Walton Casuals Juniors FC started out in 2001 with a few dads getting together from a Dave Melham Saturday football morning organised kick about. The Dads wanted to provide their boys with regular competitive football games and formed an Under 8’s team called the Aztecs who played in the same colours as the Senior Club. The team played in the Surrey Primary League and in their first year won the League and Cup double. Those players were; Andrew Westphal, Tom Devine, Tom Gould, Tom Harris, Henry Cook, Nick Stevens, Jack Bailoor, James Lumsden, Harry Cobb, Anthony Watson and Louis Ansell. Each Dad originally put in £50 each to buy kit and equipment and pay the F.A. fees required. The Dads’ meeting venue was the Wellington Pub and they took various roles to manage the team; with Coaches Chris Westphal and Peter Cobb, Treasurer Andy Devine and Chairman Paul Stevens. The team disbanded at U18 but its legacy lived on producing 1 full England Rugby International, 1 first class cricketer, plus several 1st team cricket semi pro players, with 3 players from the original group progressing to the WCFC Seniors.
Nearing the end of Paul Stevens tenure as Chairman the redevelopment of the Club’s Senior Club ground was first proposed and under him a substantial sum was handed over to the Seniors to help fund the project. The Chairmanship was passed on to Kevin Ingram and Graeme Allen (joint managers of the ‘Vikings’) who without rocking the boat took over and continued to grow the Club successfully. Frank Scannella and Iain Kirkpatrick have been the Chairmen since Kevin and Graeme stood down…with enormous help, it must be said, from Club Secretary and Treasurer Jo Scannella.
One of Frank’s first actions was to start the Girls’ section of the Club which has grown successfully and has produced many players good enough to play in academies. Over recent times he has been actively trying to address our need to offer football to less able children. Frank and Jo have also been heavily involved with the redevelopment project over the past few years and after many ‘ups and downs’ were very happy to see that in September 2017 the promised Sports Hub finally opened.
The President of the Club is the ex-West Ham, Fulham and Premiership winning Blackburn Rovers’ player (and SKY pundit!) Tony Gale, who when he has the opportunity quietly watches and assesses the ability of our young players. He is always prepared to give his knowledgeable opinion when asked, and gives plenty of good advice when players have the chance to move on.
Walton Casuals Juniors FC has grown from a group of 11 boys playing at U8s to a Club of over 400 children, of all abilities, playing from the ages of 5 to 18. It offers football to Girls, Boys and the less able and is proud to boast annual subscriptions which are the lowest for miles around for what is offered.
‘Football for All’, has in recent years become the clarion call of the Club and this ethos is strongly embedded into the mind-set of the wonderful group of volunteers without whom there would be no Club. They coach, manage, steward, fund-raise and referee. They write reports for matches, they deal with the administration from the Leagues and they provide a safe environment where ALL children from ALL backgrounds can strive to achieve in football or simply have fun playing it.
We always have room for more (as long as there are volunteers) and if you would like to join our Club please contact us.