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A LOOK INTO HISTORY 144 – The Official Website Of The Essex Senior Football League


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Many of our readers will be familiar with Ipswich Wanderers with our clubs having played them over the years in F A Cup and F A Vase games. Ipswich Wanderers are members of the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League but some may not realise that, for just one season they were called Loadwell Ipswich FC. The season was 1988/89 and they had been founder members of that League’s Division One.

Our quite rare Match Programme, £1 including admission ! was for their Jewson League Cup game with eventual runners up (0-3 to Sudbury Town), Dennis Longhorns’ Halstead Town on Saturday 29th October 1988 and in their notes they recall having been to Rosemary Lane for the very first game of the season and in the league with Halstead Town winning 3-0. The middle pages have the teams but there is very little else in content.

Loadwell Wanderers in Ipswich was established as an under 14 boys team in 1980 and joined the Ipswich Sunday League in 1982. It was the Sponsorship that slightly changed their name to Loadwell Ipswich prior to joining the Jewson Eastern Senior League and they came 6th out of 14 in a division won by Wroxham from Halstead Town in a very commendable second place which gave the latter club promotion at the first attempt whilst Loadwell changed their name to Ipswich Wanderers prior to season 1989-90.

Halstead Town had finished the previous season, in third place behind Purfleet and Brentwood in the Essex Senior League but because the ESL was outside the Pyramid of football were not locked in and allowed to choose where they could go without the League getting anyone in exchange, citing “geographical reasons”. This was quite a blow for the ESL as the club had been very respected members and with our League accepted back into the Isthmian Pyramid in 1989 this loophole was temporarily closed though Maldon Town did leave a few years later.


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