Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Barkingside FC agree move from Oakside to Cricklefields

On 14th March 2014 Barkingside Football Club reached a groundshare agreement with Ilford Football Club to play at Cricklefields for a period of up to 17 years starting next season in August 2014.

Jimmy Flannagan (pictured), the club chairman said: “I have taken the decision to leave our spiritual home [Oakside] of the past 56 years with regret. This has been forced on us by proposed rent increases and it is my responsibility to ensure the finances of the club remain solvent. I feel this move is in the best interests of the club, safeguards our long-term future and gives us the opportunity to prosper.”

He continued: “It was also an important factor that any decision should not disrupt the management team & players. Any move needs to be somewhere that preserves our status as a club, and perhaps more importantly, one that has the least amount of disruption to our loyal supporters, some of whom I know are mature in years.”

Although this was primarily a financial decision Jimmy explained that there were other advantages to the move that were not possible at Oakside:
  • We have applied to have an u21 side play in the Ryman league. Our home games will be played at Cricklefields should our application be approved. In addition to this we may also play a side in the Essex senior reserve league.
  • We are entering a team in the FA youth cup - this is a first for the club.
  • This season we started a junior section. We now have somewhere these youngsters can do a warm up etc on the pitch and be part of our matchday experience. We are also in discussions to start a Barkingside academy.
  • We will have our own refreshment area, open to the public, which gives us the opportunity to raise some funds for the club.
Jimmy concluded by saying that “the ground has the same grading, is in the same borough, has good transport links and free parking at the stadium on matchdays. It was the only option we had to safeguard the club and allow it to prosper”


  1. new houses on this site in the future then ?

    1. Not yet. The ground is leased by Redbridge FC. Barkingside FC were only ground sharing here. The Q is whether RFC can afford the upkeep as sole tennant.

  2. sounds like a plan is coming together for someone then.....no pun intended,,,,,wont be long

    1. One way or another it will kick off......