Saturday, 15 June 2013


Looking at the Essex Business Houses League over the past decade is a clear indication of the decline in grass roots football which makes the signing of the e-petition set up to save the game at this level more important than ever. Please click and sign - It only takes a few minutes!!!!

The 2003/2004 season saw the League have Five Divisions and a total of 61 teams competing. The 2013/13 sees the league running with just one "Premier Division" of 13 clubs.

Four clubs have left the league in Blue Marlin, Flanders, Essex United and current champion's Snaresbrook.

Joining are six new clubs which is great to see. The Lord's Sanctury, Asianos, Dagenham United, Scouts United (Hackney Marshes), Brenthill Rovers and May & Baker 'A'.

The full line up is as follows -

Brenthill Rovers
Dagenham United
FC Hamlets
May & Baker Club 'A'
Newtown Wesley
Rainham Working Men's Club
St John's Deaf
Scouts United
Singh Sabha Barking
Switch Bar
The Lord's Sanctuary

If just 0.5% of the current £3billion FA Premier League television deal is used to develop and promote the grass roots game at Adult and Youth level it would see a massive amount of £15,000,000 invested.

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