Barkingside play first friendly against National League South side Bishop’s Stortford tonight

PUBLISHED: 14:30 05 July 2016 | UPDATED: 15:25 05 July 2016

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer (pic: George Philipou/TGS Photo).

Barkingside manager Gursel Gulfer (pic: George Philipou/TGS Photo).

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Gursel Gulfer preparing for life in Essex Senior League after relegation from Ryman North last season

Barkingside begin their pre-season campaign tonight when they take on National League South side Bishop’s Stortford.

Gursel Gulfer’s men, who suffered relegation from the Ryman North last year, will host the Hertfordshire outfit at the Met Police Chigwell Ground.

Side will be playing most of their friendlies at the venue in Chigwell Hall High Road despite ground sharing with local rivals Ilford at Crickefield Stadium.

The clash kicks-off at 7.30pm and gives Gulfer the first chance to assess his squad ahead of the new Essex Senior League campaign.

Barkingside could play their first fixture in the division on July 30 with the FA Cup starting the following Saturday (August 6).

The east Londoners discovered who they would face in the Essex Senior League Cup and Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy recently.

In the first round of the League Cup, Side will visit old Ryman North foes Redbridge with the winner hosting either Waltham Forest or Sawbridgeworth.

Barkingside visit Basildon in the first round of the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy and will travel to Eton Manor if they progress past the Bee’s.

Meanwhile it was revealed last month that chairman Jimmy Flanagan has been elected to the management committee of the Essex Senior League. He will oversee the interests of the reserves and associate members.

Side are still searching for a kit sponsor for next season as well as match ball and match sponsors in addition to programme advertisers.

The club will be breaking from tradition next season with an away kit that will be all yellow with a navy trim – instead of the usual orange.

If you are interesting in sponsoring the club please contract chairman Flanagan on or speak with promotion manager Wayne Saliba at

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