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Essex Senior League: Barkingside, Ilford to mark anniversaries as Redbridge look to create new memories

PUBLISHED: 17:30 18 January 2018

Barkingside manager Michael Walther will be joined by new assistant manager Ray Bartlett in the dugout(Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Barkingside manager Michael Walther will be joined by new assistant manager Ray Bartlett in the dugout(Pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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In an article from our ‘Year in Sport’ pullout, the year ahead for Essex Senior League clubs in the London Borough of Redbridge is previewed

Ilford joint-managers Billy Cove and Allan Fenn (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo) Ilford joint-managers Billy Cove and Allan Fenn (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Essex Senior League sides Barkingside and Ilford have historic anniversaries to look forward to this year.

Founded in 1898, Side will be celebrating their 120th anniversary over the coming months.

The Foxes, meanwhile, reached the final of the FA Amateur Cup 60 years ago, when they lost 3-0 to Woking at Wembley.

With both clubs now playing out of Cricklefield Stadium, Barkingside and Ilford will hope to celebrate the anniversaries in a fitting manner.

Redbridge joint-managers Ricky Eaton (right) and Joey May (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo) Redbridge joint-managers Ricky Eaton (right) and Joey May (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Over their 120 years in existence, there have been many ups and downs for Side, who are currently managed by Michael Walther.

So far this season, Barkingside have not performed as well as they would have liked and currently find themselves in the lower reaches of the table.

Over the remainder of the campaign, Side will be looking to lay the foundations for what will hopefully be a better season in 2018-19.

Walther’s men will also want to start getting the wins on the board as they look to mark their 120th birthday in style.

And club historian Rob Meyers believes it is a fine effort for the Barkingside to have been going as long as they have.

“It is an amazing achievement given the amount of money at the top of the professional leagues,” said Meyers.

“Barkingside operate on volunteers alone and always have done. Congratulations Barkingside.”

Ilford, meanwhile, will hope to mark their trip to Wembley for a cup final by winning a different cup competition.

The Foxes are already into the semi-finals of the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy and will hope to go all the way in that competition.

Allan Fenn and Billy Cove’s men await the winners of the quarter-final between FC Romania and Sawbridgeworth Town in the final four.

While Barkingside and Ilford are celebrating memories this year, neighbours Redbridge will want to create a new one for themselves.

The Motormen are currently flying high at the top of the Essex Senior League and look well placed for a return to the Bostik North.

Managed by Ricky Eaton and Joey May, the Oakside Stadium outfit are on course to claim the title and add another piece of silverware to the cabinet for Redbridge.

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