EAST THURROCK UNITED Football Club
A Club History
|East Thurrock United Football Club was
founded on 27th April 1969 by a group of football
enthusiasts who felt that the expanding area around the
Thameside towns of Corringham and Stanford-Le-Hope should
have a senior non-league football club.
An early problem faced by the club was finding a suitable ground so, in their first season as members of the Southern Essex Combination, in 1969/70, home matches were played at Corringham Recreation Ground. The manager in that initial season was Brian Fayers, a key figure in the formation of the club. He guided the Rocks to third place and the following season they moved up to the intermediate section of the old Greater London League.
Now playing at the Billet in Stanford-Le-Hope, the
Rocks enjoyed much success. In successive seasons the
side won Division Two then Division One of the League,
prompting an application to the Essex FA for senior
status. In order to achieve this, the club moved in with
nearby Grays Athletic and it was admitted to the Senior
Division Two of the Metropolitan London League. East
Thurrock gained its third championship in a row and won
promotion to the Premier Division. However, fortunes then
took a turn for the worse, and a ten year period of
In 1985/86, and for the following two seasons, East Thurrock United finished in a very commendable fifth in the Essex Senior League but managed to achieve an even more impressive second place in 1988/89 when the team also went onto win the League Cup, it's first ever Senior trophy.
In 1982 the League Cup was back at Rookery Hill and the team reached the final of the Essex Senior cup. In also achieving second place in the league, an application was put in to join the Isthmian League and East Thurrock became members of Division Three for the following season.
After seven up and down seasons in the basement division, and after a slow start to the 1999/2000 campaign, the Rocks went on to take the title and earned promotion to Division Two. At the start of the 2002/03 season the Ryman League was restructured and the Rocks were placed in Division One North.
In the following season the Rocks finished third
in the Premier Division, again qualifying for the play-offs. This time
in the semi-finals they beat Tonbridge Angels 2–0 and in the final beat
Dulwich Hamlet 3–1. The final saw a record crowd of 1,661, witnessing
promotion to the National League South. East Thurrock remained in the
sixth tier for three seasons. The club finished second-from-bottom of
the National League South in 2018–19, and were relegated back to the
Isthmian League's Premier Division for the 2019/2020 season.
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