|Number of teams||21|
|Level on pyramid||Level 9|
|Feeder to||Isthmian League|
|Promotion to||Isthmian League Division One North|
|Relegation to||Eastern Counties League Div 1 South|
|Domestic cup(s)||Essex Senior League Challenge Cup|
Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy
|Current champions|| Hullbridge Sports |
|Most championships||Basildon United (5 titles)|
|Website||Essex Senior League Official Website|
|Current: 2021–22 season|
The Essex Senior Football League is an English men's football league. It contains clubs from the Essex FA, Hertfordshire FA, London FA, Middlesex FA and the Amateur Football Alliance.It is a feeder league to Division One North of the Isthmian League and has a single division which sits at Step 5 (or Level 9) of the National League System.
The Essex Senior League was formed in 1971 with nine founder members. The finishing positions for the 1971–72 season were as follows:
|5||Saffron Walden Town|
|8||Southend United 'A'|
The Essex Senior League state that a club must finish in the top 3 to be considered for promotion to the Isthmian League Division One North.However the process is governed by the FA Leagues Committee who regulate relegations and promotions throughout the National League System. As of the 2014–15 season FA rules for Step 5 divisions such as the Essex Senior League stipulate that the champions should be offered the first chance of promotion. If the champions do not wish to be promoted or are not able to meet the entry requirements for promotion then the 2nd or 3rd placed team may be considered for promotion. Under normal circumstances, only one club can be promoted from a Step 5 league (i.e. the Essex Senior League) to a Step 4 league (i.e. the Isthmian League Division One).
In exchange for the promoted club, the Essex Senior League would typically receive a relegated club from a Step 4 league.Relegated clubs of Step 4 leagues are allocated an appropriate league based on their geographical locations. Thus the Essex Senior League is most likely to receive one of the relegated clubs from the Isthmian League Division One North.
There was no relegation from the Essex Senior League into a lower league since there was no Step 6 equivalent to the ESLuntil the 2017–18 season. Leagues including the Essex Olympian League (Step 7) sometimes acted as a feeder league to the Essex Senior League but promotion and relegation between the two leagues was not automatic. A Step 6 division for Essex and East Anglia was announced in October 2017 to solve the relegation problem. Since 2018–19, the Eastern Counties League controls this new division.
|1971–72||Witham Town||Billericay Town||Pegasus Athletic|
|1972–73||Billericay Town||Basildon United||Stansted|
|1973–74||Saffron Walden Town||Billericay Town||Coggeshall Town|
|1974–75||Billericay Town||Basildon United||Coggeshall Town|
|1975–76||Billericay Town||Tiptree United||Basildon United|
|1976–77||Basildon United||Brentwood||Billericay Town|
|1977–78||Basildon United||Tiptree United||Ford United|
|1978–79||Basildon United||Canvey Island||Eton Manor|
|1979–80||Basildon United||Wivenhoe Town||Canvey Island|
|1980–81||Bowers United||Heybridge Swifts||Wivenhoe Town|
|1981–82||Heybridge Swifts||Wivenhoe Town||Brentwood|
|1982–83||Heybridge Swifts||Stansted||Halstead Town|
|1983–84||Heybridge Swifts||Bowers United||Witham Town|
|1984–85||Maldon Town||Witham Town||Stansted|
|1985–86||Witham Town||Wivenhoe Town||Ford United|
|1986–87||Canvey Island||Witham Town||Purfleet|
|1988–89||Brightlingsea United||East Thurrock United||Ford United|
|1989–90||Brightlingsea United||Woodford Town||East Thurrock United|
|1990–91||Southend Manor||Brentwood||Burnham Ramblers|
|1991–92||Ford United||Brentwood||East Thurrock United|
|1992–93||Canvey Island||Sawbridgeworth Town||Bowers United|
|1993–94||Basildon United||Ford United||Canvey Island|
|1994–95||Great Wakering Rovers||Sawbridgeworth Town||Romford|
|1995–96||Romford||Great Wakering Rovers||Concord Rangers|
|1996–97||Ford United||Great Wakering Rovers||Concord Rangers|
|1997–98||Concord Rangers||Basildon United||Bowers United|
|1998–99||Bowers United||Great Wakering Rovers||Saffron Walden Town|
|1999–2000||Saffron Walden Town||Southend Manor||Burnham Ramblers|
|2000–01||Brentwood||Saffron Walden Town||Barkingside|
|2001–02||Leyton||Enfield Town||Burnham Ramblers|
|2002–03||Enfield Town||Concord Rangers||Ilford|
|2003–04||Concord Rangers||Ilford||Sawbridgeworth Town|
|2004–05||Enfield Town||Burnham Ramblers||Waltham Abbey|
|2005–06||A.F.C. Hornchurch||Waltham Abbey||Tilbury|
|2007–08||Concord Rangers||Enfield 1893||Barkingside|
|2009–10||Stansted||Witham Town||Burnham Ramblers|
|2010–11||Enfield 1893||Stansted||Witham Town|
|2011–12||Witham Town||Southend Manor||Takeley|
|2013–14||Great Wakering Rovers||Haringey Borough||Enfield 1893|
|2014–15||Haringey Borough||Bowers & Pitsea||Barking|
|2015–16||Bowers & Pitsea||Basildon United||FC Romania|
|2017–18||Great Wakering Rovers||Basildon United||FC Romania|
|2019–20||No champions; season abandoned due to coronavirus pandemic|
|2020–21||No champions; season abandoned due to coronavirus pandemic|
The Essex Senior League Challenge Cup is a knock-out tournament competed for by teams in the Essex Senior Football League.Brentwood Town and Basildon United hold the record jointly for the most cup wins, each lifting the trophy four times (Brentwood Town in 1975–76, 1978–79, 1990–91, 2006–07, Basildon United in 1977–78, 1993–94, 1997–98, 2015–16). As of the 2017–18 season the competition is referred to as the "Errington Challenge Cup" in recognition of the league's treasurer Margaret Errington who held the post for 26 years before dying in 2016.
|1972–73||Billericay Town||2–1||Saffron Walden Town|
|1973–74||No competition played|
|1974–75||Colchester United 'A'||3–1||Billericay Town|
|1976–77||Billericay Town||1–0||Bowers United|
|1977–78||Basildon United||3–0||Bowers United|
|1979–80||Canvey Island||1–1,0–0,2–0||Basildon United|
|1980–81||Witham Town||4–2||Sawbridgeworth Town|
|1981–82||Bowers United||2–0||Halstead Town|
|1982–83||Heybridge Swifts||4–1||Bowers United|
|1984–85||Chelmsford City Reserves||2–0||Maldon Town|
|1985–86||Ford United||1–0||Coggeshall Town|
|1988–89||East Thurrock United||3–2||Ford United|
|1989–90||Southend Manor||2–0||Burnham Ramblers|
|1991–92||East Thurrock United||2–0||Basildon United|
|1992–93||Canvey Island||3–1||Sawbridgeworth Town|
|1993–94||Basildon United||3–0||Sawbridgeworth Town|
|1996–97||Concord Rangers||1–0||Ford United|
|1997–98||Basildon United||1–0||Burnham Ramblers|
|1998–99||Bowers United||2–0||Great Wakering Rovers|
|1999-00||Saffron Walden Town||2–1||Southend Manor|
|2000–01||Southend Manor||2–1||Sawbridgeworth Town|
|2003–04||Enfield Town||3–2||Sawbridgeworth Town|
|2004–05||Waltham Abbey||4–1||Enfield Town|
|2005–06||AFC Hornchurch||2–0||Brentwood Town|
|2007–08||Eton Manor||3–2||Concord Rangers|
|2009–10||Bethnal Green United||4–1||Burnham Ramblers|
|2011–12||Witham Town||2–1||Burnham Ramblers|
|2012–13||Barkingside||9–1||Bowers & Pitsea|
|2013–14||Great Wakering Rovers||1–0||Sporting Bengal United|
|2014–15||Bowers & Pitsea||7–1||Clapton|
|2015–16||Basildon United||3–0||FC Romania|
|2017–18||Great Wakering Rovers||1–0||Sawbridgeworth Town|
|2019–20||Not completed due to coronavirus disease pandemic|
|2020–21||Not played due to coronavirus disease pandemic|
On 14 occasions a team has won both the Essex Senior League and the Essex Senior League Challenge Cup in the same season. They are:
Several Essex Senior League players have also played for Football League or Premier League teams:
Brentwood Town Football Club is a football club based in Brentwood, Essex, England. They are currently members of the Isthmian League North Division and play at the Brentwood Centre Arena.
Harlow Town Football Club is an English football club based in Harlow, Essex. The club is member of the Southern League Division One Central and plays at The Harlow Arena.
Great Wakering Rovers Football Club is a football club located in Great Wakering, near Southend on Sea in Essex, England. The club are members of the Isthmian League North Division and play at Burroughs Park.
Concord Rangers Football Club is a football club based in Canvey Island in Essex, England. The club currently compete in the National League South, the sixth tier of English football, and play their home matches at Thames Road.
Saffron Walden Town Football Club is a football club based in Saffron Walden, Essex, England. They are currently members of the Essex Senior League and play at Catons Lane.
The Essex Olympian Football League is a football competition based in England, founded in the 1966–67 season. It has a total of six senior divisions and one under 21 division. The Premier Division sits at step 7 of the National League System and it is a feeder to Division One South of the Eastern Counties Football League. Between 1986 and 2005, the league was known as the Essex Intermediate League.
Garry Kimble is an English former professional footballer.
Hullbridge Sports Football Club is a football club based in Hullbridge, Essex, England. They are currently members of the Isthmian League North Division and play at Lower Road. The club runs over 25 teams from under-6 through to men's senior football.
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The 2011–12 Essex Senior Football League season was the 41st in the history of Essex Senior Football League a football competition in England. Witham Town completed the treble by winning the Essex Senior League, the Challenge Cup and the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy.
The 2014–15 season was the 100th season of the Isthmian League, which is an English football competition featuring semi-professional and amateur clubs from London, East and South East England.
The 2015–16 season is the 101st season of the Isthmian League, which is an English football competition featuring semi-professional and amateur clubs from London, East and South East England. Also, it is the tenth season for the current incarnations of the Division One North and Division One South.
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The 1971–72 Essex Senior Football League season was the first in the history of Essex Senior Football League, a football competition in England.
The 2021–22 Essex Senior Football League season is the 51st in the history of the Essex Senior Football League, a football competition in England.