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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.

GOOD WEEK SO FAR/UPDATE

5 November, 2016

 

First Team gained a fantastic 3 points last Saturday v Felixstowe & Walton with TANNER CALL netting and JACK BRAME converting a chance set up in the last minute of the game.

They then went away to Whitton and again came away with a win to go through the next round of the League Challenge Cup Goals from SAM PETERS ANDREW WOOD AND JACK BRAME, let's hope we can make three wins in a row with todays game Home game V 11th placed Wivenhoe Town

 

The Reserves had no game last Saturday so it was 2nd round of the Suffolk Senior Reserve Cup at Home V Henley Athletic on Wednesday. Henley a team who gave 100% throughout the game came against a Walsham side who turned in great display with everyone of the squad having a major contributing to a great 6 - 0  win to progress in to the next round. Goals from RYAN TWINN 3 SAM PARISH GEORGE KNIGHT and TOM TUSON.

The Reserves next game is Home on Wednesday 9th Nov.  V Newmarket Town in the Chell Trophy

UNDER 18's are having a purple patch at the moment with some great wins and performances resulting with players progressing well through the club to the First Team. The latest win Away against Ipswich Wanderers resulted in 6 goals scored with none against that's 10 goals scored and one against in the last two games, which now put the team top of the Division, but with an interesting game coming up this week as they take on Whitton who was the last team to beat them 3 0 Away from Summer Road, a game where we lost Kehan Whitby to a broken leg, lets hope we see this promising player back in Al's squad very soon.

Barton Willows Over the last few weeks Russ and his team of Natty Parker and Fergus have been struggling but the commitment showed las week when they beat the current League leaders at the time BROB 2 1 This week they at Home v Ipswich Valley Rangers in Bob Coleman Cup Lets wish Russ and his team pull out another win against a team who are in Div 1 of the SIL league. 

Walsham B Team  The "B's" sit in  a commendable mid table position in DIV 2 of the Bury and District League, after watching them train I'm sure with there commitment and management  they will pushing for the top this season, a blip last week V Black Boy will make them even more determined when they come out and play Away V St Edmunds in the Mick McNeil Cup this week its a "one of game lads" give 100%.

Walsham Youth/Ladies Team/s The work behind the scenes and at the pitches where these teams play has been fantastica pat on the back for  from the Club / Management and family members The performances are coming which is pleasing for the whole Walsham Le willows Football Club set-up.

PICTURES TAKEN FIRST TEAM GAME V FELIXSTOWE & WALTON

5 November, 2016

CHELL TROPHY 2016-17

16 October, 2016

EASTERN COUNTIES LEAGUE CHELL TROPHY 2016/17 

Round 2   

Hadleigh United v. Stowmarket Town or Whitton United   

Long Melford  v. Halstead Town Stanway Rovers v Witham Town   Walsham le Willows v Newmarket Town   

Semi Finals – 7/8 February 2017 

Final – Wednesday 29 March 2017    

 

FACEBOOK PAGE FOR THE UNDER 18'S

11 September, 2016

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2 July, 2016

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BIRDS EYE VIEW OF THE WALSHAM SPORTS CLUB

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUYCPJOahl4

Click on link to see how far the Sports Club has come on over the years thanks to donations and sponsors and of course to all the people who spend valuable time and money at the Club.

WALSHAM LE WILLOWS SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB NEW WEB SITE FOR ALL THE NEWS

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PLAYER SPONSORSHIP NOW AVAILABLE FOR SEASON 2016/2017

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.

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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 Neil Hayden 07977 243425 nhayden40@googlemail.com

Youth Vice Chairman  Scott Patternoster 07411 355091 smmeks6@aol.com

Youth Secretary Rob Stiff 07810 513790 rms4@sky.com