Maldon & Tiptree F.C.

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Maldon & Tiptree
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Full nameMaldon & Tiptree Football Club
Nickname(s)The Jammers
Founded1946
GroundWallace Binder Ground, Maldon
Capacity2,800 (155 seated) [1]
ChairmanEd Garty
Manager Wayne Brown
League Isthmian League North Division
2020–21 Isthmian League North Division (season curtailed)
Website Club website

Maldon & Tiptree Football Club is a football club based in Maldon, Essex, England. They are currently members of the Isthmian League North Division and play at the Wallace Binder Ground.

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History

Maldon Town Football Club was established in August 1946 as part of the Maldon Social and Athletic Club. The club initially joined Division Two of the Chelmsford & Mid-Essex League. Although they transferred to the North Essex League the following season, the club returned to the Chelmsford & Mid-Essex League in 1949. They were Premier Division champions in 1949–50, retaining the title the following season, as well as winning the League Cup. [2] The club then joined the Essex & Suffolk Border League for the 1951–52 season, finishing as runners-up in the Premier Division and losing the League Cup final. [3] They were Premier Division runners-up again in 1955–56 and 1959–60. [3]

In 1964–65 Maldon won the League Cup and the following season they were Premier Division champions. [3] The club then moved up to the Eastern Counties League. [4] They finished in the bottom half of the Eastern Counties League every season until leaving to join the Essex Senior League in 1972. [5] The club won the Essex Senior League in the 1984–85 on goal difference. In 1996 they rejoined the Eastern Counties League, becoming members of Division One. [5] In the 1997–98 season the club were runners-up and were promoted to the Premier Division. [5]

Maldon reached the semi-finals of the FA Vase in 2002–03, losing 3–0 on aggregate to AFC Sudbury, with the home leg attracting a record Wallace Binder Ground crowd of 1,163. [6] The 2003–04 season saw the club finish as runners-up in the Premier Division, earning promotion to the Eastern Division of the Southern League. A third-place finish the following season led to them qualifying for the promotion play-offs; after beating Barking & East Ham United 3–2 on penalties in the semi-finals, they defeated Uxbridge in the final by the same scoreline and were promoted to the Premier Division of the Isthmian League. [5] However, the club's first season in the division saw them finish in the bottom three, resulting in relegation to Division One North. [5] Although they finished fourth in Division One North in 2006–07, they were ineligible for promotion and not allowed to take part in the play-offs. [7]

In September 2009, Maldon Town were taken over by Tiptree United chairman Ed Garty, with both clubs playing at Maldon's ground. It was announced in April 2010 that Maldon Town would be rebranded as Maldon & Tiptree Football Club, with Tiptree United withdrawing from the Essex Senior League; a new blue and red striped kit was revealed ahead of the 2010–11 season. [8] In 2012–13 they were runners-up in Division One North; in the subsequent play-offs the club defeated Aveley 3–1 in the semi-finals before losing 4–1 on penalties to Thamesmead Town in the final after the match had ended 2–2. [9] They were Division One North runners-up again in 2016–17, beating Haringey Borough 5–4 in the play-off semi-finals and then losing 1–0 to Thurrock in the final. A third-place finish in the renamed North Division in 2018–19 resulted in another play-off campaign. After beating Coggeshall Town 1–0 in the semi-finals, they lost the final 3–0 on penalties to local rivals Heybridge Swifts following a 2–2 draw.

In 2019–20 Maldon & Tiptree reached the first round proper of the FA Cup for the first time in their history. After defeating League Two club Leyton Orient 2–1 in the first round, [10] they lost 1–0 at home to another League Two club, Newport County, in the second. [11] The club reached the first round again the following season, losing 1–0 at home to Morecambe. [12]

Grounds

Entrance to Maldon & Tiptree's Park Drive stadium The entrance to Maldon Town Football Club - geograph.org.uk - 791011.jpg
Entrance to Maldon & Tiptree's Park Drive stadium

The club initially played home games at Sadd's Ground on The Causeway. [13] Between 1947 and 1950 they played at the Promenade before acquiring a new ground in Fambridge Road, where they remained until 1994. The club then moved to their current Wallace Binder Ground in Park Drive. [4] The ground has a seated stand on one side of the pitch and a covered standing area behind one goal. [13]

A record attendance at the Wallace Binder Ground was set in 2003 when 1,163 watched the FA Vase semi-final against AFC Sudbury. [6] This was broken for the FA Cup match against Newport County on 29 November 2019, which attracted a crowd of 1,876. [11]

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  2. Official handbook season 2017–2018 Mid-Essex League
  3. 1 2 3 2016-2017 Official Handbook Archived 5 March 2017 at the Wayback Machine Essex & Suffolk Border League
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  5. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Maldon Town at the Football Club History Database
  6. 1 2 Prudent Maldon enjoy taste of the high life The Telegraph, 25 March 2003
  7. 2006–07 Isthmian League Football Club History Database
  8. Rebranding to Maldon and Tiptree FC is not a merger Daily Gazette, 14 April 2010
  9. 1 2 3 Maldon & Tiptree at the Football Club History Database
  10. Leyton Orient 1–2 Maldon & Tiptree BBC Sport, 10 November 2019
  11. 1 2 Maldon & Tiptree 0–1 Newport County BBC Sport, 29 November 2019
  12. Maldon & Tiptree 0–1 Morecambe BBC Sport, 8 November 2020
  13. 1 2 Maldon Town Pyramid Passion

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