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Telephone Number: 01245 290959
Official Website: www.chelmsfordcityfootballclub.co.uk
The club is based in Chelmsford, which is the county town of Essex. The current team was founded as a professional team in 1938, after an amateur team played at the New Writtle Street ground between 1922 and 1938, which was formed in 1878. The clubs greatest period of success came in the 1960s and early 1970s when the Southern League title was clinched in 1968 and 1972, to add to the early success in this competition in 1946. Chelmsford City have had numerous FA Cup runs including taking Birmingham City to a 4th round replay where they were eventually defeated in front of a crowd of 44,494 fans at St Andrews . Chelmsford City's local rivals include Braintree Town, Billericay Town and Heybridge Swifts
The club previously played at the New Writtle Street ground from their formation in 1938 until 1997 when the club was made homeless and shared grounds first with Maldon Town and then with Billericay Town at their New Lodge ground. In January 2006, the club moved back home to Chelmsford at the Melbourne Athletics Stadium, also known as Chelmsford Sport and Athletic Centre.
The first game back at Melbourne Park against former landlords Billericay Town was played in front of a crowd of 2,998. Chelmsford won the game 2-1, with Jamie Richards gaining the first ever goal at the new stadium on 21 minutes.
The club has recently been massively invigorated with the arrival of Jeff King as Manager to replace Craig Edwards in June 2006, with his assistant being Glenn Pennyfather. In May 2009, Jeff King took on a new role at Chelmsford City as Director of football, with his assistant Glenn Pennyfather taking control of First Team affairs. He was also given a role on clubs board of directors and Glenn will report directly too Jeff King. .
The club clinched the Isthmian League Premier Division title on 5 April 2008 following a draw with Ramsgate which gave them an unassailable lead and thus promotion to the Conference South for the 2008-09 season. Chelmsford City are now looking for promotion to the Step 1, a level which Chelmsford City played at for over 40 years until the late 1970s. City's first season in the Conference South ended in a 5th place finish and qualification to the play offs where they lost 3-1 on aggregate to Hampton and Richmond .
The current Melbourne Park home will need to be improved if Chelmsford are able to play at Blue Square Premier level in the coming seasons, however plans are afoot to improve Melbourne Park to a 5000 capacity stadium capable of achieving the necessary A ground grading . There are also plans to protect the clubs future by becoming a Community Interest Club. This move makes sure that all money from the club goes into the community and stops someone from coming in and taking over the majority of the club then stripping it of its assets .Chelmsford City have a strong board of Directors which includes Mansell Wallace as Chairman and Trevor Wright, Trevor Smith, Paul Hopkins, Martin Gard and Jeff King as Directors.