5,000 (Seats 2,000)
Address: Blunts Wall Rd, Billericay, CM12 9SA
Telephone: 01277 286474
Pitch Size: 101 x 67m
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Blues or Ricay
Year Ground Opened: 1970*
Undersoil Heating: No
The AGP Arena had quite a transformation in 2017 with three new stands being erected at the ground. Both ends had very similar looking covered terraces installed, whilst a new all seated stand called the Harry Parker Stand was erected on the clubhouse side of the stadium. This smart looking covered stand is around half the length of the pitch in size and runs from the halfway line down towards the Blunts Wall Road End. There is though a row of supporting pillars running across the front of it. On the other side of this stand is a mixture of club buildings including a two storey structure, which looks like it is used as a Directors/Corporate area. Opposite is the Family Stand. Although only four rows high, this all seated stand is covered and runs the full length of the pitch. Located on the roof above the halfway line is a small television gantry that looks reminiscent of a pigeon loft. The stand has a slightly unusual look in that across the roof is a large metal frame that has a number of adverts displayed upon it. Alas, the bases of the four floodlight pylons on this side of the ground are located directly in front of this stand which could impede your view. Both ends are small covered terraces, with the North End being slightly larger than the Blunts Wall Road End. Again there is a row of supporting pillars running across the front of each of these stands. Another unusual feature is that within the perimeter of the ground, in one corner, near the stadium entrance is a large tree which overlooks the stadium. Outside the ground, the rear of the Harry Parker Stand is covered with an impressive row of large murals.
In 2017 the New Lodge Football Ground as it was originally known was renamed the AGP Arena in a corporate sponsorship deal.
Normally most matches at the AGP Arena are not segregated. However when they are, then part of the Blunts Wall Road End is allocated to visiting supporters, located towards the Family Stand side. This terrace is covered and is shared with home supporters, which can make for some banter between the fans (who are in close proximity and there is just a small gap marked with tape and some stewards to keep the fans apart) and a good atmosphere. It does though have a row of small supporting pillars at the front of it that could impede your view. A Burger/Hot Dog catering unit is brought in for these games, as well as a bar facility. Unusually for a Club at this level, then cash is not accepted at the turnstiles. Tickets need to be bought either online from the Billericay Town website (ticket sales for both home and away fans) or from the ticket office at the ground.
There is a sizeable clubhouse at the ground that normally admits visiting supporters unless the match is segregated. The clubhouse has real ale available and also shows Sky Sports. Otherwise Billericay High Street is around a 15-20 minute walk away, where there are a number of pubs to be found, including a Wetherspoons outlet called the Blue Boar. There is also the Railway pub on the High Street and the Coach & Horses on Chapel Street, both of which are listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. Also around a mile away from the ground on Mountnessing Road, is the Inn on the Green, which has the added benefit of showing Sky Sports.
Leave the M25 to Junction 28 and take the A12(E) towards Chelmsford. Leave the A12 at Junction 12 and head for a short distance towards Mountnessing (B1002). At the next roundabout take the second exit onto Widvale Road (signposted Billericay). Continue along Wivdale Road as it bears right and then becomes Wash Road. At the next mini roundabout take the first exit onto Rayleigh Road. This is the A129 Billericay Road. On reaching a Ford Garage on the left hand side of a crossroads turn right onto Tye Common Road and then take the second next right onto Blunts Wall Road for the ground. There is no parking available for supporters at the ground so it is a case of finding some street parking,
Postcode for SatNav: CM12 9SA
Billericay Railway Station is located one mile away from the ground or around a 20 minute walk. It is served by trains from London Liverpool Street and the journey time is around 30 minutes. As you exit the station entrance, proceed straight up the station approach road in front of you. At the top of the station approach road, turn right onto Radford Way. At the bottom of Radford Way turn right at the mini roundabout onto Stock Road. Proceed across the bridge above the railway. After passing the Railway Pub on the right, take the next right hand turn into Western Way. Continue straight along Western Road for around three-quarters of a mile, until you will reach Blunts Wall Road, where you turn right for the ground entrance.
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Under 18’s £3
Under 11’s £1
Matchday Programme £3.
Chelmsford City and East Thurrock United.
4,582 v West Ham United
Friendly Match, 8th August 2017.
2018-2019: 1,262 (National League South)
2017-2018: 578 (Isthmian Premier League)
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Official Website: www.billericaytownfc.co.uk
Unofficial Website: Billericay Town Unofficial
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Special thanks to Marcus Dews for providing photos of the New Lodge, Billericay Town.
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National League South
Tuesday 7th August 2018, 7:45pm
Marcus Dews (Neutral)
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National League South
Wednesday 30th October 2018, 7.45pm
Brian Scott (Neutral)
Billericay Town v Eastbourne Borough
National League South
Saturday 3rd August 2019, 3pm
Paul Woodley (Neutral)
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National League South
Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 7.45pm
Ian Thomas (Havant and Waterlooville)
Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the AGP Arena?
The mural! The former owner was obviously a larger than life character and had spent a fair bit improving both the team and ground, including the painting of a huge mural to his dream on the back of the Main Stand.
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
The ground itself is tucked away just out of town. Following the sat nav from the south coast was relatively straight forward taking about 3 hours however due to traffic around the M25. Parking at the ground is £5 so instead, we parked on the road outside, only a 2 minute stroll to the ground.
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
We arrived close to kick off so went straight in the ground. The clubhouse is large and welcoming with 2 separate bar areas for alcohol or soft drinks etc.
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the AGP Arena?
I understand the ground has 4 new stands erected recently but they forgot to level the pitch. I've not seen a ground that both slopes sideways and lengthways. Due to the recent rain, the pitch was rolled mud rather than grass.
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The game was largely a hard-fought match, the one piece of exceptional skill resulted in the winning goal, for the visitors with a curling effort into the top corner.
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
An easy journey back in under 2 hours.
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
A great evening out and always better with a win!