History - Modern Era

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Following one of the greatest days in English sporting history the game continued to develop quickly, with the very first paid staff appointed to carry out County duties in 1976. By 1980, Terry Alexander was engaged as an Administrative Assistant and was later promoted to Executive Secretary in the new County FA Headquarters which opened in Chelmsford.

31 Mildmay Road was then purchased as the new County Office in 1984, with current Chief Executive, Phil Sammons, appointed to his post in 1997 when a new, computerised disciplinary system was also installed. To mark the turn of the Millennium, the Essex County FA became a limited company.

The beginning of the 21st century saw speedy growth in the County Office, one new appointment being Press & Publicity Officer Matt Phillips who helped inaugurate the Essex County FA Website, www.essexfa.com. Steve Goodsell was named County Development Manager and, outside of the Office, Michael Game became Chairman before also joining the Board of The FA in 2006. Michael has since retired and become a Life Member.

A landmark occasion arrived in 2005, the County Office moving venues for a second time to its modern base at Springfield Lyons Approach, just a few hundred yards from the site of the old White Hart. The distance between those two points is only short, but the time spent to get here has been both historical and significant.

If you've got any relevant documents, information or artefacts you think are relevant to the history of the Essex County FA, or local football in general, please get in contact and share the memories by calling (01245) 393085 or via E-Mail at info@essexfa.com.

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