Walton Casuals F.C.
|Full name||Walton Casuals Football Club|
Elmbridge Sports Hub|
|League||Southern League Premier Division South|
|2017–18||Isthmian League South Division, 6th of 24 (promoted via play-offs)|
Walton Casuals Football Club is a semi-professional football club based in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. Founded in 1948, they currently play in the Southern League Premier Division South. The club is affiliated to the Surrey County Football Association, and has been a part of the football pyramid since 1992.
The club joined the Surrey Intermediate League upon formation, and remained there until the league disbanded in 1965. A move to the Surrey Senior League lasted just two years before becoming founding members of the Suburban League. Walton Casuals won their first major honour in 1983 as champions of the Suburban League Southern Section. In 1992, the club turned semi-professional and entered the football pyramid by joining the Surrey Premier League. The Stags earned promotion to the Combined Counties Football League in 1995, and the Isthmian League 10 years later. After two years of groundsharing, the club moved into the Elmbridge Sports Hub – a £20 million sports complex development – for the 2017–18 season. In their first season at the new stadium, Walton secured a top six finish on goal difference and went on to win the play-offs.
Walton Casuals' most notable rivalry comes with Combined Counties Premier Division club Walton & Hersham, due to their close proximity. The club also has a rivalry with Molesey, who play in the Isthmian League South Division. The two teams previously competed in an annual pre-season fixture for the Mick Burgess Memorial Trophy, but the competition was halted when Molesey earned promotion to the same league in 2015.
- 1 History
- 2 Colours and badge
- 3 Stadium
- 4 Players
- 5 Club officials
- 6 Affiliations
- 7 Honours
- 8 Records
- 9 Former players
- 10 Season-by-season record
- 11 Recent managers
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
1946–1969: Formation and early origins
The earliest roots of Walton Casuals Football Club lead back to World War II. Following the conclusion of the war, a group of ex-servicemen returned to their council homes in the Walton-on-Thames area. They decided to form an "illegal" Sunday football team, who would go on to play friendlies against other "illegal" teams throughout the 1946–47 and 1947–48 seasons. They adopted the name White City FC, due to the outside walls of their houses being painted that colour.
In 1948, they decided to become a legitimate Saturday club, and Walton Casuals as they are currently known were founded. They became affiliated with the Surrey County Football Association and acquired the use of a pitch at Elm Grove Recreation Ground. The club started off in Division One of the Surrey Intermediate (Central) League and gained promotion to the Premier Division in 1952–53. Walton Casuals would go on to finish as runners-up on 3 occasions: 1954–55, 1956–57 and 1964–65. The Surrey Intermediate (Central) League disbanded in 1965 and the club moved into the League's Western Section for three seasons.
1969–1992: Various leagues
In 1969, the Casuals joined the new Surrey Senior League and moved into its most notorious home at Franklyn Road Sports Field, later known as the Waterside Stadium. Two years later the club became founder members of the Suburban League, playing one season at Walton & Hersham’s Stompond Lane ground before moving to Addlestone's Liberty Lane ground for eight seasons. The club then returned to Franklyn Road, where the Reserves had continued playing in the Surrey Combination League. The 1982–83 season saw the Casuals win their first major honour, becoming champions of the Suburban League Southern Section and setting a league record of going 23 games unbeaten under manager Kim Harris. The following year the Stags were runners-up behind Sutton United, and in the 1986–87 season reached the Surrey Premier Cup Final, only to lose to Croydon.
1992–2002: Entering the football pyramid
Subsequent years saw the club slip into a steady decline, regularly finishing in the bottom two of the Suburban League. After 21 years of competing in the Suburban League, the club decided to switch to the Surrey Premier League in June 1992 to join the pyramid system. A year of consolidation paved the way for major changes at Franklyn Road the following summer, as Kim Harris was reappointed as manager after a successful spell at Hersham RBL and the club expanded into both Sunday and youth football. In 1993–94, the Casuals won the Surrey Premier League Challenge Cup, defeating Holmesdale after a replay, and in 1994–95 the club finished runners-up to Chobham in the league. They were also were losing finalists to Vandyke in the Challenge Cup.
During the summer the club was promoted to the Combined Counties Football League, and the first four seasons proved a real struggle. Finishing bottom of the league in 1996–97, the club avoided relegation thanks to the Combined Counties League exercising its prerogative to maintain a minimum number of clubs in the Premier Division. With the help of local charities, the installation of floodlights at Franklyn Road was completed in February 1999 – a major hurdle overcome as far as ground requirements were concerned. The appointment of Mick Sullivan and Garry Clark as joint managers in the summer of 1999 brought about a dramatic improvement in results. As well as a best-ever finish of 5th in the league, the club won the League Cup in 2000, beating Viking Greenford 4–2 in the final. The following season was also a relatively successful one, with a placing of 7th in the table and another appearance in the League Cup final, beaten 3–0 by double-winners Cove.
2002–2005: The Tony Gale takeover
Although 2002–03 proved a disappointment as the club finished in a lowly 18th spot, the appointment of Spencer Collins as manager in November 2002 sparked positive changes. As a team capable of much better things slowly began to take shape, ex-West Ham United player Tony Gale was installed as director of football. After more team-building in 2003–04, and a big jump up the table to finish in 7th spot, the club took the Combined Counties Football League by storm the year after, finishing 26 points clear at the top of the table. After initially failing an FA ground inspection, the club launched a successful appeal and achieved their dream of promotion to the Isthmian League Division One for 2005–06.
2005–2014: Starting life in the Isthmian League
The club finished 15th in their maiden season in the Isthmian League, while regularly finishing in the bottom half in subsequent seasons. In 2009–10 the club achieved its best run in the FA Cup reaching the Third Qualifying Round, before losing to Staines Town. The club appointed Neil Shipperley manager in the summer of 2010 and finished in 12th place, their highest ever league finish at the time.
During early 2011 the club opened a new clubhouse and new changing facilities, with Mick Sullivan returning in October following the resignation of Shipperley. After being sacked a year later, Danny Carroll took over as manager. With a reprieve saving the Stags in the 2012–13 season, the club appointed ex-Kingstonian assistant manager Mark Hams as manager, along with his brother Neil as assistant. The duo rejuvenated the squad and guided Walton to their highest ever league finish of 9th. However, after nine defeats in as many league games, the Hams brothers left their positions at the club in September 2014.
2014–present: Established in the Isthmian League
Tony Gale and Anthony Gale were drafted in as caretaker managers, and immediately picked up the club's first win of the season, securing a 1–0 victory in a trip to Redhill. In November 2014, defenders Liam Collins and Simon Huckle were named as the new management team. Collins was able to secure the club's safety with a comfortable 18th-placed finish, but announced his intentions to step down from his management position at the end of the season to focus on his last few playing seasons. Assistant manager Huckle left the club to join Redhill.
Anthony Gale was announced as first team manager shortly before the start of the 2015–16 season and guided the club to 18th in his first full season in charge. The following season saw the Casuals equal their best ever FA Cup run, reaching the Third Qualifying Round before defeat to Westfields.
The club moved into the Elmbridge Sports Hub, a £20 million sports complex built on the site of the Waterside Stadium, for the 2017–18 season and enjoyed great success. Losing just two games at home throughout the campaign, Walton secured qualification for the play-offs in the final 15 minutes of the season with a dramatic conclusion at Ashford United. A semi-final tie at Cray Wanderers' Hayes Lane ended in a 5–2 victory for the Casuals, followed by a penalty shoot-out victory at Corinthian-Casuals after a goalless 120 minutes in the final. The win earned them a place in the seventh tier for the first time in the club's history.
Colours and badge
The team's original crest was introduced in 1973 and contained the motto "Suprr Omnis Superbia", an incorrectly-spelt Latin translation of the phrase "Pride above all". The shield shaped crest included a stag to remember the founding members of the club, many of whom would play football locally on Selwyn Green. Named after John Selwyn – a gamekeeper at Oatlands Palace – a brass in St Mary's Parish Church, Walton-on-Thames, depicts Selwyn killing a stag during a visit by Queen Elizabeth I in 1587. Minor modifications were made to the badge in 1992 when the club joined the football pyramid.
The current crest was designed in 2005 after the club's promotion to the Isthmian League. The crest kept many aspects of the original badge, including the stag, but was designed circular and without orange and black stripes in the background. The club's nickname of "The Stags" was officially acquired after winning the Combined Counties Football League in the 2004–05 season.
The club traditionally has an orange, black and white colourway. The first kit, used in 1948, was a set of white Royal Navy training shirts dyed royal blue to confirm to league rules, after the club incorrectly registered their kits to the league. Shorts and socks were provided by the colours and were a mixture of colours, as well as the goalkeeper's jersey.
The current home kit is an orange shirt with black shoulders and a white trim, black shorts and orange socks. The current away kit is a blue shirt with white trim, blue shorts and blue socks in homage the original kit.
|Period||Kit sponsor||Kit manufacturer|
|1997–1998||Russell Financial Services|
|1998–2000||Tallent's Cafe Bar|
|2000–2004||Brown's Building Centre|
|2013–2015||The Lily Foundation||Macron|
Walton Casuals play their home games at the Elmbridge Sports Hub, Waterside Drive, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, KT12 2JP.
The club moved into the stadium for the 2017–18 season following a two-year, £20 million redevelopment on the site of their former Waterside Stadium. The stadium is shared with Walton & Hersham, as well as the local athletics club with an eight-lane Olympic standard athletics track.
The club first played at Elm Grove Recreation Ground until 1969, before moving into Franklyn Road – the former name of the Waterside Stadium. In 1972, they groundshared with Walton & Hersham for the season at Stompond Lane, before spending eight years at Addlestone's Liberty Lane. The Stags then returned to Franklyn Road, although the Reserves had remained in Walton-on-Thames during the time away.
Once progress began on the plans for the Elmbridge Sports Hub, the club groundshared with Merstham at the Moatside for the 2015–16 season, and Whyteleafe at Church Road the following year. The club played three games at Cobham's Leg O'Mutton Field in a brief groundshare while construction at the Sports Hub was finalised. The team returned to the Elmbridge Sports Hub for their first game since the renovation on 9 September 2017.
- As of 24 March 2018
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
Most competitive appearances
The following table shows players who have made at least 100 competitive (league and cup) appearances for the club in descending order. Records begin in 1992 when the club joined the football pyramid.
- Seasons marked with * indicate the player had multiple spells at the club
- Players in bold indicate they currently feature at the club
Most competitive goals
The following table shows players who have scored at least 25 competitive (league and cup) goals for the club in descending order. Records begin in 1992 when the club joined the football pyramid.
- Seasons marked with * indicate the player had multiple spells at the club
- Players in bold indicate they currently feature at the club
||Senior Club Staff
Walton Casuals have an affiliation with Championship club Fulham, which began through former England assistant manager Ray Lewington. With his son, Craig, playing for the club at the time, he organised an annual friendly for the two clubs, where he was assistant manager at the time.
The inaugural game saw Fulham emerge as 3–1 victors in June 2008. The Lilywhites inflicted a 5–0 defeat on Walton Casuals in 2009, with Erik Nevland providing two of the goals. Philippines international Neil Etheridge and Manchester United defender Chris Smalling both played in the game at the Waterside Stadium. Walton Casuals picked up their first win in 2011, with Dan Burn, Alexander Kacaniklic and Cauley Woodrow all playing as the hosts earned a 2–1 victory. Burn also represented Fulham during a 1–1 draw in August 2012, which included Marcus Bettinelli as an unused substitute. The 2014 friendly saw the visitors record a 3–2 victory, with Fernando Amorebieta and Luis Boa Morte included in the squad.
The fixture was not played ahead of the 2015–16, 2016–17, or 2017–18 seasons with Walton Casuals deeming the friendly unsuitable given their groundshares. Friendlies between the two clubs were not played ahead of the 2010–11 or 2013–14 seasons. The affiliation also sees Walton Casuals run an annual offer on Non-League Day for Fulham season ticket holders to gain free entry during the international break. Walton Casuals were named as a partner club of Fulham in September 2012. The club have a number of links to Fulham, most notably through chairman Tony Gale – who made 277 appearances for the club over a seven-year period and writes a column for the website.
Walton Casuals' most successful season came in 2004–05, when they won the Combined Counties League Premier Division title. Recording 138 points and a goal difference of 99, the Stags suffered just four draws and four league defeats all season. In the same season, the club record their biggest ever victory with a 10–0 win over Chessington United. The club scored at least five times in a single match on six occasions.
The Casuals have also enjoyed success in the Mick Burgess Memorial Trophy, a pre-season fixture played annually with Molesey. The trophy competition was founded in 2008, following the death of former Walton Casuals and Molesey manager Mick Burgess in February 2008. Walton Casuals have dominated in the competition, winning five of the seven games played. The 2015–16 season was the first year the fixture was not played since its creation, due to Molesey earning promotion to the Isthmian League, and the postponement will continue while they play in the same league.
|Isthmian League South Division Play-offs||2017–18||–|
|Combined Counties League Premier Division||2004–05||–|
|Combined Counties League Premier Challenge Cup||1999–00||2000–01|
|Suburban League Southern Section||1982–83||1983–84|
|Suburban League Premier B||2012–13||–|
|Surrey County Premier League||–||1994–95|
|Surrey County Premier League Challenge Cup||1994–95, 1995–96||–|
|Surrey County Premier Cup||2012–13||1986–87|
|Mick Burgess Memorial Trophy||2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2014–15||2009–10, 2013–14|
- First competitive match: Burpham 7–1 Walton Casuals, Surrey County Premier League, 29 August 1992
- First FA Cup match: Ashford Town (Kent) 4–1 Walton Casuals, First Qualifying Round, 2 September 2000
- First FA Vase match: Walton Casuals 1–3 Pagham, First Qualifying Round, 7 September 1996
- First FA Trophy match: Walton Casuals 0–1 Harlow Town, First Qualifying Round, 15 October 2005
- First Surrey Senior Cup match: Walton Casuals 2–4 Raynes Park Vale, First Round, 1 November 1997
- First Southern Combination Challenge Cup match: Staines Town 2–1 Walton Casuals, First Round, 11 November 1997
- Record attendance: 1,748 (v AFC Wimbledon, Combined Counties Premier Division, 12 April 2004)
- Record win: 10–0 v Chessington United, Combined Counties Premier Division, 28 December 2004
- Record defeat:
- Highest scoring game: 6–6 vs Merstham, Isthmian League Division One South, 10 November 2012
- Most club appearances: Lawrence Ennis – 288
- Youngest player: Calogero Scannella – 16 years, 11 days (v Herne Bay, Isthmian League Division One South, 2 April 2016)
- Oldest player: Norman Rudd – 47 years, 351 days (v Merstham, Combined Counties Football League, 23 September 1995)
- Most consecutive appearances: Jordan Cheadle – 76 (16 January 2016 to 22 April 2017)
- Most appearances in a season: Jordan Cheadle – 58 (2016–17)
- Most club goals: Mark Postins – 111
- Most goals in consecutive matches – Paul Mills – 10 games (24 goals, 1 October 1994 to 3 December 1994)
- Most goals in a season: Paul Mills – 47 (1994–95)
- Most goals scored in a match: Paul Mills – 5 (v Hinchley Wood, Combined Counties Challenge Cup, 19 February 1994)
- Most hat-tricks: Paul Mills – 13 (11 December 1993 to 4 April 1998)
- Most top scorer awards: Gabriel Odunaike – 4 (2013–14, 2014–15, 2015–16, 2016–17)
- Oldest FA Cup goalscorer: Michael Barima – 32 years, 24 days (v Pagham, Preliminary Round, 29 August 2009)
- Youngest FA Cup goalscorer: Luke Holness – 17 years, 364 days (v Chatham Town, Preliminary Round, 20 August 2016)
- Isthmian League best performance: 6th – South Division, 2017–18
- Isthmian League Cup best performance: Semi-finals, 2007–08
- FA Cup best performance: Third qualifying round, 2009–10, 2016–17
- FA Trophy best performance: Second qualifying round, 2006–07
- FA Vase best performance: First round, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2002–03
- Surrey Senior Cup best performance: Third round, 2002–03, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2011–12
- Players that have played/managed in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level (i.e. fully professional league).
- Players with full international caps.
|1992–93||Surrey County Premier League||12||Leo Valentin||14|
|1993–94||Surrey County Premier League||5||Paul Mills||36|
|1994–95||Surrey County Premier League||2||Paul Mills||47|
|1995–96||Combined Counties Football League||20||Greg Tree||14|
|1996–97||Combined Counties Football League||20||Mark Postins||16|
|1997–98||Combined Counties Football League||18||Paul Mills||15|
|1998–99||Combined Counties Football League||17||Mark Postins||13|
|1999–00||Combined Counties Football League||5||Mark Postins||27|
|2000–01||Combined Counties Football League||7||Emerson Barrs-James||18|
|2001–02||Combined Counties Football League||9||Emerson Barrs-James||36|
|2002–03||Combined Counties Football League||18||Emerson Barrs-James||18|
|2003–04||Combined Counties Football League Premier Division||7||Greg Ball||30|
|2004–05||Combined Counties Football League Premier Division||1||Craig Carley||29|
|2005–06||Isthmian League Division One||15||Greg Ball||19|
|2006–07||Isthmian League Division One South||17||Craig Carley||21|
|2007–08||Isthmian League Division One South||16||Nana Badu||15|
|2008–09||Isthmian League Division One South||17||Paul Armstrong, Daniel Platel, Matt Weston||5|
|2009–10||Isthmian League Division One South||21||Martin Grant||19|
|2010–11||Isthmian League Division One South||12||Danny Buckle||14|
|2011–12||Isthmian League Division One South||15||Charlie Ide||7|
|2012–13||Isthmian League Division One South||22||Sol Patterson-Bohner, Mu Maan||9|
|2013–14||Isthmian League Division One South||9||Gabriel Odunaike||22|
|2014–15||Isthmian League Division One South||18||Gabriel Odunaike||15|
|2015–16||Isthmian League Division One South||16||Gabriel Odunaike, Scott Day||16|
|2016–17||Isthmian League Division One South||13||Gabriel Odunaike||27|
|2017–18||Isthmian League South Division||6||Josh Kelly||38|
- As of 28 April 2018
These statistics incorporate results for league matches and results in cup competitions (including the Isthmian League Cup, Surrey Senior Cup and Southern Combination Challenge Cup) as well as results in the FA Trophy and the FA Cup.
Caretaker managers are shown in italics.
|Anthony Gale||1 July 2015||Present||166||74||27||65||44.58|
|Liam Collins*||2 November 2014||1 May 2015||34||15||3||16||44.12|
|Anthony Gale||20 September 2014||1 November 2014||12||5||3||4||41.67|
|Mark Hams||12 June 2013||19 September 2014||65||24||6||35||36.92|
|Tony Gale||21 March 2013||1 May 2013||8||1||2||5||12.50|
|Danny Carroll**||15 November 2012||20 March 2013||22||5||5||12||22.73|
|Mick Sullivan||20 October 2011||13 November 2012||51||18||5||28||35.29|
|Neil Shipperley||1 July 2010||17 October 2011||66||21||13||32||31.82|
|Spencer Collins***||16 November 2008||3 May 2010||72||18||13||41||25.00|
|John Morris||15 May 2008||15 November 2008||21||5||5||11||23.81|
|Luke Dowling||19 September 2007||26 April 2008||44||16||13||15||36.36|
|Kim Harris||27 November 2005||16 September 2007||89||27||22||40||30.34|
|Spencer Collins||12 November 2002||26 November 2005||193||98||31||64||50.78|
* Liam Collins took the role as a player-manager, but stepped down to focus on his playing career.
** Danny Carroll's statistics include two games as caretaker manager before his permanent appointment.
*** Spencer Collins' statistics include ten games as caretaker manager before his permanent appointment.
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