A superb 122-page book, documenting the work of Billericay Town photographer, Nicky Hayes has been produced, focusing on his five years with the New Lodge club.
Previously, the popular snapper has won several prestigious national awards for his work, including The Emirates Photo of the Season and the Barclays Shot of the Season during a career that has seen him covering major sporting events all over the world.
Indeed, it was quite a coupe for the Blues when they secured his services in November 2016.
During that period, Billericay has undergone several sizable transformations, both on and off the field and considerably greater than at any time throughout their 141-year history.
Blues co-owner, Nick Hutt explained: “During this latest lockdown, Nicky and I had a think about what we could do to cheer everyone up and he came up with the idea of the book.
“I think that Nicky and his daughter Sian have done a terrific job with it and it certainly brings back lots of fond memories.
Hutt added: “Nicky is a great asset to the football club. He is a really nice guy and a fabulous photographer. He is one of the best in his field and we are extremely fortunate to have him at Billericay Town FC.
A familiar face parched behind the goal, but it might come as a surprise to some Billericay fans that their highly regarded snapper was once a West Ham United youth player, featuring alongside the likes of Alan Curbishley and Paul Brush. He also skippered an Essex County Youth XI which included former Tottenham Hotspur and England star, Glenn Hoddle, and Aston Villa’s European Cup-winning goalkeeper, Nigel Spink.
But New Lodge has become home for Hayes: “Everyone at the club has made me feel welcome, right from the day I arrived,” he explained.
“The club has always been helpful and supported me. As much as it is nice to have my name put to a book, I wanted it to be something everyone here could enjoy.
“Compiling the pictures evoked a whole host of memories. Football doesn’t always smile on us but it does stir emotions. I wanted to capture all of that, after all – that is what being a footballer or a supporter is all about.”
Nicky’s work isn’t limited to first-team activities. He can regularly be found covering the successful women’s and youth sections which are also heavily featured in the publication. Head of Women’s & Girls Football at New Lodge, Kim Coster, said: “Everyone has missed being out on the terraces. Nicky has done a grand job producing the book and cheering us all up.
It’s great to see the women and girls section feature, providing a lasting memory of our progression. I’m sure the book will be well-received by everyone who loves the club.
The book, titled ‘Billericay Nicky’ is available from the Billericay Town Club Shop, priced at £15:00 or £12:50 for season ticket holders.