Chelmsford City

The Clarets make up a trio of Essex teams in the National South this season and were another to reach the playoffs last time out. It was seventh time unlucky as they bowed out in the eliminator round against St Albans City. Having finished way down the standings in the previous campaign, Chelmsford City can be pleased with their progress by finishing in the top seven, but disappointed to miss out on third by goal difference. The Clarets were the best of the rest when it came to defence conceding just two more than champions Ebbsfleet United. At the start of November, they were real title contenders then they slipped out of the race over the next three months. Chelmsford City’s form improved towards the end, yet they just fell short.

2022/2023 Season
National South: 5th
F.A Cup: 1st Round
F.A Trophy: 4th Round
County Cup: Semi-Final
Top League Scorer: Tom Blackwell (9 goals)

Manager – Robbie Simpson

Five months after joining Chelmsford City as a free agent from Milton Keynes Dons, Simpson became the interim boss. Impressing as a player manager in January and February 2020, the Clarets appointed Simpson as the permanent successor to Rod Stringer the following month. Last season was his second full campaign at the helm, and he guided Chelmsford City to the playoffs finishing fourteen places higher than the season before. As a player, Simpson won promotion with Milton Keynes Dons and can draw on a wealth of Football League experience during his seventeen years as a professional.

Summer Transfers

Robbie Simpson has always admired the creativity of Samir Carruthers and now he has got his man from the Darts. Adding experience to the squad is former Colchester United midfielder Anthony Wordsworth from Enfield Town. Mohammad Dabre arrives from League Two side Swindon Town, Mohamed Battamer from Hayes and Yeading United, Eze Ebuzoeme and Adam Mills make the step up and Charlie Ruff switches from Havant and Waterlooville. Josh Castiglione comes in from Hemel Hempstead Town. After impressing on trial, Luke Jenkins earned a deal from AFC Wimbledon and Callum Watts from Grays Athletic.

Transfers In Transfers Out
Adam Mills (Leiston) James Blanchfield (Billericay Town)
Eze Ebuzoeme (Billericay Town) Arjanit Krasniqi (Hemel Hempstead Town)
Samir Carruthers (Dartford) Michael Folivi (Farnborough)
Anthony Wordsworth (Enfield Town) Ade Oluwo (Barnet)
Charlie Ruff (Havant and Waterlooville) Harry Lodovica (Aveley)
Mohamed Bettamer (Hayes and Yeading United) TJ Bramble (Welling United)
Mohammad Dabre (Swindon Town) Samba Badjana (Forres)
Luke Jenkins (AFC Wimbledon) Guy Norton
Josh Castiglione (Hemel Hempstead Town) Tom Blackwell
Callum Watts (Grays Athletic) Liam Trotter (retired)
  Simeon Jackson (retired)

Head to Head

Dartford wins: 41 / Chelmsford City wins: 57 / Draws: 23

Previous Matches

Dartford 1 – 2 Chelmsford City (25/03/2023 – National South)
Chelmsford City 1 – 0 Dartford (03/12/2022 – National South)
Dartford 2 – 1 Chelmsford City (15/03/2022 – National South)
Chelmsford City 0 – 0 Dartford (25/10/2021 – National South)
Dartford 1 – 0 Chelmsford City (06/10/2020 – National South)
Dartford 3 – 0 Chelmsford City (14/03/2020 – National South)

Next Meetings

Dartford v Chelmsford City – Tuesday 7th November 2023
Chelmsford City v Dartford – Friday 29th March 2024


  • Chelmsford City were one of three teams to complete a double over the Darts last season
  • Dartford have won four of the last five league meetings at Princes Park (D0, L1)
  • The Darts are winless in six league trips to Chelmsford City last winning there in December 2015 (D2, L4). That victory is the only away win in the league against the Clarets in 12 attempts (D3, L8)

Match Highlights – 2022/2023

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