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Saffron Walden Town FC

Saffron Walden Town FC Past and Present

Saffron Walden Town FC was first established in 1872 and as such is the oldest club in Essex still in existence and the 19th oldest club in the world. After mixed fortunes throughout the first half of the twentieth century, Saffron Walden Town FC or ‘The Bloods’ became one of the founder members of The Essex Senior League. As champions they moved into the Eastern Counties League in 1974-75 season. After major setbacks during the 1980s it took the return of Stuart Wardley from Bishops Stortford FC in 1998 to turn things around. That season they came third in the league and won the Harry Fisher Trophy and Uttlesford Charity Cup.

Following a decision to withdraw from the Eastern Counties League for financial reasons, youth activities became central to the future of the Football Club. Every Saturday sees regular Soccer School coaching for around 150 children with around a dozen youth SWT Youth teams playing League football aged from Under 9s through to Under 16s. Senior level football returned to Saffron Walden as the Football team returned to the Eastern Counties League in 2012-2013. Despite limited success, the 2015-2016 season saw the Bloods being the best supported club in the TN Premier Division, Reserves League and Youth League. 

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