History - Pre-1966

Naturally, football had to rebuild again in an all too familiar fashion and just over a decade after fighting ceased, Jas Clark celebrated his 50 years’ service as Honorary Secretary, having previously served as Assistant Secretary from 1901 to 1908. He had already been awarded an MBE.

With all the activity being seen around the pitches and fields of Essex nowadays, it may surprise some people that The Football Association never actually recognised Sunday football until as late as 1964. As we stand, there are now 36 adult and 13 youth leagues that operate what is a staple part of many players’ exercise routines on that day.

Few will need reminding of the tremendous achievements of the game nationally in 1966, and Essex were prominent in providing three West Ham United players - Bobby Moore, Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters - to carry the County flag. They were amongst England’s most celebrated footballers who won the FIFA World Cup on home soil.

Moore captained the side, Peters scored one and Geoff Hurst bagged a hat-trick. Amongst the 1966/67 County Handbook for the following season, Stuart J Mallinson included the following in his President’s Message: “England has won. I saw England play Portugal in the semi-final and West Germany in the Final. Never could one wish to see finer games in every way - quality of play in the true sporting spirit.”

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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