Essex and Suffolk Border Football League

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Essex and Suffolk Border Football League
Country England
Founded 1911
Divisions Premier Division
Division One
Division Two
Division Three
Number of teams 51
16 (Premier Division)
14 (Division One)
12 (Division Two)
9 (Division Three)
Levels on pyramid Level 11–14
Feeder to Eastern Counties League
Promotion to Eastern Counties League Division One
Relegation to Colchester & East Essex League
League cup(s) Knock Out Cup
Current champions Gas Recreation (Premier Division)
Tollesbury (Division One)
(2012–13)
Website Official website
Brightlingsea Regent – 2010/11 Champions

The Essex and Suffolk Border Football League is a football competition based in England. The league has a total of four divisions headed by the Premier Division which sits at step 7 (or level 11) of the National League System. The top club may apply for promotion to Division One of the Eastern Counties League.

All member clubs compete in the Border League Knock-Out Cup. Despite the league's name, all the current member clubs are situated in Essex, the majority within 15 miles of Colchester.

The league is affiliated to the Essex County FA and Suffolk County FA.

History[edit]

The Essex & Suffolk Border Football League was officially founded in 1911, although records indicate that the league originated from the amalgamation of the Colchester & District League and Colchester Borough League.[1][2] Founder members of the Border League in the inaugural 1911–12 season included Clacton Town, Colchester Town, West Bergholt and West Mersea.

Over the last 100 years the league has seen many changes in its status with many clubs progressing to a higher level. The overlying trend has been the migration of the larger clubs and their replacement by smaller clubs with more basic facilities. For much of the last 20 years the Border League has run 4 divisions which included a significant proportion of reserve teams. The league lost several members in 2005–06 when the reserve teams of the Eastern Counties League clubs left for their own competition. A year later another division was disbanded with the Border League clubs now having their own reserve competition. This leaves two divisions of clubs, with 16 clubs in the Premier Division and 14 teams in Division One. There is a high representation of village teams but a new trend has emerged with the acceptance of Barnston from Division Three of the Essex Olympian League and Newbury Forest from the Romford and District Football League in the London Borough of Redbridge.

Member clubs 2013–14 season[edit]

Premier Division[edit]

Club Location 2012–13 Position
Alresford Colne Rangers Alresford 6th
Barnston Barnston 8th in Division One (promoted)
Coggeshall Town Coggeshall 2nd in Division One (promoted)
Dedham Old Boys Dedham 13th
Earls Colne Earls Colne 8th
Gas Recreation Colchester 1st
Great Bentley Great Bentley 11th
Harwich & Parkeston Harwich 5th
Holland Holland-on-Sea 4th
Lawford Lads Lawford 14th
Little Oakley Little Oakley 7th
Tiptree Jobserve Tiptree 4th in Division One (promoted)
Tollesbury Tollesbury 1st in Division One (promoted)
University of Essex Wivenhoe Park, Colchester 9th
West Bergholt West Bergholt 3rd
White Notley White Notley 10th
Source: Mitoo

Division One[edit]

Club Location 2012–13 Position
Alresford Colne Rangers Reserves Alresford 1st in Reserve Premier Division (promoted)
Boxted Lodgers Boxted 10th
Bradfield Rovers Bradfield 11th
Clacton United Clacton 9th
Gosfield United Gosfield 7th
Hatfield Peverel Hatfield Peverel 15 in Premier Division (relegated)
Hedinghams United Sible Hedingham 12th in Premier Division (demoted)
Kirby Athletic Kirby Cross 13th
Little Oakley Reserves Little Oakley 3rd in Reserve Premier Division (promoted)
Mersea Island West Mersea 12th
Panfield Bell Panfield 3rd (as combined club with Colne Engaine)
Rayne United Rayne 6th
West Bergholt Reserves West Bergholt 2nd in Reserve Premier Division (promoted)
Wormingford Wanderers Wormingford 5th
Source: Mitoo

Division Two[edit]

  • Barnston Reserves
  • Boxted Lodgers Reserves
  • Coggeshall Town Reserves
  • Colne Engaine
  • Dedham Old Boys Reserves
  • Earls Colne Reserves
  • Gas Recreation Reserves
  • Great Bentley Reserves
  • Harwich & Parkeston Reserves
  • Hedinghams United Reserves
  • Holland Reserves
  • Tiptree Jobserve Reserves

Division Three[edit]

  • Bradfield United Reserves
  • Bures United
  • Colne Engaine Reserves
  • FC Clacton Reserves
  • Gosfield United Reserves
  • Hatfield Peverel Reserves
  • Lawford Lads Reserves
  • Mersea Island Reserves
  • Team Brantham
  • White Notley Reserves

Former clubs[edit]

Among the clubs that have left the Essex & Suffolk Border Football League and now compete at a higher level are:

Gallery[edit]

Recent divisional champions[edit]

Season Premier Division Division One Division Two Division Three
1995–96 Gas Recreation Clacton Town Reserves Silver End Kirby
1996–97 Gas Recreation Ipswich Wanderers reserves Cavendish Brightlingsea United reserves
1997–98
1998–99
1999–00
2000–01 West Bergholt Weeley Athletic
2001–02 AFC Sudbury reserves Stanway Rovers reserves Whitton United reserves Weeley Athletic reserves
2002–03 Rowhedge Alresford Colne Rangers Bury Town Reserves Bradfield Rovers
2003–04 Little Oakley Bury Town Reserves Hatfield Peverel Witham Town reserves
2004–05 Gas Recreation Hatfield Peverel Witham Town Reserves Gosfield United
2005–06 Gas Recreation Witham Town Reserves Brightlingsea Regent Division Three disbanded
2006–07 Gas Recreation West Suffolk College Great Bradfords
2007–08 Gas Recreation White Notley Division Two disbanded
2008–09 West Bergholt Holland
2009–10 Gas Recreation Wormingford Wanderers
2010–11 Brightlingsea Regent Lawford Lads
2011–12 West Bergholt Haverhill Sports Association
2012–13 Gas Recreation Tollesbury

References[edit]

  1. ^ "goalrun – Stowmarket Town". Retrieved 2011-05-12. 
  2. ^ "Mersea Island FC– Profile". Retrieved 2011-05-12. 

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