The Essex Senior League have confirmed that Olympian League side Wadham Lodge will make the jump up from Step 7 to play in the Essex Senior League next season.

There is a bit of history between Waltham Forest and Wadham Lodge. Wadham were formed in 2008 by former Stags Assistant Manager Martin Fitch. They entered the Essex Business Houses League finishing third in the Premier Division in 2009.

They were winners of the Third Division of the Essex Olympian League in 2010, and made it two titles on the bounce after winning Division Two of the Olympian the following season.

They came fourth in their debut Division One season, and third in 2012-13 earning promotion to the Premier Division.

They finished ninth in their first season at Step 7, before losing out on the title on the final day of this season to Harold Wood Athletic, under the guidance of former Forest manager Tony Ievoli. Knowing a win would secure the title, Wadham went 1-0 up before losing 4-1 to Harold Wood.

Despite finishing fourth, Wadham have been promoted to the Essex Senior League this season.

They were also beaten Olympian League Cup finalists.

There has, especially in Wadham’s early years, been some tension between the two clubs. This is hopefully something which has disappeared recently, and the two clubs can look forward to playing each other competitively for the first time.

The list of players who have played for both clubs is pretty extensive, and includes: Fabian Brown, Perry Burns, Darren Duporte, Bradley Falco, Lee Flavin, Mark Foley, Charlie Georgiou Charlie Hasler, Alfie Hatch, Max Holt, Harry Honesty, Kieran King, Karl Lewis, Alex Nwalema, Tom Prendergast, Victor Renner, Des Thomas, Daniel Tulloch, Marvin Walker Leon Wilson, Ricky White and Richard Worrell.

We welcome Wadham Lodge to the Senior League.

This addition, along with the relegation of Redbridge and Burnham Ramblers, means that the league will run with 22 teams this season, subject to approval at the Senior League’s AGM in June. Reaction on Twitter to Wadham’s promotion has been entirely positive: