Welcome to Felixstowe & Walton United Football Club


Welcome to the Seasiders 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!



Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner

For One Night Only

29th March 2018

Updated 0800 19th February 2018

NEWS: The event is open to Gentlemen & Ladies who wish to attend, tickets can be purchased as below!

The legendary walking football encyclopaedia that is John Motson, (Motty), will be the guest speaker at this years Sportsman's dinner. He plans to retire from commentating at the end of this season so there will never be a better time to listen to him, I’m guessing he may have a tale or two to tell, and some of them may include the now famous sheepskin coat.

Motty will be supported by multi award winning comedian Rudi West, a very funny guy who has been on the comedy circuit for over 30 years and is a favourite with Programme Makers, Directors, Producers and of course audiences in his capacity as the warm up man before many of the regular shows we see on TV.

The dinner will take place at the normal venue, the Cameo Hotel, Copdock and on the normal Thursday evening, Maundy Thursday 29th March 2018, 1830 for 1900hrs start

Tickets are £50 a head or a table of 10 £500, there are also tables of 12 available at £600. The price includes a three course meal and a full evening’s entertainment.

You can obtain a booking form by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by text to 07785 386972


Above: Rudi West

Just a reminder of some of Motty’s well known utterings.

"That's an old Ipswich move - O'Callaghan crossing for Mariner to drive over the bar"

"He's not quite at 110 per cent fitness."

"For those of you watching in black and white, Spurs are in the all yellow strip"

"England are playing this game in Bratislava because there's a much better atmosphere than in Prague"

"The World Cup is a truly International event"

"I think this could be our best victory over Germany since the war"

"You couldn't count the number of moves Alan Ball made... I counted four, and possibly five."



Seasiders sign Striker

1st January 2018 - 2000 Hours

Joint manager Ian Watson confirmed today that the club have signed front runner Regan Pelling from Bostik Premier Division side Leiston FC. The Seasiders management are looking to add to their goal threat as they get into the latter stages of the season and see Pelling as the ideal type of player to add to their strike force.

Still young (19), Regan started with Ipswich Town as a youngster and had spells with Colchester United, Braintree Town and Needham Market from where Leiston signed him.

Regan will make several people at the Goldstar very happy when they discover he is an Arsenal fan, but we won’t hold that against him. He names the best player he has played with as Kundai Benyu (Celtic but while he was an Ipswich Town player) and the best player he has played against as Marcus Edwards of Spurs. Best moment in football so far was winning the then Ryman (Isthmian) North as a 16 year old.

He has made 16 appearances for Leiston in the Bostik Premier Division this season scoring once, his last game was in a 1-0 defeat at Harlow Town in early November. Since then he has made 7 appearances for their reserve side in the Thurlow Nunn First Division scoring 7 times.

Regan goes straight into the Seasiders squad for the trip to Long Melford on Saturday!

Welcome to The Seasiders Regan


The Smoothest Move of all time

If you are going to do it ...

Updated 3pm 29th November 2017

If you are in love and you’ve met the girl of your dreams and you want to ask her to marry you, ideally you would find a Desert Island, in the Indian Ocean, with your own private space, and a butler (naturally)!

Go down on bended knee and ask her!

And that, everyone, is exactly what Miles (Milo) Powell did on Tuesday (28th November), taking the opportunity of an extended lay-off through injury to fly the odd 6,074 miles to the holiday island of Mauritius to pop the question … And … Jasmine said …. YES!


  Congratulations Guys

May you be together forever!

From all of us at The Goldstar Ground



Latest Transfer news

3 Out - 1 In

Updated 8pm Monday 27th November 2017

It’s been a busy couple of weeks with the old revolving doors going round at a good pace. A couple of players who have been on the first team fringe this season have gone out on loan to get some game time in. Young Kyle Birchfield has gone to SIL senior Division side Grundisburgh for a month, while Andy Crowe has joined First Division Debenham LC for three months.

Further news this morning with Nick Ingram leaving the club, it was by mutual consent with Nick having his contract cancelled, leaving him a free agent to sign for whom he wishes. A popular figure during his time with the club, Nick departs with the club’s best wishes for the future.

Good luck & best wishes Nick.

Incoming is Sam Ford who signed for the Seasiders last week. Sam started playing football for Felixstowe Hawks and then St John’s, he joined Ipswich Town as a 14year old where he spent three years before joining West Ham at 17, a talented front man, hopefully Sam can add to our strength up front. He made his debut on Saturday at Brantham but it was only the final couple of minutes so we will hopefully see much more of him in the coming weeks.

Welcome aboard Sam!              


Eloise Captains Suffolk Schools!

Eloise Scores Goals!

Updated 10am Monday 13th November 2017

Big congratulations to Eloise Ward who had the honour of captaining Suffolk Schools Under 14 Girls against Cambridgeshire Schools at the weekend. Elly was the only Felixstowe girl in a squad made up mainly of young ladies from Beccles & Bury St Edmunds. Selected for trials back in August she made her way, not only into the squad, but nominated as captain and to top it all off very nicely, she scored in a 4-2 win!

It’s a funny old game you know, as my hero Jimmy Greaves was known to say, the game took place at Haverhill on Saturday morning, on the all-weather surface at Chalkstone way, home of Haverhill Borough F.C. who the Seasiders first team played in the afternoon on the same pitch.

Hopefully that won’t be the last we hear of Elly representing Suffolk Schools, and by doing so, the Seasidettes, as she is due to represent Suffolk again in games scheduled for January & February.

Eloise plays for the clubs Under 15 girls side in the Suffolk Girls & Women’s Football League who play their home games at the Goldstar Ground on Sunday mornings.

Next game Dec 3rd 10:30 V Capel Plough U15 Girls – Why not give them a look!

Well Done Eloise, Congratulations from the Club!


FA Planned Changes

Step 3 to Step 7 2018/19

Updated 26th October 1030am

National League System 2018/19 restructure update

Additional divisions are being created at Steps 3 & 4 of the NLS, with the leagues being controlled by the Southern and Isthmian Leagues respectively. In addition to this there will also be Step 6 divisions in the North West and Essex/East Anglian areas which will be managed by the North West Counties and Eastern Counties Leagues respectively. The changes at Step 3 and 4 have arisen following insight gained from clubs during 2015 owing to the large driving times and distances required. In addition to this, there will be a standardisation and reduction in the numbers of teams per division at steps 3-7:

Step 3.     22

Step 4.     20

Step 5.     20

Step 6.     Max 20

Step 7.     Max 16

Whilst the membership of the divisions remain unknown until finishing positions are established, simulation work has been carried out to ensure that the transition is smooth. The process in the transitional year will see 26 teams promoted from step 5 as opposed to the usual 14, with this being a mandatory requirement for the 14 champions and 12 best placed runners up on a points per game basis. The promotion application process for teams at Steps 7 and 6 will remain the same (for information please see the NLS Regulations attached) and details will be sent to Leagues in the next 7 days who, in turn, will forward to member clubs.

The above information was received from Suffolk FA Thursday 26th October 2017



Games & Training Cancelled

Updated 2:45pm Friday 20th October 2017

Due to the Met Office forecast for High Winds and inclement weather, the club has made a decision to CANCEL ALL matches and training at Dellwood Avenue tomorrow morning (Saturday 21st October 2017). It is not a decision the club has taken lightly, but one where the safety of both children and parents have been foremost in the clubs considerations.

Junior Chairman Tam  Ward says

“Good afternoon all,

Unfortunately we have given ourselves every chance, but the weather reports are still putting the predicted Gusts at 40MPH + from tomorrow morning (increasing up to 55MPH!! through the day).

Reluctantly, and after much deliberation, the Club has decided to cancel all training and matches at Dellwood Ave tomorrow 21st October 2017, please be guided accordingly.

Any issues with this please do not hesitate to give me a call or email me.

Tamlyn Ward



Congratulations to The Sheriff!

From University to Emerald Park

Updated 3pm Thursday 19th October

You know what players are like, always making excuses for arriving late at training or for matches! Well, one player came up with an original at Gorleston this week.

Callum Bennett arrived late and used the excuse “Sorry I’ve been graduating from University today!” I mean, come on, that’s got to be an original, even in the Seasiders diverse dressing room.

In fact, it was absolutely true, ‘The Sheriff’ as he is known within the group (don’t ask me why) had to rush up to Gorleston after graduating from The University of Suffolk on Tuesday afternoon with a B.A. Hons. In Business Management.

Oh yes, he may have had a tangible excuse, but that didn’t prevent the fines master showing little or no sympathy and imposing the standard punishment on Callum.

Very unfair I think and big congratulations Callum on your degree!


Kye Ruel

The Seasiders strengthened their squad at the weekend with the signing of forward Kye Ruel from National League (South) East Thurrock United. Ruel, who is Ipswich based, joins the club as a non-contract player and goes straight into the squad for this Friday night’s trip to Kirkley & Pakefield.

The 29 year old joined Dagenham & Redbridge as a youngster before moving to Avely in 2009, where he was snapped up by East Thurrock United in July 2010. This latest move ends his third spell with the Rocks where he broke his leg in the play-off game last season. He started the current season in the side playing five games in August, but has not featured since. Between his spells at Rookery Hill, he has also had a short spell at Leiston (2013) Maldon & Tiptree (2014) & Bury Town (2014). Now fully recovered from the broken leg, Ruel lacks match fitness but will be working on this in the coming weeks.

Kristian Haighton

Another player who signed for the Seasiders at the weekend, rejoining the club after four seasons away is Kristian Haighton. Kris has been living in Sweden for a couple of years, where he played for a Swedish Division 2 side, Rotebro IK, and was most recently based in St Albans but is now planning to move back into the area. He joins the Seasiders from Essex Senior League Clapton FC who play at the ‘Old Spotted Dog’ ground. Kristian was just breaking into the 1st team when his work took him to pastures new, and hopefully he can now pick up where he left off - welcome back to the seaside, Kris…


Want to to get Involved?

Be a part of the future!

Thursday 13th July 2017

Getting Involved!

The club officially opened its brand new clubhouse and changing facilities on the 7th July which finally made the Goldstar Ground enclosed with all facilities operating from pitchside.

Having had a couple of ‘test events’ the club committee have taken on board various situations that have arisen, some quite minor and others a little more serious and are now looking to operate senior match day safeguarding (first team home games) on a more professional basis.

We are therefore looking to recruit official ‘match day stewards’ to monitor and guide, help & instruct visitors both inside and outside the Goldstar Ground.

Would you like to be a match day steward for The Seasiders at first team home games? It would involve being available from 1pm to 5pm on Saturdays and 6:45 to 9:45pm for some midweek games.



For more information, call Chris on 07415 886803

Or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Clubhouse Telephone number (not manned 24hrs) 01394 282627






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.



An Inside View of The Fireworks Spectacular

Chris Daynes Story from November 2015 to November 2016


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.