Ilford F.C.

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Full name Ilford Football Club
Nickname(s) The Foxes
Founded 1987 (or 1881)
Ground Cricklefield Stadium, Ilford
Ground Capacity 3,500 (216 covered seating)
Chairman Roger Chilvers
Manager Allan Fenn
League Essex Senior League
2015–16 Essex Senior League, 5th

Ilford Football Club is a football club based in Ilford, in East London founded in 1987. The club is affiliated to the Essex County Football Association[1] They are currently members of the Essex Senior League and play at the Cricklefield Stadium.

There was an earlier famous non-league club of the same name, founded in 1881. In 1979, it merged with Leytonstone to create Leytonstone/Ilford, a precursor to Dagenham & Redbridge.


First Ilford F.C.[edit]

The first Ilford F.C. were a famous amateur side, founded in 1881 playing in the Southern League and FA Amateur Cup. The club won the Isthmian League three times and were twice winners of the FA Amateur Cup.[2] They played at Lynn Road in Newbury Park, until they merged with Leytonstone to form Leytonstone and Ilford in 1979, the ground being sold to make way for a housing development Dellow Close (named after R Dellow – an Ilford FC player of the 1930s). They played in Granleigh Road by the railway arches. The Lynn Road ground was used for two football matches in the 1948 Summer Olympics, France v India and Turkey v Yugoslavia.[3][4]

Current Ilford F.C.[edit]

The current incarnation of Ilford F.C. was formed in 1987 by Peter Foley, Michael Foley and Eddie McNally and first played senior football in the Spartan League in the 1988–89 season.[5] They dropped out of this league in 1991, rejoined in 1993, but dropped out again after one season.[5]

In 1996 the club resurfaced in the Essex Senior League, where they played until 2004 when a second-place finish was enough to gain them entry to the Isthmian League Division Two, where they were champions at the very first attempt.[2] Due to a realignment of the English football league system they were placed in the Southern League Eastern Division for the 2005–06 season, but after further realignment found themselves back in the Isthmian League for 2006–07, this time playing in Division One North.[2] The team was in the relegation zone of the Isthmian League First Division North at the end of the season, but were offered a reprieve from relegation, after Enfield resigned from the league.[6] They finished in the relegation zone again in 2007–08 but received another reprieve after the resignation of Edgware Town.[7] The following season was Ilford's best season since reforming in 1987, with a finish of 17th recorded under the leadership of former player and reserve manager Chris Wood. On 12 October 2009 after a 0–3 defeat at home to VCD Athletic Chris Woods resigned as manager ending a ten-year association with the club, Assistant Manager Colin Walton and coach Michael Thompson were soon after appointed to continue on an interim basis until the end of the season after which Bert Hoyte joined the club as assistant for the start of the 2010–11 season.[8] Walton remained as manager until the end of season 2011–12 with his main achievement being keeping the club above the relegation places on one of the lowest budgets in the league.[9] He was replaced by Kevin Lucas former manager of Enfield 1893 of the Essex Senior League for the start of the 2012–13 campaign.[10] This season proved one of the worst in the clubs history as they finished bottom of the league with only four wins and 32 goals scored, and were relegated to the Essex Senior League. Following relegation, the club has now appointed Martin Haywood as the new manager for the start of the 2013-14 campaign.


Cricklefield Stadium's main stand in 2007

Ilford play their home games at the Cricklefield Stadium on the High Road in Ilford. Their previous ground, Lynn Road, was used during the 1948 Summer Olympics to host two matches in the football tournament.


League honours[edit]

Cup honours[edit]

Club records (current club)[edit]

  • Best league performance:[2] 17th in Isthmian League Division 1 North, 2008–09
  • Best FA Cup performance:[2] First qualifying round, 2002–03, 2010–11
  • Best FA Trophy performance:[2][13] First qualifying round, 2005–06, 2010–11, 2012–13
  • Best FA Vase performance:[2] Second round, 1999–2000, 2004–05

Former players[edit]

  1. Players that have played/managed in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level (i.e. fully professional league).
  2. Players with full international caps.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Homepage | ILFORD FC (Youth)". 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i ILFORD at the Football Club History Database
  3. ^ "Turkey 1 – 3 Yugoslavia :: Londres 1948". 1948-08-05. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  4. ^ 1948 Summer Olympics official report. pp. 45–6.
  5. ^ a b "Spartan League 1983–1997". Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  6. ^ "Football Club History Database – Isthmian League 2006–07". Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  7. ^ "Football Club History Database – Isthmian League 2007–08". Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  8. ^ "Why QPR's Number 42 Should Be Worth Keeping An Eye On | Non League Natter". 2011-03-14. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  9. ^ "The Cold End: LUCAS LEAVES 1893 FOR ILFORD, BUDD GOES TO THAMESMEAD AND STIMSON THE NEW BOSS AT SHIP LANE". 2012-05-23. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  10. ^ 2 June 2012 (2012-06-02). "New Ilford Boss On Move". AFC Sudbury. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  11. ^ "football.mitoo". football.mitoo. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  12. ^ "football.mitoo". football.mitoo. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 
  13. ^ "FA Trophy Results". Football Association. Retrieved 2012-11-22. 

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