One of the great things about non league football is the fact that generally the people that are a part of it are always looking out for each other and will lend a helping hand where they can. Obviously there are exceptions to the rule, but the fact that a lot of clubs at our level and below are run by volunteers helps promote this mindset.

I mention this because a fellow non-league staffer down at Basildon United has passed on some historical stuff about Concord Rangers in our Essex Senior League days that they keep in their matchday programme.

For me this is an eye opener, as I only got involved in watching Concord during the first Ryman Premier season, but some of the older hands around the club and of course the longer serving fans that may be reading might remember these moments.

For example, Concord have one of the top 3 biggest wins in the Essex Senior League, beating Beaumont Athletic 13-0 (the others being 14-1 & 15-1 by Bowers & Pitsea and Stansted respectively). We also still appear to have the record for most wins in a season, winning 23 of 26 matches during 1997/98, losing just 1 (and we’re only 1 of 5 teams to lose that few games in an Essex Senior League season).

That 1997/98 season also saw Concord Rangers earn one of the highest point totals in the leagues history, notching up 71 from the 26 matches. It was the season before though that saw the Beachboys score one of the three highest goal totals in league history, hitting the back of the net a total of 106 times during 28 games!

These records and a number more are posted in the Basildon United matchday programme each week, and I have to thank Nathan Bright for spotting them and sending them my way!

Our club clearly had some great times in the Essex Senior League, and that success has continued through the years in the Ryman & now National Leagues. We’re making history every year, and it’s great to be a part of it!

You Are My Concord!