New To The Division: Bishop’s Stortford

We continue our summer study of the new clubs joining us in National League North for the new campaign and today we focus on the Isthmian Premier Division champions.

How did they get here?
Bishop’s Stortford clinched their place at the higher level when they won the Pitching In Isthmian League Premier Division title in 2022/23.

The Blues secured their place as champions with a 2-2 draw against Aveley on Tuesday 18th April, which gave them an unassailable lead over contenders, Hornchurch and Canvey Island.

It was the club’s first title in 29 years, and it was confirmed in May that they are to be promoted into National League North in what is being lauded as their biggest achievement since wining the 1981 FA Trophy.

Where do they play?
The Blues play their home games at The R & D Advisors UK Stadium which was originally known as Woodside Park when it was constructed back in 1999.

It was a capacity of just over 4,500, of which 500 are seats, and when games there are segregated, away fans are located in the Town End Terrace.

Who is in charge?
Steve Smith is owner and manager of Bishop’s Stortford and declared promotion the “start of a new era” for the club having clinched their place in the sixth tier of English football.

He has previous experience in the dugout from a few seasons ago and also had spells in charge at both Chelmsford City and Heybridge Swifts.

Having helped his side over the line to promotion, Smith revealed his ambitions for the club mean they have eyes on a National League North play-off place next term.

When did we last meet?
The 2023/24 season will be the first time the two sides have met in competitive action.

Photo credit: Bishop’s Stortford Independent

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