Braintree Town F.C.
is an English football
club based in Braintree, Essex
. The club are currently members of the Conference National
and play their home matches at Cressing Road.
The club was formed in 1898 as Manor Works
, the works team
of the Crittall Window Company
, from which they gained their nickname the Iron
.Blakeman, M (2010) The Official History of the Eastern Counties Football League 1935-2010, Volume II
ISBN 9781908037022 They left the league in 1900, but returned in 1901. They won the title in 1905–06, 1910–11 and 1911–12. In 1911 they also joined Division 2A of the Essex & Suffolk Border League
, remaining in the league until 1928.
In 1921 they were renamed Crittall Athletic
in order 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
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