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Who are Ya- Waltham Abbey

Who are Ya- Waltham Abbey

Aveley Football Club13 Aug 2015 - 12:13
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This season we will instead of Know Your Opponents will be doing a new piece called "Who are ya"

Next match we host Waltham Abbey on Saturday afternoon, 3PM Kick Off, at Mill Field.

Five Facts-

1. The name Waltham derives from weald or wald "forest" and ham "homestead" or "enclosure"
2. There are traces of prehistoric and Roman settlement in the town.
3. A local legend claims that Boudica's rebellion against the Romans ended in the neighbourhood, when she poisoned herself with hemlock gathered on the banks of Cobbins Brook.
4. Waltham Abbey had two Non-League football clubs, Waltham Abbey F.C. and Eton Manor F.C.
5. Waltham Abbey Youth Club, based in Waltham Abbey, Essex, first played football at “Capershotts” during the Second World War and in later years the club became known as firstly Waltham Abbey, then Abbey Sports. Both clubs gained numerous honours in the Northern Suburban League.

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The club was founded in 1944 with a mix of players from Waltham Abbey Youth Club and former juniors from Tottenham Hotspur under the leadership of the trainer and manager Wally Hickman. The secretary was Mo (Maurice) Ward. The President was Capt. Larkin.

Waltham Abbey United emerged in the late sixties and a new clubhouse was built. In 1974 the club amalgamated with the successful Beechfield Sports and joined the Metropolitan League, which later became the London Spartan League.

Season 2001–02 was spent in the Essex & Herts Border Combination to allow them to move across the pyramid. They were elected to the Essex Senior League for season 2002–03. In 2004–05, in addition to winning both the League Cup and the Gordon Brasted Memorial Trophy they finished in their highest position of 3rd.

A great amount of work has been done around the clubhouse and a 200-seater stand built. A number of seats were purchased from Maine Road and these were installed during the summer of 2005 as the club strived to improve facilities on and off the field and move up the non-league pyramid.

On 2 May 2009, the Abbots capped off a successful 2008–09 season by beating Concord Rangers 5–4 on penalties, after a 1–1 draw, to win the Isthmian League Division 1 North Play-offs. They played in the Isthmian League Premier Division for the first time in their history in 2009–10. However, despite winning the last two games of their season, they finished 21st and were relegated back to Isthmian League Division 1 North for the 2010–11 season.

Glory hunting fans?
Essex Senior League- Runners-up 2005–06
Isthmian League- Division One North play-off winners 2008-09
London Senior Cup- Winners 1998-99
FA Cup- Third Qualifying Round 2014-15
FA Trophy- First Qualifying Round 2006–07, 2009–10, 2012-13, 2013-14
FA Vase- Second Round 1997–98.

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