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The original Brentwood Town FC dates back to the 19th century!

The club saw great success in those early days, reaching the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in 1886. Sadly, they were beaten 3-1 by Blackburn Rovers, but it was a great accolade to have made it that far.

In the 1950s and 1960s the club operated as Brentwood & Warley FC and were 3 times winners of the Delphian League. In 1965 the club turned ‘professional’ becoming Brentwood Town FC once more.

The 60s and 70s saw great success for the club as they rapidly rose to the heights of non-league football. Brentwood Town became a force to be reckoned with in the Southern League Premier Division, reaching the third round proper of the FA Cup in the 1969/70 season. Following their successful run the club subsequently folded and amalgamated with Chelmsford City.

The current club was founded in 1954 as Manor Athletic playing from St George’s Playing Fields in Hartswood. The years that followed saw many club names, locations and leagues with plenty of highs and lows.
With help from the local council, Brentwood finally found a home of their own at The Brentwood Centre, where they played their first match in October 1993. In 2004 the Essex County FA officially gave the club permission to change its name and re-adopt the title of Brentwood Town FC – a proud moment for all involved!

More recent successes include winning the Essex Senior League title for the first time in the 2000/01 season and again reaching the finals of the league in the 2006/07 season, but on this occasion losing 2-0 to Hornchurch.

Under the management of Steve Witherspoon and Amin Levitt during the 2007/08 season, the team performed well in the FA Cup and FA Trophy, closely missing out on a play-off place.

The 2014/15 season saw more impressive victories, thanks to 10 players who had progressed through the youth pathway, leading the team to the Ryman North play-offs and achieving promotion to the Isthmian Premier League for the first time. This was the highest league status ever reached by the club and was obtained thanks to the skilled guidance of Adam Flanagan, the 2014/15 Manager. Adam subsequently moved on to manage Concord and Dartford in the National League South but is now back where he belongs at Brentwood Town, keen to take the club to new heights once again.

The biggest name in football to have played for the club has to be the great Jimmy Greaves! Jimmy signed for Brentwood in December 1975, aged 34. You could be sure that whenever Jimmy was part of the team, you could add hundreds of additional spectators to the normal gate numbers.

Thanks to the guidance and investment from the current Chairman, Jez Dickinson, the club was awarded a Charter Standard recognition from the FA in 2020 – this marked the start of the club’s exciting journey progressing up the football pyramid.

With Adam Flanagan’s previous success at the club, and his enthusiasm to be back once again to focus on ‘unfinished business’ and take Brentwood Town FC to play at the level the club deserves, we’re sure that the 2020/21 season will be the most exciting yet!

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