Saffron Walden Town

Club Profile

First Played: 1981-2

Win Rate: 50% (from 30 games)

Last Updated: 04 June 2023

No team has come up against us in cup competitions as often as Saffron Walden Town; a fact that will stand for at least 30 years. How can we say that with confidence? Well, as of 2023, we’d played the Bloods 20 times in a cup competition since 1980. And, at that time, the next highest was 13. So, it puts things into perspective when you’re moaning about drawing Reading or Ipswich Town again. Of course, there is the question of competitions and their importance. After all, 17 out of 30 total meetings against them were in the Eastern Floodlit League.

It won’t escape your attention that we also met the Bloods in league circles too. It’s just that cup competition is the bigger chunk. And we’ll need a weird run of cup draws over the coming few years for another club to come anywhere near the pacesetters that are the Bloods.


Saffron Walden Town: The Facts

The Meadow
Catons Lane, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 2DU

01799 522789


Who are Saffron Walden Town?

The Wardens are a pretty ancient club in footballing terms all told; forming in 1872. They’d been going more than 100 years by the time we first met. And it makes them the oldest senior club in Essex. Yet, this didn’t at all count for anything as the new upstarts from Stevenage won a 1981-2 East Anglian Cup tie at home. In the beginning, the club didn’t have ‘Town’ in their name and entered the FA Cup for the first time in 1876. Alas, it didn’t go to plan as they had to withdraw when drawn away to Wanderers. They couldn’t afford to travel.

From the late 19th century through into the 20th, the Bloods competed in local and district leagues. There’d be success during that time too; some league titles and some respectable local cup runs. But we’d probably point to 1933 as the year that horizons started to broaden. The club joined the Spartan League and won the Division Two title in 1937.

World War Two came and went and the Bloods would move on to the Parthenon League in 1954. But it didn’t work out and they left after a season; joining – somehow being from Essex – the Herts County League. They got their county affiliations back in line in 1971 as founder members of the Essex Senior League; winning that title in 1974 and then switching again to the Eastern Counties League. To be fair, success followed there too; the Bloods crowned champions of the ECL in 1983.

Oh, and the ‘Town’ name? That got added in 1967. Almost forgot that…

Why do we know the Bloods?

Having won the ECL, the Bloods fell back to sixth at the end of the following season. Even so, they still took the decision to join the Isthmian League; the competition expanding and welcoming a raft of new sides. Not only did they benefit, but so too did Stevenage Borough! The geographical nature of both ensured we were put into Division Two North. And they would remain part of that picture for as long as we were on the scene; only dropping out and back into the Essex Senior League in 1996.

Part of the reason for that ‘demotion’ was an update to the rules that now meant Catons Lane – their home ground –  was no longer up to scratch. That was all down to their sloping pitch. And it’d stop them going up when they won the title in 2000 and finished runners-up a year later. In 2003, the Bloods were then denied the chance to transfer to the Eastern Counties League by the Essex Senior League. It meant a season spent outside the league structure playing friendlies.

They got their wish of Eastern Counties League action in 2004. But, seven years later, they pulled out citing financial difficulties that’d prevent them completing the 2011-2 season. Not that it stopped them from going back to that same competition in 2012. Who knows. And there was yet more upheaval in 2017 when the club transferred back to the Essex Senior League; notably sitting top of the table in 2019-20 when everything got shutdown because of Covid-19. No shortage of drama, then…

Saffron Walden Town: Record vs Boro'

Pl W D L F A GD Pts* WR%
Overall 30 15 5 10 49 35 14 20 50%
Home 14 10 2 2 31 12 19 13 71%
Away 16 5 3 8 18 23 -5 7 31%
League 10 6 2 2 16 9 7 20 60%
Cup 20 9 3 8 33 26 7 n/a 45%

* league points only

Saffron Walden Town: Result-by-Result (Boro' Scoring First)

Saturday 10 September 1994

Thursday 10 March 1994

Monday 06 December 1993

Tuesday 19 October 1993

Thursday 23 April 1992

Saturday 02 February 1991

Monday 03 December 1990

Wednesday 14 November 1990

Saturday 22 September 1990

Monday 26 February 1990

Tuesday 30 January 1990

Saturday 11 February 1989

Tuesday 20 September 1988

Thursday 05 March 1987

Monday 02 March 1987

Monday 06 January 1986

Saturday 21 December 1985

Monday 11 November 1985

Tuesday 24 September 1985

Saturday 20 April 1985

Tuesday 05 February 1985

Tuesday 18 September 1984

Tuesday 04 September 1984

Tuesday 08 November 1983

Tuesday 25 October 1983

Monday 29 November 1982

Tuesday 02 November 1982

Monday 16 November 1981

Tuesday 13 October 1981

Monday 21 September 1981

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How to get to Saffron Walden Town – Travel Information – Distance: 34 miles

Going to Saffron Walden? Take the A505 for 21 miles until you have got to the other side of the M11. Then, at Whittlesford Service Station, take the third exit at the roundabout for the A1301 and continue for 2.2 miles for the junction with the A11.

At the A11, go across the two roundabouts to continue onto the B184 for 4.2 miles. Turn left into Castle Street, before a left onto Little Walden Road and left again for Catons Lane.

There is a short cut from the A505 through country lanes that you can take; available before you reach the M11. We’d recommend that you check that one out with your satnav.

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You should find plenty of parking in the area surrounding the ground.


Audley End station is the nearest to Saffron Walden, which doesn’t have its own station. However, it’s not close so might make you reconsider the train as an option.

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