Football: Westcarr the star as Fleet sunk by Pompey

THE highly anticipated friendly encounter between Thurrock and Portsmouth produced a memorable night at Ship Lane. A double from Pompey’s new striker, Craig Westcarr, gave the visitors the win but it was the valiant Thurrock defending that shone throughout the game.

Football: Clear out continues at Grays Athletic

IT looks like there is no room for sentiment in Grays Athletic’s new boss, Jody Brown’s regime as a number of players, old and new have been shown the door. The former captain and assistant manager, Lee Flynn, is one of several players released by the club this week

Football: Dockers start off their pre-season

ON a warm afternoon at Lodge Avenue, Tilbury started there pre season with a 1-1 draw against an experienced Barking side. Two first half goals saw the sides share the Peter Webster Trophy for the second successive year.

Football: Grays Athletic thumped by impressive Chelmsford

ERRATIC goal-keeping by George Kamarusi set Chelmsford City on their way as they thumped Grays Ath 5-1 at the Melbourne Stadium. These are early days and Grays are trialling and testing a lot of players, so very little can be read into results such as this.

Athletics: Dedicated twelve impress in Southern League

A VERY depleted team of 12 athletes in total battled their way to 3rd
place in the 4th match of the Southern Athletics League Series. With 76
events to cover the 12 athletes had to work very hard indeed.

Thurrock teenager set to sign for Luton

LUTON TOWN manager John Still is reportedly closing in on signing Thurrock teenager, Mark Onyemah. Mark Onyemah one of two potential targets came through the ranks at Thurrock and the talented left back made his debut aged just 16 back in the 2012/13 season.

Football: Grays first friendly sees win against Abbey

THE Academy in Loughton played host to Jody Brown’s first game in charge of a Blues side today and with 23 players to look at, and 3 more missing for various reasons, this was a game that was never going to be about the result or the overall performance. Waltham Abbey also brought a large squad and both managers were able to get the most out of the game as Blues were able to field a different side in each half and the visitors opted for rolling substitutions. In hindsight, given the surprising sweltering conditions, it turned out to be the best possible arrangement for the players who, to a man, worked very hard in the heat.

Football: Grays chief exec offered role at Hereford United

GRAYS ATHLETIC chief executive Joel Nathan has been assisting the board of Hereford United in a voluntary advisory role as the club re-organises after it’s expulsion from the football conference.

Football: Tilbury make new signings

A NUMBER of new players have been drafted to join those who have been retained from last season. Tilbury FC are delighted to announce the signing of former club captain, Gary Henty. The experienced Centre Midfielder has made 93 appearances scoring 8 goals.

Former Premier League star Glen Little signs for Grays Athletic

GRAYS ATHLETIC continued to build their side for the coming season with another two fascinating signings. The club have announced the signing of former Burnley, Portsmouth and Reading player Glen Little.

Cup draws for teams in Thurrock

THURROCK clubs have a number of exciting ties in the early rounds of the FA competitions. Draws in the FA Cup, FA Vase, FA Trophy and FA Youth Cup were made.

Football: Grays Ath new boss Jody Brown adds to squad

Striker Chris Bryant has also joined the club having played under Manager Jody Brown at Heybridge Swifts FC. Chris’s former clubs include Ryman division one north outfit Maldon and Tiptree FC. Re-signing this season for the club are fans favourites midfielders Kenny Beaney and Joao Carlos. The club would like to express their appreciation at the loyalty shown by both players to the Blues.

Grays Athletic cancel troubled friendly against Hereford

WITH the current unrest around Hereford United and it’s recent drop out of the football conference the Blues supporters were foremost in the mind of Swallow who said: “We wanted the supporters to be able to have a great day out and enjoy the city and maybe under better circumstances they could have done that but we think it is in the best interests of all parties to cancel the game.”

“Authorities” contacted as fears grow over Hereford United and Grays Athletic friendly

WHAT was supposed to be a pre-season friendly is starting to feel quite the opposite as fans have called for the game between crisis-club Hereford United and Grays Athletic to be called off.

Grays Athletic appoint new manager Jody Brown as Ryan Kirby departs

Player-manager Ryan Kirby has decided to step down as manager and will leave the club due to family and work commitments. Former Arsenal trainee Kirby initially stepped back from hands-on management of the team in the latter part of last season with Andy Swallow taking on the reins to see the season out as the team played 25 games in 66 days.

Grays boss “takes an interest” in crisis club Hereford United

THE chief executive officer of Grays Athletic, Joel Nathan, has become involved in attempts to rescue crisis-hit Hereford United. Hereford United, made famous after their FA Cup exploits in the seventies but their recent chequered history almost mirrors Grays Athletic’s recent past.

Horndon through to national futsal finals

The event will be hosted by the @Futsal venue on the weekend of the 28th and 29th June and Horndon and the Hammers will be amongst the participants following regional success. They were victorious against teams from Suffolk, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire recently at Gosling Sports Park in Welwyn Garden City – now they’re keen for more.

West Ham Ladies on the lookout for new players!

2013-14 was another successful season for West Ham Utd Ladies with the 1st team, U18’s, U13’s and U10’s all winning County Cups and the U11’s winning their League. The Ladies battle it out in the FA Womens Premier League and play their home games at Thurrock FC., whilst also getting to train at the club’s main Chadwell Heath training ground.

Football: Grays Ath off to Italy

ASD Montecelio play in the Lazio ‘eccelenza’, a regional division that currently sits in the second tier of non-professional football at level 6 of the Italian pyramid, which starts with Seria A. The game was arranged by Grays boss Andy Swallow whilst on holiday last year.

Football: Thurrock footballer makes Premiership debut

FORMER Aveley Comp student, Alex Pritchard made his premiership league debut on Sunday afternoon for Tottenham Hotspurs. England under-20 star, Alex came on for his debut in the 83rd minute at White Hart Lane as Spurs went on to win 3-0 against Aston Villa.

Football: Grays reclaim their place as the best team in the borough

BACK in February, things were looking very bleak. When they lost 4-1 at home to Canvey Island on Feb 22nd, they looked like a busted flush. The re-structuring looked like a high risk strategy indeed. But it worked and since then Grays have either won games or gone down fighting. They have finished in 14th position, mid-table respectability and can rightly re-claim their position as the best team in the borough.

Football: Fleet sunk by Dockers in final day heartbreak

THE second half was an entertaining affair with Tilbury holding possession for long periods. On 49 Ryan Blackman played the ball to Piers Wixon who out of nothing hit a 25-yard rasping effort from the right hand corner of the box past Walker. The goal was reminiscent of his strike at Heybridge Swifts earlier in the season. .

Football: Incredible comeback as Rocks stave off relegation.

EAST Thurrock United produced an incredible comeback to come from 2-0 down to beat Bognor 4-2 at the Rookery Hill. The first corner of the game came in the 5th minute after good work by Lewis Smith. It came to nothing but showed that East Thurrock were going to attack.

Smartest team in Thurrock! Primary team return from Jersey tour unbeaten

CO-manager Kevin Watts said, ‘The team played extremely well with some fantastic football. They showed a real determination to represent their school and borough in a positive manner both on and off the pitch and didn’t disappoint. The games were against good opposition but they were played with real passion.The camaraderie all week was excellent and the attitude and behaviour was first-class. They were a credit to Thurrock. We would like to thank the support from Thurrock Sports Association and the Palmers Trust.’

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