Its with regret that we report that Beachboys defender Steve King has decided to leave the club following 10 years at the club.

Kingy has been with the club during some our finest days in recent history including the Isthmian Premier Play-Off victory over Lowestoft Town, our run to the FA Cup 1st Round where we took on Mansfield Town and lost 1-0 in the replay at The Aspect Arena whilst Kingy has also won 3 Essex Senior Cup’s whilst with the Beachboys.

Kingy released the following statement via his Twitter account @Steve5King:

Gutted to say that my time at Concord Rangers has come to an end. I’ve deicded to take a break from football for a few months due to to work commitments, renovating our house while my beautiful wife and I await the arrival in October of a little addition to our family. After coming back for a couple of weeks of pre season, it became apparent the commitment was just too much.

Sammy and Jack have been a breath of fresh air at the club and have been very supportive of my decision and I do hope to return in some capacity in the future. The last 10 years at the club have been amazing and together we’ve enjoyed so much success and will have memories that will last a lifetime.

I have to say a massive thanks to the chairman Ant who has been a great support to everyone who has been at the club over the years including myself, to the fans and committee, without who the club wouldn’t be where it is today, to Jayne and all the girls for all the effort they put into the club and to Danny who after lots of persuasion managed to get me to become part of a football family and adventure I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every step of the way!

All the best for the season and hopefully I’ll be back soon.

Former-Beachboys midfielder Sam Collins tweeted in response:

Fantastic 10 years Kingy, was a privilege to play in a few of them with you. When is the testimonial? #CaptainLeaderLegendMeathead

Supporter Gary Bracci tweeted:

You’ll be missed Steve. You can’t buy the kind of commitment you gave every game to the club. Good luck with the October baby and renovations, hope to see you on the pitch again soon. Lastly thank you for that goal against Lowestoft, nerve settler. #YAMC #GingerMeatBall

Committee Member Jack Smith Junior tweeted:

One of the most integral cogs @ConcordRangers over the course of our most successful spell in the history of the club. A coincidence, I think not. A lot to thank you for mate but for now, will wish you best of luck with your family and work. #YAMC

Beachboys Programme Editor Alan Jessup-Peacock tweeted:

The club will definitely not be the same without you mate, you’ve been a vital cog in the Concord machine over the years. Best of luck fella and enjoy the break from the game. #YAMC #OnceABeachboy

And lastly, Chairman Ant Smith tweeted:

10 years at one club is not something you see a lot these days. Thank you so much for all the memories mate, you are a huge part of our history. @ConcordRangers @Steve5King #GingerMeathead #Legend #YAMC

The word legend can be used on a lot of people and half of the people don’t deserve that title. Steve does deserve that title and rightfully so We are extremely thankful for the time he has put into us over the last 10 years where he has seen the club grow as a player from being an Essex Senior League side to being a recognised National League South side in our now 6th season at Step 2 of the English non-league football pyramid.

As Vince Lombardi once said

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilisation work”

And no one more than Steve has known that throughout his time with us where he has met and worked with plenty of players and management alike.

Steve is always welcome back at Thames Road and so is all of his family. We look forward to welcoming them all back down to watch the Beachboys in action once the new baby arrives in October.

Thank you for the memories Kingy and all the best for the future.

#OnceABeachboyAlwaysABeachboy #YouAreMyConcord