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Beachboys 2013 Review Part 2

Wednesday 3rd July, a date that will live long in the history of Concord Rangers, was the day when the promotion to the Skrill South really hit home. The fixtures for the 2013/14 season were released, and seeing names like Dover Athletic, Sutton United and Ebbsfleet United alongside little old Concord Rangers made everyone involved with the club sit up and take note! To paraphrase Dorothy, we’re not in the Ryman any more! The friendlies through July were all won in convincing fashion by the Beachboys, only letting in 3 goals and scoring 28 during the 6 fixtures. One of which included a 4-0 demolition of neighbours Canvey Island in a game raising money for the two clubs chosen charities. The 2 friendly fixtures in August though were a different story, as losses to Billericay and Chesham not only hit the preparation for the league, but the Billericay game also saw captain & striker Tony Stokes suffer a knee injury which took him out of action for 3 months. In reaction to the injury …

Beachboys 2013 Review Part 1

With another year coming to an end, it’s that time once more to look back & reflect on the last 12 months, and look forward to what lies ahead. 6 months first, and the following 6 months will come at a later date! Concord Rangers began 2013 with a 2-0 away victory at Cray Wanderers, but the main story of the month was that the weather, and mainly snow, was playing havoc with fixtures. A Ryman League cup tie vs Wroxham was put back two weeks on the bounce due to snow before finally being played on the 29th January. Concord won that fixture 2-0 as the mist descended on Thames Road, almost leading to a 3rd postponement! A comeback 2-1 league victory over Margate at home on the 5th January had extra significance for the Beachboys faithful, as on the same day Canvey lost a 4-1 lead & lost 5-4 to league leaders Whitehawk. Other highlights of January were an Essex Senior Cup victory over Chelmsford City on penalties (déjà vu this season), Danny Cowley earning league Manager of the M…

A Rivalry Renewed!

Over the past three seasons both Concord Rangers and Canvey Island have plied their trade in the Ryman Premier Division, which has led to 6 interesting encounters between the two sides. However this season, with the Beachboys being promoted to the Skrill South, a charity friendly was organised prior to the season to fill the derby day void. As far as the clubs were concerned, that would be it for the season, the only meeting between the two Island based teams.Then on Thursday 5th December, the draw for the Essex Senior Cup Quarter Finals threw up the fixture that would provide probably the most important chapter in the Concord/Canvey history! Concord Rangers were drawn at home to Canvey Island FC, made even more interesting by the fact that it was Canvey gaffer & former Concord striker Danny Heale who made the draw for the home side! The game is to take place on Tuesday 17th December down Thames Road, and it promises to be an eventful night, with both sides looking to progress in …