With another season in the Essex Senior League curtailed early and no possibility of league football until the Autumn, leagues have been finding ways for their member clubs to get back to play football in a competitive way. Why many leagues opted to play an inter-league cup competition, the Essex Senior chose to set-up an invitational cup competition in memory of the late Len Cordell.
Len Cordell sadly passed away earlier this year after a short illness and was much loved by everyone that knew him. While he was the Redbridge Football Club Matchday Secretary, he was best know for being involved with Essex Non-League Football for over 50-years, spreading the joys of the lower leagues during that time.
The Len Cordell Cup will be competed across four groups before seeing 2 sides from each group progress and facing other sides in a quarter-final. With not all Essex Senior League sides wanting to take part, the league have invited clubs from across Essex to join. The groups are as follows;
Group A: Cockfosters, DTFC, St Margaretsbury, Hoddesdon Town
Group B: Redbridge, Clapton, Barkingside, Woodford Town
Group C: Billericay Town Reserves, Stansted, FC Clacton, Holland FC
Group D: Barking, West Essex, Hackney Wick, Frenford
Group E: Great Wakering Rovers, Brimsdown, White Ensign, Newham Athletic
Cockfosters, St Margaretsbury, Hoddesdon Town, Redbridge, Clapton, Woodford Town, Stansted and West Essex will represent the Essex Senior League while Billericay Town Reserves will represent the league’s reserve division. Those clubs will be joined by Barkingside, FC Clacton, Hackney Wick, Frenford, Brimsdown, White Ensign, Newham Athletic and Holland from the Eastern Counties Football League, Isthmian League sides Barking and Great Wakering Rovers and DTFC from the Essex Alliance League to make up the numbers.
The fixtures will take place between Saturday 10th April and Saturday 24th April for the group-stage games before the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final is played shortly after. Here are the list of fixtures for April 10th;
DTFC vs Cockfosters
St Margaretsbury vs Hoddesdon Town
Redbridge vs Clapton
Woodford Town vs Barkingside
Billericay Town Reserves vs Holland FC
FC Clacton vs Stansted
Hackney Wick vs West Essex
Frenford vs Barking
Athletic Newham vs Brimsdown
Great Wakering Rovers vs White Ensign