Essex and Suffolk Border Football League

Essex And Suffolk Border Football League

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The Essex and Suffolk Border Football League is a football competition based in England.

The league has a total of two divisions headed by the Premier Division which sits at step 7 (or level 11) of the National League System. The top club may apply for promotion to the Eastern Counties League Division One.

All member clubs compete in the Border League Knock-Out Cup. With the exception of Sudbury Athletic (which are in located in Suffolk) and Newbury Forest (which is located in the London Borough of Redbridge), the remaining clubs are all situated in Essex, the majority of which are within 15 miles of Colchester.

The league is affiliated to the Essex County FA and Suffolk County FA.


The Essex & Suffolk Border Football League was officially founded in 1911, although records indicate that the league originated from the amalgamation of the Colchester & District League and Colchester Borough League. Founder members of the Border League in the inaugural 1911/12 season included Clacton Town, Colchester Town, West Bergholt and West Mersea.

Over the last 100 years the league has seen many changes in its status with many clubs progressing to a higher level. Details of the original membership are scant but by the 1930/31 season the 10 clubs in Division 1 were Brightlingsea United, Courtauld's United, Crittall Athletic Res., Halstead Town, Haverhill Rovers, Heybridge, Long Melford, Old Colonians (Halstead), Saffron Walden......
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