Essex Senior League: Woodford Town to play home games in Redbridge next season
PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 April 2018
Woods hope to play at Ashton Playing Fields in purpose-built stadium
Essex Senior League side Woodford Town will play in Redbridge next season after securing a deal to play at Ashton Playing Fields.
After changing their name from Haringey & Waltham last summer, the Woods have spent the current campaign playing at Goffs Lane in Cheshunt.
However, chairman Tony Scott, with Cllr Jas Athwal, leader of the Redbridge Council, and Cllr Lloyd Dudbridge, has worked hard to see the team come to the town whose name it bears.
Woodford has been without a football team since the original Town left their ground in Snakes Lane in 1993, before dissolving 10 years later.
But it now appears the town will have their own team again next season, and Scott is looking forward to taking the Woods to Redbridge.
‘’It has always been our dream to bring the club back to Woodford. It was the only way that the club could thrive,” said Scott.
“We have a good young, ambitious team that wants to entertain people in Redbridge.
“I could honestly not have done this without the local Labour party. They have been with us since day one. Lloyd has been to many of our matches, and if he is as vocal in the council as he has been in the stands he will be a formidable force for residents.”
The original Woodford Town were a highly successful team that could list the likes of Jonny Haynes and Jimmy Greaves as former players.
The club reached the last four of the Anglo-Italian Cup in 1986 and also reached the first round of the FA Cup in the 1986-97 season.
With a football team returning to the town next term, the current Woods will hope they can eventually create history of their own.
The plans for Woodford to play at Ashton Playing Fields will see Town play at a purpose-built football stadium. And Dudbridge was pleased to help Woodford’s move, saying: “The first game of football I ever watched was at Woodford Town.
“The fans of the club have been patient, but hopeful that a supportive council will come along one day and give the club a leg up. To have played any part at all in making this happen makes me extremely proud.”
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