Last Updated: 1 August, 2016
Walsham Le Willows FC
WALSHAM LE WILLOWS FOOTBALL CLUB HISTORY
The Meadow has been the home of the village football and cricket clubs going back to the late 1800s and the old pavilion still survives on the far side of the ground, originally this had a thatched roof and water was carried across to it by bucket and then a two wheeled hand water cart was pulled across by the players. With no electricity in the original building changing could be somewhat hazardous after the game on a cold December Saturday.
Football and cricket were both played at the present ground in Summer Road until the outbreak of war when the field was ploughed up to provide land suitable to grow food on.
There is some confusion regarding the road that the ground stands on to this day because the signs erected by the highways authority show different names at each end of the road, Sumner Road at the main road and Summer Road at the village end.
Football started up again after the war and was played at Grove Road in the village from 1947 and the club competed in the Bury & District league Division 2. A new pitch was developed on Gallents Meadow in Ixworth Road and used from1948 to 1951 (the reserve side was formed in 1949 to compete in the Bury village league) when the club moved back to its present site after the generosity of the Martineau family provided the grass seed to reseed the field.
Originally the pitch was across the field but upon the resumption of football at the meadow the direction of the pitch was changed to allow a new cricket square to be laid in the centre of the field. The thatched pavilion was still in use and the additions of calor gas for lighting and a calor gas boiler for tea making improved the facilities for everyone.
The amalgamation of the cricket and football clubs in 1952 then formed Walsham le Willows Sports Club.
The original football stand was built in the 1950s with the new pavilion in 1973, mains electricity was added at this time and the addition of a bar and lounge area followed soon after with the snooker room, kitchen and car park added the following year.
The clubs teams have participated in the Bury & District league, Bury Village league, Stowmarket league, Suffolk & Ipswich league and now the Ridgeons league. As a junior side the club won the Suffolk Junior cup three years running in 87-88, 88-89, and 89-90 after being beaten finalists in 73-74. Numerous Bury and district titles and cups were won before entering the Suffolk & Ipswich league in 89-90, promotion to the senior league was achieved in that season and was quickly followed by relegation before we established ourselves as a senior side in 97-98 by finishing in 4th position. League positions then went 3rd and 4th with the league knock out cup being won in both seasons. Current manager Paul Smith was appointed for the following campaign and the league record then went 4th, 1st,1st and 2nd with one league knock out cup victory.
Season 2004-05 was our first in the Ridgeons league and we finished 4th with our first ever Suffolk Senior cup final appearance at Portman Road. The following season cup success was achieved at Portman Road by winning the Suffolk Senior cup in a thrilling extra time 4-3 victory over Capel Plough. A creditable 5th position was achieved in the league and our first ever appearance in the F A Cup. The installation of floodlights, new changing rooms and the 100 seat stand give us a facility to be proud of and in season 06-07 we became champions of Division One after exiting all cup competitions early.
This is our seventh season in the Ridgeons Premier. During 2011 the club achieved the FA
Charter Standard Community Club Award, the main pitch has been drained to improve the playing surface and a new Sunday side was formed.
The recent development over the road of 3 new pitches, car park, tennis court and artificial grass pitch 50m x 30m was completed in 2012 and provides us with some of the best facilities in the area.
Season 2012 – 13 was our best ever in the Eastern Counties League Premier division with a position of 6th place and with plans for a further set of changing rooms in the pipeline we hope that we can continue to progress.
WALSHAM LE WILLOWS FOOTBALL CLUB HONOURS
Chell Trophy Winners Walsham Reserves 2013-2014
Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup Winners Walsham Reserves 2013-2014
Chell Trophy Runners-up Walsham Reserves 2012-2013
Walsham Sundays Division 3 Champions and KO Cup Winners 2012-2013
Walsham Sundays Division 4 KO Cup Runners up 2011-2012
Hospice Charity Plate Winners Walsham Reserves 2011-2012
2016 /2017 FIXTURES & RESULTS ARE WAITING TO BE UPDATED
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All WALSHAM TEAMS PLAYER UPDATE
30 July, 2016
Andrew Wood - First Team - Newly Wed goal scoring legend Woody hopes to be amongst the very best goal scorers again this season.
Alex Stead - First Team - After joining towards the end of last season from Mildenhall & Bury Town Alex has committed to the Willows again this season.
Jake Gathercole - First Team - Returning to the Club after playing for Debenham LC last season. A Double trophy winner with Walsham Reserves 2014-15
Craig Nurse - Local lad Craig has re-signed after coming to the club mid-season last year after a being at Bury Town Mildenhall and Newmarket.
Sam Peters - One of the most consistent players last season who I am sure will get even better this season. Supporters player of the season last season.
Matt Morton - Last years Capt Morton hopes to have a injury free season, his never say die attitude should be copied throughout the club but not his vests or hair styles.
Craig Brand - A shoulder injury prevented Craig from finishing last season, and after a good start at the club after joining from Team Bury
Tanner Call - An exciting prospect Tanner who waded in with some important goals last season, lets hope he continues this coming season.
Josh Curry - A lad who can play a number of positions and is getting better each season.
Joji Kawaguchi - Joined last season after being Team Bury Captain, will look to establish even more this season after some good performances at the end of last season.
Ryan Clark - A hardworking player who can play in a number of positions, a former Felixstowe & Walton player
Tom Agricole - Aggie returns after a season away due to work commitments
Lewis Pemberton - Fitness man Lewis signs on for anther season, played for many local cubs.
Lee Sim - The returning Lee after leaving us to play for Thetford last season.
Shaun Thorrold - Shaun returns to Walsham after playing for Debenham LC, good to see him back.
Darren Moyes - Darren signs on for a second season with the Willows.
Edward Elers - The young Walsham Under 18 returns to the club afer a brief spell at Team Bury
Tommy Downes - Tommy joins from local club Stanton, welcome to the Willows
George Knight - George joins from Old Newton, a handy midfield player to have in our ranks, welcome George.
Thomas Robinson - Through going to University Tom will play when available
Jonny Robinson - Like his brother Jonny will be play when available when back from university
Ben Robinson - After stepping up from the Bartons last season I am sure we will see more of Ben's potential this coming season
Alfie Bullett - After his rise from the Under 18's last season Alfie has progressed well, pity Alfie is another off to University but again will be available odd time during the season.
Will Firrell - Will comes from playing in for Thurston young and quick I am sure he will be an asset to the Reserves.
Mason Greig - Our own Ronaldo, Mason is committed player to the club and always gives 100%, loves a dive.
Jordon Smith - John Terry look a like continues to go from strength to strength, always gives 100%, a talented defender and scores the odd penalty.
Kieren Twinn - Kerien's second half of the season last year proved his going to be an asset for the team lets hope he builds on last seasons performances.
Tom Tuson - Tom will always give a 100% except in running and warming up, but his solid defending makes up for it. One of the first on the team sheet.
Darren Atkins - Suffolk FA sent him a Christmas card this year after sending all his money to them in fines over the season. Gets better with age and committed to the team.
Ryan Twinn - On the brink of the First Team, all action Ryan just needs not to go out on a Friday Night or a weekend or go on holiday.
Sam Goddard - Another from the ranks of the Under 18's committed to the club most of the time the rest of the time his on FIFA. Wholehearted player for the Team.
Sam Waterson - Played in the Bury League last season with Vipers. Progressing from our Under 18's where last year he was Players Player of the Season. Sorry Sam Al put me right
FIRST TEAM PRE-SEASON TRAINING UPDATE
27 July, 2016
Pre-season First Team Training continues Tuesdays and Thursdays from now on starting @ 7.00 PM.
Old & new players all welcome who feel they can play to this high standard
Boots and trainers please.
RESERVES / BARTONS /A TEAM PRESEASON TRAINING UPDATE
27 July, 2016
Pre-season Training continues Wednesdays from now on @ 7.00 PM.
Old & New players all welcome.
This is for players who want to progress/play adult football.
Reserves/plus U18's who want to progress
Under 18's Train on Monday nights, Contact Manager Al Harris on 07760 332 035 for more details
The age range of 16 upwards for the above teams.
Boots and trainers please.
EASTERN COUNTIES LEAGUE CHALLENGE CUP 2016/17
2 July, 2016
EASTERN COUNTIES LEAGUE CHALLENGE CUP 2016/17
21 September 2016 Dereham Town Res v. Fakenham Town Wisbech St Mary v. Swaffham Town
1 November 2016 AFC Sudbury Res v. Long Melford Coggeshall Town v. Brantham Athletic or Hadleigh United Cornard United v. Newmarket Town Ely City v. Downham Town FC Clacton v. Stanway Rovers or Holland FC Felixstowe & Walton United v. Woodbridge Town Gorleston v. Leiston Res March Town United v. King’s Lynn Town Res Mildenhall Town (holders) v. Thetford Town Halstead Town or Saffron Walden Town v. Haverhill Rovers Stowmarket Town v. Diss Town Team Bury v. Godmanchester Rovers
2 November 2016 Dereham Town Res or Fakenham Town v. Wisbech St Mary or Swaffham Town Kirkley & Pakefield v. Needham Market Res Whitton United v. Framlingham Town or Walsham le Willows Wivenhoe Town v. Ipswich Wanderers
29/30 November 2016
31 January/1 February 2017
28 February/1 March 2017 Final 1 May 2017, ko 3.00pm
Braintree Town Res, Debenham LC, Great Yarmouth Town, and Haverhill Borough opted to not enter the competition this season.
CHELL TROPHY 2016-17
2 July, 2016
EASTERN COUNTIES LEAGUE CHELL TROPHY 2016/17
12 October 2016 Long Melford v. Saffron Walden Town Walsham le Willows v. Diss Town
8 November 2016 Hadleigh United v. Stowmarket Town or Whitton United
9 November 2016 Long Melford or Saffron Walden Town v. Halstead Town or Wivenhoe Town Stanway Rovers or Felixstowe & Walton United v. Witham Town Walsham le Willows or Diss Town v. Newmarket Town or Cornard United (8 November if Diss)
Semi Finals – 7/8 February 2017
Final – Wednesday 29 March 2017
Lowestoft Town and Woodbridge Town elected not to enter this season
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2 July, 2016
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PLAYER SPONSORSHIP NOW AVAILABLE FOR SEASON 2014/2015
From £35 you can now sponsor a player from any of the Teams.
The youth section are currently running teams from under 8 to under 18 age groups......if you are looking for a team to join or would like to set up a team then please contact:
Youth Vice Chairman Scott Patternoster 07411 355091 firstname.lastname@example.org