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Canvey Island

Grier's Updated Guide to Canvey Island

The match: Canvey Island v Kingstonian, Isthmian Premier. Saturday 29 October, 15:00.

The club: Back at our level after winning the Division 1 North playoffs, Canvey's finest years were in the early 2000s when they reached the Conference National and the FA Trophy final as well as running neighbours Southend twice in two FA Cup ties.

The town: The island sits on the north side of the Thames Estuary on reclaimed land. Folklore has it that numerous ghosts roam the island, including 'The Black Man' who offered you a price for your soul, while the 'White Woman' would tempt you to dance with her. The tales may have been invented by smugglers who wanted to deter people from finding their goods.

The ground: The Movie Starr Stadium, Park Lane, Canvey Island, Essex, SS8 7PX. A Conference standard ground with an impressive terrace behind one goal, affording the strange sight of container ships passing above your eyeline beyond the sea wall. It can be staggeringly cold - our Trophy defeat in 2005 is about the coldest I've ever been at football.

Directions: Trains go from Fenchurch Street or West Ham but due to engineering works, only as far as Pitsea or Basildon. From the latter you an get the 22 bus all the way to the ground, otherwise it's a rail replacement to Benfleet from where you can get the 22 or 27 buses, or a taxi. Driving takes at least an hour and a half - hopefully the Dartford Crossing won't be blocked by protestors. You can park at the ground.

Tickets: £12 adults; £7 over 60s/students; £2 U16s (must be accompanied by an adult)

Our record there: Much improved in recent years since taking a 6-1 hiding en route to Canvey winning the League in 2004. Our last visit was in 2016 when Pico Gomez and Aaron Lamont struck in a 2-1 win that would eventually prove crucial when we narrowly stayed up at Canvey's expense. In our FA Trophy exit in 2005, Tommy Moorhouse's quick-thinking use of the referee's pencil memorably prevented Canvey's Lee Boylan from swallowing his tongue.

Recent form: Now ninth in the league after a slow start, they're unbeaten in their last six league games.

Players to watch: Experienced striker Evans Kouassi scored over 30 goals last season and has started this season in fine form too, with nine goals already.

Crowd: Usually similar to our own, although over 2,500 crammed in for their playoff final win over Brentwood Town. It must have made for a great atmosphere in the big terrace behind the goal when the home side won on penalties.

Drinking: There are no pubs near the ground but for those going by train the Half Crown and the Hoy & Helmet are opposite each other on Benfleet High Street.

Food: Uncle Kams is a chippie near the ground, while there are various other options on Benfleet High Street.

Published Thursday 27th October 2022