Tilbury Football is a family friendly football club based in Tilbury Essex, Formed by the dock workers in Tilbury and Established in 1889 Makes us one of the oldest clubs in Thurrock, Essex. We play our home games at The EMR Stadium, Chadfields competing in the Isthmian League North Division 1 under the guidance of Marc Harrison.
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It’s always a great moment when we get an opportunity to talk about our special club and give you a view from the management team. We are fully aware that we have had a very challenging process and we feel it has really brought us closer together. Its very easy to buy into a challenge by agreeing to where we want to be and what we need to be doing, committing to the process is totally different and I feel we are now fully aligned with each other with what the commitment must be to play for Tilbury FC.
Over the past few seasons, we have been totally interrupted and we now deserve an opportunity to complete a full season together. We have a very difficult start, and no games are easy in this division. The fact we are all going into the season with supporters able to be present makes it so much more achievable to be successful. Supporters are the heartbeat of every football club. We have gained so many new supporters with our Free season ticket campaign, mixed with our ever present existing supporters, we are all so determined to do you all proud.
I have many conversations with management teams and non-league supporters on Tilbury FC’s chances of promotion and where we are tipped to be. I will say that we have our targets in our changing room and I fully understand the club’s aspirations. We are here to help Tilbury achieve the dreams of a promotion and we will give everything we have got to make it happen. We have worked very hard over the past 3 years, and we cannot fear what we have created. We are very respectful of every football team in this division and are very excited and ready to fight for every 3 points available.
Being consistent will be the biggest factor this season. We understand what components we need to maintain if we are going to produce consistent performances. The squad have been behind in many parts of their preseason due to circumstances out of our control, but we all agree there is no room for excuses. We need to maximise every opportunity we are given.
I was totally responsible for our preseason performances against Harlow and Grays and there is no doubt we have learnt from it. I would like to thank Hollands & Blare, Grays Athletic, Billericay Town, Harlow Town, VCD and Hullbridge Sports for a competitive pre-season. I especially thank Harlow for giving me a lesson I very much needed.
We now look forward to a new campaign and as stated above, we as a team are so very much determined to make you proud of us all.
Can’t wait to see you all
First and foremost, Thank You!!!!!
Thank you to our supporters, thank you to the Tilbury Community, thank you to the Non-league football community, thank you to the Thurrock planning committee. The club would also like to express thanks to our youth players – joe, Ray, Harry, Alfie, Tyler, Max and Albie who in their own words wrote to the planning committee to show what the football club meant to them. Also Thanks must be given to Ben Pearce and the team at Apex for getting these plans passed.
This is such an exciting and amazing time for everyone at the club as well as slightly emotional given we are finally fulfilling the dream and vision held by long term chairman of the club Robin Nash. Rob always wanted to build a legacy for Tilbury Town a brand-new stadium the whole town could be proud of, a stadium that was available for the community to use and enjoy and a stadium to allow the club to continue for many years to come. Unfortunately, Rob passed before he managed to complete his dream but luckily, he had 3 children to deliver what he always wanted. Today the club led by Chairman Daniel Nash will hold its head high smile to the sky and say Rob- ‘’This is for you’’.
Moving forward is now the desire of all at Tilbury FC. Our aim now is to create a stadium and a community hub that the whole town will want to be part of. We are pleased that we will soon be able to give TMA there forever home and welcome all their members to the club. The new stadium will also enable the club to continue to grow the Youth football section increasing the number of teams and allowing more opportunities to the youth of Thurrock a place to learn, enjoy football and socialise at a family driven club.
The huge support we received on social media was overwhelming so many messages and excitement at the prospect of something new coming to Tilbury. Long time club supporter John Heath wanted to comment ‘’ On behalf of the fans we would like to thank all at Tilbury FC for their hard work behind the scenes, it has been a long wait that hopefully will be well worth it. It will be a shame moving on but Chadfields has seen better days, hopefully a new ground will bring success to our wonderful football club and the community of Tilbury.’’
Committee member Jack Edwards also wanted to share his excitement ‘’ This is such a fantastic moment for everyone at the football club. I am looking forward to welcoming more of the local young people to our youth section and seeing them work hard to be the best they can. My nephew alone has now been at Tilbury Youth for 3 years and the change in the lad’s confidence and social aspects has been brilliant for a boy that has Autism I could not have asked more of the club than what they have done. I hope now we can make a difference for a lot more local children.’’
Youth Secretary Lee Upton echoed that of Jack Edwards emphasising how the club can now continue to grow its youth section ‘’When I joined the club 9 years ago, we had 4 youth teams that has now grown to 10 and we are pretty much at capacity. The new facilities will provide such a great foundation for our youth section and also enable the Tilbury FC to continue to grow throughout the youth part of the club. As youth secretary my aim to offer football to anyone that wishes to play regardless of age or gender. This is the first step towards that, a truly amazing time for Tilbury FC.’’
First Team Manager Marc Harrison spoke of his delight at approval being granted ‘’ I am delighted for the club and all involved. It has been a tough time lately for all during this pandemic and I hope the positivity of this news can bring excitement for our bright future together. I am looking forward to being together in our new community home.’’
The final word must go to Daniel Nash, Chairman of Tilbury FC. ‘’ I would like to express my gratitude and thanks to everyone that was a part of getting this approved. The support we received was immense and that all helped make this happen. I know my late father will be looking down and smiling on my Sister Vicky, my Brother Jon, The whole of Tilbury FC and me with a big smile on his face. This is so much more than a football stadium it will have different meanings to everyone, but I hope it brings happiness to us all. I look forward to welcoming you all in the near future. ‘’
It is with a heavy heart today the club announces the retirement of club secretary Anthony Mercer. After 10 years work at the club and 30 years overall in football Anthony has decided the time is right for him and his family to take a step back.
Club Chairman Danny Nash would like to thank Anthony for his hard work and dedication to the football club over the last 10 years. Danny said 'Anthony is a true gentlemen of football and someone we have been lucky to have for such a long period of time. Anthony is very much a professional at what he does and will be sorely missed by us all. I wish you well in your retirement and hope to see you around the club. Always welcome as a docker.
Anthony Mercer also wished to say a few words regarding his retirement ' I have had over 10 years of happiness at this great club. I would like to thank the directors of the club in particular, who have given first class support to me. Tilbury has a great committee, which I hope to continue with after a break.
My main wish is to see Tilbury get back to winning ways under the good management team of Marc Harrison and Liam Wallace.
Anthony will be stepping down officially on the 31st October. Stepping up into Anthony's position will be youth secretary Lee Upton who will assume role of club secretary on 1st November. Lee said on his appointment 'I am very sorry to see Anthony retire he has been a massive support for me within the club and has always been on hand with advice and help. Anthony has left some very big shoes to fill and I hope I can be at least somewhere near as competent as Anthony is. I wish you all the best Anthony but please keep your phone on.
If you see Anthony around at any fixtures please do wish him well. A true gentlemen and one of us.
All the best Anthony Mercer
30th August Tilbury 2 Canvey Island 2
4th September Ashford Town 2 Tilbury 1
10th September Barking 2 Tilbury 1
14th September Tilbury 2 Great Wakering 1
29th September Romford 1 Tilbury 2
2nd October Tilbury 1 Dereham Town 3
16th October Felixstowe & Walton 2 Tilbury 1
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