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East Thurrock United

Grier's Guide to East Thurrock United

The match: East Thurrock United v Kingstonian, Isthmian Premier. Saturday 12 March, 15:00.

The club: Founded in 1969, they won promotion to the Isthmian League in 1992. Their honours include winning Division 1 North in 2011 and the Essex Senior Cup in 2019.

The town: The borough of Thurrock is probably best known for Tilbury docks, the Circus Tavern of darts fame and Lakeside shopping centre. But Corringham, where the ground is, has a distinct feel of an English village with a pretty church, a pub and a green all sitting opposite the ground. You'd have no idea that just a short stroll from Rookery Hill sits the huge London Gateway docks, designed to take the sort of mega-sized modern container ships that can't dock at the older ports further down the river.

The ground: Rookery Hill, Corringham, Essex, SS17 9LB. It has plenty of character - a slightly cobbled together feel with various small stands and shelters dotted round the ground.

Tickets: £12 adults / £8 concessions / £3 U16s / U12s free

Directions: You can get the train from Fenchurch Street or West Ham to either Stanford-le-Hope or Basildon. Buses 11, 100 and 374 go between the two via Corringham. By car a traffic-free run would get you there in an hour and a half. There's a free car park at the ground and if it gets full there's plenty of parking on nearby roads.

Our record there: We visited in October in the FA Trophy and won 6-0; given our recent form, a repeat seems unlikely. Our most memorable visit was on the opening day of the 2012-13 season, when we drew 1-1 after Andre McCollin was sent off on his debut after clashing with Steve Sheehan, and Wade Small was robbed of a late winner by the referee's ludicrous failure to play advantage when he was wiped out in the process of scoring.

Players to watch: Young striker Alex Hernandez is top scorer with 11 goals so far this season.

Recent form: At time of writing they're second bottom, some seven points clear of safety. A recent win over Carshalton broke a run of eight without a win in the league.

Crowd: One of the lesser-supported teams in the league but it's usually a friendly place to go and their crowds are better than they used to be following years at Conference South and Isthmian Premier level.

Drinking: The Bull, practically opposite the ground by the village green, is the obvious choice and has the feel of a pleasant local. 

Food: The tea bar was always decent, otherwise The Bull serves either main meals or sandwiches. 

Published Wednesday 2nd March 2022