Despite their tender years, Holland F.C. have already made a considerable impression on the local game, not only in their Tendring base, but throughout the county of Essex.
The demise of St. Johns (Clacton) during 2005-06 left a significant football gap in the east end of Clacton, with their former clubhouse and pitch standing idle on Saturday afternoons.
This was quickly addressed by Mark Sorrell and a group of colleagues, including some former St. Johns men, who got together to form Holland F.C., with a view to bringing Border League football back
to the Eastcliff Sports Ground, while also providing youth football for the area. The major task in front of them was the refurbishment of the ageing clubhouse at the end of Dulwich Road, and a
substantial amount of money, and hard work, had to be spent to rejuvenate the building in time for the 2006-07 season.
Officers, Mark Sorrell, Vic Webb and ex-St. Johns stalwart, Dave Aldred, got the first season off to a steady start, but the Oranges stepped up a gear following the introduction of Neil Hammond as
manager, winning the Tommy Thompson Cup in their first season, while scoring over a hundred league goals. The youth teams also did well, with teams in the Under 8, 9 and 10 sections of the Colchester
After a season of consolidation, Holland really hit their stride in 2008-09, under the managerial guidance of Tony Davis Baker and Charles Wray. They bagged a superb treble of trophies, with their
newly formed reserve side winning the Reserve Division 1, while the first team won Division I along with the star prize of the Essex Premier Cup. The latter is the Holy Grail for Border League clubs,
and Lee Nash scored the only goal against Maldon St. Mary’s, as Holland became the sixth Border League side to win it since its launch as the Essex Intermediate Cup in 1950.
Holland began playing in the Premier Division with their reserves in the Reserve Premier Division in 2009-10, a year in which the club took another step forward with the leased acquisition of the
part of the former St. Osyth Training College ground in Gainsford Avenue that backs onto their clubhouse, Holland had big plans for this site and have now transformed it into a facility fit for
senior and community football, which is a great testament to all those involved at the club.
While the lengthy process of the new ground development was being developed Holland agreed a 3 year ground-share arrangement at their neighbours, F.C. Clacton’s Rush Green Bowl stadium.
The club currently boasts one of the best youth set-ups in the district, running a dozen teams across eight age groups as well as the first and second elevens, a veterans team and the under
The First Team had been managed by Rob Batten for the last Eight seasons, during which time they achieved their highest finish in the Thurlow Nunn league and reached the Thurlow Nunn Divisional cup
Final, plus pior to the thurlow Nunn league achieved the higest finish in the Essex & Suffolk Border Premier Division and reached the Border League Cup Final.
Rob then asked former Gas Recreation FC boss Glenn Cowen, along with his Gas ally Paul Abbott to join Hol- land!, Prom tion to the Eastern Counties Thurlow Nunn Division One was achieved at the first
attempt in 2015- 2016, This was a great achievement for such a young club. Glenn and Paul decided to step down at the end of the season and Ray Turner joined Rob Batten at the helm as joint Managers
for the 2017-18 season, after a good start to the season results didn’t go as planned and Ray departed. Youth Director of Football Jon Willis filled the gap for a brief spell but returned to his
youth roll for the 2018-19 season, leaving Rob Batten at the helm for his final season assisted by and a coaching team of Calvin Allen, Richard Downes and Dave Aldred, that management team lead
Holland to the Divisional Cup Final a fitting way for Rob Batten to bow out.
For this New season Ex Haringey Borough & Concord Rangers Manager Paul Phelan has taken the helm, Paul has a great pedigree a UEFA B coaching badge and Holland hope he will take us to the next
step, it will not be for want of trying, Paul infectious nature has already impressed greatly. Paul will be Assisted by Holland legend Dave Chapman, Dave was a former Holland Captain who will learn a
great deal from Paul, we wish them both success.