County Cup Win For Rayleigh Town
In what was a wonderful season for the club, Rayleigh Town not only won the Senior League title by an impressive seven points, but also won the Essex County Intermediate Cup when they beat Leyton Argyle by five goals to two in the final at Billericay Town. This was the first time since Chadwell Heath’s win in the 1973-74 season, that a team from our league had won this prestigious competition, although both Herongate Athletic and Burnham Ramblers had come close in recent years.
For the second season running, Springfield finished as Senior Division One runners-up and Runwell Hospital finished in third place.
After being relegated from Senior Division One last season, Essex Police bounced back into the top flight by winning Division Two by eleven points. After coming within two points of gaining promotion last season, Caribbean International gained the other Division Two promotion place.
Great Baddow only managed to hang on for one season in the top flight and dropped back into Division Two with Cossor Sports. The same fate befell Rayleigh Athletic who, having gained promotion to Reserve Division One last season, went straight back down accompanied by Standard (Harlow).
Takeley won Reserve Division One for the second season running and also beat Runwell Hospital in the Reserve Challenge Cup match at the start of the season.
Reserve Division Two went right to the last match of the season and while Dunmow finished top with forty two points, Cossors only gained promotion on goal difference from Shell Club.
The Reserve Division Cup went to Bishops Stortford Swifts, who defeated Herongate Athletic in the final and Springfield Reserves emulated their first team of three seasons earlier by winning the Sportsmanship award.
For the third season running, the Leagues Representative side won their only match this time against the Essex Business Houses League, by two goals to nil.
In gaining promotion, Essex Police became the first team to go for a whole season without suffering a single league defeat.
At the other end of the scale, two new clubs joined the League at the start of the season, but whilst Carreras just about held their own, Brentwood International suffered the indignity of finishing at the bottom of both Senior and Reserve Division Two having conceded over 140 goals in each division at an average of over 5.5 goals per match. Not to anyone’s great surprise, this was Brentwood International’s one and only season in the League