The History of Purfleet F.C


Founded in 1985 by their current Vice Chairman Tommy South the club play at Thurrock Hotel, Ship Lane, Aveley. Known as "The Fleet" they won promotion from the Essex Senior League in the 1987/88 season to the Vauxhall Opel League Division II North and retained the Essex League Cup which they first won in the 1986/87 season. They were runners-up in the Vauxhall Opel League Division II the following season, 1988/89 gaining promotion but were relegated at the first attempt in 1989/1990. They were promoted again in 1991/92 when they also won the Loctite Trophy. The Fleet went on to greater success in the 93/94 season which saw them gain promotion to the Premier Division as runners up in Division I. The 93/94 season also saw further silverware in the Fleet trophy cupboard when they won the Essex Business Houses Cup. The following season saw more success for Purfleet when they won the prestigious Essex Thameside Trophy and the Fred Budden Trophy.

Purfleet have developed a Youth policy which has seen their Youth sides taking local silverware in the form of Essex Youth Butcher Trophy in 1996/97, the Eastern Junior Alliance League Cup in 1997/98, Essex Youth Cassels Trophy and Eastern Junior Alliance Chairmans Cup in 1999/2000.

In 2003 they changed their name to Thurrock f.c. At the end of the 2003 – 2004 season they won promotion to the Conference South, the League Cup and the Essex Senior Cup beating neighbours Aveley f.c. in the final. The following season they qualified for the play-offs but lost out to Eastbourne Borough f.c. The 2008-9 season saw them relegated but being reprieved after Team Bath resigned from the league. The 2010-11 season saw them once again finish in the relegation zone but again get a reprieve. In 2012-13 they were relegated to the Isthmian Premier where they finished in 19th position two places above the relegation zone. However, they were docked three points for fielding an ineligible player which saw them relegated to the Isthmian Division 1 North. After making the play-offs three years in a row 2016-17 saw Thurrock f.c. finally get promoted to the Isthmian Premier division. At the end of the 2017-18 season Thurrock resigned from the Isthmian League on 31st March 2018, after chairman and owner Tommy South had failed to find a buyer for the club as a going concern, and so ceased to exist.