Essex Sunday Football Combination

First & Foremost Sunday League

Welcome to the brand new website of the Essex Sunday Football Combination. Formed in 1937 we are the County’s first & foremost grassroots Sunday football league competition.

As we enter our 83rd year, we look forward with renewed enthusiasm and determination that everyone will find the challenges as exciting as they have ever been before. We strive to make this a quality and progressive environment for each and every one of our teams. With the wealth of talent being drawn in from all quarters of the country’s finest county, their presence is important and welcomed as they make a name for themselves.

With a long list of recognised achievements from County Cup finalists & winners we aim to make the ESFC the place to be.

We hope you are part of our journey and look forward to sharing your success stories both on and off the field of play

September 17, 2019

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Walthamstow Lead Senior as Weare Utd defeat Champions

On a day of surprises, Walthamstow made good of themselves and climbed to the summit of the division. Followng a tight 1-1 draw at Barkingside, the lads in red are proving a very capable outfit indeed.

I won’t be the first one to look at Weare Utd‘s remarkable result today and be totally surprised. A man of the match performance from Tobi Junior who contributed 2 goals helped seal a wonderful 4-1 win.

(Tobi Junior pictured with Coach Weare)

Shqipet returned to winning ways, catching an unsuspecting Belfry on their first outing of the season.

In Division One, Gants Hill launched their campaign with a super performance that accounted for another debutant, Woodford AFC. Clinical finishing and rising confidence put the game to bed by HT. Debden edged a close one at their ground, defeating local rivals Loughton Town. In the only other game, there was a rare goalless stalemate that failed to get a winner in the Barking Hounds/Newbury Forest match-up.

Two huge wins in D2. AC Milano held off the challenge of Wolfpack to sit atop the table, while Loxford Lions really hammered an out-of-sorts FC Leytonstone to sit just behind the leaders.

A three-way tie is the feature of D3 at this very early stage but these teams are already proving the ones to watch out for this season. SFN cracked seven while Global Reserves & Newbury Forest Reserves earned the points while keeping a clean sheet each.

I’ve had a few conversations with several prominent characters around the league and the general consesus is the quality of the competition in ALL divisions.

The new teams have added a lot to the established old stagers and it seems as if there are many stepping up to the plate and appreciating the challenges.

There are also one or two teams that have yet to get off first base, but such is their quality, it won’t be long until they are back at the party.

Weare Utd handed Global a big loss




Senior Division Champions – Premier Cup – Ernie George Trophy



Division Two Winners – Bellamy Cup – Joe Lizziemore Cup



Ernie George Finalists – West Essex Cup Finalists – County Cup Semi-Finals

Next Club Council Meeting

Thursday 7th November 8pm

at the M & B Sports and Social Club, Dagenham Road, Romford. RM7 0QX

At the next bi-monthly meeting we are hoping to have a special guest to discuss a prominent topic of the day.

At the moment we are still awaiting confirmation but it will give you all the opportunity to learn something & ask plenty of questions. Soon as we know what is necessary then we will be updating the agenda and getting confirmation of your attendance.


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A successful AGM concluded with the presentation and recognition of all the achievements for last season. The following were some of the items agreed for 2019-20.

  • Suspend the introduction of rolling substitutions while we adopt the new Sin Bin requirements
  • New rules regarding qualification of players between First Team and Reserves
  • All new player registrations must be submitted by noon on the Friday before the game but you are still allowed to sign two new players on the day of a league game. All other registration rules stay the same.
  • Double Header fee for a referee is raised from £45 to £50 to bring them in line with most other leagues. No changes to any other fees.

Our aim, as it is every season, is to provide an honest, fair and competitive league for all teams to compete in. We pride ourselves in trying to do things the right way…..with respect for everyone and all other organisations. By nature we are competitive and expect everyone to behave and respect and preserve the integrity of these competitions. I have an experienced Management team who have decades of experience and share my love for the game. Between us we intend to continue to improve the experience for our own clubs and look forward to making sure the ESFC is the place to be for all teams and match officials.

Bob Chesney

Chairman of the League, Essex Sunday Football Combination

Until the next Kick-Off









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