The Sports Ground, Stompond Lane (also known as Stompond Lane Sports Ground or more often just Stompond Lane) is the home Walton & Hersham F.C. and Walton Athletic Club.
Stompond Lane consists of a football pitch surrounded by a running track. A brick grandstand on the north side contains 404 regular seats and 40 in two directors’ boxes. On the opposite side of the pitch is a covered terrace, with an uncovered terracing surrounding the east side of the track.
Stompond Lane Sports Ground, Stompond Lane, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 1HF, Telephone: 01932 225351 (enquiries, not at track), Fax: 01372 474939 (not at track)
Some of the notable features from the towns past are outlined in the various articles on the site.
Walton & Hersham Football Club
Walton & Hersham F.C. play in the Isthmian League Division One South. Founded in 1945, they originally played in the Corinthian League, winning it three consecutive times from 1947 to 1949 (a league record). After the dissolution of the Corinthian League, they joined the Athenian League, winning its Premier Division in 1969. However, their biggest highlight is undoubtedly the winning of the FA Amateur Cup in 1973.
Walton & Hersham have been responsible for the upbringing of a number of players who have reached greater heights. Nathan Ellington, for example, currently plays for Watford in the Football League Championship. English football legend Sir Stanley Matthews also spent time at the club as president.
History of Walton & Hersham FC
The history of the Walton section of the club can be traced back to 1896 when it was founded. It was not until 1926 that Hersham F.C. came into existence. Before the second World War, both clubs played in the Surrey Senior League.
In 1945, after World War II, Walton F.C. amalgamated with Hersham F.C. to form Walton & Hersham. Walton & Hersham F.C. was a founder member of the Corinthian League, winning it first in the 1946–47 season and then again the following two seasons. They won the Surrey Senior Cup in the 1947–48 season.
Walton & Hersham F.C. joined the Athenian League in the 1950–51 season and went on to win the Surrey Senior Cup again.
They reached the FA Amateur Cup semi-finals in 1951–52 and in 1952–53 and achieved their all-time record crowd when ten thousand spectators turned up to watch an FA Amateur Cup tie with Crook Town. The team included defender C. R. “Jack” Neale who represented Great Britain at the Olympics and the club’s record goal-scorer Reg Sentance.
Walton & Hersham reached the FA Cup first round proper for the first time in 1957–58. They won the Surrey Senior Cup for a third time in 1960–61 and retained the trophy the following season.
The Athenian League expanded in 1963 and Walton & Hersham F.C. were placed in the Premier Division. A period of mid-table football followed until the 1967 appointment of Allen Batsford as manager heralded a new era of success, when in 1968–69 he won the Athenian League. This was followed by two successive visits to the FA Cup first round proper (in 1969–70 and 1970–71) and the Surrey Senior Cup was won again in 1970–71.
Walton & Hersham were elected to the Isthmian League in 1971.
Success at Wembley Stadium
The 1972–73 season is statistically their greatest ever. They won the Surrey Senior Cup, came runners-up in the league, reached the FA Cup second round proper for the first time and, most prestigiously, won the FA Amateur Cup, defeating Slough Town at Wembley Stadium. They set a unique record by winning the competition without conceding a goal.
The fixture list in the run-up to the cup final was as follows:
- First Round: Sutton United (away). 3-0 (Foskett; Morris 2)
- Second Round: Leeds & Carnegie (away). 3-0 (Morris; Lambert and Foskett)
- Third Round: St. Albans (home). 5-0 (Connell; Somers 2; Lambert and Donaldson)
- Fourth Round: Spenymoor (home). 0-0
- Replay: Spenymoor (away) 1-0 (Somers)
- Semi-Final: Highgate United (Coventry) 0-0
- Replay: Highgate United (Crystal Palace) 4-0 (Morris, Woffinden and Connell 2)
Players in the final included Dave Bassett, Willie Smith and Roger Connell later went on to become regulars in the England amateur international team. In 1973–74, the club reached the FA Cup second round proper again, having beaten Brian Clough’s Brighton & Hove Albion at Goldstone Ground 4–0. Following the defeat Clough almost got into a fight with comedian Eric Sykes, who was associated with Brighton & Hove Albion at the time and was laughing about the result to a friend during a phone call.
In 1974, Batsford left to manage Wimbledon and took players with him. Walton & Hersham were relegated in 1975 and, although they reached the FA Cup first round proper again in the 1975–76 season, they went close to extinction in the late 70s. They inspired the name of punk band Sham 69 (who formed in 1976), as they derived it from a piece of graffiti which read ‘Walton & Hersham 69′. Despite briefly having Sir Stanley Matthews as President, the club endured a lean period throughout the 1980s.
Walton & Hersham F.C. were promoted to the Isthmian top flight in 1994 (and reached the FA Cup first round proper that season, although relegation followed in 1996. They were promoted again the following year but relegation followed again in 2000. After a spell in the Isthmian League First Division, they appointed long-serving player Alan Dowson as manager and he led them to a successful 2004–05 season, with promotion secured as runners-up.
After the resignation of Alan Dowson in October 2006, former Gillingham first-team coach Bobby Paterson took over after a long search for a new manager. Walton & Hersham F.C. were relegated that season and Paterson’s contract was terminated. The assistant manager Les Cleevely—the former Carshalton Athletic player/assistant manager for whom he made over 500 appearances—took over. Former Millwall chairman Theo Paphitis became a member of Walton & Hersham’s board of directors. After a mid-table finish to the 2007–08 season, Les Cleevely became the academy coach while Jimmy Bolton took over to become the manager. At the beginning of March 2009, Jimmy Bolton was replaced for the rest of the season by Matt Elverson as caretaker manager. During the 2009 off-season, John Crumplin was appointed manager.Walton Casuals Football Club was formed in 1948 by a group of ex-servicemen and first played in the Surrey Intermediate (Central) League. The team joined the Surrey Senior League in 1969, the same year they moved to their current ground at Franklyn Road.
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. In 1992 the club joined the Surrey County Premier League followed in 1995 by a step up to the Combined Counties League.In the 2004-05 season Walton Casuals FC were Combined Counties League champions and were promoted to the Isthmian League. They played one season in Division One before league re-organisation saw them placed in Division One South for the 2006-07 season.
Walton Casuals Football Club
Walton Casuals F.C. was founded in July 1948, its early origins can be traced back to members of the Armed Forces who formed a Sunday side playing only friendly fixtures during the 1946-47 season.
The club started off in Division 1 of the Surrey Intermediate (Central) League, playing at Elm Grove Recreation Ground, gaining promotion to the Premier Division in 1952-53. Walton Casuals finished 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. In 1969 Casuals joined the new Surrey Senior League and moved to their current home at Franklyn Road, Walton-on-Thames.
Two years later Walton Casuals 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. Walton Casuals then returned to Franklyn Road where the Reserves had continued to play in the Surrey Combination League.
The 1982-83 season Walton Casuals won their first major honour, becoming champions of the Southern Section of the Suburban League and setting a League record of going 23 games unbeaten. The following year Walton Casuals were runners-up behind Sutton United FC. In 1986-87 Walton Casuals reached the Surrey Premier Cup Final, loosing out to Croydon FC.The club went into 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.
In 1993-94 Casuals won the Surrey Premier League Challenge Cup, defeating Holmesdale F.C after a replay, and in 1994-95 the club finished runners-up in the League and were losing finalists to Vandyke in the Challenge Cup but secured their promotion to the Combined Counties League.
The first four seasons of senior football proved a real struggle with Casuals even finishing bottom of the table in 1996-97 but able to avoid relegation thanks to the League exercising its prerogative to maintain a minimum number of clubs in the Premier Division. With the help of Walton 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 at Farnborough. The following season was also a relatively successful one, with a placing of 7thin the table and another appearance in the League Cup Final, beaten on this occasion by double-winners Cove 3-0 at Woking. Although 2002-03 proved a disappointment in as much as the club finished in a lowly 18th spot, the seeds of success had been sown with Spencer Collins taking over as first-team manager in November 2002 and a team capable of much better things slowly began to take shape. 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 by storm in 2004-05, finishing a massive 26 points clear at the top of the table.
After initially failing an FA ground inspection, Casuals launched a successful appeal and achieved promotion to the Isthmian (Ryman) League Division One for 2005-06, where the club finished their first season at in 15th place with 58 points from 44 games. The last three seasons both proved more of a struggle however, with similar final placings of 17th in 2006-07, 16th in 2007-08 and 17th in 2008-09.
Walton Athletic Club
Founded in the during the second world war, coming into existence in 1942. Currently Walton Athletic Club has around 200 members. Stompond LaneWalton-on-Thames, Surrey Telephone No. (Club Secretary): 01932 225351Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: http://www.waltonac.co.uk/
Walton Rowing Club
Founded in 1927.
Colours of Walton Rowing Club
Thames Valley Skiff Club
Based in Walton-on-Thames, is a skiff and punting club. Founded in 1923, the club supports two traditional water sports – skiffing and punting.
The Thames Valley Skiff Club is located at the end of Dudley Road, Walton-on-Thames and faces directly onto the river Thames. The club originally operated from Rosewell’s Boathouse close to Walton Bridge before moving to Clark’s boathouse in Sunbury-on-Thames. After 1945 the club moved a new home at the Anglers Public House, Walton-on-Thames, before establishing its own boat and club house at its current location in 1960. The club has close historical links with Walton Rowing Club further along the tow-path. Skiffs are traditional, stable wooden boats which are sculled with a pair of blades, punts are 2ft and 1ft racing punts. Punting is carried out competitively at regattas under the rules of the Thames Punting Association. Skiffs are raced at regattas run under the rules of the Skiff Racing Association, and are used for leisure outings such as Thames meanders.
The club colours are yellow and black as shown on the image above.