Getting to know: Epping Town FC

So here it is, the launch of ‘Getting to Know’ for the 2019/20 season!

What better way to launch our season that taking a look at a side that’s recetly gone viral on Twitter due to their unorthodox pre-season training sessions, Epping Town FC.

That Video.

Epping who are currently members of the the Essex Olympian League which they have been in since 1976 under the name Coopersale, play their games out of the Stonards Hill recreation ground and following promotion in the 2018/19 season will be playing in Senior Division Two next year after receiving a double promotion from the league.

If you look back to just before the 2017/18 season finished, Epping were in a completely different place, promotion seemed a million miles away, the team were struggling to field a team, let alone compete in the games and it looked as though the downward spiral that Epping FC was on was going to continue.

Step forward forward Chris Ottaway, an owner of an environmental consultancy, who took over as chairman at the club just before the 2018/19 season got underway. Since Mr Ottaway took over the club the entire situation Epping are in has completely turned on its head. An entire rebranding happened, a new manager was brought in, Billy Cove from Essex Senior League team Ilford FC and a host of new players.

Epping Town (Whites) playing against Clapton Community FC. Credit: Epping Town FC

The use of social media has bought positive attention to the club and has resulted in at least 40-50 supporters at the minimum at every home game, some clubs much higher up the ladder struggle to get as many and the viral video of Epping Town’s pre-season will only help this figuire continue to rise.

It’s been made very clear by the new owner that his plans for the club have always been to be playing within the Essex Senior League in a maximum of 5-6 seasons or as soon as possible. Therefore, this is just the first of the steps required that will see Epping Town back where they belong.

From everyone here at ‘Climbing The Ladder’ we’d just like to wish you all the best for the coming season and on your journey back to the Essex Senior League.

Author: Alex Scott

Currently doing as much freelance journalism work as possible. Avid football fan and player currently at Penrith Academy.

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