1981-82

Season

In 1981-82, it was our 3rd season in the London Spartan League Premier Division, we finished in 6th position.

Local newspaper activity was good in these days and there was plenty to write about.  Various snippets were :

Abbey have lost Ollie (Paul Holloway), gone to Hertford Town

Pierce has re-signed for the Abbey after training with Chingford and Hoddesdon

Reserves 3 Danson 1
16 year old bright prospect Andy Cope hits the bar.

Sammy Salomone and Larry Deverson are now at Hoddesdon Town.

11th September 1981

Dream Debut for young Andy Cope (16years old)

2nd October 1981

Paul Holloway scored the winner for Hertford Town against Chesham United on an impressive debut.

9th October 1981

Bryan Sherwood is also at Hoddesdon Town now.

6th November 1981

Bryan Sherwood re-joins the Abbey.

20th November 1981

Bidwell walks out on the Abbey

Reserve team Manager and his assistant, K Jones, both appointed this season walked out of a management meeting at the clubhouse on Tuesday night and resigned.

Bidwell was annoyed of being wrongly accused of setting up a move for Colin Winter to Cheshunt.  Cheshunt Chairman Terry Prosser said "It was Bill Broomfield's idea!" "He felt that Winter was worthy of better football".  Winter is expected to join them.

The committee told Bidwell that they were not happy over players not training which led to a disagreement on policy.

4th December 1981

Colin Winter has signed for Cheshunt

Tony Wilson drops a bombshell.  He tells Billy Broomfield that he is leaving the Abbey.  He is expected to re-join Hoddesdon Town.

12th December 1981

Martin Clements who started the season with the Abbey has re-joined Cheshunt

18th December 1981

Colin Winter included in the Cheshunt squad to play against Kingsbury Town in the FA Vase 2nd Round

Bill Broomfield has selection problems.  John Hodges, out of action for a month with a broken toe is fit again and he has 3 new signings.

Alan Hagan has returned from Australia for 12 months.  Former players Larry Deverson (Hoddesdon Town) and Mark Howard (Hertford Town) have re-signed.

1982

At the turn of the year Waltham Abbey were second in the table behind Fisher Athletic by 3 points.

8th January 1982

Salomone finally re-joins the Abbey

Nigel Archer has recovered from a knee cartilage operation.  The team were just about to travel to Bracknell Town when a phone call told them that the game was off.

15th January 1982

Waltham Abbey have now not played for five weeks.

29th January 1982

Bill Broomfield has been appointed General manager.  New first team manager is Mickey Jenkins  (This needs citation)

12th February 1982

Winter re-joins the Abbey after one and a half games for Cheshunt.

Tony Wilson also returns after a spell with Hoddesdon Town, as does Bobby Landells who has been out of action for 18 months.

12th March 1982

Andy Hall transfers to  Brimsdown Rovers.

Ronnie Smith scores Cheshunt Reserves after being transferred from the Abbey.

Waltham Abbey Reserves were late arriving at Wandsworth.

4th June 1982

Cheshunt 1 (Cook) Highfield 0
Waltham Hospital Cup

18th June 1982

John Patching, Chairman for 3 years resigns.

 

 

London Spartan League Premier Division

1 Fisher Athletic 26 17 7 2 60 18 41
2 Bracknell Town 26 15 5 6 47 30 35
3 Merstham 26 14 4 8 41 28 32
4 Malden Vale 26 13 6 7 41 30 32
5 Beckton United 26 10 8 8 39 31 28
6 Waltham Abbey                  26 11 5 10 41 28 27
7 Alma Swanley 26 10 7 9 47 49 27
8 Beckenham Town 26 8 8 10 28 24 24
9 Chingford 26 10 4 12 47 57 24
10 Swanley Town 26 8 6 12 35 45 22
11 Amersham Town 26 6 9 11 33 53 21
12 Berkhamsted Town 26 7 5 14 26 43 19
13 Greenwich Borough 26 6 5 15 29 49 17
14 Ambrose Fleming 26 5 5 16 29 58 15

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