Chelmsford City were formed in 1986 and competed in a five-a-side League. In 1987 they formed a second team named ‘The Royals’ which also competed in the same competition, however, the competition folded and the two teams merged forming an eleven-a-side team. The Club entered the Greater London League in 1988 and finished as Runners-up in Division Three in their first season.
Only one of the original members still remains at the Club, General Secretary and Treasurer Dawn Barnard. Dawn was honoured with an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2013 for her services to the club and women’s and girls’ football in Essex .
In 1992 there was sufficient interest for the Club to form a junior section, which has provided a number of players for the senior section over the years. The 1994/95 seasons saw them begin their most successful period to date when they won the inaugural Essex County Cup, Russell Cup and finished as Runners-up in Division Two in the same season as well as winning a number of 5-a-side tournaments during that summer.
The club continued to be successful and after making the switch into the Eastern Region League, won the Premier Division Championship in 2000 and gained promotion to the South-East Combination League via the play-off system. During this time, the Club continued to be successful with the seniors, winning the Essex County Cup 5 times.
After two seasons, an exodus of First Team players during the summer of 2002 saw the Committee make the decision to withdraw from the Combination League and start again with the Reserve Team becoming the 1st XI who were already competing in the County League.
2003/04 season saw a new era begin when under new management, the First Team immediately make an impact, becoming League Champions in the Essex County Women’s League and took the decision to move up into the Eastern Region League. They also reached the League Cup Final while the Reserves finished third in Division Two and were promoted into Division One. In the juniors, the Under 12’s were joint runners-up while the Under 14’s were League Champions in the Essex County Girls League.
2004/05 saw the First Team reach the Memorial Shield Final where they defeated AFC Kempston Rovers and consolidated their first season in the Eastern Region League by finishing a creditable mid-table position. The Reserves, now managed by Alan Harding won the Essex County League Fair Play Award and were also runners-up in the Essex County FA Fair Play.
A First team consisting of a mixture of youth and experienced players won the inaugural Essex County FA Women’s Charter Standard Tournament in 2006/07. They were runners–up in Division 1 East, reaching the play-offs, eventually losing in the Final and were also runners-up in the Division 1 East round robin plate.
Prior to the 2007/08 season they won The Mayador Cider Trophy Cup at Manchester Umbro International Cup and also retained the Essex County FA Women's Charter Standard Tournament. The domestic season for the First team saw them reach the County Cup Final, losing 4 - 2 on Penalties after holding National League Colchester United 2 - 2 after extra time. They then clinched the Division 1 South title gaining promotion to the Premier Division. The U16s reached the Essex County Girls League Cup Final while the U12s were runners up in the League Spring Plate Completion.
The club continues to offer football for numerous age groups starting from Under 10’s and have a number of teams competing in the Essex County Girls’ League as well as the senior women’s team. The club not only develops the players but offers the coaches the opportunity of extending their knowledge by attending coaching courses to ensure they embrace new ideas and skills themselves.
Chelmsford City Ladies and Girls FC is a Charter Standard Club who are committed to improving the profile of Women’s and Girls football and look to provide the opportunity for females of all ages and ability to play football.
Roll Of Honor:
Essex County Cup: Winners 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002
Eastern Region League: Division 3 Runners-Up 1995-1996; Memorial Shield Runners-Up 1996; Premier Division Runners-Up 1998-1999; Premier Division Winners 1999-2000; Memorial Shield Winners 2005, Premier Division Runners-Up 2008-09
Greater London Regional League: Division 3 Runners-Up 1988-1989; Division 2 Runners-Up 1994-1995; Russell Cup Winners 1995; Division 1 Runners-Up 1995-1996
Essex County League: Runners-Up 1997-1998; League Cup Runners-Up 1998; League Runners-Up 1998-1999; League Cup Runners-Up 1999; Division 1 Winners 2003-2004; League Cup Runners-Up 2004; Division 1 Winners 2010-2011; League Cup Winners 2010-2011; Premier Division Runners-Up 2011-12; Division One Winners 2013-2014;
Other Honors: I & J Trophy Runners-Up 1990; Rochford Sports Festival Runners-Up 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999; Rochford Sports Festival Winners 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002; Highfields Plate Winners 2001; Numerous 5-a-side honours won;
U11s: Essex County Girls League Runners-Up 2002-2003; League Runners-Up 2005-2006, Essex County Girls League Champions 2008-09
U12s: Essex County Girls League Winners 1997-1998; Kim Farmer Invitation Trophy Runners-Up 2001; League Runners-Up 2003-2004
U13s: Essex County Girls League Winners 1998-1999; League Cup Winners 1999; League Runners-Up 2005-2006
U14s: Orminston League Runners-Up 1993-1994; Essex County Girls League Runners-Up 1997-1998; League Cup Winners 1998; League Cup Runners-Up 2000; League Winners 2003-2004, Essex County Girls League Runners-Up 2008-09.
U15s: Essex County Girls League Winners 1997-1998
U16s: Essex County Girls League Runners-Up 2002-2003
U17s: Essex County Girls League Runners-Up 2002-2003
Essex County Women's Football League: Premier Division
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