Up Coming Games & Events at Bewdford Terrace
Thursday, 27th April - 6.45pm k.o.
Stockton Sunday League - John Jackson Memorial Trophy Final
BILLINGHAM WHITEHOUSE F.C. Vs. PORTRACK F.C.
Admission: Adults £2.00 * Concessions £1.00
Bar open from 5.30pm
Saturday, 29th April - 3pm k.o.
Ernest Armstrong Memorial Trophy Final
NORTHALLERTON TOWN Vs. STOCKTON TOWN
Adults £5.00 - Concessions/Under 16's £3.00
Bar open from 12 noon
Sunday 30th Aprul
John Clayton Fundraisers Family Fun Day
SEASON TICKETS 2017-18
Season ticket applications are now available for the 2017-18 season, and the club is pleased to announce that prices will be frozen at the bargain price of just £50 for adults and £30 for concessions. Match day prices will also be frozen, and all under 16's will be still be FREE entry.
In addition to the bargain price season tickets, the club is offering season ticket holders the option to join a Supporters' Club for an additional £10. Benefits of the Supporters' Club include 10% off the following:
- Club shop merchandise.
- Any coach travel for away games inc. FA Vase & FA Cup.
- Monthly prize draw to win BTFC club shop Items.
- Any Match Sponsorship.
Application forms can be downloaded from the following link: http://billinghamtownfc.net/season%20ticket%20application.pdf
and will also be available from the club.
Season ticket applications and payments will be accepted up until our first home league game.
A Weekend of Football
Two charity games coming up at Billingham Town's Bedford Terrace ground this weekend
Saturday, 22nd April - 12 noon k.o.
Malleable FC v The Royal Engineers
£2.00 for adults. Under 16's and OAP's free
All proceeds going to Leukaemia Research
Raffles etc., Bar and Canteen open from 11am
Sunday, 23rd April - 2pm k.o.
Celebrity Charity Football Match
Billingham Gives Back v Once Upon A Smile
Adults £6.00. Under 16's £3.00. Under 5's Free
Canteen and bar open from 12 noon
FA Vase Draw - 4th Round Proper - To Be Played on the Saturday 7th January 2017
1 Shildon v Atherton Collieries
2 Billingham Town v Cleethorpes Town
3 AFC Mansfield v Sunderland RCA
4 South Shields v Morpeth Town
5 Gorleston/Basildon United v Coleshill Town
6 Sun Sports v Bromsgrove Sporting
7 Newport Pagnell Town v Peterborough Sports
8 Sporting Khalsa/Sleaford Town v FC Romania/Tring Athletic
9 Ely City v Shepshed Dynamo
10 Hinckley AFC v Berkhamsted
11 Bradford Town v Southall
12 Bristol Manor Farm v Melksham Town
13 Chichester City v Buckland Athletic
14 Team Solent v Croydon
15 Exmouth Town v Corinthian
16 Crowborough/Bedfont Sports v Eastbourne Town
Match Preview: Home Vs. Stockton Town
I didn't realise that Town are now on a seven match unbeaten run. It was put to me on Tuesday night, who was the last club to defeat us and I had to think long and hard about it. That defeat in question was against Northallerton.... A low point in the season. That loss followed an equally painful Derby defeat to Norton & Stockton Ancients. Since then, Town have become rejuvenated as they prepare for another home Derby, this time against Northern League newcomers, Stockton Town.
Micky Dunwell's side are unbeaten in all competitions since their promotion from the Wearside League. Two sides in excellent form and two sides who like to keep the ball on the ground and attack with pace. I have mentioned in the past and in today's match programme about the ex Town players in the Stockton squad. So today I have focused my attention on other players who could cause us problems on the day! I have seen Chris Stockton play on several occasions in the past, playing on the left wing. He is quick, dynamic and it will be an intriguing battle between him and Lee Moore. Joe Carter is another player who can motor and played as an attacking full back for Synthonia; Carter scored twice on Wednesday night. Sonni Coleman came through the famous youth set up and has represented England at schoolboy level and appears to be a natural goalscorer. Kallum Hannah is Stockton's all time top scorer with over 100 goals to his name. Central defender Adam Nicholson is not only a solid player at the back he can also be a threat from set pieces. On paper Stockton have one of the strongest squads in our division and only Crook have managed to score against them during their last six games. Whose record will come to an end? Or could it be a stalemate? It should prove to be The Match Of The Day!!
Stockton 3-0 Heaton Stannington
Whitley Bay 0-2 Stockton (FA Vase)
Crook 1 Stockton 3
Northallerton 0-0 Stockton
Stockton 8-0 Annfield Plain (DCC)
Stockton 2-0 Eclleshill United (FA Vase)
Last Season: Today is our first official league meeting.
League Position: Billy Town 9th Stockton 1st
Goalkeeper Thomas Dawson may miss the next two matches due to prior commitments so goalkeeper coach Carl Morris could deputise after recently signing from Esh Winning. Lee Moore looks set to retain the right back position as Gary Redman is unavailable. Harry Taylor may have to wait for a scan to assess how serious his knee injury is but the Hartlepool United Physio will take an initial look at him. Connor Dunlavey could be back in action within seven days after suffering from a hamstring injury on his debut against Willington in the FA Vase.
Stockton are playing well and are still undefeated in the league. They defend as a 451 without the ball but with the ball attack with a 433. We need to be at our best to get anything out of this game but we know if we play to our strengths and defend well as a unit, they will find it hard to break us down. Hopefully we can nick the winner but this could be an entertaining game and one that we would love to win especially with it being a derby game.
As per usual, the match day programme contains Baz talking from the bench and I discuss recent events in The FA Vase.
Town have a hastily arranged league fixture this coming Tuesday night against Durham City. The game will take place at Consett's new ground with a 7.30 pm kick off time.
Weather: Light rain 12°
Match Preview: Home Vs. Hebburn Town
After Town's first home league win a week ago Saturday, tonight is an opportunity for back to back victories at the home of football! Hebburn Town will no doubt prove to be obdurate opponents though and this fixture tends to be a homogeneous affair. Both of last seasons league encounters ended in 1.1 draws but Town need to push on and improve their home form if they want to cement a top eight position going into the Autumn months. With the cup competitions on hold the blues do have on paper a relatively favourable October. Stockton Town at home this coming Saturday will be the highlight of the league season so far and then we cross the river Tees for a Friday night match against a capricious Thornaby side. Two home games against Bedlington and Alnwick could see Town jettison up the table. Of course, this is all subjective but certainly achievable!!
The South Tynesiders haven't exactly started the season on the pitch the way they wanted it to, or off it for that matter! Manager Scott Oliver resigned in August, citing exhaustion and a loss of passion for the game but a short break and a change of heart persuaded him to come back, take the helm and steady the ship. On the road, they don't score many goals but they don't concede a great deal either. They do have creative players in the squad though, all retained from last season; Chris Feasey caused us all sorts of problems at their place and Glen Hargrave was another tricky customer. The languid Channon North is a consistent striker at this level and midfielder, Ian Bickerstaff has tons of Northern League experience. Both ourselves and Hebburn are near the bottom of the disciplinary table so the contrast between this game and Friday night's nirvana fixture at Heritage Park couldn't be much greater!
Darlington RA 0-3 Hebburn
Norton 3-0 Hebburn
Team Northumbria 3-0 Hebburn
Jarrow 1-1 Hebburn (Hebburn won on pens: DCC)
Consett 5-1 Hebburn (FA Vase)
Northallerton 0-0 Hebburn
Last Season: Billingham Town 1 Hebburn Town 1
League Position: Town 12th Hebburn 14th
Jack Connor and Lee Moore are in contention for a return to the side. Harry Taylor has picked up and injury and will be assessed this week but initial fears are it could be serious. Ashley Lavan is unavailable due to work and Jack Turnbull will be missing after the tragic death of his mother over the weekend. On behalf of the club, Manager Barry Oliver sends his condolences and all our thoughts are with Jack and his family at this difficult time.
Scott Oliver, Hebburn manager will have his team organised as per usual, Channon North is always a threat up top due to his height so therefore Ste Oakley will be given the job to man mark him. Hebburn are always busy as a team so nothing is to be taken lightly on the night and in last years two games both games were a draw so that tells you it's a tight occasion!
Our next opponents in the vase takes us on the road to Ashton Town AFC near Wigan and while I'm reasonably happy with the draw, anyone now in this competition must not be took lightly, I'm sure we will take a very good following on the day but we must also give a good account of ourselves on the day and make sure it's a worth while journey so I will be making sure the players are fully focused on the day.
On behalf of myself, Graham , coaches and the players I would like to thank our brilliant fans on Friday night at Bishop Auckland. We hope we made you all very proud on the night and I'm sure it will it never be forgotten!!
Don't forget to purchase your match day programme. I'm sure Barry will have plenty to say and I take a look at our recent additions to the squad and what we can expect from them.
The League fixture against Durham City that was pencilled in for 22nd October will now have to be rearranged due to Town's ongoing participation in the FA Vase.
Weather: Light Cloud 12°
Match Preview: Home Vs. Darlington RA
Town are back to the bread and butter of the Northern League after two confidence building cup tie wins. Unbelievably, we are almost a quarter of the way through the season with no let up in sight. With us going through to the next round of The FA Vase and the Durham Challenge Cup respectively, Town will shortly be involved in the Earnest Armstrong Memorial Trophy and the second round of the League Cup. The draw has yet to be made for the former but we can expect a midweek home tie against Washington in November if they manage to see off Brandon in the first round of the League Cup (Town received a bye in the first round). On top of those fixtures, we travel to Heaton Stannington next Wednesday night and we are back at home the following Tuesday night against Hebburn Town! Add on Bishop Auckland next Friday night in the Vase and another Durham Cup game to come I think it's fair to say we could all do with a midweek rest!!
Darlington RA are currently third from bottom in the league table. One can be forgiven if they thought they were looking at tennis scores for some of the results. Easington won 6.3 at Brinkburn Road and Synthonia defeated the Railwaymen 6.1 at Central Avenue. Throw in Northallerton's 6.4 victory and you have a Grand Slam, Game, Set and Match!! And yet Darlington do have two of the league's most prolific marksmen. Christopher Tarn has nine league goals to his tally and Daniel Pigg is not too far behind on seven strikes. Former Town manager, Peter Mulcaster took over the reigns during the summer and he has been scouting for new talent in recent weeks to bolster his defence. The RA have lost all four of their away games, conceding on average five goals per game so it doesn't take an Einstein to work out that those figures are unsustainable if they want to avoid relegation. Mulcaster has recruited Nathan Stephenson from Norton and Jack McGurk from Synthonia but Darren Kokes left for Willington.
Darlington RA 3-2 Crook
Billingham Synthonia 6-1 Darlington RA
Northallerton 6-4 Darlington RA
Darlington 2-5 Ryton & Crawcrook Albion
Darlington RA 0-4 Heaton Stannington
Darlington RA 0-4 Barnoldswick Town (Vase)
Last season Billingham Town 1 Darlington RA 4
League Position : Billingham Town 12th RA 20th
Lee Moore will join the squad and Barry Oliver will decide during the warm up to see if the right back is fit enough to take part. Definitely out is Connor Dunlavey with a hamstring injury. Stephen Oakley returns from suspension and Jack Connor from work commitments respectively. Dan Rowbotham who was limping after the game in midweek with a back injury could be rated doubtful; suffering from nerve pain in his leg. This week, goalkeeper coach Carl Morris signed from Esh Winning and Hartlepool United defender Jack Turnbull is now eligible after missing out on the two cup ties and could be in line for his debut.
This will be another tricky game but a match we should be looking to take the three points. RA are a bit like us as they can score goals but concede even more but as long as we defend as a team and keep our shape, we should have too much for them going forward. This could prove to be a high scoring game if both sides continue to attack and defend like they have been!!
Don't forget your match day programme where Baz gives us his thoughts and I delve into Billingham's past to find out what our club crest says about us Town folk and are we truly 'British'??
On Thursday night the aforementioned Earnest Armstrong Memorial Trophy draw was made. Town have been handed another home tie against Alnwick Town. No date as of yet but kick off will probably will 7.45pm on a Tuesday night. If successful, Town will travel to either Hebburn Town or Easington Colliery in the second round.
Weather: Cloudy 16°
Match Preview: Home Vs. Bolden CA
Town entertain Boldon Community Association for tonight's Durham Challenge Cup tie. We enter the competition at the Preliminary Round Stage. After Saturday's convincing FA Vase victory, Town will be looking to go as far as they can in another competition full of history. Billingham Town have won the cup on one occasion, defeating the then Unibond league side Bishop Auckland 3.1
Boldon are one of eleven founder members of the Wearside League. Six years ago they had aspirations of joining the Northern League but the club suffered from vandalism and cable thieves. The club are now enjoying happier times and they currently sit second in the table. If they manage to win the Wearside League they will be able to achieve their dream of promotion and the possibility of playing their next door neighbours, Jarrow Roofing. Boldon have three strikers who are all in form. Dominic Mossa and Adam Bell have been scoring for fun and are backed up by former Dunston and South Shields marksman Johnny Wightman.
Ashbrooke Bedford House 1-3 Boldon CA
Boldon CA 1-1 Prudhoe Town
Hartlepool FC 2-2 Boldon CA
Seaham Red Star Reserves 1-3 Boldon CA
Boldon CA 2-1 Harton & Westoe
Silksworth Colliery 1-2 Boldon CA
Luke Moore is still out with injury but will have a fitness test on Saturday morning for the Darlington RA game. Connor Dunlavey pulled his hamstring against Willington and could be out for at least two weeks. Stephen Oakley is suspended and Jack Connor is unavailable due to work. Danny Rowbotham will revert back to centre half to cover for Oakley's absence. Gary Redman will return to the squad after an outing for the reserves on Saturday. Redman scored for Paul Beddow's side in a 2-0 win over Thornaby Dubliners.
Obviously we will be looking to carry on from where we left off against Willington but let's not get carried away. Boldon are second in their league and will be no pushovers. We need to be ready from the off as their two forwards are very lively and have two central midfielders who like to pull the strings. It's something we will need to be aware of from the off. I would like to make a special mention for Gary Redman. He will be playing right back and he has shown a great attitude and example for playing in the reserves. I have assured Gary that he is still part of my plans.
Weather: clear skies 21°!!!!
Match Preview: Home Vs. Willington
The FA Vase competition is a highlight of the non league calendar for step 5, 6 and 7 clubs. The chance to play at Wembley in the final gives the tournament an element of romance and Morpeth Town are the defending champions. Town enter this season's competition at the first qualifying round stage at home to Willington. The winners will be away to either Bedlington Terriers or Bishop Auckland and the second qualifying round will take place on the 24th September. If Town are successful on Saturday then the league encounter at Ryton & Crawcrook Albion will have to be rearranged. Willington come into the fixture on the back of a surprising 3.2 victory at Thornaby and although Town ran out comfortable winners in our recent league encounter, they will be confident of revenge while Town have struggled at home.
How Willington followed a heavy 0.7 defeat to Whickham with a win at Thornaby will have baffled neutral observers alike. They have been on the end of some hammerings and yet the Durham club have an uncanny knack of bouncing straight back. Manager Gary Innes must be scratching his head and wondering why this is the case. Town should have won by a more comfortable margin than the 2.0 victory in the league fixture but Willington were missing a host of players on the night. Jason White is their talisman upfront and Robbie Williamson is another danger man. Tuesday nights win at Thornaby was all about the Brown's; Michael scoring twice and Reece getting the other goal....and there is another one.... Gavin!! Add Luke Black to Jason White and it starts to get confusing!!
Team Northumbria 6-0 Willington
Willington 1-2 Stockton Town
Willington 5-1 Esh Winning
Tow Law 0-1 Willington
Willington 0-7 Whickham
Thornaby 2-3 Willington
Last Season: Billingham Town 7 Willington 1
This Season: Willington 0 Billingham Town 2
There were four changes to the line up against Crook and there could be further changes at the weekend. Players such as Clayton MacDonald, Harry Taylor, Ashley Lavan and Elliott Beddow haven't had a huge amount of game time. Lee Moore will be doubtful but Jack Connor should return after working away in midweek and new signings Connor Dunlavey & Thomas Dawson are added to the squad. Hartlepool United loanee, Jack Turnbull is not eligible for the FA Vase or Durham Challenge Cup competitions. Meanwhile, Stuart Bath has moved on to Wolviston and John Maddison has joined him after the briefest of stays with Darlington RA.
Willington have been hit and miss, a bit like ourselves and are higher than us in the league. They have just beaten our near neighbours Thornaby so it's going to be a hard game but if the lads show the same spirit as Tuesday night then our work rate and creative side will be enough to get the win. We need to get the belief back and I'm sure the lads can put this poor run behind them.
There will be a match day programme with Barry Oliver talking shop and I discuss the FA Vase and wether the tournament needs an overhaul. (Apologies for the last two articles that were omitted for Northallerton and Crook games.......problems with gremlins!!).
Weather: Light Cloud 17°
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