Sunday, 29 July 2012


The Essex Senior Football League kicks off it's 2012/13 season next Saturday 4th August. Therefore, right in the middle of London 2012, non-league football will return just a short distance from the Olympic Stadium. The closet games to the Greatest Show on Earth are at Mayesbrook Park where Southend Manor visit Barking and at Oakside where Takeley play Barkingside.

Relegated Great Wakering Rovers start their campaign with a home match against Stansted with new club London Bari making their ESL debut at Sawbridgeworth Town. Last season's bottom two face off at Gardiners Close where Clapton play Basildon United. New Ton's boss Chris Wood is an ex manager of Basildon with The Bees having a new boss for 2012/13 in John Higley who was most recently in charge at London APSA.

In the midweek games highlights include "The Battle of Basildon" where United host local rivals Bowers & Pitsea on Wednesday night and another local derby between Southend Manor and Great Wakering Rovers on Tuesday night. Gordon Boateng's new look Enfield 1893 FC side travel the short distance down the A10 to Coles Park to play Haringey and Waltham Development on Wednesday night.

The road to Wembley starts for the Essex Senior League on Saturday 11th August with last season's heroes Southend Manor starting with a home tie against Hullbridge Sports. The only other all ESL tie comes at Bowers and Pitsea who entertain Eton Manor.

TheColdEnd predicts that Great Wakering Rovers, looking to wipe out the memories of last season's relegation from the Ryman League, will contest the title race along with Takeley, Enfield 1893 and Burnham Ramblers pushing towards the top of the table. There will be a surprise team and could that be the mystery of new club London Bari who will play home games at Clapton's Spotted Dog Ground. 

Saturday 4th August
Barking v Southend Manor
Barkingside v Takeley
Basildon United v Clapton
Enfied 1893 v Burnham Ramblers
Great Wakering Rovers v Stansted
Hullbridge Sports v Haringey and Waltham Development
Sawbridgeworth Town v London Bari

Monday 6th August
Barkingside v Clapton

Tuesday 7th August
Barking v Bethnal Green United
Burnham Ramblers v Hullbridge Sports
London APSA v Stansted
Southend Manor v Great Wakering Rovers
Takeley v Swbridgeworth Town

Wednesday 8th August
Basildon United v Bowers & Pitsea
Eton Manor v London Bari
Haringey and Waltham Development v Enfield 1893

Saturday 11th August
FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round
ESL sides in bold
Aylesbury United v Enfield 1893
Barkingside v Great Yarmouth Town
Basildon United v Diss Town
Bowers and Pitsea v Eton Manor
Hanwell Town v Haringey and Waltham Development
Hanworth Villa v Bethnal Green United
Kirkley and Pakefield v Sawbridgeworth Town
London APSA v Long Melford
London Lions v Clapton
Southend Manor v Hullbridge Sports
Sporting Bengal United v Cockfosters
Staines Lammas v Barking
Stansted v Norwich United
Takeley v Newmarket Town
Walsham-Le-Willows v Burnham Ramblers
Woodbridge Town v Great Wakering Rovers

Tuesday 14th August
*subject to FA Cup replays
Enfield 1893 v Clapton
Great Wakering Rovers v Basildon United
Hullbridge Sports v Barkingside
Sawbridgeworth Town v Barking
Southend Manor v Burnham Ramblers
Takeley v London Bari

Wednesday 15th August
* subject to FA Cup replays
Bowers & Pitsea v Stansted
Eton Manor v Bethnal Green United
Haringey and Waltham Development v Sporting Bengal United

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