a long and hard pre-season this ‘youthful’ side never disappointed.

    The visitors also had a young side out but it was the hosts who immediately took the game to their opponents. The midfield began to dominate and control the game, in the opening 5 minutes the pairing of Michael Ramkin and Reiss Gilbey enjoyed plenty of possession and their passing was crisp and precise often setting the wide men on their way and around the back of the Clapton defence. 

    Wide players, Tony Fraser and Joe Staunton were always looking to get involved and as a result several chances had already been created but it was through the hard work of striker Brad Falco who won a corner which set-up the first goal. From the corner centre-half Steve Green fired in a header at the far post with the keeper well beaten, 1-0 up with only eight minutes gone. The next 10-15 minutes Thurrock were in control but it looked like the second goal wasn’t going to come, the hosts were getting closer and closer as many chances were being created but the final shot or pass wasn’t quite good enough. However, in the last 20 minutes the visitors didn’t know what hit them, a four goal blitz took their opponents apart. Some of the football in the first half was terrific, the passing and movement was just too good for the opposition and the pleasing part was that it came from every Thurrock player. Left back Sean Roberts, made a great run from the halfway line beating three players as he cut inside and hit a thunderous shot which was inches wide of the post with the keeper stranded. A brace a piece from Falco, who also smashed the crossbar and Gilbey added to Steve Green’s header gave the hosts a 5-0 lead as they went into the break.

    After the interval Clapton’s desire improved and consequently so did their work rate. This was expected and Thurrock just needed to keep control of the game. However some ‘sloppiness’ started to slowly creep in and this started to give their opponents an incentive to keep going. To their credit Clapton never gave up a lost cause and continued to fight for scraps. On 62 minutes some excellent work down the right hand side saw Joe Staunton add a sixth. Moments later the hosts made a double substitution. Right back Alex Harris came off for Nathan Smith and striker Ed Freeman was replaced by Alex Ievoli.

    On a few occasions Thurrock were giving the ball away unnecessarily and in doing so Clapton were starting to create some half chances and on one occasion custodian Steve Blewitt had to get down quickly and smother a well taken strike. Clapton were happy to shoot from distance in the hope of a consolation goal. Moments later on 75 minutes they got their opportunity as a rare lapse in concentration left us exposed and there striker took the ball on the right hand side of the penalty area and hit a fierce shot low into the bottom left hand corner. Thurrock’s final substitution was made which saw Kane Messenger replace Joe Satunton.

    On 82 minutes Thurrock responded with Alex Ievoli being brought down after he was clean through on goal which resulted in a penalty and a second booking for the visitors’ centre-half. Ievoli dispatched the penalty with ease as Thurrock restored their six goal margin.

    Overall a very promising display was delivered on what was an excellent playing surface and although there are areas that need to be improved upon, it was a cracking start to the campaign! Next up for the reserves are Canvey Island away on Saturday 30th August.

    1. Blewitt, 2. Harris, 3. Roberts, 4. Ramkin, 5. Green, 6. Brookes, 7. Staunton, 8. Gilbey, 9. Freeman, 10. Falco, 11. Fraser. Subs. 62 mins Smith for Harris, Ievoli for Freeman, 75 mins Messenger for Staunton.