Hullbridge Sports F.C.

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Hullbridge Sports
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Full nameHullbridge Sports Football Club
Nickname(s)The Bridge, The Sports
Founded1945
GroundLower Road, Hullbridge
Capacity1,500 (60 seated) [1]
ChairmanAlistair Nash
ManagerDarren Manning
League Isthmian League North Division
2020–21 Isthmian League North Division (season curtailed)

Hullbridge Sports Football Club is a football club based in Hullbridge, Essex, England. They are currently members of the Isthmian League North Division and play at Lower Road. The club runs over 25 teams from under-6 through to men's senior football.

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History

The club was established in 1945 as Hullbridge United by a group headed by A.W. Moss, the owner of the Anchor Inn. [2] [3] Playing in green and gold quarters, the colours of the Anchor Inn's flag, [3] the club initially played in the Mid-Essex League. [4] In 1947 they joined the Southend & District League and in 1951–52 they won Division Two and the league's French Cup, earning promotion to Division One. [3] In 1953 the club was renamed Hullbridge Sports. Two relegations saw the club playing in Division Three by the mid-1950s, but they were Division Three champions in 1956–57, also winning the Shaw Cup. [3] However, they were relegated back to Division Three two seasons later. [3]

The 1962–63 season saw Hullbridge finish as runners-up in the (renamed) Division Two, earning promotion back to Division One. [3] In 1965–66 they won the Division One title and were promoted to the Premier Division. Although they were relegated back to Division One after finishing bottom of the Premier Division in 1968–69, they returned to the league's top division as Division One runners-up in 1971–72. [3] After another relegation, they were promoted back to the Premier Division after finishing as Division One runners-up in 1978–79.

In 1982 Hullbridge were founder members of the Southend & District Alliance, before moving up to Division Two of the Essex Olympian League in 1984. The club were promoted to Division One in their first season after finishing third in Division Two. [3] They narrowly avoided relegation in their first season in Division One, finishing thirteenth out of fifteen clubs, but finished bottom the following season and were relegated back to Division Two. They won the League Cup in 1987–88. [3] In 1990 Hullbridge moved up to the Essex Senior League. [5] They won the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy in 2013–14, [3] and were league champions in 2018–19 season, earning promotion to North Division of the Isthmian League. [6]

Ground

The club originally played on a pitch on land owned by A.W. Moss on the junction of Pooles Lane and Long Lane. [3] In the late 1970s the club obtained 16.5 acres of land on Lower Road from Rochford District Council, with the new ground opening in 1980. A clubhouse was officially opened in 1983 and further improvements were made to the ground in 1989 to allow the club to move up to the Essex Senior League, including the installation of floodlights and the construction of a small stand. [3] [7] The stand was later rebuilt and twelve seats were added, with 21 additional seats installed on open steps of terracing behind one goal and 21 on another side of the pitch, enough to fulfil the Essex Senior League's requirements. [7]

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  2. Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2016) Non-League Club Directory 2017, Tony Williams Publications, p415 ISBN   978-1869833695
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 HSFC History Hullbridge Sports F.C.
  4. History Hullbridge Sports F.C.
  5. 1 2 3 Hullbridge Sports at the Football Club History Database
  6. Hullbridge Sports claim Essex Senior League title with win over Stanway Rovers Basildon Echo, 27 April 2019
  7. 1 2 Jon Weaver (2005) The Football Grounds of Rural Essex, p34

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