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The tale of ten wild years for football club
7:40am Sunday 18th August 2013 in News
THEY were the best non-league football club with an ambitious chairman and plans for a stadium to rival the best in the country.
A turbulent decade in the history of Chelmsford City FC is celebrated in a new book which has been released to coincide with the club’s 75th anniversary.
Steve Little, 64, who grew up in Chelmsford and now lives in Surrey, has charted the history of the club from 1958 to 1968 through stories from ex-players, staff, journalists and supporters.
Local businessman John Coward’s investment in the club saw them sign many players from higher leagues and planned top facilities at the New Writtle Street ground.
But the dream didn’t quite go according to plan.
Mr Little, who went to King Edward VI Grammar School, said: “It was fun to write, a friend of mine kept a scrapbook of old Weekly News articles which helped my research.
“The club in those days made a huge impact, it would get a crowd of five or ten thousand people for a friendly game.”
The book charts the heady days for the club, in the words of those who were there, which Steve – one of five generations of his family to support the club – hopes could be bettered by the current side.
All profits will be donated to the club if copies are bought at the club shop, from its supporters club or its website.
Living the Claret Dream – The Glory Years of Chelmsford City FC costs £12.99.
Visit www.chelmsfordcitysupportersclub.co.uk/football-club-shop.html or www.stevelittlebooks.com
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