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 wasformed.
The recent development over the road of 3 new pitches, car park, tennis court andartificial 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 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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CHELL TROPHY CUP FINAL DETAILS ANNOUNCED
15 April, 2014
Congratulations to Walsham le Willows Reserves and Halstead Town Reserves on winning their Chell Trophy semi-final matches. The Final will be played at Diss Town FC on Wednesday April 30th, kick-off 7.30pm.
It will be Walsham’s second consecutive appearance in the Chell Trophy Final and having won the Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup Final already, beating Whitton Utd Reserves 3 1 held at Stowmarket Town FC
Above, Ben Cobbold receiving the Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup from Match sponsor Keith Mills from Days Sports
NEWS FROM THE WILLOWS
14 April, 2014
On Thursday the reserves returned from Stowmarket after beating Whitton United 3-1 in the Suffolk Senior Reserve cup final sponsored by Days Sports of Bury St Edmunds. An excellent achievement and to win any County cup is a great reward for all the players and management. Whitton had the better of the first half chances although we took the lead after 30 minutes when Hammond controlled the ball well and shot low past Chaplin before just prior to half time Gaught found the roof of the net for an own goal and equaliser. We came out and controlled the second half and further goals from Virtue and Austin secured the win. Chaplin in the Whitton goal made some very good saves but if Whitton had taken their early chances it might have been a different story. The boys celebrated in style and hit the Town of Bury for some late night and early morning partying, hopefully none of them should have been at work! Many thanks to Stowmarket F C for their hospitality and I think the referee had a very good match with two teams who wanted to get on with the game. On Saturday the first team travelled to Norwich United for a return match after losing 2-0 at home to the same opposition two weeks ago. United came out of the blocks in a determined mood and Blake beat three defenders before unleashing an unstoppable shot from outside the area, McAnally pushed a good effort from Jones onto the post and then George failed to beat McAnally when in a one on one situation. We gradually got a toehold in the match and Wood looked likely to score before Cusack nicked the ball from his foot. A Musgrove corner was then met by Jack Brame to put us level and we had a good spell until the half time whistle. Both keepers made good saves in the second half but no further scoring ensued and both teams settled for a draw. The reserves welcomed Brantham to the Meadow and went 2-0 up before being pegged back to 2-2 a late goal gave us the three points, Austin with two and a Hammond goal secured the points. The reserve league title looks like it will go down to the wire with hopefully no more teams dropping out. The “A” team played their penultimate match of the season away at Coplestonians and secured a 1-0 victory with Tom Tuson scoring the winner, his goal being his 6th match in a row when he has scored. The “A” team top the SIL division three form table and welcome Elmswell on Tuesday night for a local derby. I understand the “Chairman” went to Norwich United on Saturday with all his friends (no one) and at least he had his own company with his thoughts on the result from Craven Cottage.
WALSHAM RESERVES 3 BRANTHAM ATH RESERVES 2
14 April, 2014
Walsham had a scare in only the first minute, when Mann's firm header was ruled out for a marginal off side. Brantham continued to have the upper hand, Bryant saved easily from Stocker before tipping Gunn's effort on to a post. The visitors however took the lead in the fifth minute when Jones headed home unmarked from a corner. Adam Thompson chipped onto the Walsham post, then on a counter attack, Walsham equalised when Hammond clinically finished, following a fine through ball from Austin. Mid way through the half, the home side took the lead, when Austin magnificently curled a shot into the top corner from the edge of the box. Brantham looked to get back into the match immediately; Throssell fired over, and Bryant did well to tip Gunn's cross cum shot around the far post. Minutes before the break, Bryant pulled off a fine double save firstly from Mann, and seconds later from Gunn. Twinn had a chance to add to Walsham's lead, but ran the ball out of play when put through.
Only ten minutes in to the second half and Brantham equalised, when Adam Thompson's shot deflected off Virtue into the net. Bryant pulled off another fine save from Mann, Gunn fired over and Adam Thompson saw his shot cleared off the line by Smith as the visitors looked to take the lead. Gaught created two good chances for Davies as Walsham picked up their game, but both efforts cleared the Brantham cross bar. Mann seized on a poor clearance from Bryant, only to see his lob drift wide of the empty goal. On seventy five minutes the home side took the lead, when Davies fired home from across the penalty area. Gaught had a chance to wrap up the game in the dying minutes, but James Thompson bravely came out and blocked his shot. In the last minute Parkes fired over Brantham's last chance, and the home side saw out five minutes of added time to record a fine victory.
Some of that was very good, Brantham are a good team with some fine players. Lots of effort, tracking back and playing some really good football at times, well done.
WALSHAM RESERVES 3 WHITTON UTD RESERVES 1
11 April, 2014
Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup Final Thursday 10th April 2014 Walsham Res 3 Whitton United Reserves 1 Whitton controlled much of the early stages, but it was Walsham's Virtue who went closest, with his drive from the edge of the box just clearing the cross bar. On fifteen minutes, Whitton had a good chance to take the lead, but Flynn could only put a free header straight at 'keeper Bryant. Cassell and Vincent both went close for Whitton, before Whittaker's shot was deflected just over the Walsham cross bar. Cooke had a good chance for Walsham, but Whitton's 'keeper Chaplin was quick off his line to block the shot, and Bryant came to Walsham's rescue, when Huggins was put through on goal. On thirty minutes, and against the run of play, Walsham took the lead, when Hammond latched on to a loose ball, to clinically finish past Chaplin. Whitton responded, and Bryant saved brilliantly from Whittaker at point blank range, before the equaliser deservedly came, when Gaught could only turn a clearance in to his own net. Just before the break Chaplin tipped Hammond's drive over the cross bar, before saving well from Gathercole's header.
Walsham came out much more determined in the second half, Austin had a shot blocked by Chaplin, before Virtue hooked in a loose ball to give Walsham the lead. Hammond had a fine shot well saved by Chaplin again, before on fifty five minutes, Austin increased Walsham's lead, with a fine lob over the advancing 'keeper. Whitton had a lot of possession but never really penetrated the Walsham defence. Driscoll nearly added a fourth, but saw his shot deflected just wide of the post, before Cobbold superbly blocked Whitton's Cassell's shot. Walsham looked to kill off the match, and Hammond, Twinn and Austin all had attempts at the Whitton goal. Cassell had a further chance for Whitton, but shot straight at Bryant, before Chaplin pulled off a superb save from Austin's shot ten minutes from time. Walsham played out the final ten minutes, Twinn's corner bounced off the far post, and Gathercole's long range shot was deflected wide, as Walsham won the cup following a tough battle with their lower league opponents. Firstly, big congratulations; over the past couple of seasons you lads have produced a good, well bonded team who at times play some really good football. However, the first half was very poor, second to the ball, poor control of the ball and virtually no decent passing, Whitton were by far the better team. The second half was much better, their goal keeper made some really good saves, and our defence was outstanding against some talented forwards. Mr Hammond definitely had his best match of the season, but you all done your bit, which is what it is all about. Whitton played very well, and certainly better than a mid-table team in the league below us, odd then that only four of their team have played more than ten games this season, but fair play they gave us a really good game. I don't think that the referee will have any easier match all season, both teams competed fairly and honestly, and it was good to see an official really up with play, make decisive decisions and have a quiet word with players if required. Generally a big well done to all concerned.
We start with the reserves who played Great Yarmouth on Wednesday night and it was an entertaining 4-4 draw with Great Yarmouth taking the lead on 3 occasions, our goals came from Austin two, a Brill penalty and a spectacular lob from Goddard from the edge of the box. The firsts welcomed Gorleston to the meadow with match sponsors Ian Hubbard and Mark Sano in attendance from Ian Hubbard Electrical and Safe & Sound Pest Control. I think you had a better chance of picking the winner of the Grand National than predicting the match that followed. After 14 minutes young Theo Branard marked his full debut with a good goal and Gorleston responded with Finch bringing a save from McAnally. A good move from Walsham was finished with aplomb from the edge of the area by Foster and just before half time Tatham harried the Gorleston defence and Wood slotted home. A shell shocked Gorleston came out for the second half and immediately put us under strong pressure and after some good chances Sandford shot home to put Gorleston back into the match. We weathered the pressure and a ball from Sim found Wood who finished superbly with Gorleston appealing for offside. Phoenix and Rust made their debuts for the home side and made some good inroads into the Gorleston defence before veteran substitute Taylor came on and set up Wood for the fifth goal and his hat trick. This was an excellent home performance which will not have done Gorlestons title hopes any good with impressive debuts from Barnard, Phoenix and Rust. The reserves came back from Lowestoft with a 2-1 victory and a man of the match performance from goalkeeper Bryant and goals from Austin and Connor Davies. Over the road the “A” team entertained Halesworth and Phoenix opened the scoring before a Tuson bullet header put us 2-0 up, Halesworth pulled a goal back before Phoenix restored our two goal cushion and a late goal made the score 3-2. All three teams struggled with numbers this week and it was a juggling act to fulfil the three fixtures and everyone should take great credit from the results. On Thursday night the reserves play their first cup final, the Suffolk Senior Reserves Cup sponsored by Days Sports at Stowmarket FC against Whitton with a 7.30 kick off, we hope to see lots of supporters there. We finish in wishing out two players Connor Davey and Harvey Rust who ended up in West Suffolk hospital a speedy recovery from their injuries.
WALSHAM FIRST TEAM 5 GORLESTON TOWN 1
7 April, 2014
Walsham opened the scoring in the fourteenth minute when an excellent move was finished off by Barnard. French should have equalised for the visitors but shot straight at Mcanally. Another excellent Walsham move ended with Foster scoring an exquisite goal from the edge of the area. Towards the end of the half Tatham harried the Gorleston defence and Wood slotted home. At the start of the second half the visitors uped their game and Mcanally made two good saves. From a free kick Finch hit the bar, the follow up smashed against the post but Sandford shot home to put Gorleston back in the game. Sims through ball found Wood who raced clear of the Gorleston defence to finish superbly. Finally substitute Taylor latched onto a quick throw on to find Wood who slotted home for his hat trick. It rounded off an excellent performance from the home team.
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