History

Recent history of Takeley Football Club :

 

One theory is that the name derives from the ‘Teg-Ley’ of ‘sheep-clearing’, ie a part of the forest cleared for sheep rearing. Another is that it derives from the name ‘Taecca’, a Saxon lord who owned much land in these parts and also in Oxfordshire where, strangely enough, there is a village called Tackley. Currrent thinking is that the name Takeley should be interpreted as “settlement next to open forest”. Nearby is the Roman Stane Street, joining the ancient Roman forts of Colchester and St Albans.

 

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 to Station Road opposite to their present home ground. Additional pitches for the Club at the Recreation Ground just past Takeley Park have been arranged by the good offices of Takeley Parish Council. 

 

The club is well looked after by local businessmen:- Andrew Silvester, our President, Pat Curran, Chairman and Mick Rabey, Secretary together with local volunteers and active committee members.   The manager of the First Team is Marc Das, supported by coach & assistant manager Andy Walker. 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 and two U18 teams in the Southern Floodlit and Royston & Crowe Leagues, Takeley goes 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 seat stand, which followed the installation of a state of the art floodlighting system. 

 

 

2008/9  1st team won the Anagram Records Trophy 3-1 on penalties after extra time was level at 2-2.  On 29 April 2008 Takeley hosted West Ham Utd 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.

 

2010/11 Takeley has a high capacity seating stand and a newly completed wall and nets off the main road. A new canteen, independent toilet facility and Committee Room, with enhanced players and officials’ facilities, renamed after the late Secretary Lee Borham.   Brand new turnstiles are 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. 

 


 

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.


2016/17

Thursday U18’s

Our U18 Thursday team ended up fourth in the League finishing only 4 points behind 3rd place Edgware Town. 

Sunday U18’s

Then of course the Sunday U18’s side.  Having achieved success in their league cup final 2-1 against Hitchin Town Hawks, they then went on to beat BS Swifts on 30th April, 6-1 to clinch the league.  Therefore, they achieved the double and finished top of Division 1 Royston Crow Youth League five points clear.

Freddie Burrell and Frankie Oatham from the U18’s have both featured in the first team squad and made appearances in the League cup Final.  Many of the U18’s have also played in the reserve team

Reserves

Reserves under the management of Jamie Page have finished in fifth place.  We all appreciate the work Jamie has done and it would be nice for him to get some help next year.  The reserves are now being used as they should be - as a feeder for the first team - and Marc, Jamie and everyone else  have been working together to achieve this goal.

First Team

And then we come on to the first team, who achieved fourth in the league –the team’s aim at the start of the season was a top four finish – s.  By which time they had already won the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy and then went on to win the league cup.  What a fantastic achievement in Das’ first year.  Having said he wanted to win some silverware, he then went on to win two prestige cups!


Honours:

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, 2016-17

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

Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy Winners 2016-17

Royston Crow Youth League Cup Final Winners 2016-17


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