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RESERVE TEAM UPDATE
NEWS FROM THE WILLOWS
TAT'S HANGS UP HIS BOOTS
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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.

FIXTURES & RESULTS

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NEWS FROM THE WILLOWS

22 September, 2014

Quite a lot to get through this week including a monumental mess up by the chairman but first the football, we scored the first and last goals through Brame and Wood against Mildenhall on Wednesday night but unfortunately for us they scored the middle four, a good crowd witnessed a feisty first half and at 2-1 down at the interval there was hope that we could get something from the match but a couple of errors early on sent us spinning to defeat. On the same night the U18s played out a cracker of a match at Felixstowe in the Thurlow Nunn Youth cup, finally losing 4-3 to a last minute strike in a match that had quality goals and football from start to finish with both teams taking turns at being in front. Coupled to our previous 2-0 defeat to Newmarket in the F A Youth cup means the U18s cup runs are over. The reserves travelled back from Halsted with a narrow 1- 0 victory courtesy of a Ross Whiting strike and a very good all round team performance and the “A” team lost 3-2 to Thurston in the Primary cup again to a last minute goal. On Saturday the first team welcomed newly promoted Fakenham Town to the Meadow and we took an early lead through a Wood header before Fakenham levelled through Robbie Harris, just prior to half time a 50/50 challenge between Fakenham keeper Rix and McLaughlin ended up with the ball ricocheting off Chris and into the net, a fortunate event but maybe a bit of deserved luck for the persistence of Chris McLaughlin. A third goal from Ben Cobbold during the second half confirmed a much needed win and this was a match with plenty of goalmouth action at both ends. Our match sponsors for the two first team games where Paul Devine of Peyton Plaice Fish & Chip shops who picked Andrew Wood as man of the match v Mildenhall and Steve Caley of GB oils who picked Tom Agricole for the Fakenham game. With the floodlight near the cricket square taking approx. 4 hours to put up it does not need the chairman to find a piece laying on the floor when you have just bolted it down that should be fitted to the top of the column, it means it had to come down again and be fitted but luckily the walking footballers needed a bit more exercise and they wound it all the way back to the top, I knew they would come in handy one day!! At least it shut the Chairman up for a couple of days as he had no one else to moan at. On Wednesday we welcome another promoted team in Ipswich Wanderers so hopefully we may see you readers at the Meadow, it’s not a bad night out so give it a try.

RESERVE TEAM UPDATE

22 September, 2014

As we start the new season with a new set players in the Reserves with players moving on and some progressing on to First Team football here at the club.

I first like to thank the players who have moved on. Tom Goddard to Debenham, Lee Gaught to Team Bury and Darren Brill to Stowmarket along with our match reporter and linesman Kev Gaught who is following his son. Dave Fletcher has decided to play for Stanton this season but has still signed. Conor Davies has gone to the USA on a football scholarship we wish them all well after a fantastic last season, and many fond memories throughout the season to reflect on for us all.

Pre-season did not start well for us as Lewis Cooke dislocated his knee cap and Jake Gathercole broke his foot not once but again in our opening game v Brantham, both players were looking to progress to first team football this season.  We hope to see them some time during the season.

Luke Austin Tom Driscoll Capt. Ben Cobbold and Lee Hammond have progressed and made a contribution to First Team games already this year.

So now we welcome Roman Symonds & Ashley Forbes from our ‘A’ Team, Jake Barnard from Old Newton, Theo Barnard from the U18’s who also has already played for the First team last season, Ross Whiting former U18 and AFC Crowley, Jon Bayliss just back from overseas, Chris Caley from U18 and with a few more signings hopefully on the way, the team is starting to take shape with the remaining members from last season who I am sure will be pushing on this season.

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

 

UPDATE

18 September, 2014

Tables and Fixtures for all teams have been updated by clicking on menu bar tabs

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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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