HASHTAG UNITED HISTORY
Hashtag United Football Club was founded in 2016 by YouTube content creator Spencer Owen, and was initially set up as a group of friends playing a charity match to honour a childhood friend. Over the next two years, Hashtag played friendlies and exhibition matches in an innovative league format devised by Spencer. The team had points targets set for a group of games, and if the targets were achieved, the team would be rewarded by The Chairman and would progress to the next level. The team played in this format across 7 countries against pro football staff teams, fellow YouTube creators, sponsor/brand teams, non-league and Sunday sides.
The squad was bolstered by the addition of additional YouTube content creators Theo Baker and Charlie Morley, and then graduates of the Hashtag Academy talent series which had run on Spencer’s channel. Several thousand applicants were whittled down over a series of football challenges which eventually saw 16-year-old Scott Pollock emerge victorious.
During this initial chapter the club also participated in the Next Level 7-a-side YouTube league and were invited to play in front of thousands of fans in the annual Wembley Cup alongside some of their footballing heroes.
In 2018 the club applied for entry into the FA’s National League System (‘non-league’ football), looking to make the considerable transition from exhibition team to a competitive club in the 10th tier of English football. They were granted a place in the Eastern Senior League Division 1 (South) for the 2018/19 season and appointed experienced non-league manager Jay Devereux to lead the transition, with home games being played at Haringey Borough’s stadium in Tottenham. Now, with a blend of original Hashtag players and experienced new faces, the team adapted to life in non-league football.
Incredibly, Hashtag United won the league in what was their first ever campaign as a non-league football team. A 1-1 draw with Hackney Wick on the penultimate game of the season saw them secure the Eastern Counties League Division One South title – a phenomenal achievement for everyone involved. They finished their first ever season in the English football pyramid with 26 wins from 36 games, whilst drawing six and losing just four matches. Everyone played their part. From the superb Jacko in between the sticks, to Richo banging in 21 goals up top, it truly was a season to remember.
As well as the first team, Hashtag also run a Sunday League team featuring Spencer, LP, and several members of the original squad who play as West Oviedo in the Brentwood and District Sunday League. They gained promotion in their first season and fought for honours again in 2019.
As for our Academy series winner, on the strength of his performances for Hashtag United, Scott Pollock was invited to play for Northampton Town’s Development squad and then made his competitive debut for the first team in the 2018/19 season.
In addition to the football club, Hashtag United are also a successful esports (competitive gaming) team, with professional FIFA players competing at the world’s top FIFA tournaments and the Gfinity Elite Series. In 2018, 3 members of the club’s roster competed in the final 32 of the FIFA eWorld Cup.
- Founder – Spencer Owen
- Chairman – The Chairman
- Secretary – Jay Devereux
- Treasurer – Alex Osipczak
- First Team Manager – Jay Devereux
- Assistant Player/Manager – Neil Richmond
- Assistant coaches – Rich Beck, James Mountford
- Physio – Steve Carmichael-Brown
- Kitman – Mike Rumin
- Hospitality – Sindy Carmichael-Brown
- Commercial Director – Seb Carmichael-Brown [email protected]
- Operations Director – Neil Smythe [email protected]
- Player Liaison Officer/esports Manager – Wes Tanser
- Producer – Lewis Preston
- Social Media Producer – Yani Ourabah
- Programme Editors – Ben Bonsey/Neil Smythe
- Media Intern – Daniel Tooke
- Club photographer – Ben Prior-Wandesforde
Hashtag United Ltd
PO Box 12343
Bowers & Pitsea FC,
Coming from London / M25
– Head towards either A13 or A127
– Take the turn off for Pitsea.
– At the roundabout take the first exit so that you pass Tesco’s on your left.
– At the next roundabout take the third exit (Ashlyns)
– Go straight at the next roundabout (approx. 20 metres).
– Follow the road until the next roundabout and take the second exit and then take the first left into Kenneth Road.
– Follow the road to the end and turn right and then immediate left into the grounds.
– Take the Canvey Island turn off and follow road to join A13 then follow above.
Coming from A127
– Take the Wickford turn off and take the third exit at roundabout.
– Follow road going straight over two roundabouts.
– At third roundabout turn left (Ashlyns) then follow above.
– Basildon is served by the C2C line. Take the train to Pitsea and the ground is approximately 1.5 miles away.
– Buses 5, 5A and 5B serve the area near the stadium.
– Routes via rail and bus are searchable on Moovit here: How to get to Bowers and Pitsea FC (Hashtag United)
HOME ENTRY PRICES 2020/21 SEASON
Concessions (13-17, seniors) £2
Cash only on door