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:- 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 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.
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