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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In a strange and unfamiliar world for many of us, we at Tilbury FC wish everyone good health and urge us all to stay disciplined and to keep the belief that soon enough, we will be in more familiar surroundings, with our loved ones, that we all miss very much. We can all be extremely proud of the way we have all united and trusted our countries guidance to give ourselves the best opportunity to get out of this pandemic.
The lockdown has given us time we may not have had in our normal day to day routines. Time to reflect, observe and plan. Liam and I have spent time evaluating, in what was our second season in the division, with both unfortunately being interrupted processes. We both still share the same ambition to progress Tilbury, and both have the same determination as we ever have. After analysing the seasons performances, we feel we can add value to areas of Tilbury Football Club to continue progression under our leadership.
Prioritising health for our families and our community, we must manage our frustrations and value the time we have. Last week we got to catch up with Danny Scopes, which gave us an opportunity to exchange professional ideas and talk about the current season that had ended for our respected teams we manage. We discussed new ways to improve that Liam and I took a lot from. Thankyou Dan.
Liam and I have such a hardworking group that we are immensely proud of. Our players and management team are given the best opportunity from Chairman Danny and the committee including Antony Mercer, with his assistance in helping us prepare the best possible way. There was such a contagious work ethic that in the end, the respect for each other’s contribution was huge. The atmosphere in our changing room, the bar, on the training area and on the football pitch home and away is something we really miss, and we fully respect what personnel we had at the club that created this. We do appreciate this is a fantastic platform and opportunity to really express our ideas and help develop personal to be better and fulfil our potential.
We would like to say that we are fully prepared for the go ahead, but unfortunately, we cannot get the club in that position until we know facts about our challenge of next season. We are in a positive position in areas we can control. We have our methods in place as we look to gain those percentages to improve our environment and performances. There will be no player announcements at this current time, but one thing we can clarify, is that we will be doing our upmost to retain the squad and we have made that clear. There will always be movement preseason and we will improve areas that we need to. We have through our group praised the players for their performance level and professionalism, but we will take the opportunity to again express what a hardworking, determined group you have been, and we thankyou.
For now, we can still reflect on a progression. A progression we will build on and continue when we are all at a lower risk. We can reflect on the players that make us proud, the supporters that share every emotion with us and gave us some memorable days, supported us in the bad and good, reflect on the committee’s desire to create opportunity. We are Tilbury FC and with our fantastic youth managers and players, we will keep striving to be better and make you proud.
Liam and I would like to join our Club Captain, John Easterford, in thanking Maggie for looking after the squad and management team this season. Cannot wait for a Cup of tea with you.
As much as we would really like to be together again, we want to see our families first. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all in our next chapter when everyone is safe to unite again and get back to our Dockers family.
We wish you all good health, Gaffer.
Whilst we await the FA and Government to announce when football can resume we are working hard behind the scenes. We have been in contact over the phone with a large majority of last seasons squad in the hope of retaining many of the players as well as potential new faces. Liam and I what to ensure we are well prepared for when we get the green light to start our preparations for the new campaign and deliver the results that are deserved. Anthony is working hard to get pre season friendlies penciled in so we hope to be in a position to announce some dates soon. We wont be resting easy during the lockdown only working the best we can and being ready to start again. Stay safe and i look forward to seeing everyone soon.
Tilbury are to announce a ground-Share with Brimsdown for the 2020/21 season
The Spartan South Midlands League side will play their home games at Chadfields this season.
After a tough 2019/20 season, the Enfield based side are expected to be moved leagues and join the Eastern Senior League Division One South.
Tilbury chairman, Daniel Nash said: "Negotiations between the two clubs were smooth and we are excited they will share our ground for the next year. Incoming Brimsdown Chairman Ahmet Toygun, said, "we are excited to ground-share with Tilbury and look forward to working with the club.
With both clubs awaiting details of the new season, the sides hope to arrange a pre season game prior to the start of the season.
Hope everyone is safe & well in these unprecedented times! So the season has been officially cancelled now, certainly not the end of the season we all would have hoped for but nonetheless a decision we have all accepted, but in terms of importance Football currently has to take a back seat.
As I write this today, we as a club would have been preparing for our Playoff Semi Final (Yes we would have been there) League Table as it stands we sit 3rd in the league! What a fantastic achievement from all involved at the club.
Back in June/July when Marc & Liam where putting the squad together, you could see the excitement around the club, the work that had been done off the pitch in the summer had created a very professional feel around Chadfields. Dan Nash (Mr Chairman) had put everything in place for the Management Team that was requested… It was then down to them boys to deliver results on the pitch!
The start of the season raised a few eyebrows, internally at least, we as a squad was not delivering what we felt as a group we should be achieving! Come the end of September, we had 8pts out of a possible 21pts! Then big changes happened, Marc & Liam had hard decisions to make on the personnel in the squad, but made them! This was the 1st Big change that kicked on our season!
We followed up September with wins against Bury & Histon and a point away at Coggeshall, we as a group was in a good place, confidence was high, our season was back on track! Then the 2nd change, probably the biggest moment in our season happened, Basildon at Home. A mixture of us as a team becoming a little complacent and the story around the fixture, for whatever reason we didn’t turn up, Basildon on the day, credit to them, wanted it more than us, and that’s something we as group took hard. We felt we had let the club down as well as our Management team.
After a team meeting, we as a group really kicked on, we discussed our issues, and we come together even stronger! We went on a run of 11 games unbeaten, collecting 29 out of a possible 33pts. Along that run, we become the 1st team to beat Maldon, with great wins also against Heybridge, Bury, Dereham, Canvey and of course Grays!
We were then at that point, a playoff team! Something we as a group set out to achieve, something I am sure Tilbury as a club will continue to build on.
It is a gutting end to the season for all involved at the club, but one the club should be very proud of, if you think back to where Tilbury was before Marc & Liam started this journey, sitting 2nd bottom of the league, to finishing this season as a playoff team, it’s been a fantastic effort and I am sure this journey will continue…
I mentioned the work off the pitch earlier, there is so many individuals around the club who do so much and we as a squad want to thank you all, without you the club wouldn’t be able to function!
Mr Chairman, thanks for everything you have done for us this season, we hope as a squad we have repaid you in our performances for your club! (Just waiting for our jackets still, must be here soon!)
A couple that our very close to our squad, need special thanks, so firstly a big thank you to Maggie, for all that you do for us, lovely lady, who I know our whole squad loves and appreciates. Then a Big thank you to Harry & Liam, not an attractive job tidying up after us lot, but again we have loved having you in the dressing room, top lads!
The final thanks must go to the Dockers supporters, Home & Away, have been superb for us this season, was a bit of bumpy ride to start with, but towards to end we shared some great moments together! With the clubs plans for the future, Tilbury will continue to move forward, with hopefully lots of great occasions for you all to enjoy! Thank you again to you all!
See you next season! (Whenever that is!) Stay Safe! Easters
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