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TAT'S HANGS UP HIS BOOTS
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NEWS FROM THE WILLOWS
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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
Ipswich & Suffolk Youth Football League U18 Division Champions 2011-2012
Hospice Cup Winners Walsham 'A' Team 2011-2012
Peel Cup Winners Walsham Reserves 2010-2011
Ipswich & Suffolk Youth Football League U18 Division Champions 2010 - 2011
Ross Taylor Cup Winners Walsham 'A' Team 2009-2010
SIL Division 4 Champions Walsham 'A' Team 2009-2010
Eastern Counties League (Ridgeons) Division One Champions 2006-07
Ridgeons Reserve North Div. Runners-up 2008-2009
Ridgeons Reserve North Div. Champions 2007-08
Ridgeons U18 Central Div. Champions 2007-08
Suffolk & Ipswich League (SIL) Senior Champions 2001-02 and 2002-03.
SIL Senior Division Runners-up 2003-04.
SIL Omnico Cup Winners 98-99, 99-2000, 2001-02.
SIL Omnico Cup Finalists 02-03.
Suffolk Senior Cup Winners 2005-06.
Suffolk Senior Cup Finalists 2004-05.
SIL Intermediate A Champions 2001-02.
SIL Intermediate B Champions 96-97
SIL Ryan Cup Winners 2004-05
SIL Division One Champions 89-90, 94-95.
Suffolk Junior Cup Winners 87-88, 88-89, 89-90.
Suffolk Junior Cup Finalists 73-74
SIL Division Four Champions 2000-01.
SIL Division Six Champions 96-97
SIL Orwell Cup Winners 96-97, 97-98, 99-00, 02-03.
SIL Senior Club of the Season 2001-02 and 2002-03.
SIL Junior Club of the Season 89-90.
Bury Sunday League Div Four Champions 2001-02.
Bury Sunday League Div Four K.O.Cup winners 01-02.
Bury Sunday League Div Two K.O. Cup Winners 04-05.

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TAT'S HANGS UP HIS BOOTS

18 September, 2014

 

After the announcement That Trevor Newman has retired from First Team football, James Tatham has today also announced, that he to will be retiring. These two big stalwarts of local football and highly respected in the wider football circle will be missed.

The club wishes them well, and they will both be big misses to Walsham Football club.

On a happier note Jack Brame is back at the club for a at least a month from Bury Town, Jack made an instant impact last night by scoring in the 4-2 loss v Mildenhall

 

NEWS FROM THE WILLOWS

18 September, 2014

I can only assume we have had a frost which appears to have withered my “Green Shoots” from last week and not even “Bob the Ploughmans” famous runner beans could survive that. Wivenhoe came to the Meadow on Saturday and went home with a fully justified 4-0 victory, a fast raiding team who worked very hard and scored two goals in each half. We did have good periods of possession but it came to nothing and we look forward to Mildenhall on Wednesday night. Match sponsor Scott Paternoster of S P Windows picked Charlie Robinson as his man of the match and we would like to thank Scott for his support and he also runs the U12 youth team who assisted as ball boys on Saturday. The reserves started their campaign with a 3-0 defeat at Brantham with a much changed side from last season and the “A” team moved into the next round of the Gipping Press Cup with a narrow 4-3 win at Debenham, the goals from debutant Will Gudgen, old stager Harvey Rust and two from another player making his debut and man of the match Taylor Pooley. Last week I omitted to report on the “B” side who started their campaign with a 4-0 victory at Wortham Res in the Bury League Div 3. This was a first for “Wally’s “team as it was their first clean sheet since being formed over 12 months ago. This Saturday they followed it up with a 2-1 victory over Ram Meadow reserves after being 1-0 down at half time, the goals being scored by Daniel James and Edward Elers. The “B” side sit proudly at the top of the league, they have won nearly as many matches this season as all of last season so maybe I have found the “Green shoots” further down with the “A” and “B” teams. We invited a few sponsors along on Saturday and I am sure the Pimms went down very well but during the conversation it got round to talking about “walking football” and with half of the AGP available on Monday nights from 8 to 9 pm it will all be happening on this Monday with anyone interested invited to come along and try it.

ROBBO FIRST TEAM MAN OF MATCH V WIVENHOE

13 September, 2014

Charlie Robertson

UPDATE

18 September, 2014

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YOUTH SECTION

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 chairman Martin Lash 07957 779894 s.d.lash@btinternet.com



Youth secretary Rob Stiff 07810 513790 rms4@sky.com





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