Last Updated: 17 April, 2016
Walsham Le Willows FC
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
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MONDAY 18th APRIL FIRST TEAM v IPSWICH WANDERERS
17 April, 2016
The rearranged game from Friday night v Ipswich Wanderers is now Monday night 18th April, a match where 3 points would help the teams fight in drawing away from relegation battle in the league
BAD WEEKEND FOR ALL TEAMS
10 April, 2016
The weekend was not good for the club
The First team had a heavey 7 nil defeat away at Stanway, this was after last weeks credible 1 1 draw against the same team.
The Reserves lost 2 1 at Home to a hard working Newmarket Town Res. side. This was after a mid week boring 0 0 draw v Brightlingsea Res.
Bartons lost 3 1 at Home to Cedar Park.
U18's came back from 2 nil down to win 3 2 away at Ely City U18's to through to the next round of the cup but then lost on Thursday 4 nil v Woodbridge Town in the League.
We know it's coming to the end of the season but let's have some pride lads. There is still a lot to play for by all the teams.
For the First Team and Bartons to stay in their respective divisions and showing more determination and commitment.
The Reserves to get back to the team play they had showed earlier in the season and climb into the top 5. It could have been a far better season if they took their chances and not made the routine mistakes that have cost them valuable points all season.
The U18's need to go as far as they can in the cup to round off their season. Again Al and his team have had an up and down season
Please remeamber there is a lot of people working behind the scenes at the club to put games on and willing you on to win each week, so pride, passion, Commitment should be the very least for every game..
ITS A "GO" FOR THE NEW TOILET BLOCK
10 April, 2016
10 April, 2016
WINNER OF THE £500 PRIZE DRAW HOLIDAY VOUCHERS - PRESENTED BY KEITH MILLS TO ANDY ATKINS
10 April, 2016
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NEARLY THERE FOR NEW CHANGING ROOMS
10 April, 2016
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