Season 1972-73

Last Updated: 19 February 2016

Final League Tables

Cup Finals Results


Champions at Last

After finishing as runners-up in two of the previous three seasons, Chadwell Heath at last won the Senior Division title finishing just two points ahead of Benfleet who had joined the League at the beginning of the Season.

It proved to be a good season for the new clubs who joined the League as, not only did Benfleet finish as runners up in the Senior Division, but they went one better in the Reserve Division and ended as champions, five points clear of Brentwood Athletic.

The other new team Runwell Hospital, also made an impression when they carried off the Senior Division Cup by beating Writtle in the final, and were runners-up to Herongate Athletic who won the Reserve Division Cup final for the second year in succession.

With the Essex Senior League forming a Reserve Division, Billericay Town finally left us completely, and British Mathews also resigned from the League. With two new clubs joining and both entering teams into the Reserve Division, the league were able to increase the Senior Division to seventeen teams whilst maintaining the Reserve Division at sixteen teams.

Once again the Challenge Cup match ended in a draw, so the trophy was jointly held by Chadwell Heath and Sawbridgeworth.

The League also instigated the Sportsmanship Award, which was based on the sportsmanship marks awarded to teams by referees. The inaugural winners of this new trophy were Old Chelmsfordians Senior XI.

The representative team had new opponents this season when they played the Southend Borough Combination League. The match finished in a 2 – 2 draw.

Tailpiece
This seasons oddity comes from the Reserve Division, where Dunmow managed to go a whole season without one single draw, while Sawbridgeworth drew over a third of their matches.