Takeley Football Club is believed to have been formed in 1903, although little is known about those early times. The Club became affiliated within the Bishop’s Stortford, Stansted and District Football League (BSS&DFL) following the end of the First World War. The original pitches were in Hatfield Forest, then on Station Road opposite to their present fine home ground. Additional pitches at the Recreation Ground just past Takeley Park have very recently been arranged by the good offices of Takeley Parish Council.
The club is well looked after by local businessmen:- Gordon Silvester, our President, Pat Curran, Chairman and Mick Rabey, Secretary together with local volunteers and active committee members. The manager of the First Team, Steve Castle has had former roles as a Player, Manager and Coach at Leyton Orient, Peterborough, Gillingham, Birmingham City, St Albans and Cambridge United.
Takeley’s status in Non-League Football has risen beyond dreams during a short period. From early beginnings with the BSS&DFL Second Division the Club has risen through the Essex Olympian League and now to the Essex Senior League, winning numerous trophies along the way. With a reserve team in the Essex Senior Reserve League, an U11 team in the Chelmsford Youth Football League and, in 2012, a women’s side in the Essex County Women’s Football League Takeley are going from strength to strength.
Following a fire of the old wooden shack that served as changing facilities, volunteers and supporters rebuilt a first class pavilion, with excellent facilities in 2001.
2007/8 1st team promoted to Essex Senior League. Reserves promoted to Essex Olympian league. The Club volunteers constructed a 125 seater stand, which has followed the installation of a state of the art floodlighting system.
2008/9 First team won the Anagram Records Trophy winning 3-1 on penalties after extra time was level at 2-2. On 29 April 2008 Takeley hosted West Ham United in a match, with Lucas Neil former player with the Hammers and an Australian International Captain switching on the floodlights in front of a crowd of 500. Although West Ham won 4-1, with players including Jack Collison, Junior Stanislas and James Tomkins, now regulars in their first team
2010/11 Takeley has a high capacity seating stand and is newly completed with wall and nets off the main road. A new Canteen and independent toilet facility and Committee Room, with enhanced players and officials facilities, renamed after the late Secretary Lee Borham. Brand new turnstiles fitted to the Clubs grounds. On 14th August Takeley 1st team play the first ever FA Cup game against Hertford Town and were featured on the front of the FA website, along with numerous other sports pages including the BBC. Takeley Youth finish top of the Chelmsford Youth Football Under 11 League Div 2. Takeley reserves promoted to newly created Essex Reserve Senior League.
2011/12 History made for Takeley FC as the first ever women’s football match took place at Station Road. Club website upgraded and modernised.
BSS&D Premier League Champions 1968-69, 1974-75, 1975-76, 1976-77
BSS&D Division One Champions 1964-65
BSS&D Premier Cup 1968-69, 1971-72
Essex Premier Cup Winners 2006-07
EOFL Senior Division 1 Winners 1987-88, 2001-2
EOFL Senior Division 2 Winners 1993-94
EOFL Senior Cup Winners 1978-79
EOFL Senior Challenge Cup Winners 1988-89, 2002-03
EOFL Reserve Division 1 Winners 1982-83, 1983-84, 1999-2000
EOFL Reserve Division 2 Winners 1997-98
EOFL Reserve Cup Winners 1984-5
EOFL Reserve Challenge Cup Winners 1983-84, 2000-01, 2001-02
West Essex Border Cup Winners 1982-83, 1983-84, 1992-93
Anagram Records Trophy Winners 2009