Welcome to Felixstowe & Walton United Football Club

Welcome to the Seasider’s official website, 2016 was the dawn of a new era for the club with an ever growing youth section combined with the building of a new clubhouse, all with one thought in mind, To take the club and all its teams, both senior and junior, to a better place on the football map!

Hopefully 2017 will see us consolidate our place and go from strength to strength.

Join us on the Journey, there’s room for everyone!

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A View From The Chair!

Club Chairman gives his slant on what's going on!

Monday 19th June 2017 3pm

Since my tenure as club chairman commenced in 2011 we, the committee, have talked about the need to change the fortunes of this football club and the need to make it attractive to the local community & beyond.

On the field, an improved management team and playing squad was desperately needed in order to establish & enhance our Premier Division status and improve the attendances at first team home games.

Off the field, the need to overcome local council issues regarding floodlights and to have new, pitch side changing facilities and clubhouse was obvious. Of course, there were a number of hurdles to overcome, several bridges to be crossed and a pathway that needed to be created to get us to our ultimate goal.

Hurdles such as floodlights, ground grading & dilapidated clubhouse issues, and bridges to cross such as planning applications, financial planning and fund raising. To help create the pathway, our press officer needed to keep the community informed of our plans for the development ahead via our web site and in the local press.

Seven years along the road and the club are a top four Premier Division side, competing nationally at level 5 of the Football Association Non-League pyramid, our home attendances have increased by some 200%, floodlight issues are well behind us and on Saturday 8th of July the new state of the art Pitchside clubhouse & facilities will officially be opened, plus a Community Social Club has been created to allow the whole community to join up and get involved if they so wish.

I wish to set on record that the people behind the improvement and development, in my mind, deserve the highest plaudits possible. I am so very lucky to have a dedicated committee that has worked together to bring our hopes and aspirations of seven years ago to where it is today. And of course to our sponsors, donators and fund raisers; what fantastic businesses and people you are. Thanks to you all, it’s all so very much appreciated.

Of course, we are not there yet. Phase two of the new building – an extension to provide a function room to hold numerous activities such as wedding receptions, dinner dances etc. etc. and, once the Cricket Club have moved to their new site, a 3G floodlit pitch for our youngsters to use for their training sessions and weekend games. With everyone’s continuous help and support, we can make our football & social club the envy of all those involved in grass roots football. COYSS

Andy Wilding

Chairman

Felixstowe & Walton United FC

 

 

 

Early Bird Season Ticket Offer Ends .... But!

Monday 12th June 2017 10am

The special offer for season tickets has ended and the standard price is now applicable, still excellent value and they can be purchased from the new clubhouse during opening hours. 

The Season Ticket Prices remain at the same level as last season.

Adults £100

Concessions £50 (Over 65’s)

And again ‘Kids go free’ Under 16 - accompanied by a paying adult

With standard entry ‘pay at the gate’ remaining a £6 per adult and £3 per concession, which means with a now 46 game season a season ticket at full price for 23 games works out at £4.35 per game per adult and for concessions £2.17 per game.  

We are unable to offer reduced entry fee or season tickets inclusive of cup games as the football club have no control over these fixtures where the ‘gate’ receipts are split with the opposition after costs have been taken out.

Our facilities manager Chris Daynes puts it very well when he says

"We've increased crowds once again this year by offering good entertainment and good value, engaging with our supporters and providing what we hope is a great match day experience. By offering these season ticket incentives we hope to welcome some more new faces to the Goldstar Ground and hopefully they will like what they see and commit to the Seasiders for next year. And don't forget we've always believed in building a future fan base and is why Under 16's always enter for free!

It's an exciting time to get involved with the club, especially with a fantastic new facility improving the match day experience this season and we'd love for even more people to come and join the Seasiders family!"

 

Monday 20th March 2017

Seasiders looking for new kit sponsor The club confirmed this morning that Nexen Lift Truck Technology are to end their kit sponsorship with the Seasiders at the end of the current season.

The Fork truck supplier have sponsored the club, who carry the Nexen name on the front of their shirts, for the past three seasons but regretfully have decided not to renew the current contract that runs out at the end of this season.

 

 

Club secretary & Director of Football Tony Barnes said “ We sincerely thank Billy and Pamela Oakes and all the team at Nexen for their valuable support over recent years, it has been a great partnership and I’m sure it has helped lift the profile of both our club and the Nexen brand, but nothing lasts forever and we now begin our search for a suitable replacement – Hopefully a new sponsor will have their name on the current Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League champions in a few months’ time!!  

The Seasiders chairman Andy Wilding added “Football & business can go hand in hand to promote sport in the community on the one hand and as a business brand on the other. Nexen Lift Truck Technology has been the football club’s shirt sponsors for the last three seasons and have hopefully benefitted locally business wise as a result. Sadly, all good things come to an end sometime and Nexen have decided to end their sponsorship arrangement with the Seasiders which will allow any prospective new business the opportunity to advertise their brand across Suffolk, Norfolk & Essex by having their brand name emblazoned on the shirts. I am deeply grateful to Nexen for the valuable support they have given us over the last three years and on behalf of Felixstowe & Walton United FC offer our sincere thanks and wish them every success for the future.

Pam Oakes, Sales & Marketing Director of Nexen Lift Trucks said “It has been a fantastic three years for all at Nexen to have been associated with Felixstowe & Walton United, we hope that in some small way we have helped to contribute to the success of the club and we wish them all the best for the future!”

This certainly throws up the opportunity for a company to get involved with the club at the right time with the new clubhouse coming stream in the summer, and the senior side already entered for next seasons FA Cup & FA Trophy/Vase, while the under 18's will be participating in the FA Youth Cup.

Support through the turnstiles has doubled over the past twelve months and with match days now a vibrant afternoon's entertainment, even more so next season with greatly improved facilities, this is an ideal time for a company to join the club to promote their own brand.

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Sunday 19th March 2017

The planned due date for the opening of the New clubhouse may have slipped back .. BUT

With the last of the scaffolding being removed and the first of the new club signs going up (just in time, while the scaffolding was still there) There is a very real feel that the new home will soon be available for use.

While still a building site, the erection of the new clubhouse sign is an excellent indicator that the project is nearing completion and that ‘fitting out’ will soon commence.  

Massive thanks to Marketing Force who have been busy making the new clubhouse signs, the first of which can now be seen as you enter the 'Goldstar Ground'

Want to get involved with the club?

We are looking for car park attendants on 1st team and big match days for a couple of hours before games.

Stewards for gate and Pitchside area.

There are loads of jobs to do on match days, come along and have a look.

Some people sit in their houses on Saturday afternoons, don’t be like them, be like us, fresh air and football, although liking football is not a pre-requisite.

All jobs are on a voluntary basis and we are a community club!

 

Friday 17th March 2017

East Of England CO-OP confirm extension to current stand sponsorship

It was Good News Day on Friday (17th March) when, the East of England CO-OP confirmed their continued sponsorship of the Seasiders main stand at the Goldstar Ground for a further twelve months, taking their sponsorship into its third season and through to the summer of 2018.

Breaking the news, facilities manager Chris Daynes said he was delighted that such a prominent brand was again backing the club and thanked Christian Bone and all at the CO-OP for their continued support of the club

 

 

Monday 13th March 2017

NEWS

Seasiders 3 Wivenhoe Town 1

Click link below for 15 minute edited video

 

Monday 6th March 2017

Update On Miles Powell

Monday 6th March 1600 Hours It looks as though Seasiders forward Miles Powell has had his season brought to an abrupt end following a seemingly innocuous clash during the  1-0 win at Gt Yarmouth on Saturday.

Powell jumped to challenge for a cross with Kyle Howell the home sides central defender, both players fell heavily with Powell remaining motionless on the ground, Howell following attention from the physio was able to resume but Powell had to be substituted and carried off.

Powell spent Saturday evening and Sunday with his leg in plaster and further investigation on Monday revealed a hairline fracture in the lower leg (fibula) and ligament damage, although the extent of that  damage is unknown due to the swelling, and Powell is expected to have an MRI scan in around a fortnight's time when the swelling and bruising has subsided.

With Powell expected to be on crutches for a month it signals the end of a season he will want to forget having already spent two months side-lined following an earlier injury.

The striker scored 23 times in 36 appearances last term but his restricted time on the pitch due to injury has seen him find the net just 5 times in 24 appearances this season.

Powell would like to pass on his thanks to all those who have sent messages and good wishes to him over the weekend via various social media sites and in person.

 

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Resounding success on and off the pitch!

  The Seasiders annual Community Day proved to be the best yet as the general public came out in force to experience a matchday at the Goldstar Ground. An official attendance of 395, plus plenty of youngsters that were not included in that figure were rewarded by the hosts with a fine win (match report can be read elsewhere on this website) to match the occasion.

Busy days like this highlight the limitation of the current spectator facilities but those present will have seen the new pitchside complex nearing completion and once it is completed match days and the supporters experience will be transformed.

After the match, the clubhouse was packed, as it had continually been since Midday, for the Race Night to raise funds to 'Kit Out' the interior of our new HQ. A fantastic £770 was raised, taking the 'Kit It Out' Fund past the £5,000 mark.

As part of the Community Day the club also arranged a collection of items for good causes. The donations came flooding in and these will now be passed onto the Basic Life Charity who will distribute to those in need via their food banks and pop up shops in the local area.

Organiser Chris Daynes commented, "Everything came together with Ipswich being away, the weather kind and a match between the top-two to make it a wonderful day for everyone involved with the Seasiders. The profile and support of the club is growing week by week and we certainly reached even further into the community yesterday. The fact that the team did the business on the pitch added the icing on the cake to hopefully persuade some new faces to visit again".

A big thank you to everybody who made the day such a resounding success.

   

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An Inside View of The Fireworks Spectacular

Chris Daynes Story from November 2015 to November 2016

THIS IS A MUST READ  

There’s a point every year when I join the band of helpers in front of the clubhouse and watch the culmination of our efforts lighting up the night sky. I usually get quite emotional at that point, a mixture of relief, exhaustion and pride in looking across to the thousands of people filling the spectator areas and saying “we did this!”.

People forget, or don’t realise, that this event is organised by a dedicated team of volunteers with no outside assistance or funding.

There was a moment on Sunday evening where we all turned to each other and said "how the hell is this the 9th year!" It seems like five minutes between each display.

My daughter Jess went to school on Monday and her friend Freddie told her that her Dad was amazing, Freddie described me as the one with the grey hair and microphone! I had dark brown hair 9 years ago before the first event, that’s what the stress has done to me! After all, every year we risk the finances of the football club we love and serve to spend many thousands of pounds of its money putting on the firework display, hoping and praying that everything comes together and we first of all don’t lose money, but hopefully we make lots of money to fund the footballing side of the club. I’m proud to say over the 9 years we have raised £50,000 for the club as well as many thousands for local good causes too.

Looking back to our first event in 2008, the committee took some convincing when I went to them and said i’d taken my Grandson Jacob to the fireworks in Ipswich and found it an uncomfortable experience, very dark, packed in like sardines desperately trying not to lose hold of his hand, having to park miles away. But the reason it was so busy was because people love fireworks and will pay to see them! Felixstowe hadn’t had a public display of its own for years, we had a perfect site and location, what if we could put on a family orientated event and fill the void Felixstowe was missing? So, meetings were held, a firework display company booked, several thousands of pounds paid out with no way of knowing if 100 or 1000 would show up! To our amazement and relief 2,500 came to that first display and we’ve never looked back, culminating in a record 4,000 attendance on Sunday.

I cringe when I look back at the event in 2008! We had no experience and its scary to think that we had no additional lighting, no council permission, no risk assessments…… even the public address system was a man with a small portable speaker standing at the front of the clubhouse!. What would have happened if something went badly wrong? (shudders). Now of course its a finely tuned and expertly organised event, not due to any outside assistance, but due to our own knowledge and experience each year looking at what works and what doesn’t work and tweaking things here and there to continually improve the whole event. We still get issues of course, thats to be expected from an event of this size but, touch wood, we’ve never had any major problems.

One thing that has changed over the years is the amount of paperwork, licences and permissions, risk assessments, added insurances that have to be completed and approved before work actually starts on the main event organisation. I start work on all these every May/June, hoping to tie it all up by August ready to start the monumental task of organising tickets, posters, sponsors, first aid, caterers, stall holders and fairgrounds, publicity and promotion, entertainment, ticket outlets, online sales, social media and a 101 other things that go into putting the event on and making sure it runs smoothly. The logistics of actually selling 2,700 advance tickets is quite a feat in itself!. This in addition to doing all our day-to-day tasks to keep the club running, and this year especially project managing the new build. No wonder Freddie says I’ve gone grey!

A week before every display I start checking the weather forecasts. We have had more than our fair share of bad weather on our firework day, we’ve even had the fire brigade out in previous years pumping rainwater from the site, and last year the pea-souper fog that never lifted all day gave us our lowest crowd for 4 years (2,577). A dry, clear, crisp day can make the difference between breaking even and making a lot of money. As the week went on the forecast for Sunday got worse, predicting strong winds and heavy showers. But unbelievably we managed to escape the worst and crowds came flocking in. The rain started a few minutes after the display and within an hour the grass was swamp-like and the car park resembled a lake. How lucky were we?! If it had started an hour earlier we would have been stuffed!

Another factor each year is the increased publicity and promotion we are receiving. Its partly because of the higher profile of the football club at the moment, and to word of mouth from successful firework events in previous years, but this year we appear to finally have arrived. For some reason, over the years we’ve struggled to convince the 'powers that be’ that we have a event for the whole town that is worth them promoting. It should be up there with the carnival, christmas light switch on, road races and Art on the Prom, but it never has been in there eyes until now. Without the football club, Felixstowe wouldn’t have a public display. Banner-gate helped our cause as well. The publicity and public support generated when it was revealed that Suffolk County Council had cut down our main source of advertising -the event banners around the town- was a huge boost. All publicity is good publicity and all that! However, its still puzzling that we can visit 150 shops in the town and only a handful will display a poster for us….. although every shop seems to be plastered with posters when a circus or funfair comes to town! A strange one that is.

Being heavily involved in the club as I am, I’ve always been aware of the incredible band of volunteers behind the scenes but i’m still always taken aback on firework day when they all turn up, giving up their entire Sunday to all go into overdrive and turn the site from a playing field into a event arena in a few hours ready for the gates to open to the public. After 9 years, everyone knows what they are doing now and its humbling to witness them all working so hard before, during and afterwards, As soon the display finishes the team sweep across the site, clearing, dismantling, cleaning and packing away, everyone beaming from another huge success. Although I always get lots of pats on the back, I’m just a small cog in the large wheel that puts this on every year, without everyone pulling together as they do, we simply would not have an event like this.

Every year I joke that i’m retiring from being the main organiser. Every year nobody believes me! There’s challenges ahead for next year including a different site layout due to the new building, but theres also exciting new possibilities. Much improved spectator facilities including more toilets, facilities for the disabled, baby changing areas and improved power sources. The public now see this as a major event and we’ve been overwhelmed by the response to the actual firework display. Its up to us to not only maintain that level, but build on it in our 10th year. To do that, we could do with more people joining the dedicated firework committee. Many hands make light work, so if you think you could offer some assistance, not just on the day itself, but in the preparation then please do come forward. You can then sit back and watch the 20 minute display with pride in the knowledge that "we did this!”.

Before I go and start the task of clearing firework debris off the main pitch (see? it never stops!), I want to thank every helper, sponsor, ticket seller and attendee. You all played your part in our most successful event yet, thank you.

Chris