Not to be confused with their more recent namesake, this is the Woodford Town that we met just twice back in 1983; the Eastern Floodlit League pairing us together. A win and a draw against our Southern League opponents that season can rightly be held up as an impressive return for us.
In 1986, the Woods took part in the Anglo-Italian Cup. Not sure why, however. The next season, they came third in the Southern League South Division and made it into the FA Cup Round One for the first time. But this wasn’t enough to stop them going back to the Essex Senior League. We’re not sure why the Southern League no longer appealed.
After a bit of moving around the leagues during the 1990s, the Woods were back in the Essex Senior League in 1999. But, after ending up bottom for three seasons on the trot, they were voted out of the competition. And – it seems – into obscurity. A new club took their name and place in 2015, only to fold a year later.
A newer, third ‘Woodford Town’ is now up and in action from 2017; playing in the Essex Senior League. If they can enjoy the success as the first club, it could reignite the Woods’ name. But that’s still to happen. And still needs much climbing of the ladder.