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SPORTSMAN DINNER
FIRST TEAM PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES
THURLOW NUNN YOUTH CUP DRAW SEASON 2014/15
THURLOW NUNN RESERVE LEAGUE 2014/15
THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE CHALLENGE CUP DRAW SEASON 2014/15
NEWS FROM THE WILLOWS
SPORTSMAN DINNER

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

ALL THE UP-TO-DATE TEAMS FIXTURES & RESULTS CAN BE SEEN WITHIN THE MAIN MENU, CLICK ON ANY TEAM FIXTURE/RESULT MENU FOR THE LASTEST INFO

SPORTSMAN DINNER

6 July, 2014

FIRST TEAM PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES

23 June, 2014
Thursday 10th July Debenham home 7.45kick off.
 
Tuesday 15th July Bury Town home 7.45 kick off
 
Saturday 26th July Swaffham away 3pm kick off
 
Tuesday 29th July Stowmarket home 7.45 kick off
 
Thursday 31st July Team Bury home 7.45 kick off
 
Saturday 02nd August Needham Market reserves home 3pm kick off
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE CHALLENGE CUP DRAW SEASON 2014/15

23 June, 2014

THURLOW NUNN LEAGUE CHALLENGE CUP DRAW SEASON 2014/15

 

Preliminary Round   (September 23rd/24th)

Braintree Town v. Brantham Athletic

Gorleston v. Kirkley & Pakefield

Halstead Town v. Wivenhoe Town

Haverhill Borough v. Downham Town

Mildenhall Town v. Haverhill Rovers

Needham Market v. Stowmarket Town

Woodbridge Town v. Team Bury

 

First Round   (October 21st/22nd)

AFC Sudbury v. Long Melford

Debenham LC v. Ipswich Wanderers

Fakenham Town v. Gorleston or Kirkley & Pakefield

Godmanchester Rovers v. Haverhill Borough or Downham Town

Great Yarmouth Town v. Thetford Town

Hadleigh United v. Braintree Town or Brantham Athletic

Halstead Town or Wivenhoe Town v. FC Clacton

Mildenhall Town or Haverhill Rovers v. March Town United

Newmarket Town (holders) v. King’s Lynn Town

Norwich United v. Dereham Town

Saffron Walden Town v. Ely City

Stanway Rovers v. Cornard United

Swaffham Town v. Diss Town

Walsham le Willows v. Needham Market or Stowmarket Town

Whitton United v. Felixstowe & Walton United

Woodbridge Town or Team Bury v. Leiston

THURLOW NUNN RESERVE LEAGUE 2014/15

23 June, 2014

The Thurlow Nunn Reserve League will have the following format for Season 2014/15:-

Premier Division
Brantham Athletic, Brightlingsea Regent, Felixstowe & Walton United, Gorleston, Hadleigh United, Halstead Town, Lowestoft Town, Stanway Rovers, Walsham le Willows, Witham Town

First Division
Diss Town, Long Melford, Newmarket Town, Saffron Walden Town, Stowmarket Town, Whitton United, Wivenhoe Town, Woodbridge Town

At the end of the season two teams will be relegated from the Premier Division and one team promoted from the First Division.

Chell Trophy

Four regional qualifying groups with each team playing each other twice. Top two in each group to qualify for knock-out stages with teams finishing top earning home ties in quarter finals.

North Group
Diss Town, Gorleston, Lowestoft Town, Walsham le Willows

East Group
Brantham Athletic, Felixstowe & Walton United, Hadleigh United, Whitton United, Woodbridge Town

South Group
Brightlingsea Regent, Stanway Rovers, Witham Town, Wivenhoe Town

West Group
Halstead Town, Long Melford, Newmarket Town, Saffron Walden Town, Stowmarket Town

First matches will be scheduled to September 6th.

THURLOW NUNN YOUTH CUP DRAW SEASON 2014/15

23 June, 2014

Thurlow Nunn Youth Cup Draw – Season 2014-15

Preliminary Round

Biggleswade Town v. Saffron Walden Town

Chatteris Town v. Newmarket Town

Coplestonians v. Stowmarket Town

Cornard United v. AFC Sudbury

Dereham Town v. Great Yarmouth Town

Easton College v. Norwich United

Fakenham Town v. Holt United

Felixstowe & Walton United v. Walsham le Willows

Halstead Town v. Brightlingsea Regent

Haverhill Rovers v. Royston Town

Ipswich Wanderers v. Needham Market

Long Melford v. Stanway Rovers

Lowestoft Town v. Gorleston

Mildenhall Town v. St Neots Town

Peterborough Northern Star v. Blackstones

Ramsey Town v. Downham Town

Soham Town Rangers v. Huntingdon Town

Witham Town v. FC Clacton

Woodbridge Town v. Framlingham Town

Wroxham v. Harford Youth

 

First Round

Biggleswade Town or Saffron Walden Town v. Haverhill Rovers or Royston Town

Brantham Athletic v. Halstead Town or Brightlingsea Regent

Cornard United or AFC Sudbury v. Long Melford or Stanway Rovers

Felixstowe & Walton United or Walsham le Willows v. Coplestonians or Stowmarket Town

Godmanchester Rovers v. Mildenhall Town or St Neots Town

Hadleigh United v. Witham Town or FC Clacton

Kirkley & Pakefield v. Diss Town

Lowestoft Town or Gorleston v. Easton College or Norwich United

Ramsey Town or Downham Town v. March Town United

Sheringham v. Dereham Town or Great Yarmouth Town

Soham Town Rangers or Huntingdon Town v. Chatteris Town or Newmarket Town

St Ives Town v. Histon

Swaffham Town v. North Walsham

Wisbech St Mary v. Peterborough Northern Star

Woodbridge Town or Framlingham Town v. Ipswich Wanderers or Needham Market

Wroxham v. Fakenham Town or Holt United

Dates tba

NEWS FROM THE WILLOWS

13 June, 2014

 2013-2014 Managers - Paul "Wally" Hubbard, Andy Atkins, Paul Smith, Russell Snowling, Allan Harris

I guess you have probably missed my notes for the last few weeks as there has not been too much to report on but the football wheel keeps turning and as we move towards training starting the movement and discussions with players gathers pace. With no Thurlow Nunn signing on forms out till the AGM on the 21st of June it is difficult to report on who is committed to your club unless they have signed an F A contract. Many players train at different clubs to get a feel of what the place is like and to see who else appears at training. Two departures that we can report on are the movement of Jack Brame and Nathan Clarke to Bury Town, a jump of two levels for the two lads. It is always disappointing to see players leave but we must take satisfaction that they have seen fit to try their hand at Ryman Premier League level and not moved sideways in the same league. We thank them for their efforts over the previous seasons and wish them all the success at their new club. The hard part is for our management team to replace players of that calibre but they are working hard to fill the places and it gives other players the opportunity to cement their place in the team. A development for the club next season is the formation of a Womens football team and we have open training sessions on Thursday the 26th June 7 to 9 and Sunday 29th June and 6th July 10.00 to 12.00. Enthusiastic coach Luke Worley who has 8 years’ experience of Women’s football in the United States and at Loughborough University will be happy to see players of all calibres at the sessions. The club has entered a team in the Suffolk Girls & Women’s Football League so watch this space. Like can be contacted on 07983 990185 or coach.lworley@gmail.com The clubs AGM is on Tuesday the 10th of June so hopefully, depending on when you read these notes we will have either a plan to get rid of that awful Chairman or he will have been replaced by someone proper. With fingers crossed and if everything falls into place the youth and senior football section should hit their target of 20 teams at Walsham le Willows for next season. Right that’s it fans as I am off to get ready for the World Cup. Rattle, scarf and rosette somewhere in the cupboard, who remembers the good old days !!

SPORTSMAN DINNER

18 May, 2014

Walsham le Willows FC 10th Sportsman's Dinner is on Friday 5th September in the Marquee at the club.  

Dean Saunders ex Liverpool, Aston Villa and Welsh international will be our main speaker and will be supported by comedian Mick Maguire.


Tickets are £47:50 each and available from Sue Cobbold 07917 406249 or email enquiries cobbold.sue@gmail.com

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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.

Have a look at the players already sponsored, pictures are on the wall in the Club House.

Contact the Managers or a Committee Member

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





Walsham Le Willows Football Club