Walton Casuals F.C.

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Walton Casuals
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Full name Walton Casuals Football Club
Nickname(s) The Stags
Founded 1948
Ground Waterside Stadium
Walton on Thames
Surrey
Ground Capacity 2,500
Chairman Tony Gale
Manager Mark Hams
League Isthmian League Division One South
2012–13 Isthmian League Division One South, 22nd
Home colours
Away colours

Walton Casuals F.C. are a football club based in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England. The club is affiliated to the Surrey County Football Association.[1] They are currently playing in the Isthmian League First Division. The club has a rivalry with Walton & Hersham, who are in the same league.

History[edit]

Walton Casuals Football Club was formed in 1948 by a group of ex-servicemen and first played in Division One of the Surrey Intermediate (Central) League.[2] The club then gained promotion to the Premier division at the end of the 1952–53 campaign.[2] The team joined the Surrey Senior League in 1969, the same year they moved to their current ground at Franklyn Road.[2]

In 1971 the team switched to the Suburban League and spent the remainder of the decade ground-sharing with neighbours Hampton & Richmond Borough and Addlestone.[2] During their time in the Suburban league the club managed to get to the final of the Surrey Premier Cup, losing to Croydon reserves in the 1987 final.[3]

The club decided to leave the Suburban league and rejoin the football pyramid system and applied to join the Surrey County Premier League, gaining permission to play for the 1992–93 season. Two seasons later the club finished second, under manager Kim Harris, in the league and it allowed the club to gain promotion to the Combined Counties League.[2][4] The 2000–01 season saw the club make their debut in the FA Cup, losing to Ashford Town of kent in their first ever game.[5] In the 2004–05 season, under manager Spencer Collins, the Stags were Combined Counties League champions and were promoted to the Isthmian League.[2][6]

They played one season in Division One before league re-organisation saw them placed in Division One South for the 2006–07 season.[7] For the 2010–11 season the club appointed Neil Shipperley as manager.[8] However Shipperley resigned in October and was replaced by Mick Sullivan, who had managed the club previously 9 years before.[9] In November with the club bottom of Division One South Sullivan was sacked and replaced by Danny Carroll.[10][11] In 2013, following a reprieve from relegation having finished bottom of the league, the club appointed former Kingstonian assistant manager Mark Hams as manager.

Stadium[edit]

Entrance to the Waterside stadium

Walton Casuals play their home games at Waterside Stadium, Waterside Drive, Walton on Thames, Surrey, KT12 2JP. Plans have been announced with the council to redevelop a Sports Hub at Waterside Stadium, which will see a whole new stadium built for Walton Casuals and neighboring sports clubs.

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Kieran Sanderson
Turkey GK Ferhat Aksoy
England GK Luke Nalder
England DF Samuel Labinjo
England DF Liam Flanighan
England DF Jamal Jimoh
England DF Martin Dynan
France DF Djibril Fofana
England DF Lea-Van Sullivan
England DF Gary MacDonald
England MF Liam Collins
No. Position Player
England MF Scott Day
England MF David Francis
England MF Lee Hall
England MF Simon Huckle
Italy MF Malik Ouani (on loan from Welling United)
England MF Sol Patterson-Bohner
England MF Malachi Hudson (on loan from Welling United)
France FW Youssouf Bamba
Nigeria FW Gabriel Odunaike
England FW Jamal Okai (on loan from Kingstonian)

Current coaching staff[edit]

Name Role
Mark Hams Manager
Neil Hams Assistant Manager
Mark Francis Kit Man
Hayley Archibald Physiotherapist

Current backroom staff[edit]

Name Role
Graham Jones President
Duncan Saunders Vice-President/Treasurer
Tony Gale Chairman
Paul Saunders Vice-Chairman
Anthony Gale Director of Football
Dave Symonds General Manager/Programme Editor
Gus Schofield Club Secretary
Brian Drucquer Membership Secretary
Maureen Cayford Boardroom Hostess
Kane Brooker Club Reporter
Terry Woodyatt Stadium Manager
Bill Purdue Groundsman
Steve Lucas Groundsman
Charlie Symonds Club Shop Manager
Megan Saunders Club Shop Manager

Honours[edit]

League honours[edit]

  • Combined Counties League Premier Division :[5]
    • Winners (1): 2004–05
  • Surrey County Premier League:[5]
    • Runners Up (1): 1994–95
  • Surrey Intermediate (Central) League:[2]
    • Runners Up (3): 1954–55, 1956–57, 1964–65
  • Suburban League Southern Section:[2]
    • Winners (1): 1982–83
    • Runners Up (1): 1983–84
  • Suburban League Premier B:[2]
    • Winners (1): 2012-13

Cup honours[edit]

  • Surrey Premier Cup:[12]
    • Winners (1): 2012-13
    • Runners Up (1): 1986–87
  • Surrey Premier League Challenge Cup:[2]
    • Winners (1): 1993–94
    • Runners Up (1): 1994–95
  • Combined Counties LeaguePremier Challenge Cup :[13]
    • Winners (1): 1999–00
    • Runners Up (1): 2000–01

Records[edit]

  • Highest league position:[5] 12th in Isthmian League Division One, 2010-11
  • FA Cup best performance:[5] Third qualifying round, 2009–10
  • FA Trophy best performance:[5] Second qualifying round, 2006–07
  • FA Vase best performance:[5] First round 1999-00, 2000–01, 2002–03
  • Record attendance: 1748 v AFC Wimbledon (12th April 2004)
  • Record goal scorer: Emerson Barrs-James (92)
  • Most appearances: Lawrence Ennis (235)
  • Oldest player: Norman Rudd (47 yrs 351 days)
  • Youngest player: Billy Rowley (16 yrs 147 days)
  • Biggest win: 10-0 v Chessington United (A) 28/12/04 (Combined Counties League)
  • Biggest defeat: 0 - 8 v Carshalton (H) 23/07/13 (Friendly)

Former players[edit]

  1. Players that have played/managed in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level (i.e. fully professional league).
  2. Players with full international caps.

Recent managers[edit]

  • England Mick Sullivan 2012-2013
  • England Neil Shipperley 2010-2012
  • England Spencer Collins 2009-2010
  • England John Morris 2008-2009
  • England Kim Harris 2007-2008
  • England Spencer Collins 2005-2007
  • Republic of Ireland Ray Noad 2002-2005
  • England Mick Sullivan & Garry Clark 1999-2002
  • England Mick Byrne 1997-1999

References[edit]

  1. ^ "News". SurreyFA. 2012-09-18. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Programme Editors Downloads – Club History – Walton Casuals Football Club". Pitchero.com. 2012-11-29. Retrieved 2012-12-22. 
  3. ^ "Football Club History Database – Surrey County Cups Summary". Fchd.info. Retrieved 2012-12-22. 
  4. ^ "Walton Casuals | Clubs". The Non-League Club Directory. Retrieved 2012-12-22. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g WALTON CASUALS at the Football Club History Database
  6. ^ "Combined Counties League 2002–2011". Nonleaguematters.net. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  7. ^ "Isthmian League 2003–2012". Nonleaguematters.net. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  8. ^ "Neil Shipperley aims to get former Brentford star flying again". Hounslow Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  9. ^ "Mick Sullivan appointed as new Walton Casuals boss". Elmbridge Today. 2011-10-21. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  10. ^ Amos, Stuart (2012-11-16). "Sacked Stags boss insists team was getting better (From Epsom Guardian)". Epsomguardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  11. ^ "Carroll was only man for Casuals job (From Surrey Comet)". Surreycomet.co.uk. 2012-11-30. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  12. ^ "Saturday Premier Cup Previous Winners". SurreyFA. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  13. ^ "Official CCFL Web Site". Combinedcountiesleague.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-23. 

External links[edit]

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