Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Braintree Town FC

Tuesday 12th November 2013 kick off 19:45 hours                 

Conference National

Braintree Town FC 1 v Luton Town FC 2
The Amlin Stadium,
Clockhouse Way,
Essex CM7 3RD


Attendance : 1,518
Admission : £16
Tea : £1
Club Badge : £3
Weather : Wet and Damp
Game Number : 69 New Ground number : 49

The club was formed in 1898 as Manor Works, the works team of the Crittall Window Company, from which they gained their nickname the Irons more commonly known as The Brains. In 1921 they were renamed Crittall Athletic to be more closely identified with their parent company. After winning Division 2A West twice, they were promoted to the Senior Division of the Border League in 1925. In 1928 they joined the Spartan League, and in 1935 were founder members of the Eastern Counties League. They won the league in its second season, but then left to join the newly established Essex County League.] The new league folded after a single season (in which Crittall were runners-up) and the club returned to the ECL.

After World War II the ECL did not resume in 1945, so Crittall joined the Eastern Division London League instead. After finishing second in their first season, they were promoted to the Premier Division. They were invited to rejoin the ECL in 1947, but turned the offer down and remained in the London League, where they won the League Cup twice before returning to the ECL in 1952. In 1954 they turned professional, but financial problems forced them to revert to amateur status and drop back down into the Border League at the end of the 1954–55 season.

In 1959–60 they won the league and League Cup double. They switched to the Greater London League in 1964, and then to the Metropolitan League in 1966. They were renamed Braintree & Crittall Athletic in 1968, and in 1970 returned to the ECL again. In 1981 all links with Crittall were severed and the club was renamed Braintree F.C.

In 1991 the club stepped up to the Southern Division of the Southern League. In 1996 the club asked the FA to switch leagues to reduce their travelling. After initially being refused, they were allowed to move to Division Three of the Isthmian League, although it was an effective drop of two divisions.

They were promoted as runners-up in their first season, and repeated the feat the following season. After three seasons in Division One they were promoted to the Premier Division with a third-place finish in 2000–01. They won the Premier Division in 2005–06 to earn promotion to the Conference South.

They reached the play-offs in their first season in the Conference South, but lost 1–0 to Salisbury City in the final. They also reached the play-offs the following season, but lost to Eastbourne Borough in the semi-finals. In 2010–11 they finished as Conference South champions, earning promotion to the Conference Premier. Their first season, 2011–12 saw a respectable top-half finish.

Welcome to Braintree the Urban Decay capital of Essex

I think they nicked this from the "Waltzers" at Southend ?

Club house

The start

The End - neither team look particularly happy with the draw.

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