Who’s Who

Dave Ashford –  President

Born in Lambeth in 1940, Dave has been involved in football all his life. In his position as a more than useful goalkeeper, he played representative football for South London Boys at elementary level, and on graduating from High School played top class amateur football for Leytonstone, Walthamstow Avenue and Epping Town, being selected for the London League representative side, before joining Woodford Town in 1965, playing in the Metropolitan League (then the equivalent to The Southern League). It was a short stay at Woodford, as the ever expanding Felixstowe Dock & Railway Company beckoned and Dave ‘got a job’. He then signed for Harwich & Parkeston in the Athenian League who at that time were one of the top ‘amateur’ clubs in the country.

A work colleague, the late Barry Gould, who was to become his business partner, was playing for Felixstowe Town, then in the Ipswich & District League. They eventually formed their own very successful business in 1968 and overwhelmed with all the travelling with Harwich, Dave went along to a training session at Maidstone Road school in 1968 and thus began his association with the club that has lasted over 46 years so far.

Dave had obtained his FA Preliminary badge and went on to firstly take over the reserve team manager’s role in 1968 and then as manager from 1969 to 1977, seeing the old Felixstowe Town through the Essex & Suffolk Border league, winning the Suffolk Senior Cup and into the Eastern Counties League, FA Cup and FA Vase competitions.

Dave was elected chairman in the early 80’s and has done just about every job within the club including the role of treasurer and being on the ECL Management Committee. The one role he never took up was that of secretary.

Dave was friends with Sir Bobby Robson via his association with both Felixstowe and Ipswich Town and started The Sportsman’s Dinners in 1989.

He was joint chairman with Tony Barnes when Felixstowe Town and Walton United merged and then became President eleven years ago and still remains a firm figurehead for the club, respected throughout the game for his contribution not only to the club, but football in general.

Dave will still be seen at all home games as enthusiastic today as he ever was.


Andy Wilding - Chairman

Andy took over the role as chairman in an official capacity at the clubs AGM in 2012 after being elected 'acting' chairman when Tony Barnes stepped down in the autumn of 2011. 

Andy is no stranger to the football club having been involved with the junior section for over a decade, latterly coaching the Under 18’s until three seasons ago after initially starting with the side as an Under 8 team. 

During the past 13 years Andy has taken the time to qualify as a FA Football Referee Instructor and more recently gained his FA Level 2 Referee Tutors Licence. Through his work with referees he has an excellent rapport and working relationship with both the Suffolk FA and the full Football Association.

Andy has been involved in football since his early teens, playing in the Suffolk & Ipswich League (Ipswich & District League in his era) on a Saturday and the Ipswich Sunday football League on a Sunday's. He was once spotted by Norwich City scouts who were keen to offer him a trial until they discovered he was already 21 and they were looking for 17/18 year olds. (Andy describes himself as looking young for his age, although he did not specify if he was talking about then or now!)

Andy played level six (SIL) football until his mid-thirties but also took up refereeing at 32 and enjoyed it so much he split his time between playing and officiating, one week as a player and the next as a referee. He played his last senior game at the age of 42 after which he concentrated on refereeing and had ‘18 great years’ as he describes them, as a football referee before finally hanging up his whistle at the end of the 2009/10 season.

Away from football, Andy is Managing Director of a Shipping & Freight Forwarding business and Associate Director of another company.


Mike Sharman - Vice Chairman 

Born & bread in Ipswich Mike has lived in Felixstowe since 1982 and has taught 1,000’s of local schoolchildren, and their children, during his 32 years as a teacher at Orwell High School.

Mike has been the chair of Felixstowe & District Council for Sports & Recreation for over 30 years working for the interests of local sports clubs and some 5,000 sports players. He also served many years on Ipswich Borough Council where he was heavily involved in the planning and overseeing the construction of sports facilities such as Crown Pools, Sports Centres and Northgate Athletic track, he was also an elected Suffolk Coastal District Councillor for many years.

He is convinced Felixstowe & Walton United has the potential both on and off the field to become one of Suffolk leading football clubs and even the leader and is encouraged by the ever increasing community support for the club.


Phil Griffiths – Life Vice President 

Phil has been involved with the club since the early seventies when he was posted to the town as a Bomb Disposal Engineer. With his friend Bill Sinclair he joined the club for pre-season training in 1971 and completed his first 40 years’ service in August 2011.

Phil is the first to admit that the old Felixstowe Town had some very useful players in those days and he was never good enough to threaten any first team position. He did play for the reserves for a few seasons before his knee advised him to stop, but while still playing, he got involved in the off field activities of the club. With fund raising always a major issue - even though in those days the players didn’t get paid, (or if they did he certainly never saw any of it!) Phil became a member of the committee, and was the club’s press officer and ran the website until the summer of 2018 when he decided he did value his spare time after all.

Phil says his reason for retirement was two fold, ill health being a major factor in his and his wife Jan’s decision while having people he felt confident about taking on the press and website roles.

His first encounter with the club programme came in 1974 when he and the goalkeeper, Dave Sayers, used to print it on a Gestetner machine in Dave’s garage and he has been compiling it ever since with a few breaks along the way, finally parting company with the editorial side in the summer of 2015 and handing it on. 

He has held the roles of Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer down the years, as well as sponge man and floodlight erector, but has never been drawn into the management side of the game.

Following his decision to step down as Press Officer and Webmaster, Phil was awarded the role of Life Vice President in recognition of the many years of sterling dedication to the club. Phil has now said he will come along to watch the team and enjoy the luxury of being a loyal supporter.


Tony Barnes - Director of Football

When they say the fanatical supporters of Premiership Football Clubs have the clubs blood running through their veins, they should all stop and look at Non-League football and in particular at The Seasiders, in the club Secretary (aka Director of Football) they have a man who truly has the clubs blood running through his veins.

Tony has been involved in the 'clubs' Felixstowe Town, Walton United and Felixstowe & Walton United for all his adult life. As a player for both independent clubs in the 80's and 90's, as a committee member and chairman of Walton United and as Chairman of Felixstowe & Walton United, in a joint role when the clubs first merged, then as sole Chairman until two seasons ago  when he had to step down due to business commitments. Even after stepping down Tony was a regular visitor, watcher, spectator, with the 'standing' stand being named after him in acknowledgement of the contribution he has made to football on the Peninsula.

Tony has returned to the club as Vice Chairman and also Director of Football, working with the general manager and team management charged with promoting and pushing the club forward both on and off the pitch. His vast experience of business management is a massive bonus for the club and there were no sad faces when he decided to rejoin the club committee.

Tam Ward - Junior Chairman

Tamlyn has been Junior Chairman for the last four years (this being his 5th season) tasked with overseeing the youth section during the planning and building of the new clubhouse, and the whole junior section has been restructured during Tam’s tenure giving it a more ‘professional’ outlook.

Tam was instrumental in enticing Clinic Real Madrid to The Goldstar Ground in 2016 and getting them to return on an annual basis.

Under his tenure the club ethos has been completely re-written with a new code of conduct and player pathway, giving tes junior section of the club a real identity.

Tamlyn’s ultimate aim is to bring the Senior & Junior section ever closer rather than two separate entities, and the fruit of that ambition is now beginning to show.

Hopefully Tam will be announcing another major development for the junior section that could potentially lift them to another level – Watch this space!

Media Team (Left to Right): Mark Owen, Carole Robinson and Barry Grossmith 

Barry Grossmith – Press Officer

Barry, a retired language teacher who lived and worked in Sweden, Spain and Poland teaching English first got involved with Felixstowe and Walton shortly after moving to the town in March 2017. As a newcomer to the region he didn’t know whether to watch Ipswich, Colchester or Felixstowe. After seeing The Seasiders just once, at home to Gorleston, Barry became hooked.

A lifelong West Ham supporter Barry became quite disillusioned with top flight football and now almost never misses a Felixstowe game home or away.

Together with his wife Carole, Barry looks after Seasiders TV and has also now taken on the role of Press Officer following in the steps of club stalwart Phil Griffiths who retired from that role in the Summer of 2018. Barry also works closely with Mark Owen, the club’s new webmaster

Carole Robinson – Seasiders TV

Carole comes from Essex, but has lived abroad in Spain and Poland and after being in Norwich for 15 years, moved to Felixstowe in 2017. Being dispirited with following Premier League football, she started coming to Felixstowe and Walton games at the end of the 2016-17 season and really got hooked in 2017-18, going to practically all home and away games.  Carole and her husband, Barry Grossmith, started putting short videos together featuring games, players, coaches, staff and volunteers from 2018 and Seasiders TV was born.  A language teacher and teacher trainer, Carole enjoys getting involved with communication projects and is keen to promote the club to a wider audience and develop Seasiders TV along with Barry and others who want to get involved

Mark Owen - Webmaster & Reserves/U18 Secretary

Mark was born in Ipswich and has been working in IT since 1990. Always an Ipswich Town supporter (and many years ago involved in running their website) however like so many lost his enthusiasm for watching the club and focuses more on non-league football.  He started getting involved in Felixstowe and Walton writing match reports for the Under 18 and Reserves during the 2017/18 season and more recently joined the media team and took on the role of webmaster from Phil Griffiths.  He is also now Club Secretary for the Reserves and Under 18's.  Mark is married to Emma and has two children, son Lewis who plays for the Under 18 and Reserves and  daughter Caitlin. 

Ruth Ward - Junior Secretary 

Ruth was born in Ipswich and moved to Felixstowe when she met Tamlyn (Junior Chairman) and got married. She has always been ‘into sports’ running for Ipswich Harriers and representing Suffolk in track events and cross-country.

Although never into playing football during her youth and before she met Tam, she did once travel to Italy to play in a works 5 a side tournament. Although not playing much, she did spend most weekends watching her Dad play for Bramford Road Old Boys and then her brother, who played for various youth teams in the town, so football was always a big part of her youth.

The Ward family are massive Arsenal fans. Son Harrison joined the Seasiders in 2007 as a five year old, and since then Ruth & Tam have become more and more involved in the club. Harrison is now playing for the under 16 side, and was spotted pre-season training with the under 18’s, daughter Eloise plays for the under 14 boys team and the under 15 girls side.

The club is now a huge part of Ruth’s life, and most weekends are spent at the Goldstar ground in the football season, watching the two children play and socialising with other Felixstowe & Walton families.

Ruth has been the girls section secretary since 2011 and is part of the main club committee - part of her role is to assist the club in maintaining our community club charter standard accreditation.


Shaun Rudduck - Treasurer

Shaun's family have a long historical attachment with the town of Felixstowe, despite him being born in Gosport, Hants, where his father was in the Navy. When his father left the forces he brought the family back to Felixstowe where he had lived in his pre-forces life.

Shaun did most of his growing up on the peninsula going to school in the town and getting a job in shipping on leaving school. During that time he helped set up a Sunday morning football team with our chairman Andy Wilding and played in the side until he moved south with his work, living for two years in Essex before getting the opportunity to move back to where he felt ‘he belonged’

Since then he has lived and worked in the town linking up with Andy once more at Globex and Omni, watching Ipswich Town for a while before being ‘’persuaded’, by Andy, to take on the treasurer’s role at the Seasiders when Julie Beecroft stepped down.

Since taking on the role Shaun .. I quote .. ‘Has seen an incredible change in fortunes at the club during a relatively short time on the committee. The atmosphere and all that goes on within the club is infectious’  .. and he now considers himself a genuine Seasider and hopes to be part of the club as it continues to prosper and develop even further!


Colin Butcher - Development

Colin started playing for Walton United in the mid-seventies and served for 15 years, some as club captain. His next connection with the club was when Kingsfleet Falcons, who Colin was associated with when they amalgamated with Walton United which was the beginning of Walton’s and then Felixstowe & Walton’s youth section.

Colin stood as chairman of the Junior section at Felixstowe & Walton United for seven years and during that time the club received its FA Community Charter Standard Award and was prominent in the process of obtaining the All Weather Surface at the Orwell High School, which apart from giving our youth teams winter training facilities, freed up Dellwood  Avenue for some of our youth teams to play.

Colin has assisted others in running teams, from Under 8’s through to Under 18’s and for the last four seasons was involved with our reserve team management.

'Butch' stepped down from the football management side of the club at the end of the 2011/12 season to concentrate on the development side of the club, with the possibility of a new ground on the horizon and the ongoing problems at The Goldstar Ground with ageing lights and clubhouse.

It is impossible to measure Colins contribution to the club over the past decade, he has worked tirelessly to push the clubs developement forward at times in seemingly impossible circumstances and even in the deepest adversity has come through with solutions.

Never one to chase the headlines Colins contribution, together with support from his wife Jan will be a lasting legacy for the club, Jan has assisted with many events and both their boys have worn The Felixstowe & Walton United shirt for competitive football.

Chris Daynes – Commercial & Facilities Manager 

Chris grew up in Felixstowe and spent his school years watching Felixstowe Town from the old wooden grandstand at Dellwood Avenue. A lifelong Lincoln City supporter, he also spent 15 years as a season ticket holder up the road at Ipswich Town before becoming disillusioned with the professional game. He caught the bug for non-league football again and became a regular Seasider once again and a year later, in 2003, responded to a programme plea for new blood to join the committee. Chris became joint social and commercial manager with his twin brother Stuart before also taking on the role as programme editor a season later. This he did for 4 seasons before handing over the stapler to Phil Griffiths once again due to work commitments.

A two year stint as bar manager followed before stepping down when taking on a new venture-The Cafe on the Corner in Felixstowe in 2011. Having sold the business, Chris returned as a full time facilities manager in 2013 and played a leading role in the clubs pitchside development project that is now coming to fruition, and is still very much involved in the commercial and social side of the club and can be seen on most match days pitchside. 

In 2008, Chris came across the idea of organising a professional public firework display and the event, Felixstowe Firework Spectacular, has gone from strength to strength, attracting crowds of 3000 plus and becoming not only a major event in the Town's calendar but a vital fundraiser for the club and local charities too and will celebrate its 10th event in 2017.

Chris has been the driving force behind the whole clubhouse project & the club owes a massive debt of gratitutude for his service to F&WUFC


 Jim Seymour - Ground Officer

If anyone wanted an example of what being involved in Non-League football is, then they need look no further that Jim.

If you ask him his age he will tell you reluctantly, but Jim is to The Seasiders what four other people probably are anywhere else. He looks after the ground (other than cutting the grass), he is on the gate and afterwards you will find him in the clubhouse selling raffle tickets. If you are not sure who he is, wait for the now famous words 'Just the last one or two left!',  and that's Jim... 




 Jason Thompson -Junior Development Officer

Jason very recently gained his UEFA B coaching badge.  He also has his Youth Awards and Goalkeeper Level 1. Jason has been at the club for 8 years and currently coaches the 2018/19 Under 14 boys as well as being the Junior Development officer and running Goalkeeping coaching sessions at the club.  He also looks after the the clubs' Girls only Wildcats sessions and more recently assistant coach of the newly formed Felixstowe Academy.

Other coaching roles include working at the Suffolk girls GDC and ACC u14s,  Norwich City Elite u12 and PDC GK coach, Catch 22 (running sessions for the community as well as going into schools, Little kickers, Just 4 keepers) plus coaching several times in Gambia as an assistant tutor to the local coaches  This work has also involved a lot of fundraising and kit collecting to send out which the club has always supported with.
Jason is from Felixstowe and went to Orwell High School and played for Felixstowe Hawks as a child. He has 2 children Dainton and Ebonie, and wife Katie is a member of the Felixstowe Hockey club and a This Girl Can Sport Ambassador.