Epping Town

Club Profile

First Played: 1981-2

Win Rate: 25% (from 4 games)

Last Updated: 01 July 2022

It’s not often that a team’s record is wiped from the books. It’s only happened to two sides in our history. And Epping Town were the first. Yep, long before the demise of Chester City stopped us from passing 100 points in 2010, the Essex outfit hit the rocks in 1984. But we aren’t going to skip to the end just yet. There’s still a bit of finer detail to go through before we get there. And, sometimes, there’s a thrill to be had in making that journey. Even if that is only 25 miles across the county border.

After resigning halfway through the 1984-5 season due to cash problems, our record against Epping Town was forever expunged. So, technically, you could say we never played them. Except we did. We’ll always have the 1981-2 Eastern Floodlit Cup, for example. But losing those two league results didn’t hurt us. We lost both and not in a narrow manner. The name is now being revived thanks to a club who have changed names in recent times; first coming on the scene as Coopersale back in 1976.


Epping Town: The Facts

Who are Epping Town?

We didn’t know where it all started for the Essex side. At first, we picked up the scent with them joining the Spartan League for the 1936-7 campaign. Then, however, we found what we can only recommend as an epic article for those of you who are interested. We’ll link to it further on. But it tells us the original club formed back in 1888; doing their thing in district competition until that point in 1936. It also brought them up against Stevenage Town.

After the Second Word War, things get a little unclear to start with. It looks like they stuck with the Spartan League; moving onto the Parthenon League in 1954. Then, in 1955, we find them back on the radar in the London League. FCHD records go blank for four years in 1965, but it does seem as if they stayed put in the London League. It just took on a bit of a different name. Then, in 1969, came the move to the Metropolitan League.

Why do we know Epping Town?

After an unsuccessful first season in the Metropolitan League, the second campaign saw them win the title in 1971. As founder members of Metropolitan-London League Division One that summer, the Essex side recorded two more title wins in the next three seasons. With such a successful run under their belt, the club opted to join the Athenian League in 1974; winning the Division Two title at the second attempt.

A decent first crack at Division One came next – and it seemed to be enough to convince ’em that it was time to join the Isthmian League. And that’s what they did in 1977; moving into Division Two. It proved a much harder proposition and they failed to make a massive impact on the competition. And, with the days of title wins and promotions seemingly now behind them, it meant we’d find ’em waiting when we joined the competition ourselves.

Epping Town: Record vs Boro'

Pl W D L F A GD Pts* WR%
Overall 4 1 1 2 5 9 -4 0 25%
Home 2 1 0 1 4 5 -1 0 50%
Away 2 0 1 1 1 4 -3 0 0%
League 2 0 0 2 2 7 -5 0 0%
Cup 2 1 1 0 3 2 1 n/a 50%

* league points only

Epping Town: Result-by-Result (Boro' Scoring First)

Saturday 16 March 1985

Saturday 17 November 1984

Thursday 11 March 1982

Monday 28 September 1981

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