Welcome to Felixstowe & Walton United Football Club

Welcome to the Seasider’s official website 2017/18.

2016 was the dawn of a new era for the club, an ever growing youth section, the first sod being turned and the first brick being laid for our new home.

The building of the clubhouse which we now call home was a long time in the planning & construction and it was all done with one objective, to take our club and all its teams, both senior and junior, to a better place on the football map!

Hopefully 2017/18 will see us consolidate our place and go from strength to strength.

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

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Standing Next To Kev

Wise Words With Watty!

Some long ones as well!

Friday 18th August 2000Hrs

Good afternoon from the Watson’s holiday home in Curdridge, Hampshire…….

What a difference two weeks can make, I can safely say right now!

They talk about highs and lows in football, but I think I went through my lowest point two Saturdays ago in the FA Cup. It was my worst experience in 35 years of football, especially after the euphoria of our historical FA Cup run last year. If you’re going to put that to bed, I think we did it with some style in our next game against the champions elect Stowmarket, last weekend. What an advert for Thurlow Nunn Premier Division football it was, with the added excitement of Titus Bramble playing for our opposition.

For me, one of the biggest highlights once again was the size of the crowd and our home support, who went away thoroughly entertained that evening. It was especially good for us to respond so quickly after what had been an awful week for all of the squad and management team. Credit to Kev and Andy for what they put together at training during the week, players given direction and purpose going into the Stow game. The changing room does not alter, despite the additions we have made, and I think it showed our togetherness, coming back from 3-1 down.

I have been one of those critics of what Stowmarket Town are doing financially on the playing front, and you always paint a picture of someone you have never met, with that assumption in your head. I met Rick Andrews for the first time last Saturday after the game, and compared to some managers, he was very humble as to what happened on the pitch that day. He felt that we could have actually been out of sight in the first half, with the chances we had. I had heard from others what a really nice guy Rick is, and I can only back those words up having spoken to him. What he is also doing at the club is phenomenal off the pitch, with the most important part being a new pitch. That is something that for my lifetime people have moaned about at Stowmarket, and which was the main reason when I was younger, that I did not sign for Stow. Hats off to Rick, and I look forward to seeing him again and buying him a pint back later on in the season.

As mentioned I have been on holiday this week down south, although Jo has allotted me an hour a day to talk football if I need to :-). Not that I have to, with the great team Kev and I have around us now. Not much excitement down here, just chilling out apart from three dogs to cope with!! Obviously I sat with anticipation on Tuesday night awaiting 7.45pm. It was then I started to crack into my keg of Ghost Ship, which led to a few wines as the night progressed. It was nice to be able to have a drink during one of our matches for a change, lol!

Thank you to all of you who texted me on the evening, and I jumped up at the kitchen table when Milo scored the first so early…………then nothing!! I had to call to find out what was going on!! I called Aren, who told me Stanway had equalised - my drinking slowed down. I waited and waited till the news of the sending’s off came in, and then finally the goals… Watty was a happy man on holiday then!

Funnily enough I had been texting Milo about his performance against Stowmarket last Sunday, he said that he needed a goal. Well, he came up with two, either side of Joe’s great finish and the job was done. My daughter at this point decided she wanted to watch a film, so I gave in and texted Kev to say can we talk the following day. Safe to say I now wish I had spoken to Kev instead, the film was a bit heavy to say the least!! Anyway, I digress, and more importantly 6 points to start our season, including three at our bogey club - Stanway.

I took the adrenaline from the previous night and headed off to Thorpe Park, where we had a fantastic day. Although I did bottle a couple of rides and thank god “Stealth” was shut on the day, you are mental, Milo!!

The funniest thing was walking into the park and my stepson JT jokingly saying “Do you think you will know anyone here today, Watty?” as we literally walked around the bend and I heard my name shouted by the Rattle and Middleton families, queuing up for a ride!! It is a long running joke in our family, ask Jo if you need to know :-).

We move on to Goddy tomorrow and yet another big game - having said that, all the next 44 more games will be. It will be a tough test tomorrow and I am going to keep this shorter than usual, as I need to hop in the car to drive back for the game. We then drive back on my birthday (hint, hint, squad) Sunday back down to the holiday home.

I hope I get to see as many of you fantastic fans once again tomorrow afternoon, to yet again be our 12th player on the pitch and drive our players on. I hear our support away on Tuesday was superb, and I hope we can keep that going. To have the record crowd last week against Stow topped off my weekend when I found out. Get yourselves all down again tomorrow, and I will see you all for a beer after the game!

Up the Seasiders…

Watty    

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Hastings Joins Felixstowe

Seasiders sign former Enfield Town defender

Wednesday 9th August 2017

The Seasiders last night captured the signature of 25year old Taylor Hastings, the former Heybridge Swifts and Enfield Town player who can operate in the centre of defence or midfield. He joins the club from Bostik Premier League side Leiston FC and goes straight into the squad ahead of this weekend’s opening league fixture when newly promoted Stowmarket Town are the visitors to the Goldstar ground.

Joint managers Kevin O’Donnell & Ian Watson were delighted to get Hastings to put pen to paper for the club and bolster their squad after last weekend’s unceremonious exit from the FA Cup at the first hurdle.

 

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Here we go, here we go, here we go!

Watty's on a Crusade!

Thursday 3rd August 8:30pm

Yes, the moment a lot of us have waited 3 months for is upon us - Season 2017/2018!

What a start we have too!!

FA Cup against Brantham Saturday, followed by the Galacticos of Stowmarket the week after. We look forward to both games with great anticipation, as I am sure our vastly growing fan base will as well. 

Brantham bring a growing squad and mentality to us on Saturday, under the guidance of the experienced Brothers & Carmichael management duo. We expect a physical encounter as always, and must be at our best against a very well organised side. I am hoping, yet again, for a massive home crowd Saturday to drive us on. The pre-season attendances have been phenomenal, gracing our great new clubhouse. Please let it continue, people of Felixstowe and afar!

Stowmarket are my Champions elect. I believe, with the squad put together by Rick, sides will be scrapping for that second spot this season, but I will talk about that next week.

Our pre-season has gone ok so far, although there are certain things Kev and I would have preferred from the players on their return from their break. No injuries and a good level of personal fitness is a must at this level of football, when starting what will be a long, long season. Throughout the games so far we have shown sparks of what we are capable of producing, football wise. None more so than the football played in the first 45 minutes last Saturday against Norwich United. Probably the best football I have witnessed at this level of football. Yet again I am saying it - we MUST continue this for 90 minutes if we are going to challenge this year, we must not allow the demons to affect us in games and we must all stick together.

We welcome Stuart and Craig to our management team, who we feel will add to the quality we already have in the dressing room. We may have to get there very early this Saturday with the amount of initiation songs we have to get through this week!!

I want to take a moment to mention our President Dave Ashford. I had the pleasure whilst off work recently to spend two wonderful afternoons at Dave's house. Dave has a fantastic history in print of our wonderful club. What a history it is too, and more people should be privy to it. Despite entering a new era with our new clubhouse, we must not forget what people have been through in the past to keep our club afloat. Fantastic, real football people, who have given massive parts of their lives to Felixstowe Town and Felixstowe & Walton United. I would like to see the history displayed in our clubhouse, to remind us how far we have come since the 1800's, and Dave has given hours of his time researching it. Let us not waste it. From the fight to join the Eastern Counties League and refurbishing the old clubhouse, to the desperate fight to have floodlights at Dellwood. It's not just that, it's the stories along the way!! We should have 'An evening with Ashford' if you all want to be entertained, as I was crying with laughter at ‘pigs head and live crabs in the bath’ stories.  That is proper history, and it’s up to Kev and I now to also provide some on the pitch.

I hope to see a whole host of you supporters again on Saturday‎ and am excited to see the season begin.

Come on the Seasiders...Meat Pie,  Sausage Roll,  let's hope we reach our goal :-) 

Watty

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THE Serious Stuff Is Back

Let's get ready to Rumble!

Updated Friday 7th July 5pm Well, here we go people - the day we have been waiting for for a long, long time. The official opening of our brand new clubhouse. I won’t go into too much detail as it is taken up in my programme notes tomorrow, but a very special day for all involved with our Felixstowe & Walton United Football Club. We not only welcome David Sheepshanks to open the club, but also a young Ipswich Town side for our first friendly of season 2017/2018. I will come back to this later in my notes, as I want to comment on something first.

Over the two seasons I have been here so far, I have been privileged to see our youth section grow, and with this a well-developed and passionate youth committee. It is fantastic for me being part of the Senior Management to see so much progression in the two years. I always said that by coming back to the club, I wanted to see more interaction between the Senior set-up and the Youth side of the club. Something that, I have to say, was amiss for too many years. Although we are not quite there yet, I see us moving so firmly in the right direction. I also have not been able to involve myself as much I wanted to with the youth sides yet, but this does get put down to the job I have at Senior level. However, it is fantastic to know so many people and coaches involved so well, and it makes me proud to see the youths representing our club. Tam, Matt and Scott are all working so hard on building a new ethos at the club, that I fully back and admire. These guys have put some serious work into what we now have, and this does sometimes go unnoticed. I would like to take this opportunity to not only thank these three individuals, but all of you coaches and parents that give up your time to make this all happen. Providing the youngsters of Felixstowe with a footballing platform for the future. I think we can see from our sidelines that you guys are supporting our First Team in a much stronger way than we sometimes give back, but we will endeavour to change this.

          

An unsung hero that very rarely gets mentioned is Nigel Long. Nigel has been involved with this club in many ways over the years, too many to name in my notes. Nigel has also been the driving force behind our relationship with our Dutch friends, which has gone from strength to strength. It provides our young footballers with the opportunity to go and play football and mix in a completely different culture, which a lot of clubs do not have. I am sure this relationship will develop more and more as the years pass, and it is priceless in our future generations of youngsters developing other skill sets. Having said that, be prepared for a whole evening of “The Raffle” if you get the pleasure to travel there yourselves!! Thank you, Nigel, for all your work.

Ok - moving on to tomorrow. Our squad has not changed much this season, which Kev and I feel will give us an extra edge that money cannot buy. In the training sessions running into tomorrow, it has seemed like the boys have not been away from each other. With the quality additions of Joe Francis and Stef Mallardo, we have strengthened rather than weakened. With potential other targets in sight, we are looking very healthy going into what could be a very long season. Potentially with decent cup runs, we could be facing 60 fixtures or more this season!! This is crazy really, but the league and the FA as always dictate and we obey. That said, we need a good strong squad to see us through the next 10 months or more. It is important we look to keep players happy in a winning environment which breeds success. It still is by far the best changing room I have had the pleasure to be involved in. New signing Joe’s personality will definitely lighten it even more :-).

Hopefully, with Kev returning from a two week management break in the Algarve, the boys will put in a performance against a youthful Town side. I hope at home you are all reading this on your Friday night thinking if you had not made plans tomorrow, then you will join us for such a big day in the club’s history. I am hoping and quietly expecting a bumper crowd tomorrow, and I hope you all turn up too and come cheer us on at the Goldstar, for what could be a great day all round. As I have mentioned in my programme notes there may be some torn allegiances on the sidelines, but I hope we all come together and enjoy a new era beginning at Felixstowe & Walton United. It has been great to see a lot of e-mails and texts from our supporters over the close season, bemoaning the lack of Saturday football and how much they have missed it. It is staggering to also see the huge amount of season tickets bought, compared to previous seasons. It really could be special year for our club, so let’s start off where we finished and do it all again. 

Apologies I won’t be so animated in the technical area tomorrow, as the old knee is taking a bit longer to heal than expected. I am sure you will still hear my voice though!! Look forward to seeing plenty of you there tomorrow, and joining you all for a beer after the game.  

Watty  

 

Teamwork & Strimmification

A Close season view from Watty

Updated Tuesday 20th June 0700Hrs

Well, I said that was me done for the summer with my notes, but to be honest I have been missing football so much (as have many of you probably) that I decided to start early. Kev and I have been non-stop since the season finished and bar a nice staycation for a week I have been working hard in my new role with Kev.

Having said that, as joint manager not a lot had to change as Kev and I have had an excellent relationship to date and I can’t see that changing. As some of you are aware we have signed almost the entire squad from last season so far, which is fantastic. I have felt even in our signing meetings a different buzz amongst our boys, almost an unfinished business mentality. Unfortunately, as many will now be aware we have lost Ethan to our rich rivals up the road, we wish him all the best at his new club. I am sure you will all see Ethan in the red and white again one day, he loved the club in his two seasons with us, the people behind the club, the players and of course the wonderful support we have now. He is a top lad who will be missed by everyone, but in football we move on with exciting times ahead of us. I expect him to get a good reception when he returns with Stow, but he will receive no favours from us or you supporters!

We have obviously made a fantastic capture in Joe Francis and I believe he will be yet another crowd pleaser, it is a credit to Joe that he turned down a lot of bigger offers to join us, as he was impressed by our intentions and what we had to say about the club. I am sure it won’t be long before he becomes yet another favourite from the sidelines amongst the wealth of talent we have in our squad. Kev and I are also working hard to make more signings, one hopefully imminent. This will again show our ambition in fulfilling what is already a quality squad of players.

 We were also pleased to keep Andy Crump in our management team as first team coach for the coming season, a lot of the good things we have done in the last two seasons have been down to Andy and Martyn Dew, who I am pleased to say will again be an integral part of the management team.  

The season is obviously going to be a long one with the numbers of teams in our division increased to 24 next year. From a selfish point of view, it means more of the football I love, but it also means we will need to be a tight, strong squad to compete on all levels.

I was able to see first-hand on Saturday the work being put in by volunteers at the club, as part of the working parties. I know there has been a lot of work put in on the Mondays as part of the project and I was privy to it, hands on, on Saturday. Having said that I did feel more of a “Keeping the spirits up mentality” from me. People found great humour in my fight with the industrial, lethal weapon strimmer!!! I have been frustrated in football before, but none more so than that damn strimmer. It is a measure of what we have at the club, to see so many putting in their own time. Whether it be Phil Griffiths religiously moving the sprinkler around the pitch, to Scott Dunne sweating his bits off in the morning working on the base for the new club shop.

I can assure you it is all appreciated - having said that I put a call to arms out to any of you that can possibly put some hours in at the club. There is still much to be done, and we really would like the place looking the business when Ipswich Town visit on the 8th of July. If you are able to give up some of your time, I can assure you it will not go unnoticed by all of us.

Joe Francis (right) puts pen to paper to christen the new clubhouse as he signs for The Seasiders

Well, not long to go as pre-season training approaches and I personally can’t wait, having said that I am in for my long awaited (a year) knee op next week, so you will see me hobbling around for a bit early doors!! Let’s get that buzz we had last season going from the start guys and girls, I can safely say that the new clubhouse will create an atmosphere that has never been seen before at Felixstowe & Walton United, and to see the season ticket sales already I am totally in awe of all of your commitment to us. I can assure you our commitment will be the same to you all on the pitch this year.

Come on you Seasiders…….

Watty      

 

 

EJA Under 14's Players Wanted

Under 11's Coach Required

Monday 12th June - Edited 1330pm

U14’s EJA players wanted

This coming season the club are entering an Under 14 side into the Eastern Junior Alliance league and we are looking for a number of new players to join what is already a talented bunch of boys who won every game in the I&SYFL last year.

A trial date will be held on Sunday 9th July 10.00am to 11:30am at The Goldstar Ground.... If interested please contact Craig Chidlow on 07807290017 or e mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Under 11’s Coach required

Our Under 11’s White team, playing in the SYL are looking for a coach for the up coming Season 17/18, if you are interested please contact Tamlyn Ward (Felixstowe and Walton Youth team chairman) 07787918014 – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Level 1 preferred but not essential as we can assist to get you qualified.

Seasiders Hard Work gains recognition

Updated 9am Monday 15th May

Felixstowe's new Mayor, Nick Barber (right), who was elected at a ceremony held last Wednesday (10th May) at the Town Hall has given the club a boost by naming them as one of his chosen charities for the forthcoming year.

Each year the elected Mayor holds a number of fundraising events to raise money for their chosen charities and Felixstowe & Walton United FC have been chosen alongside Level Two and FACTS as the Mayors Charities this year.

The Club will help organise and support the Mayors fundraising events and receive a share of the proceeds at the end of the Mayoral year.

It's a significant boost for the club as we strive to lift the standard of facilities and availability of sport in the town, through football related activities and the club look forward to supporting Nick in his various projects and events over the coming 12 months.