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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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NEWS FROM THE WILLOWS

5 October, 2014

There appears to be one word running through everything to do with the club this week and it is “FLOOD”. It started on Wednesday with the visit of Gorleston when just prior to kick off the “FLOODlights” started to behave with a mind of their own first going off, then coming half on, then off again before coming on to resemble 18 candles in the night sky. I think we had every combination possible on or off and even the whole club plunged into total darkness before everyone gave up and went home at about 8.30. The Chairman hiding in the Burger shed had power all evening and continued to keep serving and adopting a low profile, which was probably best as he would only have shorted something out and burnt the whole place down if he had got involved with electrics. Older readers may remember a dance called the “Hokey Cokey” which I have now witnessed as performed by a set of floodlights. Our apologies to Gorleston F C and we will see them again towards the end of October although I did get the impression both managers were not to displeased as they both claimed to have 4/5 regulars out. The previous evening our reserves had visited Gorleston in the Chell trophy and went down to a very good side 4-0 and I think Gorleston had a couple of lamps out on their lights!! The U18s played Stowmarket at home on Thursday night with the floodlights behaving themselves and went down 2-0 with Stow scoring two very late goals with the last one being an exceptional strike. Here comes that word again with “FLOODS” of goals on Saturday, mostly in the wrong net as the first team exited the F A Vase to a very strong and determined Godmanchester Rovers F C by 7 goals to 1. The reserves went to Lowestoft reserves in the Chell trophy and went down 4-3 with the “A” team playing at home against Benhall reserves and lost 6-2. Only the “B” Side stopped the “FLOODS” of goals with a 0-0 draw away at Bury Wanderers, this was a match notable for the father and son debut of Neil and Edward Ellers with youngster Edward doing a lot more running than his father. Not to be outdone the word is going to appear one more time with the rain on Saturday coming through the home changing room roof to “FLOOD” the changing room, so some players had wet clothes to put on after getting thoroughly soaked during the match. Our best wishes to Godmanchester in the next round and they could go a long way while we mop up and re group for next week.  

NEWS FROM THE WILLOWS

4 October, 2014

It appears we have seen a lot of Ipswich teams this week and considering the results we have no desire (in the nicest possible way) to see them again for a while. On Wednesday we played Ipswich Wanderers and with the match sponsored by committee members Vic, Neil and Richard we hoped their guests would witness a welcome three points, we certainly had the chances but a lack of killer instinct in front of goal meant Wanderers went back to Ipswich with a 1-0 victory and the three points. The next night we hosted Wanderers U18 team and they beat us a bit more comprehensively by 4 goals to 1. With Saturday approaching and Ipswich Athletic reserves on the horizon to play the “A” team we wondered if it would be another defeat to the “Big Town” teams and so it proved with a 3-2 defeat on the main pitch, going 2-0 down does not help but we did fight back with goals from Taylor Pooley and Ben Robinson but fell short in obtaining the final goal. The reserves progressed through to the next round of the Suffolk senior reserve team K.O. cup courtesy of Melton St Audrys inability to raise a side. It is certainly a sad situation when club officials work hard to provide a club and then individuals cannot be bothered to turn up and play due to other commitments but I suppose that is a sign of the times. In direct opposition to the previous sentence we must pay tribute to Trevor Newman who after many years loyal service and we estimate over 700 appearances decided to retire at the end of last season, starting as a 16 year old in the first team he always gave 100% and must have been the managers first name on the team sheet, Trevor we salute you for your service to the club and I am sure he may still represent the club in another capacity in the future. Also hanging up his boots is James Tatham who joined us from Bury 7 years ago and scored some very important goals for us and was also excellent on club nights out even if he usually disappeared early on. The first team travelled to Clacton and a match that will not last long in the memory did provide us with a much needed three points courtesy of an Andrew Wood goal scored after 80 minutes. There is a rumour circulating the club that the floodlight saga (up,down,up,down,up,down) may not be quite over yet so watch this space for more revelations in this very dysfunctional club. Wednesday will see Gorleston visit the meadow for a Thurlow Nunn premier fixture and that will be a tough encounter as despite losing many players and manager during the close season they have made a very good start to this season’s campaign. Other fixtures include the reserves at Gorleston on Tuesday night and the U18 team hosting Stowmarket Town on Thursday. Along with the walking football on Monday nights it’s another busy week so hopefully we will see you at one of these matches.

UPDATE

18 September, 2014

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