Name: East Thurrock United FC

Founded: 1969

Stadium: Rookery Hill

Capacity: 3,500 (160 seated)

Last season: 13th in National League South

Gloucester City fans will have 21 new grounds to visit when they start their first season at National League South level on Saturday 5 August, among them is a trip to Essex to face East Thurrock United.

The Rocks will play in the National League south for the second season, earning promotion in 2015/16 via the play-offs.

After finishing mid-table last season, East Thurrock will be hoping that good summer recruitment can enable them to move further up the league table.

East Thurrock United were formed in 1969 when a group of fans felt that the area around Corringham and Stanford-Le-Hope should have a senior non-league football club, following the successful Corringham Social Sunday league team.

The new club played in the Southern Essex Combination for the 1969/70 season and finished third in the leaue, before joining the reserve section of the Greater London League in 1970, which they won on their first attempt. At the end of the season, the league merged with the Metropolitan League to form the Metropolitan-London League, with East Thurrock remaining in the reserve division.

The Rocks won the division again in 1971/72, moving up into the senior divisions, where they also won Division Two at the first time of asking, being promoted to Division One. East Thurrock were placed in Division Two when the league merged with the Spartan League in 1975, until a restructuring in 1978 saw them moved into the Premier Division. The club switched to the Essex Senior League in 1979.

In 1988/89, the club won the League Cup, a feat they repeated in 1991/92, a season that also saw them earn promotion to Division Three of the Isthmian League. They were promoted to Division Two after winning Division Three in 1999/2000, and were placed in Division One two seasons later after league reshuffling, before being moved again in 2004/05, joining the Eastern Division of the Southern League. After finishing as runners-up in their first season, they were promoted and moved to the Isthmian League Premier Division.

The Rocks were relegated back to Division One North at the end of the 2007/08 following a one-point deduction for fielding an ineligible player. After back to back play-off losses to Concord Rangers, East Thurrock won the division in 2010/11 and were promoted to the Premier Division. In 2011/12 they reached the FA Cup for the first time in their history. The next season, they lost in Premier Division play-offs.

In 2014/15, East Thurrock reached the FA Cup first round for a second time, losing again. In the following season, they reached the play-offs again, this time beating Dulwich Hamlet to earn promotion to the National League South.

The Tigers will meet East Thurrock for the first time in the league when the two sides face off in the 2017/18 National League South season. They have previously met before in the FA Trophy, with East Thurrock coming out as 4-2 victors.

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