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Redbridge Football Club

Oakside Stadium
Barkingside
IG6 1NB
020 8550 3611
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Nicknamed 'The Motormen', Redbridge's roots lie in the car industry which has been a staple of the economy in this corner of East London and Essex. Redbridge were previously known as Ford United FC, which dated from a merger at the end of the 1950's between the very successful Brigs Sports FC and Ford Sports FC, both of whom were founded in 1934. Under the name of Ford United the club were a steady side in non league football, but it wasn't really until the late 1990's that the club gained big publicity after winning promotion to the Isthmian (Ryman) League in 1997. In 1999 Ford United reached the first round of the FA Cup losing 3-0 away to Preston North End. League wise, the team were doing well and Ryman League Premier status was secured ahead of the 2001/2002 season which coincided with a move to the Oakside Stadium in Barkingside.

More FA Cup success came in 2003/2004 when the team reached the first round again, only to lose to League 1 side Port Vale in a replay at the Oakside 2-1 after extra time - having drawn 2-2 at Vale Park. The club had come so close to causing a major upset. Not long after the team gained status to the newly structured Nationwide Conference South upon the 2004/2005 season after finishing a respectable 13th the season before in the Ryman Premier. Upon reaching Conference South status, the team adopted a new name as Redbridge FC in an attempt to gain more support and become recognised as the highest placed football club in the London borough of Redbridge.

Unfortunately this proved to be a bridge to far for the club both on and off the pitch as the team suffered two consecutive relegations to end up in the newly reformed Ryman Division One North, where the club has been ever since. Three seasons ago former Wimbledon and Bolton forward Dean Holdsworth joined the team as manager and led the team to 3rd place and a play off final place. Sadly the team lost out in a dramatic penalty shootout to Canvey Island. A fortnight after left the club to become the new manager of Conference South side Newport County, the squad broke up and the team had to start again. The last two seasons have seen the team struggle both on and off the pitch as bad results on the pitch were complimented by floodlight issues.

Thankfully though the club's future could be on the up as thanks to the investment of new chairman Dan Holloway, the Oakside clubhouse has been completely renovated and alot of further changes for the club have been put in motion as well. Our ground has excellent facilities which include a fully licensed bar, a refreshment bar near the pitch and a ball court playing area for the younger ones. Everyone involved at the club is working together in the hope that the fortunes of this storied club can be turned around for the better with the hope that the club can finally make an impact on the local community and get more youngsters and more families down at the club.

Price

Adults: 5 Student (ID required) / OAP: 3 Under 16's: 1 Family Ticket (2 Adults & 2 Children): 10

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Recently Refurbished Oakside Clubhouse
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Redbridge FC - Oakside Stadium
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Redbridge DC - Main Entrance
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