Club History

The Story of the Woods…

Early Years

Woodford Town Football Club was established in 1937, and were founder members of the Delphian League. In 1950 we lost 7-1 to Colchester Utd in the 4th Qualifying round of the FA Cup in front of a ground record of 7000 at Snakes Lane. The superbly named Johnny Bee stung our illustrious opponents into action with a sensational 9th minute strike before all hopes of a famous giant killing were cruelly swatted in the second half. Amongst noticeable players to grace the white Woods shirt was a certain Johnny Haynes soon to leave an indelible mark on the game at Fulham and England and later given legendary status as Football’s first £100 a week player at a time when wages regularly failed to reach the minimum wage of the time.
In 1961 we switched to the Metropolitan League, before joining Division One of the Greater London League in 1967. We left the Greater London League at the end of the 1968–69 season and rejoined the Metropolitan League in 1970.


At the end of the 1970–71 season we joined Division One South of the Southern League but left after a single season in which we finished bottom of the table. They joined the Essex Senior League in 1976, before switching to the Athenian League in 1979.


We rejoined the Southern Division of Southern League in 1982 where illustrious Tottenham Hotspur International duo Jimmy Greaves & Joe Kinnear were among a number of eye catching signings albeit in the twilight of their careers. Amazingly we played in the Anglo-Italian Cup in 1986 losing 4–0 to Piacenza in the semi-final and then 3–2 to Merthyr Tydfil in the 3rd Place play-off, the former game featured on Italian TV.
Despite finishing third in 1986–87 and reaching the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, we dropped back into the Essex Senior League at the end of the season. Despite the disappointment Woodford had put themselves firmly on the football map succumbing only to a very late Colin Foster against Leyton Orient in the aforementioned match in front of another bumper gate at Snakes lane , a game after which star striker Paul Williams was transferred to Charlton Athletic for an undisclosed sum after an eye catching display on a bumpy surface very much of the day


In 1993 we lost our Snakes Lane ground, and transferred to Division One of the Spartan League, which merged into the Spartan South Midlands League in 1997, with Woodford placed in the Premier Division South. However, we left the league in 1998 and dropped into the London Intermediate League, before returning to the Essex Senior League in 1999. We remained in the league until being voted out in 2003 after finishing bottom of the league for three seasons in a row.


A re-formed club – formerly Bush Hill Rangers – began playing in 2015 at the Goldsdown Stadium in Brimsdown. This reformed club only lasted one season finishing 11th in the league and winning the Middlesex Premier Cup in the process. In 2017 we returned to the Essex Senior League but later reverted back to our original name – Woodford Town Football Club. Despite nomadic spells at Broxbourne Borough and Harlow Town The Woods began to attract interest for their attacking, youth based playing style which saw Teenagers Riley Scott and Jayden Brissett picked up by Ipswich Town and Brentford respectively and their unique fan base establishing itself amongst the loyalest and noisiest in Non League Football.
The link with football history didn’t stop there as either Woodford won a thrilling FA Cup tie v London Colney on in front of 375 fans at the Harlow Arena on 31st August 2020, the singular Friday night fixture goes into the record books as the only time The FACup has ended and started in the same month, a slice of football trivia unlikely to be repeated.
COVID-19 has continually deterred the next part of our history as we await our eagerly waited return to the local area-one can only guess what history holds for the clubs future but fair to say it won’t be dull if as bright as our colourful past.

Video Gallery

Woodford Town – The early years
FA Cup tie v London Colney 2020

Our League History

1946-47London League268711455523
1947-48London League2811215598224
1948-49London League2612311686527
1949-50London League3014115637029
1950-51London League2822151064145
1951-52Dalphian League261277594432
1952-53Dalphian League3014610665234
1953-54Dalphian League2811512415927
1954-55Dalphian League2811611555828
1955-56Dalphian League288713527423
1956-57Dalphian League265318438413
1957-58Dalphian League288614446622
1958-59Dalphian League281567603936
1959-60Dalphian League241239392927
1960-61Dalphian League288515386821
1961-62Metropolitan League3252254212012
1962-63Metropolitan League328321419519
1963-64Metropolitan League3820711926747
1964-65Metropolitan League4219914949347
1965-66Metropolitan League3617217648436
1966-67Metropolitan League3210319477823
1970-71Metropolitan League22877303223
1971-72Southern League Div 1304620225214
1976-77Essex Senior League3213613505032
1977-78Essex Senior League309912404827
1978-79Essex Senior League3210715466227
1979-80Athenian League3813916576035
1980-81Athenian League3818911845345
1981-82Athenian League3613815484534
1982-83Southern League346919295727
1983-84Southern League387823306929
1984-85Southern League38131312465352
1985-86Southern League40121018496246
1986-87Southern League3822610724472
1987-88Essex Senior League321967612763
1988-89Essex Senior League3212713403743
1989-90Essex Senior League301974643564
1990-91Essex Senior League285320336418
1991-92Essex Senior League3212713464443
1992-93Essex Senior League327916468430
1993-94Spartan League Div 1294520449317
1994-95Spartan League Div 1243219286811
1995-96Spartan League Div 1241158463738
1996-97Spartan League Prem3013611423945
1997-98Spartan League Prem – South287912485930
1998-99London Intermediate League3020551033865
1999-00Essex Senior League285320469915
2000-01Essex Senior League302226231198
2001-02Essex Senior League3054212910119
2002-03Essex Senior League323326228712
2015-16Spartan South Midlands League3813520716744
2017-18Essex Senior League4013918668648
2018-19Essex Senior League3819712885464
2019-20Essex Senior League2810414434834