- Thurrock F.C.
Football club infobox
clubname = Thurrock
fullname = Thurrock Football Club
nickname = The Fleet
"(as Purfleet F.C.)"
Ship Lane, Grays
capacity = 3,500 (500 seated)
chairman = Tommy South
manager = Hakan Ramis Hayrettin
season = 2007-08
Conference South, 12th
Thurrock F.C. are a football club based in
Aveley, Essex, England. They were established in April 1985as Purfleet F.C. and changed to their present name in 2003. They are currently members of the Conference South. The club plays at Ship Lane in Aveley.
Upon their formation Purfleet entered the Reserve Division of the
Essex Senior Leaguein 1985 and spent one season in that division before progressing to the Senior Division. Three seasons later in 1988, the club won the ESL title and successfully applied for promotion to the Isthmian League, being placed in Division Two North. Purfleet made its mark on the Isthmian League fairly quickly in the early 90s, rising to the Premier Division after two promotions in three years beginning in 1991-92. The club then remained in the Premier Division with varying success for a decade. After finishing 3rd in 2003-04, Thurrock (the new name having been adopted in 2003) qualified for the newly formed Conference South. In the club's first season in that league, Thurrock qualified for the promotion playoffs but were knocked out by Eastbourne Borough.
The following season the Club finished in 10th place in the Conference South. At the end of the season the Club parted companywith its long serving manager Colin McBride and appointed
Hakan Hayrettinin his place. Hayrettin had to find a completely new team as most of last season’s squad followed McBride to AFC Hornchurch. The club struggled for most of the season and did not secure its Conference South status until the last day of the season when a 3-0 win over Sutton Unitedand results elsewhere going their way gave a final place of 18th
The 2007-08 season started in much the same form picking up just 4 points out of a possible 24 but a stunning second half of the season saw the Fleet finish up just 6 points away from a playoff spot in 12th place.
*Best league performance: 3rd in Conference South, 2004-05
FA Cupperformance: 1st round proper, 2003-04, 2004-05
FA Trophyperformance: 4th round, 2004-05
FA Vaseperformance: 4th round, 1990-91
Essex Senior LeagueChampions: 1987-88
Essex Senior LeagueCup: 1987-88, 1988-89
Isthmian LeagueDivision Two North Runner-Up: 1988-89
Isthmian LeagueDivision Two Champions: 1991-92
Isthmian LeagueDivision One Runner-Up: 1993-94
Essex Senior Cup: 2003-04, 2004-05
Isthmian LeagueCup: 2003-04
* [http://www.thurrock-fc.com/ Official website]
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