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We’ve met Before Aveley


Aveley FC was formed in 1927 and played in local leagues until 1939. In 1946 the club was reformed and joined the Thurrock Combination. They gained Senior League status in season 1949/50 and were elected into the London League, Division One becoming Champions in the 1951/52 season. In the same season they moved from Lodge Meadow to Mill Field, and were promptly nicknamed The Millers. In season 1954/55 they were Champions again which was followed by election to The Delphian League in 1955/56. They competed in this league until 1962/63. 1963/64 saw Millers join the Athenian League. Season 1970/71 was probably the clubs most successful one. The first round proper of the FA Cup was reached along with the FA Amateur Cup quarter-finals, they were also Champions of the Athenian League.

Aveley were then elected to the Isthmian League in season 1973/74 at the same time as Carshalton Athletic. They were relegated to Division Two North at the end of the 1985/86 season. The 1989/90 campaign was a memorable one for The Millers winning promotion back to Division One which and this was followed by a 3-0 victory over Premier Division St.Albans City in the final of the AC Delco (League) Cup. This made Aveley the first team from the lowest division to win this competition. After this the club slipped down to Division Three

Season 2001/02 saw the club finish third in Division Two to gain promotion to Isthmian Division One North. The following season they reached the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, and finished sixth in the League. They won the Division One North Championship in 2008/09 (on the last day of the season) and the following season, their first in the Isthmian Premier, saw them finish 3rd to secure a home semi-final play off against Boreham Wood losing 1-0. Unfortunately they were then relegated in 2011/12 after a poor season.

Off the pitch activities took a more positive turn when, after many years of trying, The Millers were granted the green light in May 2016 to start building their new home, Parkside.

In 2018/19 , the Millers finished 2nd in Division One North but they were defeated 2-0 by Heybridge Swifts in the Play-Off Semi Final. In 2019/20 season Aveley made it all the way to the Quarter Final of the FA Trophy and were lying second in the Isthmian North but were denied promotion after the season was announced to be null and void. However they got their reward in the 2021–22 by gaining promotion to the Isthmian Premier Division as Champions of Division 1 North.

Our first meetings with Aveley date back to our Athenian League days in the late 60’s and early 70’s when we generally had the better of the encounters, winning three and drawing one with just the one defeat in Amateur Cup at Colston Avenue. We crossed swords again in Division Two of the Isthmian League between 1973/74 and 1976/77, winning seven and drawing one before we secured promotion to the Premier Division. We did not meet again until the 2009/10 season where Aveley had much the better of it winning 3-0 at Colston Avenue and 4-0 at Mill Field. We got our revenge of sorts by beating them 5-2 away in the FA Trophy. We then failed to register a single win against The Millers over the next two seasons, drawing three and losing once away,

2-0, in 2010/11.

Our next meeting came in The Millers superb run to the Quarter Finals of the FA Trophy in the 2019/20 season when we were drawn at home and found ourselves 0-3 down after 53 minutes but the introduction of Harry Ottaway revived Robins fortunes, with Harry pulling a goal back just three minutes later. Christie Pattison narrowed the gap on 81 minutes before Paris Hamilton-Downes coolly levelled from the spot on the stroke of the 90th minute to send the tie to a replay. Unfortunately we had nothing left in the tank for the replay and Aveley ran out comfortable 2-0 winners.

Played for both clubs: Of the current crop of Robins both Sam Mvemba and Calvin Ekpiteta have played for Aveley, Sam played in both of those 2018/19 Trophy matches against us. Also wearing the colours of both clubs have been Billy Crook and Nassim Dukali


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