Bostik North - Meet The Teams

 These are the teams that make up the Isthmian Bostik North from 2018/19

AFC Sudbury                                                                                  

  • Nickname                   The Yellows or The Suds
  • Ground                       King's Marsh Stadium
  • Ground Capacity        2,500
  • Average Attendance   236
  • Colours                       Yellow
  • Last Season               Finished 12th in Bostik North

Snippet of information: AFC Sudbury were in the FA Vase in 2003/4, 2004/5 and 2005/6 and managed to lose all three finals 

Aveley FC       

  • Nickname                   The Millers
  • Ground                       The Mill Field / Parkside
  • Ground Capacity        3,500 (424 seated)
  • Average Attendance  260
  • Colours                       Blue
  • Last Season               14th in Bostik North

Snippet of information: You’ll find parking for more than 250 cars right next door to a very impressive, neat stadium. The ground is near the junction of the M25 and A13 in Thurrock.

 

Barking FC                                                                                                      

  • Nickname                   The Blues
  • Ground                       Mayesbrook Park
  • Ground Capacity        2,500 (200 seated)
  • Average Attendance  82
  • Colours                       Blue
  • Last Season               10th in Bostik North

Snippet of information: You can find details of over 6,000 1st team games across three centuries from the club’s website! The Blues’ most famous Old Boy is World Cup hero Bobby Moore 

Basildon United                                                                                               

  • Nickname                   The Bees
  • Ground                       Gardiners Close
  • Ground Capacity        2,000 (400 seated)
  • Average Attendance  N/A
  • Colours                      Yellow and Black
  • Last Season               2nd in The Essex Senior League

Snippet of information: You’ll find plenty of covered standing area in the stadium, which has a record attendance of 4,999 for a game against West Ham. In the modern era, of course, the capacity is much reduced.

 

Bowers And Pitsea                                                                                              

  • Nickname                   The Bowers
  • Ground                       The Les Salmon Stadium
  • Ground Capacity        2,000 (200 seated)
  • Average Attendance  128
  • Colours                       Red & White
  • Last Season               3rd place in The Bostik North

Snippet of information: The club finished 3rd last year in The Bostik North but lost out on promotion, going down to Canvey Island in the first play off knockout match. 

 

Brentwood Town FC                                                                                    

  • Nickname                   The Blues
  • Ground                       Brentwood Centre Arena
  • Ground Capacity        1,000 (50 seated)
  • Average Attendance  116
  • Colours                       Sky Blue
  • Last Season                21st place in The Bostik North

Snippet of information: The famous Old Boy from Brentwood Town FC is Jimmy Greaves who joined the club in 1975 aged 34, four years after retiring from his playing days at West Ham.

Bury Town                                                                                         

  • Nickname                   The Blues
  • Ground                       Ram Meadow
  • Ground Capacity        3,500 (300 seated)
  • Average Attendance  275
  • Colours                       Blue
  • Last Season               9th place in The Bostik North

 Snippet of information: The ground at Ram Meadow offers covered standing on all four sides of the pitch, with seating on two sides and terracing behind the goals.

Canvey Island FC                                                                                          

  • Nickname                   The Gulls / The Islanders
  • Ground                       Park Lane
  • Ground Capacity        4,100 (500 seated)
  • Average Attendance  251
  • Colours                      Yellow and Blue
  • Last Season               6th place in The Bostik North

Snippet of information: Canvey Island were promoted to The Conference (Step 1) in 2003/04 and reached the FA cup 1st round the following season. After two seasons at step 1 the club took voluntary relegation and slipped down to step 4 before regaining step 3 status in 2007/08. In 2016/17 The Islanders were relegated to step 4 and just missed out on promotion back to step 3 last season.

 

Coggeshall FC                                                                                                 

  • Nickname                   The Seedgrowers
  • Ground                       West Street
  • Ground Capacity        n/a
  • Average Attendance  76
  • Colours                       Red and Black
  • Last Season               Champions Thurlow Nunn / Eastern Counties League

Snippet of information: The Seedgrowers gained promotion to The Eastern Counties / Thurlow Nunn League in 2016/17 and went on to secure a double promotion by pipping The Seasiders to the post in 2017/18 to gain promotion, alongside Felixstowe to The Bostik North.

 

Dereham Town FC                                                                                               

  • Nickname                   The Magpies
  • Ground                       Aldiss Park
  • Ground Capacity        2,500 (150 seated)
  • Average Attendance  136
  • Colours                       Black and White
  • Last Season               8th place in The Bostik North

Snippet of information: In 1991 Dereham Town moved to their current location by securing land at Aldiss Park at a cost of around £750,000.

 

Felixstowe & Walton United FC                                                                      

  • Nickname                   The Seasiders
  • Ground                       The Goldstar Ground
  • Ground Capacity         2,000 (100 seated)
  • Average Attendance   314
  • Colours                       Red and White
  • Last Season                Runners Up Thurlow Nunn / Eastern Counties League

Snippet of information: Last year The Seasiders attracted a home crowd of 1,541 for a step 5 top of the table clash with Coggeshall Town. The club has never played higher than step 5 in its history.

Grays Athletic FC                                                                            

  • Nickname                   The Gravelmen
  • Ground                       Parkside Aveley
  • Ground Capacity        3,500 (424 seated)
  • Average Attendance  251
  • Colours                       Blue
  • Last Season               16th place in The Bostik North

Snippet of information: Grays Athletic were champions of The Conference South (National League 2) in 2004/05 and, that same year, won the FA Trophy at Villa Park. In their first season in The Conference (National League) they reached a creditable 3rd place but lost in play offs. That same year Grays retained the FA Trophy and reached the second round of the FA Cup. The club set a record in the transfer market when they rec’d £150,000 from Peterborough for Aron McLean. At present the club are tenants at Aveley FC’s Parkside Stadium.

Great Wakering Rovers                                                                             

  • Nickname                   The Rovers
  • Ground                       Burroughs Park
  • Ground Capacity          3,500 (250 seated)
  • Average Attendance     n/a
  • Colours                       Green & White
  • Last Season                 1st place in the Essex Senior League

Snippet of information: Great Wakering, a club near Southend, gained promotion last year from step 5 by finishing top of The Essex Senior League. It was an impressive performance because only the year before (2016/17) the club had been in turmoil. That season they were relegated, lost two chairmen and two managers and somehow contrived to use 71 different players!

Heybridge Swifts                                                                                               

  • Nickname                 The Swifts
  • Ground                     Scraley Road
  • Ground Capacity        3 ,500 (250 seated)
  • Average Attendance   223
  • Colours                     Black & White
  • Last Season               5th place in The Bostik North

Snippet of information: The Swifts finished 5th last year but failed to make it through the play offs. The club has good relations with people in Spain from where they often bring in trialists. At present they have three Spanish players in their first team squad. Joan Luque has done well at the club and is rumored to be off to a League Two side this summer.

Maldon & Tiptree                                                                                     

  • Nickname                 The Jammers
  • Ground                     The Wallace Binder Ground
  • Ground Capacity        2,800 (155 seated)
  • Average Attendance   105
  • Colours                     Red & Blue
  • Last Season               7th place in The Bostik North

Snippet of information: The Jammers were Bostik North Runners up in 2016/17 but lost to Thurrock in the play off final. Last year (2017/18) they finished in 7th place

Mildenhall FC                                                                                            

  • Nickname                 The Hall
  • Ground                     Recreation Way
  • Ground Capacity        2,000 (155 seated)
  • Average Attendance   175
  • Colours                     Yellow and Black
  • Last Season               22nd place in The Bostik North

Snippet of information: Mildenhall pipped Felixstowe & Walton at the top of The Thurlow Nunn in 2016/17 and progressed to The Bostik North. After a decent start they fell away towards the end of the season finishing in 22nd position.

Romford FC                                                                                                        

  • Nickname                 The Boro’
  • Ground                     Ship Lane (Ground share with Thurrock FC)
  • Ground Capacity        3,500 (524 seated)
  • Average Attendance   105
  • Colours                     Yellow and Blue
  • Last Season               23rd place in The Bostik North

Snippet of information: Romford are nomads when it comes to home venue. They can count 17 different grounds as their home turf, used the old Ford United Ground which is now West Ham’s training ground and recently plied  their trade at the home of Thurrock FC at Ship Lane. With the demise of Thurrock FC the club moved to East Thurrock in 2018.  Last year the club narrowly escaped relegation to step 5 lifting themselves above Norwich United on the final day of the season.

Soham Town Rangers                                                                                      

  • Nickname                 The Greens
  • Ground                     Julius Martin Lane
  • Ground Capacity        2,000 (250 seated)
  • Average Attendance   139
  • Colours                     Green
  • Last Season              13th place in The Bostik North

Snippet of information: The Greens, also known locally as The Rangers and The Town were Eastern Counties League champions in 2007/08. They were duly promoted and joined the Southern League Midland Division. Following league reorganisation in 2010/2011 the club was transferred to what is now The Bostik North

Tilbury FC                                                                                                            

  • Nickname                   The Dockers
  • Ground                       Julius Martin Lane
  • Ground Capacity          4,000 (350 seated)
  • Average Attendance     93
  • Colours                       Black & White
  • Last Season                 17th place in The Bostik North

Snippet of information: Tilbury have managed to line up 11 pre-season friendlies this summer so they’ll either be fit and raring to go or possibly a bunch of crocks. You have to admire their spirit. Interestingly there is a large concrete stand above the ground floor changing rooms and spectators watch games through a row of large windows! Behind one goal fans watch the game from behind netting!

Witham Town                                                                                                  

  • Nickname                 The Town
  • Ground                     Village Glass Stadium
  • Ground Capacity        2,500 (150 seated)
  • Average Attendance   111
  • Colours                     White & Blue
  • Last Season              11th place in The Bostik North

Snippet of information:  Witham Town boast James Beardwell as the nation’s “non-league fan of the year” James never misses a game and can be seen, sometimes entirely alone, singing for 90 minutes non-stop. Impressive hardly says enough.  In 2013/14 the club reached its highest ever position finishing runners up in the Ryman (now Bostik) North and were promoted via the play-offs.  This season the club starts its campaign with a new manager, Mark Ashford, previously assistant manager at Heybridge Swifts. There were 57 applications for the post as manager and 14 people were interviewed.  Most famous Old Boy is Ollie Murs who will be visiting his old club this year with Coggeshall FC.