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History

Brightlingsea United FC and Regent Park Rangers FC amalgamated at the start of 2005/06 season to become Brightlingsea Regent Football Club.
During this time the squad and club have continued to grow and develop, having success in the Border League Division 1 and Cup.

In 2009/10 new management team James Webster and Mark Gridley guided Regent to a forth place finish and followed up the following season in 2010/11 by winning the Kent Blaxhill Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier in a superb season by playing 34, winning 31, drawing 2 and losing just one game.

In season 2011/12, James Webster added Tom Rothery to the management team in September and they finished their first season back at step 6 with a creditable fifth place finish. They also reached the Quarter-final of the Essex Senior Cup before losing to League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge.

The 2012/13 season was successful for many reasons. Firstly a F.A Vase cup run, which was the longest in the clubs history before bowing out in Round Three (Last 64). The club gained promotion back to Step 5 and the Premier Division with a third place finish which included a 22 game unbeaten run during the season. In the final game of the season the team won the First Division KO Cup Final with a 1-0 victory over Great Yarmouth Town.

The 2013/14 season in the Eastern Counties Premier Division again proved to be a successful one, gaining promotion after finishing Runners-up to Hadleigh United, losing out on the final day by goal difference. The club also reached the last 16 of the F.A Vase and in doing so agian created history.

The 2016/17 season saw Brightlingsea Regent crowned as champions of the Isthmian North Division, Notching up an impressive 103 points and finishing 12 points ahead of their closest rivals. Maldon & Tiptree FC, ensuring an historic promotion to the Bostik Premier league.

In October 2017 long-standing Manager James Webster left the club to be replaced by former assistant manager and coach Tom Rothery

Team Honours & Timeline

1st Team

2006/2007 - Essex & Suffolk Border League Div 1 Runners-up (Promotion)
Manager: Alan Long
2007/2008 - Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier Div - Finished 4th
Manager: Alan Long
2008/2009 - Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier Div - Finished 9th
Manager Alan Long
2009/2010 - Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier Div - Finished 4th
Top Goal Scorer: Kieron Baker - 14
Manager: James Webster & Assistant: Mark Gridley
2010/2011 - Essex & Suffolk Border League Premier Div Winners (Promotion)
Top Goal Scorer: Terry Rymer - 46
Manager: James Webster & Assistant: Mark Gridley
2011/2012 - Eastern Counties Div 1 - Finished 3rd (Promotion)
First Division Knock-Out Cup Winners
Top Goal Scorer: Terry Rymer - 25
Manager: James Webster & Assistant: Tom Rothery
2012/2013 - Eastern Counties Premier Div - Finished 4th
Top Goal Scorer: Liam Whitataker - 17
Manager James Webster & Assistant Tom Rothery
2013/2014 - Eastern Counties Premier Div - Runners-Up (Promotion)
Top Goal Scorer: Terry Rymer - 22
Manager: James Webster & Assistant: Tom Rothery
2014/2015 - Isthmian League Div 1 North - Finished 9th
Top Goal Scorer: Phil Kelly - 18
Manager: James Webster & Assistant Tom Rothery
2015/2016 - Isthmian League Div 1 North - Finished 8th
Top Goal Scorer: Phil Kelly - 18
Manager: James Webster & Assistant Tom Rothery (Departed Club 11/03/16)
2016/2017 - Isthmian League Div 1 North Winners (Promotion)
Top Goal Scorer: Aaron Condon - 31
Manager: James Webster & Assistant Chris Smith


Reserves
2006/2007 Thommy Thompson Cup Runners-Up
2007/2008 Finished 8th In The League
2008/2009 Finished 8th – Manager James Webster and Assistant Mark Gridleys First Season
2009/2010 Finished 11th – Manager James Meadows First Season
2010/2011 Finished 5th & Cup Runners-Up - Manager James Meadows

2011/2012
2012/2013
2013/2014
2014/2015 - Eastern Counties Reserve Premier Div - Finished Runners-up
Chell Trophy Runners-up & Essex Cup Semi-Finalists
Top Goal Scorer: Kiron Baker - 18
Manager: James Meadows
2015/2016 - Eastern Counties Reserve League - Finished 6th
Chell Trophy Winners
Top Goal Scorer: Dale Brown - 14
Manager: James Meadows & Assistants: Ryan Salter & Dean Wells

A team

2007/2008 - Colchester & East Essex FL Div 3 League Winners (Promoted)
Manager: Carl Barnard
2008/2009 - Colchester & East Essex FL Div 2 League Runners-Up (Promoted)
Manager: Carl Barnard
2009/2010 - Colchester & East Essex FL Div 1 - Finished 5th (Default Promotion To Premier League after Re-shuffle)
Top Goal Scorer: Steve Cook - 14
Manager: Carl Barnard
2010/2011 - Colchester & East Essex FL Premier Div - Finished 12th (Relegated)
Top Goal Scorer: Jack Gosbell - 17
Manager: Carl Barnard
2011/2012 - Colchester & East Essex FL Div 1 Finished 3rd (Promoted)
Top Goal Scorer: Joe Chevalier - 13
Manager: Richard Catanach
2012/2013 - Colchester & East Essex FL Premier Div - Finished 10th
Top Goal scorer: Chris Powell - 6
Manager: Richard Russell & Assistant: Chris Gallagher
B Team was Formed but only lasted one Season
2012/2013 - Colchester & East Essex FL Div 3 - Finished 6th
Top Goal scorer: Ross Barnard - 16
Player/Manager: Sam Day & Assistant: Ross Barnard
2013/2014 - Colchester & East Essex FL Premier Division - Finished 7th
Great Bromley Cup Winners & League Knock-Out Cup Winners
Top Goal scorer Chris Powell - 15
Manager: Sam Day & Assistant: Rob Luckman

Under 18's

Starting from 2014/2015 the club entered an Under 18's team in the Eastern Counties Youth League playing matches on Thursday nights.

2014-2015 - Eastern Counties Youth League South Section - Winners
Lost to Biggleswade Town in the Overall Play-off Semi-Final
Manager: Tom Camp & Assistant: Kern Harrington
2015-2016 - Eastern Counties Youth League South Section - Finished 3rd
Manager - Sean Congram
2016-2017 - Eastern Counties Youth League South Section - Finished 4th
Managers - Jake & Sam Holman

Where next?

Pre 2005 Early league action saw Brightlingsea playing their football in the Essex & Suffolk League, and virt
Brightlingsea United Roll of Honours BRIGHTLINGSEA UNITED Roll Of Honour 1972-73 Joined Essex Senior League 1988-89 Essex Senior Leag

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