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!

webmaster@felixstowefootball.co.uk

 

 

 

FA Cup/Vase/Youth Cup Draws

FA Draws

The draws for the Football Association competitions were made this morning (Friday 7th July) with the Seasiders being drawn at home in the Extra Preliminary Round of the Emirates FA Cup, receiving byes in the Extra Preliminary and Preliminary rounds of the Buildbase FA Vase and a home draw in the preliminary round of the FA Youth Cup.

Full details below

EMIRATES FA CUP

Extra Preliminary Round

Match 94

Felixstowe & Walton United V Brantham Athletic

Saturday 5th August 2017

Winner of this fixture will be at home to Bostik League (North) Cheshunt FC in the Preliminary Round on the 19th August 2017

 

BUILDBASE FA VASE

Finishing runners up in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division last season means The Seasiders are exempted from the preliminary rounds of the competition and join at the 1st round stage on the 21st October. This round has not yet been drawn.

 

FA YOUTH CUP

Preliminary Round

The Seasiders Under 18’s have been drawn away in the Preliminary Round of the competition at Cambridge City, this match will be played on week commencing 4th September 2017 (7:45 Kick-Off)

The Winners of the fixture have been drawn at home in the First Round Qualifying on the 19th September to Hadleigh United.

 

More details to follow on all competitions...

 

 

 

Major Changes to Premier Division for 2017/18

Thurlow Nunn Restructure

Updated 0900 Saturday 27th May 2017

The FA have released the Step 5 & 6 allocations for season 2017/18 with the Thurlow Nunn League (Eastern Counties) Premier Division increased to 24 teams from the 21 teams in the season just finished.

The increase means there will be 46 games in the Premier Division this season as opposed to the 40 games played in the last campaign.

Stowmarket Town, Coggeshall Town & Haverhill Borough are promoted from Division One while Wroxham FC & Histon FC are relegated from Step 4. Wroxham from the Ryman League (North) and Histon from the Southern League (Central)

In addition there looks to have been a reprieve for relegated FC Clacton & Wivenhoe Town who retain their Premier Division status.

As far as I can ascertain, this has yet to be ratified by the Thurlow Nunn League executive committee but having come from the FA, it would appear to just requiring a rubber stamp.

The Non relegation of our Premier Division clubs and will mean that the Thurlow Nunn First Division will now consist of 21 teams with just Swaffham Town relegated from the Premier Division, Leiston Reserves, who finished bottom last season will retain their Division One status while Little Oakley (E&SBL) and Spixworth (ACL) are promoted from step 7 while Norwich United Reserves are elected to the Division.

Please note the information shown has not been ratified by any official body as far as I can ascertain, but based on the FA (Version 6) allocations.

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Major Signing for the Club

Updated 8pm Wednesday 17th May 2017

Kevin O’Donnell & joint manager Ian Watson were quick to snap up the services of former Lowestoft front man Joe Francis who left Leiston last week. 

The left sided player who can operate as a front man or in midfield joins the Seasiders after four seasons at Victory Road where he made 107 appearances, scoring 26 goals and was an integral part of the Blues squad that won promotion to the Ryman Premier Division.

Francis joined Kings Lynn in June 2007 from Woodbridge Town and spent two seasons at the Walks winning the Southern League title and spending a season with them in the Conference North. Joe moved to fellow Conference North side Corby Town in March 2009 before joining Lowestoft Town in December 2009 when the Trawler Boys were in the Ryman Division One North and helped them gain promotion to the Premier Division at the first attempt, spending three seasons with the Blues before signing for Leiston in June 2013.

Now 30, Joe was happy to sign a one year contract with the Seasiders with the option of a further years extension and will join up with former teammates Stuart Ainsley (ex Lowestoft Town) and Stuart Boardley (ex Leiston)

The two managers and Director of Football Tony Barnes were obviously delighted with their acquisition as Joe signed for the club on Wednesday evening, on what proved to be the first event in the new clubhouse, although not officially opened yet and hopefully with it starting on a real positive note it will soon become the place to be on match days for the Seasiders!

                      

 

Spaces available for under 18's

Updated 9am Monday 15th May 2017

Under 18’s manager Aren Howell is looking to increase and strengthen his squad for the forthcoming season (2017/18). It’s an ideal opportunity for eligible youngsters to gain experience and possibly progress within the club as they again look to challenge for honours at the top of the Thurlow Nunn League.

Aren, a forward looking coach, is looking for players in all positions and would welcome anyone contacting him who feels they would like an opportunity to play a good level of football for a well-established club.

Those interested can contact Aren on 07876 593082

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Thursday 26th April 2017

The Final Countdown

Wise Words With Watty!

Well this is it, my last notes of season 2016/2017, but I am already looking forward to writing in the summer as we move on from what has been quite an amazing year to be honest. Despite our disappointment this term we can look back at what has been a quality season and not what could have been.

Our FA Cup run this year was really something else and I know like me you will all remember it for a long, long time. The euphoria we all had after our non-league giant killing of Bishop's Stortford will stay with me forever. We made history this season and if someone had asked me at the start of the season to have such a run and finishing second in the league would be enough, I would have disagreed. However it is easy to say how good it has been, only if we then improve on that. Obviously that involves the ultimate goal, which is the league. The club has moved so far already and a lot of this is because of Kev O’Donnell and his vision, plus the fantastic people behind our club. But we cannot rest on our laurels now and have to take that step further and move the club onwards and upwards.

I have to say thank you to our squad of players who have really been something else this season. The football they have played has been better than I have ever seen at this level before and it has been a privilege to watch week in week out next to Kev, Andy, Martyn and Sam. That said we must be a happy place to have players producing soooo many babies this year!! We will need a creche in the new clubhouse. Congrats to Jordy following on from Danny and we await little Ainsley, Driver and Barber very soon. I personally would love to see the squad of players together again next season to take us to where we should be.

It is also the three I have mentioned that have had a major influence on this squad of players. Andy’s coaching skills and personality is a major factor as to why this club has done so well in the last two seasons, thanks AC. Martyn’s coaching with Danny has kept him at a level that still makes him one of, if not the best keepers in the area, thank you Martyn. I have learnt first hand without a match day physio things are tough (head injuries everytime I had the bag), so thank you Sam for being part of us and what we are doing.

You the fans, well what can I say!! you have all been better than the best this season. Our gates have been phenomenal and I think the lads can take credit for what they have given you, but I have waited twenty years to see the real Felixstowe backing the football team. It has been so great to walk out on a Saturday afternoon at the Goldstar and see the support you have given us. The banter on the sidelines is something that I have waited for to wake up the sleeping giant that is the Seasiders, it has been quality. I know that it has driven our players on to what they have produced. You add to that with the away support this season, I am in a very good place. I have enjoyed some great days out with you all this season and please long may it continue. I am a Felixstowe man and getting to know you all is what I am about, I will never change the way I am so please make sure you don’t either.

So moving on to Saturday, a game where we need to secure second place in the Thurlow Nunn Premier. Newmarket are the visitors and we still look over our shoulder at them. Mixed emotions for me as I was born in Newmarket all be it for 18 months of my life!! My 86 year old mum is even making the effort to come Saturday, so here is my shout out…….It is our last game of the season, we have the opportunity to say goodbye to our old bar in style. Myself and Kev are there for the duration Saturday and I have a put a call out to all our players too. I would love to see a crowd of 300 or more to see our season out please. I call on all the old boys and new to be there Saturday to finish the year off in style and show what a club we really are. I would also love you all to make yourselves known to my mum, because she will love that and feel like a Princess for the day haha. She is a woman that brought me up on her own for most of her life so please say hi to her on Saturday. Come on people of Felixstowe show your support for the final day before we move into the new clubhouse and make me proud. Plus there is a nothing game down at Portman Road this week :-) I ask all the youth coaches at Felixstowe, make the effort and bring all your boys and girls up to Dellwood Saturday afternoon.

Finally thank you to all involved at our wonderful club, your efforts will never go unnoticed especially my Anthony Barnes, sorry about the FA Cup semi my man………

See you all for a beer and a chinwag Saturday!

Watty

Red & White

 

 

 

 

 

And now, the end is near, and we must .....

Apologies for lack of notes over the last few weeks, I have been too busy listening to the fat lady singing!! finally ending her set at our home game against Godmanchester, although I think she was testing her vocal chords strongly when we lost to Stanway and Saffron Walden on the bounce. These were the two games where we realistically lost our chance to hunt Mildenhall down.

I would like to congratulate Dean (Greygoose) and Mildenhall for their achievement this season and also on their promotion to Ryman North football next season, the league table does not lie and they are worthy champions.

For the second season running, since I came back to the club, I have witnessed the League Champions win so many games and follow this up with promotion. We need to look at this as a club and put all our efforts into next season being third time lucky, personally for me, and see our dream fulfilled. We also need to ensure that our squad have the same mentality as Norwich United and Mildenhall.

Bar a couple of blips we have been so strong at home this season, just letting ourselves down away from home at times. Kev and I will address this and move the team in the right direction.

On that note Kev has invited me to become joint Manager next season alongside him, This is a privilege for me and I am very pleased to be stepping up so to speak. This also brings new meaning to my “Standing Next to Kev” notes for the future. I won’t go on about our recent games, but the squad has really dug deep of late and with injuries and non-availability they have really given their all. That said the Godmanchester game was personally disappointing. we responded with a dogged win against Haverhill, playing some fantastic football in the 1st half which has been our trademark this season, unfortunately the second half did not produce the same quality, but we got the result. Ipswich Wanderers on Monday was a sign of what we have been about of late and I was personally worried about this fixture, once again the squad responded with a good performance, with Jenno and Nick leading the line so well. Jenno being one of the best signings the club has made and loved by fans and all in his first season. Playing Ethan wide in the three has also given us a great outlet of late and he has been top drawer as always.

We go into tomorrow’s game still looking over our shoulder at Newmarket, I am looking forward to the trip to Ely and hopefully we can get a result that will take us into next week’s final game.

I can see us having a massive crowd on the last day, but I will rally you all next week in my notes. It will be a goodbye to the old bar so I would like to see all the old faces I love to see and hopefully some more new faces again. This season has been a really wonderful journey and I will go into that more next week in my final notes. Safe to say I know there are quite a few of you coming tomorrow to Ely, as our away support is really becoming something this year.

This was summed up by the Wanderers crowd on Monday afternoon and so good to see. We seem to give the boys support and a lift home and away now, and long may this continue.

It is an important time of year for Kev and I and although a break looms for us all, it does not stop for the pair of us. I would like to think that after what has been a record breaking season at the club, we can move into the new clubhouse and have the same set of players taking us to the level we all deserve. We have unfinished business, but it is now the merry go round starts and we are already asking the right questions of players and I would like to think they all love this football club as much as we all do. I have mentioned before it is the best changing room I have been privy to and I personally want to take that into our new modern facilities. Something I have waited 20 years for……..

Look forward to seeing you all soon as we strive to finish in that runners up spot. Something the management, backroom staff, players, club officials and you supporters deserve this season. We were not far off and we all know that our squad is good enough to win this league and that must be our challenge in 2017-2018.

Watty

 

I do not normally like to write my notes before a game, but it has been one of those weeks!! I will admit it was a struggle to enjoy my weekend last week after losing on Friday night. I had the feeling I had as a player when losing, something I have only had in management twice in eight years. Friday night games are great, but when you’re fighting for a league title and players have day jobs it can be a big ask to perform like a Saturday afternoon. No excuses though as it was the same for our opponents. I will come to that shortly.

I will start with the Wivenhoe game two weeks ago. For me we showed why we are seeing fans pile through our gates this season. We played some quality attractive football for 90 mins, just probably lacking that final product in front of goal. That said we were comfortable, despite giving away a sloppy goal. Our back four were quality and in my opinion the best two fullbacks in this standard and higher were unplayable at times. Ethan and Callum are not only thrilling to watch going forward, their defensive game is also excellent‎. Rhys and Josh had a quite relaxing afternoon, but when called upon they to excellent. Jordy's display in the second half I feel won us the game overall, with Sherri outstanding throughout and Matt also pulling the strings in Midfield, Jenno again scoring to show what a great signing he has been. 

On to last Friday and I have not really got much to say. Like players, us as managers can make mistakes and we both agreed that we made mistakes ourselves against Stanway. We are big enough to admit this, however the performance we put in was well below our level of expectations and players Must react to that this week. I can only apologise to our huge away support last week, I feel more annoyed that we let you guys down‎ in a big way. I hope I will get to see many of you tomorrow on the fun-bus to Saffron Walden. I personally got it in the ear at Dellwood on Saturday afternoon watching the reserves, something I don't mind and I am happy to take. I would like to see our club be like other clubs and have a positive attitude about everything, but being a Felixstowe man through and through I know the Town can be like that sometimes.

I know we near the end of our under 18's season, but I would encourage you go and see the last games they have left. Aren, Stu and Dean are doing a cracking job and I have enjoyed watching them this season. The football they have been encouraged to play is quality and as I have said before the future is bright......

Hopefully see some of you on the bus tomorrow when I join at Stowmarket. Bounce back ability are the words this week.

See you for a pint

Watty

 

Sunday 5th March 2017

The pressure's on!

Right lets catch up people, it’s been three games since I put fingers to the keyboard. So much to squeeze in to the short period!! So we start with the home win against Walsham, which for me and Andy was a landmark game as we recorded our first 3 points being in charge with Kev away. I did honestly think that once we missed our first penalty the writing was on the wall for just another point. We were so happy that this did not happen with our squad yet again digging deep to pull out another great result, looking quite comfortable in the final few minutes lol. Great performances all round with Chappers producing what was the first of a hatrick of man of the matches, culminating with yesterday’s victory at Great Yarmouth. Something we lacked in our squad last season were players that had that ability to grab a game by the throat and change it. Chappers epitomises that for us at the moment and other players are responding to it. Rhys Barber does the same at present, but that is what can be expected of players that have previously won this league and know what needs to be done. It does seem at the moment that players are playing to a level we expected of them consistently week in week out. Training has been fantastic in the last few weeks, with a great atmosphere and buzz and this needs to continue. Thank you to Andy for keeping the boys on the right level.

We turn to Brantham, which for me was a game I was concerned about all week. What a game we witnessed, a great advert for our level of football I felt. It had everything I love in the game, with both sets of players showing commitment and passion. It was not just that, there was some quality football played. Credit to Matt and Michael for what they are doing over the water, it was certainly our biggest physical test and as they said in their tweets they matched us for ninety minutes. Right now we seem to have a certain edge about us and a togetherness I have not had the privilege to witness in football for a long time. Our squad look after each other and that is something I was probably a bit critical of, we were too nice and that has certainly changed for the better. Although I am not sure Tony will agree when we look at the disciplinary record!! I will say that I have seen some ridiculous bookings this year. A quick mention to those that have helped out on the cooking front of late, with our kitchen issues. Lynne a fantastic Chilli thank you and my mate Graham a lovely double cooked pulled pork, thank you we all appreciate it.

On to yesterday and with four players missing we rocked up to at the Bloaters looking slightly depleted. We were not though as with the addition of Matty Collins (signing from Bury this week), Danny Smy and Kyron back with the first team squad we were looking healthy. A special mention to Smiler because he has made a massive difference in our changing room for the last three weeks and that has been noticed, although I know he was disappointed yesterday. The competition we have in the squad is brilliant right now and every player has to perform. It was one of those games yesterday where you thought it had 0-0 written all over it, a result the Yarmouth management would have rightly been happy with. Yet again we dug deep and cometh the moment cometh man, with us bringing on Nick with an injury to show his quality once more to win us the game. A great debut for Matty Collins to boot and overall a good day in the eastern Blackpool. Apart from an awful injury happening to Miles. He has had no luck this season injury wise, but he has still been a major part of what we are doing at the club. We all wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him in the red and white as soon as possible. Milo great words last night and we will do everything we can to try and push for the title for you buddy.

I moved on to the dogs last night a happy man, until my luck changed slightly!! It was great to spend the evening with some real Felixstowe supporters and people I can now call friends from this season. Thanks guys for a great night and if anyone needs a beer next Saturday see Paul at the bar, he owned the track last night J. We will work hard in training this week again and I would love to see a great crowd next Saturday driving us on once more. As the song goes “We got a whole lot of history”…………….to make if we want it.

Watty

Friday 17th February 2017

Good News Week!

Been a while!! But let us catch up on the last couple of weeks. We made the long trip up to Fakenham and put in one of our best second half performances of the season. We were up against a very dogged Fakenham, with two strikers that I felt were a handful for 90 minutes. We went ahead early on and really rode our luck at times, but here is the good bit!! At half-time Kev put the game into perspective and there was a decision to be made as to whether we let the lads know, what we already knew, that Mildenhall were losing!! Now I am not normally a believer in looking at other results, but between us we decided to let the boys know. What a second half performance we saw, destroying a Fakenham side for 45 minutes. Jenno obviously gets the plaudits for yet another well taken hat-trick, but I was pleased with Tom Winter getting the goal he really needed and what a finish it was. We even had time to bring Nick into the game, after a long layoff and he should have had yet another goal to add to his tally and finish the day off nicely. It’s great to see Nick back with the squad and has come at the right time after his tough few months with illness. Also on the day Chappers put in a great performance in the no.8, to personify the spirit the squad had that day.

We move on to last week and what a difference we saw. To be honest we played against a very good, hungry and young Thetford side with some great little players. They are a side to certainly watch under their young excellent management team. On the day we deserved to lose to, in my eyes the better side. We gave ourselves a chance at 2-1, but the third goal killed us really. Having said that yet again I saw a reaction to what was said at half-time, especially being 2-0 down. We certainly gave as much as we could in the 2nd half, but sometimes you have to realise that it is not going to be your day and the other side deserve their result. For me on the day Ethan being our stand out player, showing commitment in everything he did.

We now look forward to Walsham at the Goldstar ground this week and I face it once more without my partner in crime Kev, who at the time of the game will be sitting with a cold beer by the pool on his 40th birthday. All the more reason for me to strive to push us home Saturday hopefully. We have had a good week this week in training and the added bonus of Nick Ingram committing himself to the club for next season already. I am sure this shows our desire to move the club on to bigger and better things, by beating a host of higher level clubs to his signature. It has been a pleasure having Nick at the club and I am sure we will see big things to come from him. I know for a fact he is loving being with the “Seasiders”, so make sure you give him a pat on the back when you see him next. It’s going to be a tough physical test on Saturday, but I think with us having the right mentality we can get the right result. Please come and get behind us again and I am pleased to say you will be seeing the first team squad stay a lot longer in the bar this week……………

My thanks go out to Martyn Dew our goalkeeping coach and Danny Crump this week for the pre-training 'keeper session they put on for Sam, Olly and Toby our under 14, 15 and 18 goalkeepers. It was great to see and I know the lads enjoyed the session. I have said it before, I would like to see more of the first team squad making an effort to be seen with the youth section. These are youngsters that look up to the first team players and come and watch them play on a Saturday and midweek. I would love in the future the Dutch mentality that I have mentioned before, where younger players are coached by players from older age groups. It is a great system to see and works well.

Please let me know if you are up for a night at the dogs as I have put my details out there. By all means come and see me at the bar Saturday for a chin wag and I look forward to seeing the usual faces I see at every home game.

Cheers

Watty

 

Well I could not really leave my notes too long after the weekend we had last week. I asked you all to get behind us last Saturday for our community day and you certainly did that!! What a day all round, topped off with a great performance by the boys in front of a big crowd. I will come to the football shortly, but it was great to hear you all on Saturday and then to see the clubhouse full to the brim before and after the game….. fantastic and long may it continue.

When I say I heard you all last week I refer to the noise during the game. I was pleased because when we played away to Mildenhall we had to put up with a very vociferous crowd, which we matched on Saturday. I am fully aware that this possibly had something to do with the first "Dellwood Old Boys" get together. It was great to see so many of my old mates and team mates at the ground last week. It was brilliant to catch up with you all, especially those hard core of Clarkey, Wedgy and Macca who pressed on to the bitter end!! until the bar shut, where Macca' was seen stood upright fast asleep :-). 

On to the game and what a great performance by the squad. I felt we dominated a Mildenhall side that appeared to come to the Goldstar to gain a point. It's hard to pick my man of the match from the game, as I thought every member of the squad were excellent. To be able to have Ethan, Tommy and Milo to bring into the game and top this with Nick and Birchy not being involved, shows the quality of our squad. Defensively I thought we were brilliant, our midfield three dominated and our front three caused The Hall all sorts of problems. I am not sure Danny had a save to make!!

Jamal gets a special mention for me though, as this is a player that has been sat biding his time since joining last season and when the opportunity arises he has never let us down. Now he is getting a run of games I think he is showing the quality I felt I was bringing with me to the club, thanks Jamma. All we can do right now is keep performing the way we are, keep on a good run and who knows what could happen. As they say "It’s a funny old game".

I was pleased to see so many attend the race night last week, which just topped the day off. Well done Chris, Stuart and my mate Bolty (eventually dragged from his hangover couch) for putting on a fun evening. Thanks also to all of you that helped sell the night prior to Saturday, especially little Ellie who could sell sand to the Arabs with her cute smile. It was a shame to not see more first team squad there later on (apart from you Stuey, good clubman) as it would have been nice for the supporters, management and those heavily involved in the club to enjoy the result together.It was good to see the reserves and under 18’s represented on the night, so thanks to you guys.

We will soon move into our new clubhouse and it would be nice to see all Senior sides represented at every function that the club organises, especially the opening night (event organiser Watty head on). It is important that we do not let our levels slip now we have created some hope in the title race. All I ask is we do approach Fakenham in the same manner tomorrow, otherwise you may see a different side to Watty than you have before!! History as the song goes is something that has to be earned as well as achieved.

Just briefly I will touch on the youth set up once more. The plans afoot for our club are massive and are not what they were in my day, a mere pipe dream. This is really happening and I would ask that more people come down and get involved in our great club. The more people we have on board the easier it is to run a club. It's not just about the financial side of what you bring, it's what you can offer to help and trust me you will enjoy the journey.

I can seriously see in the not too distant future 16 years olds from our youth set up, being part of our first team squad. Takes it back to the Ray Stanbridge days then ha, ha!

Well we are off to Norfolk tomorrow, so maybe see a few of you there hopefully.

Cheers

Watty

 

 

 

Apologies for such a delay in my notes since New Year.

We lost to Gorleston, then responded with four wins, 13 goals, none conceded and 12 points, as a Management Team we cannot argue with that! Kev and I have worked hard since the Gorleston game and I think that shows in the results. That said the players have also been brilliant and the squad have backed us with their performances, none more so than at Newmarket last Tuesday. All round a fantastic team effort and and memorable midweek away trip.

We move into what is bound to be a big build up to our game against Mildenhall on Saturday. Do you know what it is just another game, but it will be hyped up due to it being 1st versus 2nd.

Mildenhall have excelled themselves this season and despite a couple of blips, they are the champions elect, we all know that's not always be the best place to be when you face cup finals every Saturday, but fair do’s to them. I personally cannot wait for a big day at the club this weekend, I would love to see a massive crowd on Saturday and the clubhouse full for our race night in the evening. If we perform to the levels I know we can, then the club could be rocking on Saturday evening for one more time before we move into our new clubhouse.

I ask you all to come and support us at the weekend and cheer on your boys, plus enjoy the race night in the evening

What fascinates me is that we have supporters at our club that have never supported anyone else. I have asked and I hear them say “I support Felixstowe & Walton United” that to me sums up what we have on our sidelines! This club is definitely moving in the right direction, I have been waiting twenty years to see this and we are privileged to have a manager that has had that vision. We have youngsters coming through at our club that will now carry that on, I have no doubt in that.

Charles Darwin had a theory of evolution inspired by the Galapagos Islands, our club now has an evolution. We have a great footballing first team and we have a youth set up and youth committee that is moving in the right direction. The first team will always be the inspiration that drives younger players to want to play for our club, in front of bigger crowds and progress to be the best they can. I now feel we offer that and see such a fantastic future for our club!

A side note is that on Saturday 4th March we are away to Great Yarmouth and I would love to have a proper day out, go to the Greyhound Racing in the evening and get management, players and supporters having a great night out together. I know that the club will provide a bus if we can all get together and enjoy a good day all round. Please show your interest in it and I will sort out the finer points.



Never a better time to be part of Felixstowe & Walton United, come on the Seasiders!!

Cheers
Watty
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well that's my first full year (2016) completed being back at the club and it has been a busy one football wise. I don't think you can call it my honeymoon period anymore but I am still loving every minute of being part of the management team. So far it really has been one of my most enjoyable periods in football and it does rank up their with highlights from my playing days.

I would like to say I love turning up every day and working with Kev, Andy, Martyn and Sam. However being a semi-professional football club people sometimes forget the commitment made by those involved in day to day running of Felixstowe & Walton Utd FC. I have often mentioned the work that our great committee do, giving up their spare time all free of charge!! I would like to just mention the work put in by the management team on a weekly basis, to try and provide the closest we can to a professional set up, with a huge void financially behind the bigger boys even some in our own league. Not moaning but sometimes players rock up to a game of football not realising what has gone on behind the scenes all week, play their game, have a moan, eat their food, drink their can of drink and go home. I certainly did not realise as a player what actually took place and is something I have learned the hard way at times in management.

Football has changed so much and I do understand this. Obviously back in my day, whatever level of football there was a great social side to our game which seems to have gone. That is a sign of life, not just football. The one thing I always wanted if I moved back to Dellwood, was to have my large circle of friends come and support me in my role. That has happened more so than I expected and I thank every single one of you. I have also been privileged to not only reacquaint with old friends, but I have made so many more new ones in my time so far back at the club.

Well we look to 2017 just around the corner and what a fantastic future the club has. We move into the new clubhouse, (left -August 2016) we have a great management team including the reserves, we have a great set-up at last in our under 18's (something that is long term rather than short term) and we have a brilliant youth set up and committee developing more each year. Who would have thought we would have Real Madrid coaching at the Goldstar Ground in the Summer!!

We now look ahead to what we face as a first team squad. Yes we face a huge ask in clawing back Mildenhall in the league, who have set an amazing pace this year. We thought losing Norwich Utd would open the league more this season, how wrong we were with Dean doing such a great job at "The Hall".

We as a squad need to sometimes look back and start again. I know players have left us, but we have brought some quality in to replace them. I like to look back at when Kev and I met with all our players way back in the summer. The buzz we had with keeping our group of lads together and adding to the squad. The great pre-season we had, with squad gelling once more. Let us not forget the great FA Cup run we had making history at our club and raising valuable funds for our new clubhouse. Our lads should look back with pride at what we have achieved so far. Now we must start our season again, do not forget what we have done but at least try to achieve more. We must fight till the last kick of the season, that is what Kev and I expect.               Right - Aren Howell

I would like to wish everyone at the club and our fantastic supporters a Happy New Year, in fact I would like to wish everyone in non-league football a happy 2017. I have my orange and black voodoo doll out though Dean :-).

Watty