Season 2020-21 Preview – Essex Alliance League [EAL 20-21 31.8.20]

 

Written by Scott W  [Twitter:@ScottMHC14] – Non-League/Grassroots Writer

Hello and welcome to a preview of the coming season’s Essex Alliance League {EAL) divisions, focusing on the top three divisions and giving you a run-down of the opening weekend’s fixtures of the new campaign. Also to note, coverage of the League will remain on the Grassroots Football Show (GFS) on East London Radio throughout the campaign as part of their Intermediate Football section.

If you’d like more info, you can find the EAL on Twitter: @EssexAllianceFL or via their website: http://www.essexallianceleague.com | Thanks for reading & wishing all EAL clubs a good season too.

We begin this preview with a look ‘at-a-glance’ at the sides who will contest the top division of the EAL, including their position last term where aplicable & their Twitter feeds where known. Featuring a heady mix of EAL veterans, new clubs plus a big returning club who has enjoyed success in the Essex Alliance League in the past.

 

EAL Senior Division 2020-21 Constitution

Club

Position Last Season (or a Returning/ New Club) Twitter feed Other Info
All Prospects 3rd – in EAL Div One @ProspectsAll
Blue Marlin 7th – in EAL Senior @BlueMarlinFC
Chigwell Town New Club @ChigwellTownFC
CSM London 4th – EAL Senior @CSMLondonFC Will play home games at the West Ham Community Grd [3G]  in Beckton this term
DT FC New Club @_dtfc Have signed to play home games at Harlow Arena [3G] this term
FC Baresi 6th – EAL Senior @FC_Baresi Won EAL Div One title in 2018/19
FC Petrocub 3rd – EAL Senior Not known
Jolof Sports Returning Club @JolofSportsFC Last played in EAL Senior in Season 2018-19 – played in Middx County Div One  (Central & East) in Step 8 last term
London Cranes 5th – EAL Senior Not known
Lymore Gardens 10th – EAL Senior @LymoreGardensfc
Rapid Chingford 11th – EAL Senior (Bottom) Not known
Tower Utd 2nd – EAL Div One @TowerUtdFC
West Essex Reserves 2nd – EAL Senior @westessexfcres Winners of Senior Division Cup in 2017/18
 
(13 clubs)
 

 

Now moving on to Division One, which sees three clubs receiving at least a double elevation. One of those clubs are Chadwell Heath Spartans who had a fine debut season in the EAl last term, finishing top of Div Three before the season was curtailed.

EAL Division One 2020-21 Constitution
Club Position Last Season (or a Returning/ New Club) Twitter feed Other Info
Chadwell Heath Spartans 1st  – EAL Div Three

(double elevation)

@CH_SpartansFC
Eastside 4th – EAL Div One @EastSideFC_
Francis Luke New Club Not known n/a
Frenford ‘A’ 5th – EAL Div Three
(double elevation)
Main: @Frenfordfc n/a
Kit Out London New Club @kol_cc n/a
Leyton Royal New Club Not known n/a
London Park City 7th – EAL Div One @londonarkcity n/a
North East Lions New Club @NorthEastSat1 n/a
Wapping Returning Club Not active n/a
Westhamians New Club @WHamians A previous iteration of the club played in the Essex Olympian League in recent times
Woodford East 1st – EAL Div Four
(Treble elevation)
@WoodfordEastFC n/a
 
(11 clubs)

 

Finally for our focused divisions, here is the Division Two constitution which has a number of familiar names to fans of EAL, plus a few clubs including one making a transition into Saturday Football in Belfry.

 

EAL Division Two  2020-21 Constitution
Club Position Last Season (or a Returning/ New Club) Twitter feed Other Info
Barkingside ‘A’ New Club Not Known n/a
Belfry New Club to EAL @fc_belfry Previously only played Sunday Football (ESFC)
Chingford Athletic ‘A’ 8th – EAL Senior (as Reserve side) Main: @ChingfordAFC n/a
Cowley Community 5th – EAL Div Two @CowleyFC n/a
Dagenham Utd New Club to EAL @DagenhamUtd_FC Also previously played in Essex Olympian League
Forest Green 9th – EAL Div One

(Bottom)

@Forestgreen19 n/a
Newham Wanderers 4th  EAL Div Three Not known n/a
Old Esthameians 6th –  EAL Div Two Not known n/a
Rainham WMC 2nd – EAL Div Two @RwmcTeam n/a
Royal Forest 4th – EAL Div Two @RoyalForestFC n/a
St Francis 3rd – EAL Div Three @StFrancis1930 n/a
Unitey 7th – EAL Div Two @FCUnitey n/a
 
(12 clubs)

 

Finally for this part of my preview, in the table below shows the sides that will compete in the ‘lower’ two tiers of the Essex Alliance League this season.

 Constitution – EAL Division Three EAL Division Four
Bailey Football Academy (New to EAL) Avondale Rangers
Epping Utd (New) Brentwood Utd Reserves
Fairlop Rovers Chingford Harriers
Flyers U23s Collier Row ‘A’
Forest Havering North (FHN) Athletic (New) Custom House Utd
Glendale Dagenham Utd Reserves
Loughton Lions Emerson Utd Reserves
Lymore Gardens Reserves Newham Royals
Melbourne Sports Royal Forest Reserves
Old Barkabbeyans Reserves Together Utd
   
(10 Clubs) (10 clubs)

 

Alright, now to round off this piece, here are the Fixtures for the opening weekend of the EAL season

 

Fixtures – Sat 5th September (Match Day #1) – Normally 2pm KOs

EAL Premier Division

 

All Prospects  v  West Essex Res   | Castle Green Leisure Centre 

Blue Marlin  v  Chigwell Town   | Ford’s Sports Club (Newbury Park)
CSM London   v   Tower Utd
   | West Ham Community Ground [3G], Beckton

DT FC  v  Rapid Chingford    |  The Harlow Arena  [3G]

FC Baresi  v  Lymore Gardens   |  Britannia Sports Ground, Walthamstow

FC Petrocub  v  London Cranes   | Noak Hill Sports Complex [3G pitch]

 

EAL Division One

 

Chadwell Heath Spartans   v  London Park City  | Mayfield Leisure Centre [3G]

Leyton Royal  v  North East Lions  | Salisbury Hall Sports Ground

Wapping    v   Francis Luke   |  Victoria Park, South Hackney

Woodford East  v  Westhamians   | Debden Park Sch, Loughton

Division Two

 

Chingford Athetic ‘A’  v  Unitey  | Town Mead Leisure Park

Dagenham Utd  v  Cowley Community   | Castle Green Leisure Centre

Rainham WMC  v  Old Esthameians   | Rainham Men’s Club

Royal Forest  v  Newham Wanderers  | Roding Valley Sch, Loughton

 

Division Two

 

Chingford Athetic ‘A’  v  Unitey  | Town Mead Leisure Park

Dagenham Utd  v  Cowley Community   | Castle Green Leisure Centre

Rainham WMC  v  Old Esthameians   | Rainham Men’s Club

Royal Forest  v  Newham Wanderers  | Roding Valley Sch, Loughton

 

Division Three

 

Glendale  v  FHN Athletic  | Roding Valley High Sch, Loughton

Old Barkabbeyans Res  v  Bailey Football Academy  | Barking Abbey Sports Grd

 

Division Four

 

Collier Row ‘A’  v  Emerson Utd Res  | Forest Row Centre, Lodge Lane

Dagenham Utd  Res  v Chingford Harriers   | Castle Green Leisure Centre

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Author: survivor16b

I'm a Mental Health survivor (been surviving for years) & campaigner. I also like Music & Sport. This blog is centred on all things Non-League Football, mainly Match Reports of matches I've seen (mainly Essex Senior League (ESL) but also other Leagues) though it also houses the regular round-up's of the ESL action plus the Essex Olympian League divisions regularly. It also has the odd post about the scary world that we're all in, talking from a Mental Health perspective. Thank you for reading.

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