Name: Concord Rangers FC
Stadium: Thames Road
Last season: 18th in National League South
One of several Essex-based trips for Tigers fans this season, gloucestercityafc.com continues it’s look at our opponents for 2017/18. Next up: Concord Rangers
The Beach Boys have played in the National League South since the 2013/14 season, where they won the Premier Division play-offs and the Isthmian League Cup this season prior.
After finishing in 18th place (out of 22) last season, Concord will be hoping to have a more successful season this time around if they are to remain in the division.
Established in 1967, originating from a team of boys that played matches along the Canvey Island seafront near Concord Beach, Concord Rangers hold the distinction of being the only English football team to be named after a beach.
Rangers initially entered the Thundermite Boys’ Football League in 1967, with club founder Albert Lant as manager, before progressing into the Vange and District League in 1973, where the club won several league and cup honours.
In 1978/79, the club became the inaugural winners of the Essex Sunday Junior Trophy. It wasn’t until 1985 that the club were able to secure their current ground though, previously playing at Waterside Farm, on Canvey Island.
Concord spent 17 seasons in the Essex Senior League, winning the title in 1997/98, 2003/04 and 2007/08, after winning promotion to the division on goal difference in 1990/91.
In their first season in the Isthmian League Division One North, in 2008/09, Rangers lost in the play-off final. The side were lauded as major overachievers, however they reached the play-off final again the next season, this time going on to win promotion to the Premier Division.
In 2012/13 the club were promoted once more to the National League South, the league they currently reside, having won the Isthmian League Cup in the same season. It was the first time Concord had reached such a high position in the English football system
The next few seasons saw many firsts for the club, winning their first ever Essex Senior Cup in 2013/14 and reaching the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time in 2014/15..
The Tigers will meet Concord Rangers for the first time when the two sides face off in the 2017/18 National League South season.