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Grays Athletic

Currently Playing In:

Isthmian League Premier Division


After formation in 1890, the club’s first senior league was the high powered Athenian competition where they spent a couple of years before the Second World War. This was followed by spells in The London League and The Kent League before returning to The Athenian League in 1958.

It was during their Athenian days that identical twins Jeff and Fred Saxton took up the managerial responsibilities and dedicated their lives to the development of their special club. A move to The Isthmian League was made in 1983 and steady all round improvements took their club up to The Premier level, where apart from three years (1997-2000) they stayed until manager Mark Stimson led them up to Conference football.

Five years in The Conference Premier and two FA Trophy Final successes provided the club’s highlights, but off field problems brought relegation and an enforced drop into the Isthmian League Division One North in 2010. The pendulum has swung back however, and in Grays Athletic’s third season of rebuilding, winning the championship brought promotion back to The Isthmian Premier.


Club Factfile

Aveley FC, Mill Field, Mill Field Road, Aveley RM15 4SJ
07752 161 633
London - Southend A1306, turn into Sandy Lane at Aveley.
Record Attendance:
9,500 v Chelmsford City FACup 4th Qualifying Round 1959
Most Recent Senior Honour:
Isthmian League Division 1 North 2012-13

Club History

Click on a year to see photos, articles and more details about the season.

1978-1979Athenian9thPaul Betson
1979-1980Athenian7thJ & F Saxton
1980-1981Athenian4thJ & F Saxton
1981-1982Athenian16thJ & F Saxton
1982-1983Athenian2ndJ & F Saxton
1983-1984Isthmian Division 28thJ & F Saxton
 1984-1985Isthmian Division 21stJ & F Saxton
1985-1986Isthmian Division One14thJ & F Saxton
1986-1987Isthmian Division One6thJ & F Saxton
1987-1988Isthmian Division One2ndJ & F Saxton
1988-1989 Isthmian Premier Division5thJ & F Saxton
1989-1990Isthmian Premier Division5thJ & F Saxton
1990-1991Isthmian Premier Division6thJ & F Saxton
1991-1992Isthmian Premier Division15thJ & F Saxton
1992-1993Isthmian Premier Division6thJ & F Saxton
1993-1994Isthmian Premier Division14thJ & F Saxton
1994-1995Isthmian Premier Division18thJ & F Saxton
1995-1996Isthmian Premier Division17thJ & F Saxton
1996-1997Isthmian Premier Division21stJ & F Saxton
1997-1998Isthmian Division One6thGary Calder
1998-1999Isthmian Division One6thChris Snowshill
1999-2000 Isthmian Division One2ndChris Snowshill
2000-2001Isthmian Premier Division15thChris Snowshill
2001-2002Isthmian Premier Division6thCraig Edwards
2002-2003Isthmian Premier Division19thCraig Edwards
2003-2004Isthmian Premier Division6thMark Stimson
 2004-2005Conference South1stMark Stimson
2005-2006Conference Premier3rdMark Stimson
2006-2007Conference Premier19thMark Stimson
2007-2008Blue Square Premier10thJustin Edinburgh
2008-2009Blue Square Premier19thMIck Woodward
2009-2010Blue Square Premier23rdAlan Lewer
2010-2011Isthmian Division 1 North10thJulian Dicks
2011-2012Isthmian Division 1 North6thHakan Hayrettin
 2012-2013Isthmian Division 1 North1stHakan Hayrettin
2013-2014Isthmian Premier Division14thRyan Kirby

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