Name: Chelmsford City FC (formerly Chelmsford FC)

Founded: 1878 (Chelmsford FC), 1938 (Chelmsford City FC)

Stadium: Melbourne Stadium

Capacity: 3,000 (1,300 seated)

Last season: 4th in National League South (lost in playoff final)

Our in-depth look at the Tigers opponents for the 2017/18 National League South season takes us back to Essex as we cast the eye over Chelmsford City.

The Clarets have played in the Conference South since 2008/09, winning the Isthmian League the year prior to earn promotion. The club reached the play-offs last season, losing 2-1 in the final to Ebbsfleet United.

Chelmsford have reached the play-offs five times, including last season, since reaching the Conference South, losing all five times. The other five times were all semi-final losses; to Hampton & Richmond in 2008/09, Bath City in 2009/10, Ebbsfleet United in 2010/11 and Salisbury City in 2012/13.

Established as Chelmsford FC in 1878 by members of the Chelmsford Lawn Tennis and Croquet club in order to give them something to do in the winter, the club were founding members of the North Essex League in 1895, but left in 1900 to join the South Essex League. The club also won the Essex Senior Cup in 1892/93 and again in 1901/02.

In 1912, Chelmsford were amongst the founding members of the Athenian League. In 1922 the club failed to be re-elected however, and dropped into the Middlesex County League. The club were founding members of the Eastern Counties League in 1935 and the Essex County League in 1937.

In 1938, Chelmsford decided to close down their existing club in order to form the professional Chelmsford City, after seeing how badly Colchester Town had fared after the formation of the professional Colchester United.

Immediately after being established, Chelmsford City had a significant impact in the FA Cup, reaching the fourth round in the club’s first season. At the end of the season, the club applied to join the Football League but only received one vote. They applied again in 1947, 1948, 1950, 1951 and 1956 but were unsuccessful with every attempt.

With continued success outside of the Football League, winning the league title in 1967/68 and 1971/72 and the league cup in 1959/60, the club applied for membership in 1960, 1961, 1962 and every year between 1967 and 1971 and from 1973 until 1976, but they were consistently rejected, constantly remaining in the top division of the Southern League.

Several relegations and promotions saw the Clarets bounce around the divisions until they were transferred to the Premier Division of the Isthmian League in 2004, becoming champions in 2007/08 and being promoted to the Conference South, where they have remained since.

Between 2010/11 and 2012/13, Chelmsford reached the second round of the FA Cup for three consecutive seasons.

The Tigers have never met Chelmsford in a league fixture, but have played the Clarets four times: twice in the FA Cup and twice in the FA Trophy, drawing on two occasions and losing the other two.


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