Aveley F.C.

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Aveley
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Full nameAveley Football Club
Nickname(s)The Millers
Founded1927
GroundParkside, Aveley
Capacity3,500 (424 seated) [1]
ChairmanGraham Gennings
Manager Keith Rowland
League Isthmian League North Division
2019–20 Isthmian League North Division (season abandoned)

Aveley Football Club are a football club based in Aveley, Essex, England. They are currently members of the Isthmian League North Division and play at Parkside.

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History

The club was established in 1927 and played in local leagues until World War II. In 1946 they joined the Thurrock Combination League, and went on to win the Essex Junior Cup in 1948 and 1949. [2] In 1949 the club joined Division Two of the London League. They finished fourth in their first season, and were promoted to Division One. The following season they won Division One, but were not promoted to the Premier Division. [3] However, despite finishing ninth in 1952–53, they were promoted. After finishing seventh, then third in their first two seasons in the Premier Division, they won the division in 1954–55. [4] In 1957 the club switched to the Delphian League, finishing as runners-up in their first season. When the league folded in 1963 they joined Division Two of the Athenian League. After finishing second in 1968–69, the club was promoted to Division One. They won the Division One title in 1970–71, earning promotion to the Premier Division. [4]

In 1973 Aveley joined Division Two of the Isthmian League, which became Division One in 1977. They won the Essex Thameside Trophy in 1979–80 and the Hornchurch Charity Cup in 1982–83. In 1985–86 they finished bottom of the division, and were relegated to Division Two North. After finishing second in 1989–90, a season in which they also became the first club from the bottom division to win the League Cup, the club was promoted back to Division One. Although they finished fourth in their first season back in Division One, the club finished bottom of the division the following season, but were not relegated. However, in 1992–93 they finished bottom again and were relegated to Division Two. In 1994–95 the club were relegated to Division Three, where they remained until 2002, when league reorganisation saw them placed in Division One North.

Aveley were transferred to Division One East of the Southern League in 2004, before returning to Division One North of the Isthmian League in 2006. They won the division in 2008–09, and were promoted to the Premier Division. After finishing third in Isthmian League under manager Rod Stringer, the club lost in the promotion play-off semi-finals to eventual winners Boreham Wood. [4] In 2011–12 the club were relegated back to Division One North after finishing third-from-bottom. In their first season in Division One they finished fifth and qualified for the promotion play-offs. They lost 3–1 to Maldon & Tiptree in the semi-finals. [4]

Ground

The main stand at Parkside. Aveley FC main stand.jpg
The main stand at Parkside.
The second seated stand at Parkside Aveley FC second stand.jpg
The second seated stand at Parkside
Standing areas behind one goal. Aveley FC behind one goal.jpg
Standing areas behind one goal.

The club played at Lodge Meadow until moving to Mill Field in 1952, at which point they gained the nickname the Millers. [2] The new ground was built by supporters on land they had purchased, [1] and a stand was bought from Grays Athletic for £100, subsequently becoming known as the Pepper Stand. [5] The ground was opened with a local derby match against Grays. [6] Terracing was installed on the other side of the ground, on which a 400-seat wooden stand was erected in 1958 at a cost of £2,600, together with additional terracing. [5] Floodlights were installed in 1967, with Grays again the visitors for the first match played under them. [6] At the time of its closure, the ground had a capacity of 4,000, of which 400 was seated and covered. [7]

During the 2010s the club bought the site of a former gravel pit from Thurrock Council using money raised from selling Mill Field to developers. [2] The 2016–17 season was the club's last at Mill Field, as they moved to Parkside for the start of the 2017–18 season. [8] The new ground featured two seated stands on either side of the pitch, one of which was built into the clubhouse, with the clubhouse roof overhang providing cover. [1] Two covered terraces were erected behind each goal, either side of the goalmouth, whilst an artificial pitch was installed. [1] In 2018, Parkside hosted a number of games in the CONIFA World Cup. [9]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 "Parklife for Millers", Groundtastic, Autumn 2017, issue 90, pp46–49
  2. 1 2 3 History Archived 16 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine Aveley FC
  3. London League 1950–1964 Non-League Matters
  4. 1 2 3 4 Aveley at the Football Club History Database
  5. 1 2 Jon Weaver (2006) The Football Grounds of Essex Metropolitan, pp4–6
  6. 1 2 Aveley Pyramid Passion
  7. 1 2 3 4 5 6 Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2012) Non-League Club Directory 2013, p579 ISBN   978-1-869833-77-0
  8. Exchange marks historic day for Aveley Archived 16 September 2016 at the Wayback Machine Non-League Daily
  9. Why the CONIFA World Football Cup matters to Matabeleland Sky Sports, 31 May 2018

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