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A Loan Between Friends?

Some surprising news was announced yesterday by Concord Rangers, striker & club captain Tony Stokes is to go on a 5 game loan spell to Canvey Island FC. I’ll let you digest that for a moment before I continue! Canvey Island is a small place with two successful non-league football teams, a massive achievement in itself. With the recent rise of Concord Rangers through the non league ranks the rivalry between them & CIFC has intensified. The results in the recent encounters between the two clubs have been in the Beachboys favour on all but one occasion, players (& coaches) have made the small jump across the island, more recently in the direction of Concord, and the fact that the Beachboys ply their trade in a division higher than Canvey all adds fuel to the fire. You only have to have a glancing look at Twitter to see the banter that flies between fans of the two sides, always increased when one side is victorious & the other is subject to defeat. I will openly admit tha…

Trophy Trials

The FA Cup is the most revered & traditional cup competition in football, it’s the one all teams want to play in & win. As we know this year Concord Rangers fell agonisingly short of making the first round when they lost 3-0 to Barnet, FA Cup dreams then took a back seat until next season.However, the FA Cup is not the only competition organised by the FA for teams such as ours in the Skrill Conference South. There’s also the FA Challenge Trophy, or FA Trophy as it is more commonly known. The competition is open to teams in steps 1 to 4 of the Non League Pyramid, with higher teams entering in the latter stages. The competition begins with the Preliminary Round, 64 regionalised ties between 128 teams from the Ryman Division 1 North & South, Evo Stick 1st Division North & South, and the Calor Gas Division 1 Central & South West.80 more teams enter the competition in the 1st Qualifying Round, those being the clubs in the Ryman, Calor Gas & Evo Stick Premier Divisi…