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There's Still Magic In The FA Cup!

It’s no secret that the lads at Concord Rangers have had a spectacular rise over the past few years, improving season by season, and this was punctuated by the club securing promotion to the Skrill Conference South this past summer. League success is always important, but of course the various cup competitions also play a big part in the success of a side. For example last season Concord were able to win the Ryman League Cup in a thrilling final against Dulwich Hamlet. However when it comes to FA Cup progression, this has eluded the Beachboys over the years, and this season a focus of the club is to go further than they have previously done and make the first round proper. In previous years Concord Rangers have been entered into the competition at the first of four qualifying rounds, with the furthest they’ve progressed being the 3rd qualifying round. This season though, we entered the competition one round later, and in turn leaving us with one less game to get through in order to …

A Scottish Tale

It's been over 10 years since I last visited Scotland to see my family up there, so with life moving in the right direction, work going well & having settled into the new flat, I thought it was about time I got my backside into gear! I went up last Tuesday, had about an 11 hour trip there in total by train! Yes I know it's quicker to go by plane, but given that I work on the railway the fares are cheaper and therefore more appealing, even with a long old journey! After leaving Basildon at 08:30, I arrived in Elgin not long after 19:00, and got to my Aunts place in Lossiemouth a little after 19:30. The journey was made that much more bearable by the new Reacher novel from Lee Child entitled "Never Go Back". Funny thing about that is I started the book just as the train left London, and had the whole thing finished shortly after leaving Aberdeen! The first 3 nights of the trip I spent in Lossiemouth with my aunt, and it was good to catch up and relax! Over the da…

5 Games In!

We’re 5 games into the Skrill South season, and I’ll be totally honest in saying I had no idea as to where Concord Rangers would be sitting at this early point of the season. Obviously I hoped we would be doing well, but I was under no illusions as to how difficult the Skrill Conference South would be for the club. I’m pleased to say though that the Beachboys have made a positive start to the season, and given more than a good account of themselves in some difficult games already. Opening weekend was a great occasion & experience for everybody involved with Concord Rangers as they made their debut in the Skrill Conference South at home to Basingstoke. The visitors were a good side, as all opponents are certain to be at this level, and they provided a very entertaining game on the day. John Easterford made his mark on the Beachboys history books by scoring Concord Rangers first goal at Conference South level, however there wasn’t too much celebration as a late Basingstoke goal en…