Concord Rangers originated from a team of boys headed by Steve Lant. They played friendly matches during 1966 on a pitch along the Canvey Island seafront close to the Concord Beach hence the name Concord Rangers and the nickname The Beach Boys.
1967 Albert Lant, Steve’s father and current Club President became the team manager and took the club into competitive football. The Club joined the Thundermite Boys Football League.
1973 Concord joined the Vange and District League and during this period they won several league and cup honours.
1979 Concord became the first winners of the Essex Sunday Junior Trophy managed by current Secretary Chris Crerie, with a 4 – 0 win over Bishops Park from Brentwood, the final being played at Tiptree FC.
Saturday football was introduced to the club when Concord joined the Mid Essex League and played their home games at Waterside Farm on Canvey Island.
1985 Concord secured some land at Thames Road, Canvey Island, the club developed the clubhouse and ground with Jack Smith, current club treasurer being the mastermind behind the project, he organised the funds, labour and materials and worked many hours himself on the site. A special mention goes to the late Clive Smith (Jack’s brother) without Clive’s machinery and labour Concord’s pitch would not exist also Martin Gill, Steve Barnes, Brian Godfrey, Lee and John Slater, Rob Fletcher (Electrics) all contributed.
1988-1989 Concord joined the Essex Intermediate League and was Divisional League and Cup Winners.
1991-1992 Concord joined the Essex Senior League and achieved the following.
1996-1997 Essex Senior League Cup winners defeating Ford Utd 1 – 0.
1997-1998 Essex Senior League Championship winners
Manager – Lee Paterson
1999-2000 Harry Fisher Memorial Trophy winners defeating Burnham Ramblers 3 – 2
2002-2003 Essex Senior League Runners-up
2003-2004 Essex Senior League Championship winners
Manager – Ben Embery
Danny Heale is the winner of the Don Douglas Trophy this season for the Leagues top scorer with a tally of 32 goals.
Founder Albert Lant retired after 25 years as Chairman in 1992 to become the Club President. Current Club Treasurer Jack Smith then held the Chairman position for two years, Grant Beglan who is the CEO at Aspect Contracts, Concords main sponsors, then became Chairman and also held the position for two years.
Antony Smith is the current Chairman and is very hands-on in his approach, under Antony’s guidance the Club has seen fantastic progress these past few seasons both on the playing side and also on the development of the ground.
2007-2008 Concord Rangers 40th Anniversary season
Danny Scopes and Danny Cowley become joint managers and managed the team in this important year for the Club and they had a magnificent year. Concord ended the season winners of the Essex Senior League, and were also Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy winners and were Essex Senior League Cup Finalists. Concord also reached the Qtr-final of the FA Vase this season before losing 1 – 0 to Lowestoft Town who went on to reach the final which was played at Wembley Stadium.
Club President, Albert Lant won an outstanding achievement award from the Essex County Football Association for 40 years unbroken service to Concord Rangers.
2008-2009 Having gained promotion from the Essex Senior League we would have been happy with a mid table position at the end of our first season in the Ryman League Div 1 Nth. The Management team of Danny Scopes and Danny Cowley managed to get the best out of our players and we achieved a Play-off position having finished 5th. We then went on to beat East Thurrock Utd, who had finished in 2nd spot 1- 0 in the Play – off semi-final, Danny Heale scored a magnificent goal to put us through to the final and play Waltham Abbey. Concord were only 10 minutes away from playing in the Ryman Premier League this season having gone one up through Fabien Batchelor but Waltham Abbey’s Harry Elmes scored in the 80th minute to take the game to penalties which we finally lost out 5 – 4.
2009-2010 Concord win the Ryman League Div 1 Nth Play-Off final 3-1 against Enfield Town to gain promotion the Ryman Premier Division.
2010-2011 Concord had a very good first season in the Ryman Premier Division, finishing in 8th position, our aim at the start of the season was to avoid relegation therefore reaching a respectful 8th spot and just missing out on a Play-Off position by two points was a great team effort.
2011-2012 After a poor start to the season with some key players unavailable due to injuries, Concord did not manage to play their normal style of football for several months into the season and finally finished in 14th position.
2012-2013 After another relatively poor start to the season Concord soon found their form. With a fantastic away record and a never known when beaten attitude Concord found themselves in the Ryman Premier Play Offs and the Ryman League Cup Final…2 fantastic away performances in the play offs saw us promoted to the highest level of football we have played and a great performance in the cup final saw us end the season with 2 trophies.
2013-2014 The Beachboys lost their first Conference South fixture, however were soon picking up points on a regular basis with detemrined and professional performances against some of the biggest teams at this level. Although there were a couple of harsh results, there was a level of consistency many didnt expect to see against Conference South opposition, This helped Concord reach what was a spectacular 9th place finish by seasons end. To cap it all off, The Beachboys were able to win the Essex Senior Cup against Braintree as the football season came to a close.