Cor, lummy! Is it really (more or less) the middle of October? No bells, no alarms and no flashing lights; we are deep into the last quarter of 2017 and soon there won’t be much of this current calendar year left to speak of. Yet more bits and bobs to stick into our grand scrapbook, however. And we’re opening up that scrapbook once again; jogging the memories and gazing wistfully back in time to pull together whatever it is we can remember about Witham Town You know the ones: you can’t live Witham and you can’t live… (That’s quite enough. Ed.)
Witham Town: Who Are They?
If you go to the club’s own website, you’ll find a long history of football in Witham. You’ll go back to the 1830s for the first recorded game in the town, don’t you know; 1876 if it’s for the first ‘Witham’ side formed after the FA came to life. And, yet, you have to scoot along a bit until you come to the current incarnation. Witham Town, as we’d know ’em at least, started out in 1948 in the Mid-Essex League. A barney over a match played in snowy conditions (says Wikipedia) led to the club upping sticks for the South Essex League. Kids, it’s ‘snow’ joke…
In 1958, there was another move; to the Essex & Suffolk Border League on this occasion. It was to be a longer stay, lasting 13 years in the end. And that’s because the Town (Yep. Imaginitive, huh?) were among the founder members of the Essex Senior League in ’71. Not only that, but they were the league’s inaugural champions too. Usually towards the top end of the table (but for a blip in 1976-7), the wait for a second title lasted 15 years. A season later, they finished runners-up in what proved to be their last season in the Essex Senior League.
For then, at least.
Witham Town: Us And Them…
In 1987, the Vauxhall Opel League came a-calling. Up went Witham Town into Division Two North. It took one further season for us to bump into each other, however. We were, of course, still in Division One at that point. After our relegation, the first crossing of paths in the 1988-9 Vauxhall Opel League Division 2 North campaign. Our first encounter was perhaps a bit mis-leading; Boro’ running out 3-1 winners indoors. The next three face-to-faces between us, however, weren’t so fruitful. Indeed, Boro’ didn’t find the back of the net.
Then, like most of the stories from that period of time, came Cloughie. In our all-conquering 1990-1 Vauxhall Football League Division 2 North campaign, the tumble of records was just music to our ears. Witham Town, for their sins, got caught up in it all. Not to the extent of some others, we must point out. But, still, caught up they were. Three games into the season, the Town came to us and were promptly seen off by two goals. The return at their gaff was more convincing. Well, by an extra goal. It was the first time we’d won at Spa Road.
Witham Town: And Then What?
The Town didn’t follow in our footsteps from Div 2 North to the Conference. Well, the first step they did make; Division One North the extent of their rise after promotion in 2006. In their third season at that level, Witham Town ended up second from bottom. It brought their time in the Isthmian League to an end, albeit temporarily. They went back to the Essex Senior League for three seasons, winning the title at the third attempt. And, with that, came a return to the Isthmian League. There’s even since been a one-year cameo in the Premier Division!
Witham Town: Boro’s Record
P6 W3 D1 L2 F8 A4 – League Points: 10, Cup Meetings: 0, Win Rate: 50%
• BoroGuide’s Witham Town club profile – for old time’s sake…