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Canning Town*
Caribbean International
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Collier Row
Concord Rangers
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Debden Sports*
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Dorstel Press
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Ekco First Data
Epping*
Essex Police
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Galleywood*
Great Baddow*
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Harold Wood Athletic*
Hatfield Peverel
Herongate Athletic*
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Hutton*
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Kelvedon Hatch*
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Leigh Ramblers*
Leyton
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Linford Wanderers*
Little Waltham
Loughton
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Manford Way*
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Mountnessing*
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Old Chelmsfordians*
Ongar Town
Port of London Authority
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Ramsden*
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Roydon*
Runwell Hospital
Ryan FC*
Sandon Royals*
Sawbridgeworth
Shell Club*
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South Woodham
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Springfield*
Stambridge United
Standeda
Takeley*
Tillingham Hotspur
Upminster*
White Ensign*
White Notley*
Writtle*
BROOMFIELD HISTORY Last updated: 15-March-2003

Records show that there has been a football team at Broomfield since 1877, but the Broomfield Football Club was formally established as a Club in 1905, when the village consisted of mostly farm workers and hands working at the big houses.

The only breaks in the clubs history came during the two World Wars, but since then the club has played in the local Junior Leagues and the Mid-Essex League.

In 1979 the Youth Section was formed financed by a donation of seventy pounds from the parents and this has proved to be the best investment ever made for the youth of Broomfield and District.

From this small beginning blossomed the Club as it is today and it has now grown from one junior team and one senior team to a club with ten junior teams under 16 and five senior teams.

In 1985 the Club decided that it needed more facilities and approached Mr. Bucknell a local farmer. Negotiations were started and a parcel of land of approximately 8 acres was earmarked for the club. At a special meeting the go ahead was given to start raising funds to purchase the land and a development committee was formed.

Planning permission was obviously required and a planning application was submitted to the local authority. Local councillors, who were sympathetic to the cause, supported the application and after a great deal of wrangling at a planning level, planning permission was eventually granted.

The land as it is seen today is the result of the labours and efforts of the development committee and all the Club members and the purchase of the land came from monies raised from members various fund raising schemes.

The preparation of the land for football pitches including drainage, the sowing of grass seed and the purchase of equipment, required further fund raising and grants and loans were sought and obtained from the Broomfield Parish Council, Chelmsford Borough Council, the Sports Council and Football Association Trust.

The achievement is no act of a single member but a combined effort embracing all Club members, their wives, friends and relatives who have seen the club come a long way since 1905 and even further since 1979.

In 1991 the club won County Honours for the first time when they won the Frank Rosser Trophy for Under 15 teams.

Also in 1991 the club gained County Intermediate Status and joined the Essex Intermediate Football League and at the end of the 1993-94 season gained promotion to the Senior Division One as runners up in Senior Division Two. That season also saw the Reserve team gain promotion from Reserve Division Three into Division Two and at the end of the 1995-96 season, they went up to Reserve Division One as champions.

The 1997-98 season sees the Senior Side reach the final of the Essex Intermediate Cup for the first time ever.


THE WERLTE CONNECTION

It all started in 1979 when a local newspaper, the Newsman Herald, published a plea from a football mad West German Willfried Lubs, asking for a local junior Football Club to become involved with his own junior Football Club on an exchange basis.

Broomfield answered the plea and in early 1980 Willfried visited Broomfield and arranged the first Werlte visit in July 1980.

Since then exchanges have followed every year and about 1,000 boys, parents and relatives have travelled to Werlte during that period.

The village of Werlte has a population of about 4,000 and is situated approximately an hours drive from Bremen in a westerly direction.