Basildon Town Brief History

GENERAL

Basildon Town, not to be confused with near neighbours Basildon United, were in their time a thriving senior club and during their chequered existence they have played at a number of different grounds, almost all of which have now disappeared.

1946 to 1960

Basildon Town's golden era was undoubtedly the 1950's. Following success in the Thurrock Combination and the Parthenon League in 1955, they stepped up to join the London League, roughly equivalent in status to today's Spartan League.

They were based at Stacey's Corner, Timberlog Lane, a venue more than adequate for their needs, with a small shelter running alongside the pitch.

Unfortunately their short lease with Basildon Development Corporation ran out in 1959 and they were forced to leave both Timberlog Lane and the London League.

It had been the clubs intention to move into the sports stadium that the local council were planning to build at Gloucester Park. Somewhat optimistically Basildon Council announced that this new stadium would hold 21,000 spectators, with cover for 9,000 and terracing for a further 12,000.

By 1959 however, these plans were still very much on the drawing board and Basildon Town instead took out a lease on what was intended to be a temporary ground at Burnt Mills Lane

During the summer of 1959 club helpers transported the dressing rooms, clubhouse and all other fixtures and fittings from Timberlog Lane to the new ground and miraculously by August the ground was ready to stage Parthenon League football.

Cripplingly high rent charges, 230.00 per annum as opposed to 25.00 per annum at Timberlog Lane, soon brought the club to its knees, and in January 1960 they pulled out of the Parthenon League ready to return to Junior Football

1960 to 1979

In 1964 they decided to join forces with local rivals Pitsea United, who had themselves briefly been members of the London League during the 1950's.

Pitsea United played at Gun Meadow, Bowers Gifford, a well appointed ground with a railed off pitch and a section of covered stand, tucked away behind the Gun Inn. This venue served the new Basildon and Pitsea team well and in 1966 they became founder members of the newly formed Essex Olympian Football League

In 1969 the clubs split up into two once more with Pitsea United opting to play Sunday Football and Basildon Town carrying on in the Essex Olympian League.

The club suffered an almost mortal blow in the summer of 1971 when, out of the blue, they were summarily evicted from Gun Meadow, apparently because of their failure to keep the ground neat and tidy. The club were therefore forced to pull out of the Essex Olympian Football League at the end of the 1970-71 season. The Club then joined the Southend and District League Premier Division and gradually rebuilt over the next 10 years. This was assisted when they amalgamated with BDC which enabled Town to run a reserve side as well. In 1978-79 the reserve team won their divisional cup.

1980 to 1999

In season 1979-80 the first team were runners-up in the Premier League and the reserves again won their divisional cup. In season 1980-81 the first team won the Premier League and the reserves again won their divisional cup for the third year running. At the start of the 1981-82 season, and with a pitch at Eversley Road Pitsea, Basildon Town returned to the Essex Olympian Football League. The reseves also joined the Olympian League a few years later following the setting up of a reserve section within the Olympian League. The 1980's were largely unproductive on the field although the club continued to prosper off the field with Charlie Wolfendale and Dave Lovell at the forefront. The club moved at the start of the 1995-96 season to G.E.C. Avionics ground in Gardiners Way where they still play. In 1997-98 Basildon Town formed a 3rd team made up largely of young players and they enjoyed a very successful season. In the late 1990's the first team had a period of success winning their divisional league in 1998-99 and winning the Basildon Sports Council Trophy on 2 occasions and also the Stanford Charity Cup.

2000 to 2008

During the years following 2000, Basildon Town began to improve its youth programme. There was a lot of success with the U16s and U18s sides in the Chelmsford Youth League. The first team had some success in cup competitions but league honours evaded the club. In 2009 Basildon Town began talks with a local youth club called Signet United to amalgamate their club into a Charter Standard Football Club for the 2009/2010 season and to continue Town's youth football development.

2009/2010 Season

The 2009/10 season saw a change in management with Jason Emery coming in as First Team Manager after Brian Smith-Shaw had decided to step down as Manager at the End of last Season, Jason was appointed by the Committee to run the senior sides. Jason brought in Rob Pudney as First Team Coach, Steve Hickey as Fitness Coach, Tim Dollard as Reserve Team Manager and Steve Reader as Reserve Team Assistant. The Committee remained the same with Steve Brown as Chairman, Dave Lovell as Secretary and Jason Potter as Treasurer. Also on the Committee was Terry Saggers and Alan Davies. Basildon Town first team was playing in the Essex Olympian Division Three after being relegated the season before. Towns Reserves side was playing in the Essex Olympian Reserve Divsion Three. Basildon Town youth football for the 2009/2010 season had had 5 youth teams all competing in the Southend Junior League, these sides featured an Under 15's (SJL Prem Div Managed by Jason Emery), Under 14's (SJL Div B Managed by Mark Cubitt), Under 13's (SJL Div A Managed by Joe Corey Jnr) and 2 Under 12's teams ('A' SJL Prem Div Managed by Jason Emery and 'B' SJL Div B Managed by Stuart Murray). Town did not have an U18s after the side folded the previous season. Due to this Town's Reserve side was far younger and with this came a new influx of younger players the first team and reserve team had a lot of new young blood and on many occasion had 6 or 7 players under the age of 20 playing regularly. In November Steve Brown resigned as Chairman of the Football Club and Bob Moorcraft took over as Acting Chairman for the Remainder of the Season. The First team finished 7th in the EOL Div 3 and the Reserves came 6th in EOL Res Div 3. The 15s came 3rd in the SJL Prem Div, the U14's came 6th in the SJL Div B, the U12s 'B' came 5th in the SJL Div B and the U12s 'A' finished 5th in the SJL Prem Div. Town did have good success with it's under 12s reached the Southend Junior League Cup Final at Roots Hall only to be defeated on pens and Town's Under 13s won the Southend Junior League Division A. Towns youth sides also had a good end of season finish also with the U12's coming Runners-up in the Clacton Tournament but winning the Beech United Tournament and the U13's coming Runners-Up in the Beech United Tournament.

2010/2011 Season

Alan Davies became club chairman, with Jason Potter remaining as Treasurer and Dave Lovell as Secretary. Sadly during pre-season Steve Reader left his position as Reserve Team Assistant. The Committee had a new look with Terry Saggers, Brian Smith-Shaw and Bob Moorcraft alongside Parent Reps and Child Welfare Officers. Basildon Town first team continued to play in the Essex Olympian Division Three after finishing 7th the season before. Towns Reserves side was playing in the Essex Olympian Reserve Divsion Three after finishing 6th the season before. Basildon Town youth football for the 2010/2011 season had had 5 youth teams all competing in the Southend Junior League, these sides featured an Under 16's (SJL Prem Div Managed by Jason Emery), Under 15's (SJL Div B Managed by Rob Barnes), Under 14's (SJL Prem Div Managed by Joe Corey Jnr) and 2 Under 13's teams ('A' SJL Prem Div Managed by Jason Emery and 'B' SJL Div B Managed by Tim Dollard). Town still did not have an U18s, due to this Town's Reserve side is very young. Manager Jason Emery brought in some new players to boost the squad ahead of the season. Town U13's had a good start by winning two pre-season tournaments, one was the Trinity Youth Tournament and the other the Ref's Tournament both won on the first weekend of September. The first team had an improved season finishing 4th in the league and winning the Burnham Charity Cup. The under 13's had a successful season winning both league and cup competitions.

2011/2012 Season

The setup of of the club off the field remained unchanged. On the field the club continued with 2 senior sides and ran 2 youth sides. A short while into the season Jason Emery unexpectedly chose to leave the club and take up the management of another club in the Olympian League with some players joining him. Tim Dollard was promoted to 1st Team Manager and did a great job at stabilising the club finishing 7th in Essex Olympian League Division Three and also enjoying success by winning the Burnham Trophy. On the youth front the under 12's won both league and cup competitions.

2012/2013 Season

At the start of the season Joe Corey (Snr) took over as Chairman as Alan Davies was unable to continue due to work commitments. Tim Dollard continued as 1st Team Manager and brought in Jim Howsam assisted by Rob Barnes to run the Reserve Team. On the youth side there were 4 teams: under 11's, under 13's, under 15's and under 18's. The 1st team started slowly but picked up very well and finished in 4th place an improvement on the previous season and this enabled them to be promoted from Essex Olympian Division Three to Division Two. The Reserve Team had a mixed season with a very young side including several of the under 18 side and finished 7th. The youth sides had a successful season with the under 11's winning their league, the under 13's and 15's finishing runners-up and the under 18's finishing in 4th place.

2013/2014 Season

At the start of the season Bob Moorcraft took over as Chairman with Joe Corey (Snr) remaining on the committee. Tim Dollard continued as 1st Team Manager assisted by Rob Barnes and Jim Howsam continued to run the Reserve Team with the assistance of Stuart Hall. It was agreed to run 4 youth sides: two under 12's, an under 16 and an under 18 team. The 1st team had a good season and finished 3rd and narrowly missed out on promotion. The reserves finished 2nd and were promoted. They also reached the final of the Reserve Cup losing 1-0 to Manford Way a side from the top reserve division. The under 12 whites won their league without dropping a single point. The other youth teams did not have great success for a variety of reasons but hopefully will improve in the following years.

Basildon Town Senior side finished 3rd in the Essex Olympian League Division Two. The Senior Reserves finished Runners-Up in Essex Olympian League Reserve Division Two. The Reserves also came Runners-Up in the EOL Reserve Division Cup losing the final to Manford Way Reserves 1~0 at Hornchurch FC Ground.

2014/2015 Season

At the AGM Bob Moorcraft was asked and agreed to continue as Chairman with Dave Lovell and Jason Potter continuing in their respective roles. Alex Smith and Mark Saunders were also elected onto the committee. Tim Dollard continued as 1st Team Manager and Jim Howsam continued to run the Reserve Team. It was agreed to run 4 youth sides, these being two under 13's and two under 10 teams.

Basildon Town Senior side finish as Champions on Essex Olympian League Division Two. The Senior Reserves finished 5th in Essex Olympian League Reserve Division Two. Basildon Town Youth teams will now be known as part of Basildon Town FC Academy. The Academy sides will all be competing in the Southend Junior Leagues for the 2015/16 Season.

2015/2016 Season

At the AGM Bob Moorcraft was asked and agreed to continue as Chairman with Dave Lovell and Jason Potter continuing in their respective roles. Alex Smith and Mark Saunders have stayed on the committee. Tim Dollard continued as 1st Team Manager, but has brought in Joe Corey Jnr as 1st Team Assistant Manager who has previously Managed Successful Basildon Town Youth sides. Jim Howsam left as Reserve Team Manager. John Conway has replacing him as Reserve Team Manager. It has also been agreed that Basildon Town will run 7 youth sides, these being two under 14's, three under 11 teams and two under 9's. The Selex Ground has been renamed the Basildon Sports & Leisure Club.

Basildon Town will be competing in Essex Olympian League Division One and the Reserve Team will be competing in the new look Essex Olympian League Division Five. Basildon Town Academy sides will all be competing in the Southend Junior Leagues for the 2015/16 Season.

Basildon Town FC Chairmen

 

Basildon Town

Steve Brown

June 2009 to November 2009

Bob Moorcraft

November 2009 to June 2010

Alan Davies

June 2010 to June 2012

Joe Corey (Snr)

June 2012 to June 2013

Bob Moorcraft

June 2013 to present

Basildon Town FC Managers

 

Basildon Town

Brian Smith-Shaw

2008 to June 2009

Jason Emery

June 2009 to November 2011

Tim Dollard

November 2011 to February 2016

Joe Corey (Jnr) and Wayne Bowers (Joint)

March 2016 to present

Basildon Town FC Honours

 

As Basildon Town

Parthenon League Winners

1954/1955
Parthenon League Cup Winners 1954/1955
Stanford Charity Cup Winners 1955/1956
London League Runners Up 1956/1957
Stanford Charity Cup Winners 1956/1957
Shaw Cup Winners 1963/1964
Ramuz Cup Winners 1979/1980
Southend And District Premier League Winners 1980/1981
Ramuz Cup Winners 1980/1981
Essex Olympian League Reserve Division 2 Winners 1982/1983
Essex Olympian League Reserve Cup Runners Up 1984/1985
Essex Olympian League Reserve Division 2 Runners Up 1986/1987
Essex Intermediate League Division 3 Winners 1998/1999
Basildon Sports Council Trophy Winners 1998/1999
Basildon Sports Council Trophy Winners 1999/2000
Stanford Charity Cup Runners Up 1999/2000
Southend Charity Cup 'Section B' Winners 2004/2005
Southend Charity Cup 'Section B' Runners Up 2006/2007
Essex Olympian League Reserve Division 2 Runners Up 2006/2007
Burnham Charity Cup Winners 2010/2011
Burnham Charity Cup Winners 2011/2012
Reserve Division 3 Runners-Up 2013/2014
Reserve Division Cup Runners-Up 2013/2014
Essex Olympian League Division 2 Champions 2014/2015

As Basildon And Pitsea

Sanders Cup Winners 1964/1965
French Cup Winners 1965/1966
Southend Charity Cup Section A Winners 1967/1968
Essex Olympian League Winners 1968/1969
Essex Olympian League Cup Winners 1968/1969

As Cabletel FC

Southend And District League Division 3 Winners 1997/1998
Shaw Cup Winners 1997/1998
Southend Charity Cup Section E Runners Up 1997/1998

As Basildon Town Youth

Maldon 5-A-Side Winners 2000/2001
Rochford Festival Sports Winners 2000/2001
Chelmsford Youth League U16s Cup Winners 2001/2002
Chelmsford Youth League U18s League Winners 2002/2003
Chelmsford Youth League U18s Premier Division Winners 2003/2004
Chelmsford Youth League U18s Cup Runners Up 2003/2004
Chelmsford Youth League U18s Division 2 Runners Up 2003/2004
Chelmsford Youth League U18s Cup Winners 2006/2007
Southend Junior League U13s Division A Winners 2009/2010
Southend Junior League U12's League Cup Runners-Up 2009/2010
Clacton Tournament U12's Tournament Runners-Up 2009/2010
Beech United Tournament U12's Tournament Winners 2009/2010
Beech United Tournament U13's Tournament Runners-Up 2009/2010
Trinity Youth Tournament U13's Tournament Winners 2010/2011
Ref's Tournament U13's Tournament Winners 2010/2011
Trinity Youth Tournament U15's Tournament Runners-Up 2010/2011
Southend Junior League U13's Premier Division Winners 2010/2011
Southend Junior League U13's Cup Winners 2010/2011
Southend Junior League U12's Division C Winners 2011/2012
Southend Junior League U12's Spring Cup C Winners 2011/2012
Southend Junior League U11's Premier Presidents Division Winners 2012/2013
Southend Junior League U13's Division B Runners-up 2012/2013
Southend Junior League U15's Premier Division Runners-up 2012/2013
Southend Junior League U12's Division E Winners 2013/2014
Trinity Tournament U9's Winners 2015/2016