Concord Rangers F.C.

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Concord Rangers
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Full name Concord Rangers Football Club
Nickname(s) The Beach Boys
Founded 1967; 51 years ago (1967)
Ground Thames Road, Canvey Island
Ground Capacity 3,300
Chairman Antony Smith
Manager Adam Flanagan
League National League South
2016–17 National League South, 18th of 22

Concord Rangers Football Club is a football club based in Canvey Island in Essex, England. The club currently compete in the National League South, the sixth tier of English football, and play their home matches at Thames Road.


Concord Rangers F.C. was officially formed in 1967 by Albert Lant, and originated from a team of boys (including Albert's son Steve) that played friendly matches during 1966 on a pitch along the Canvey Island seafront close to the Concord Beach, hence the name Concord Rangers.[1] They are therefore quite possibly the only English football team to be specifically named after a beach. The club initially joined the Thundermite Boys' Football League in 1967, with Albert Lant as manager, before progressing into the Vange and District League in 1973, where the club won several league and cup honours in a six-year period before joining the Mid-Essex League for the 1979–80 season — the club's first foray into Saturday football. At that time fixtures were played at Waterside Farm, on Canvey Island. The 1978–79 season saw Concord Rangers become the inaugural winners of the Essex Sunday Junior Trophy, defeating Bishop's Park 4–0 in a game played at Tiptree United.[2] It was not until 1985 that the club secured land in Thames Road, to initially develop the clubhouse and stadium.[3]

In 1988 the club joined the Essex Intermediate League Division Two, where they stayed for three seasons, winning the title in 1990–91 on goal difference and gaining promotion to the Essex Senior League.[4] Concord spent 17 seasons in the Senior League, winning the title three times in that period (1997–98, 2003–04, 2007–08), with the 2007–08 championship win under the joint-management team of Danny Cowley and Danny Scopes seeing the club gaining promotion for the first time in their history to the Isthmian League.[4] The 2007–08 Essex Senior League winning season was the club's 40th anniversary year, and also saw the team win the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy, reach the final of the Essex Senior League Cup, and also reach the quarter finals of the FA Vase, in which they lost 1–0 to Lowestoft Town.[5]

The "Beach Boys" reached the play-off final in their first season (2008–09) in the Isthmian League Division One North, but lost 5–4 on penalties to Waltham Abbey.[6] Despite being touted as having hugely over-performed in their debut season at this level, the team once again reached the play-off final in the 2009–10 season, this time emerging as winners, defeating Enfield Town 3–1 in front of a crowd of 752 at Thames Road, to gain promotion to the Isthmian League Premier Division.[7]

Concord had an impressive start to life at Premier Division level, finishing in eighth place in 2010–11,[4] but this was followed by a lower 14th-place position for 2011–12, before a resurgent 2012–13 campaign saw the team reach the Premier Division play-offs, where they beat Wealdstone 2–1 away from home in the semi-finals,[8] followed by a 2–1 away win at Lowestoft Town in front of a crowd of 2,490,[9] to see the Beach Boys earn promotion to the Conference South for the first time in their history.[10] The Beach Boys were also winners of the Isthmian League Cup for 2012–13, with a 3–2 victory after extra time over Dulwich Hamlet at Maidstone United's Gallagher Stadium.[11]

2013–14 saw Concord have a successful inaugural season at Conference South level, finishing in ninth position,[4] and also winning their first ever Essex Senior Cup, defeating higher-ranked opposition Braintree Town 2–1 at Dagenham & Redbridge's Victoria Road ground.[12]

2014–15 was also another successful season for The Beach Boys, and included many firsts for the club. The club reached the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time in their history, eventually losing 1–0 at home to League Two side Mansfield Town in a replay,[12] after Jordan Chiedozie's goal had seen the sides draw 1–1 in the initial tie.[13] In the league, the team improved on the previous season's ninth-place finish by securing seventh place, and also retained the Essex Senior Cup with a 5–0 victory over Billericay Town in the final,[14] again played at Dagenham & Redbridge, and by doing so became the first team in 15 years to win consecutive Essex Senior Cups.[15]

At the end of the 2014–15 season, long-serving manager Danny Cowley departed the club to become the new first team manager at National League side Braintree Town,[16] having won three promotions and three cups since his appointment in 2007–08; in the process becoming the most successful manager in the club's history. His younger brother, and assistant manager Nicky Cowley also moved to Braintree to take up the post of assistant manager,[17] having made 268 appearances for the club as a player, the majority as club captain,[18] before making the switch to a coaching role in late 2014.[19]

Current manager Adam Flanagan, a former Concord player, was appointed in May 2015,[20] joining the Beach Boys from Brentwood Town, whom he had just guided to promotion from the Isthmian League Division One North.[21] In April 2016 Concord retained the Essex Senior Cup, beating Heybridge Swifts 1–0 at Dagenham & Redbridge, and became the first team to win the cup three years in succession for 50 years.[22]

Coaching staff

  • First Team Manager Adam Flanagan
  • Assistant Manager & First Team Coach Glen Alzapiedi
  • Assistant First Team Coach & Under 18's Manager Miki Hood
  • Goalkeeping Coach Glen Knight
  • Head Sports Therapist Sam Clarke
  • Sports Therapist Abbie Garwood
  • Assistant Sports Therapist Harry Higgins


First team squad

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
GK George Marsh
GK Louis Wells
England DF Jordan Brown
DF Rob Girdlestone
DF Steve King
DF Lewis Knight
DF Zack Littlejohn
DF Billy Roast
DF Tom Stephen
MF Khale Da Costa
England MF Kyron Farrell
MF Andrew Freeman
No. Position Player
MF Emmanuel Ighorae
England MF Harry Lee
MF Amos Nasha
MF Oliver Paul
MF Tom Ranger
MF Henry Sims
MF Jed Smith
FW Steve Cawley (Captain)
England FW Femi Akinwande
FW Aristide Bassele
England FW Ben Greenhalgh
FW Lewis Taaffe

Out on loan

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
MF Sam Carter (on dual-registration with Great Wakering Rovers for the 2017/18 season)
MF Finley Dopson (on dual-registration with Southend Manor for the 2017/18 season)
MF Adam Topley (on loan to Aveley until March 2018)
FW Bayley Newell (on loan to Southend Manor for the 2017/18 season)
FW Jack Renew (on dual-registration with Basildon United for the 2017/18 season)




  1. ^ "History –". 
  2. ^ "Sunday Junior Trophy | EssexFA". 
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  4. ^ a b c d "Football Club History Database – Concord Rangers". 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-06-23. Retrieved 2015-06-23. 
  6. ^ "Waltham Abbey 1, Concord Rangers 1 (after extra-time) Waltham Abbey won 5–4 on penalties". Echo. 
  7. ^ "Concord Rangers 3, Enfield Town 1". The Bolton News. 
  8. ^ getwestlondon Administrator (2 May 2013). "Play-off heartbreak for Wealdstone against Concord". getwestlondon. 
  9. ^ Michael Bailey. "Heartbreak again as Lowestoft Town lose out to Concord Rangers". Eastern Daily Press. 
  10. ^ "Lowestoft Town 1–2 Concord Rangers". BBC Sport. 
  11. ^ "Nicky is Concord's cup king". 
  12. ^ a b "Braintree Town beaten in Essex Senior Cup Final". Essex Chronicle. 
  13. ^ "Mansfield Town 1–1 Concord Rangers". BBC Sport. 
  14. ^ "Concord Rangers crush Billericay Town to retain Essex Senior Cup". Echo. 
  15. ^ Essex Senior Cup
  16. ^ "Danny Cowley: Braintree Town appoint Concord Rangers boss". BBC Sport. 
  17. ^
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  19. ^ "Nicky Cowley ends playing career to become new Concord Rangers assistant manager". Daily Echo. 
  20. ^ "Concord Rangers appoint ex-Brentwood Town boss Adam Flanagan as their new manager". Echo. 
  21. ^ "Thurrock thrashed at Brentwood Town in Ryman One North play-off final". Thurrock Gazette. 
  22. ^ "Beach Boys Make Essex Senior Cup History!". Essex FA. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  23. ^ a b c Concord Rangers at the Football Club History Database

External links

  • Official website

Coordinates: 51°30′45.151″N 0°34′31.642″E / 51.51254194°N 0.57545611°E / 51.51254194; 0.57545611

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