No Goals Against…

Although we failed to win on Saturday against VCD Athletic in the Ryman League Division One North the 0-0 draw, apart from a useful point, was our fifth match in a row without conceding.  Naturally the question everyone has asked me is when did the club last achieve five in a row without conceding.  So the best I can do goes back to the 2008/09 season when we were looking to get promoted to the Premier.   We achieved this by beating Concord Rangers in the play off final at Capershotts.  For those there truly a great day to remember.  Sadly for me I wasn’t!    The run began on 20th September away at Northwood when we won 2-0.  The same score against Cheshunt a week later was followed by a 1-0 win over old rivals Concord  Rangers.  We then had a 0-0 drsaw at Aveley and Thamesmead were defeated 3-0 to complete the nap.  The run came to an end though on Tuesday 14th October 2008 when we conceded 2 goals to draw 2-2 at Potters Bar Town.  So there you have it!  can we write some more history on Saturday at Dereham, who knows?

Saturday, 20 September 2008
Attendance 113

Northwood 0 Waltham Abbey 2
Elmes H, Sontag M

Tuesday, 23 September 2008
Attendance 205
Waltham Abbey 2 Cheshunt 0
Holland 2

Saturday, 27 September 2008
Attendance 134

Waltham Abbey 1 Concord Rangers 0

Monday, 29 September 2008
Attendance 128

Aveley 0 Waltham Abbey 0

Saturday, 11 October 2008
Attendance 121

Waltham Abbey 3 Thamesmead Town 0
Elmes J 2, Sontag M

The Ping

Flicking through my twitter the other day and I came across a post from an old team mate Ian Spring. It jogged the memory bank of Sunday football days gone by when I first started playing adult football at the club. We started as a CB football team as we had a thriving club in Waltham Abbey called the Ghost Town Breakers. Every week we would meet at the community centre in the Crooked Mile and then laterly if my memory serves me correct at the Football Club. My brother got us use of the Johnson Matthey works ground in Brimsdown and we started playing friendlies known as Matthey Citizens. In reality we were pretty crap but we loved it and at that age I guess we thought we were the boll*x. It was not long before ex Club Secretary John “Charlie” May invited us to come and play Sundays down at the Abbey and would get us in the Sunday League. He used to referee our games and knew that my brother and Keith Hutchins, who ran Matthey, didnt get on.  We took up the invite and were proud as punch when we won our first two games 7-0 (Edmonton Green) and 4-0 (TPA) in Junior Division Four. I remember the paper said we were ” cock a hoop”. If my memory Ian Springalso serves me correct, I dont think we won another game that season! Still we had some great laughs along the way. I recall playing a team called Tower Hamlets in the Essex Cup at Capershotts early on. No way was we going to win this game but strangely enough we did, winning 2-0 at Capershotts. It was Ian Spring who inspired me to write this article as I recalled he scored an absolute ping of a goal with a strike that gave the keeper no chance. Now not knowing what Ian looks like these days, (until seeing his twitter profile) at the time he was about (seemingly) four foot tall, no neck and basically was a circle. But boy could he strike a ball. Ask him to run around and then that was a different matter. Two funny things happened in the game that were stand out had to be there moments. A player was jumping up and down in front of Charlie May (who was now playing for us) as he took a throw in.  Charlie threw the ball straight in his face. Naturally we cracked up as the player fell like a ninepin and claret splattered all over his white Tower Hamlets shirt. The other moment was when a Hamlets player called the ref a See You En Tee. Charlie turned around a said to the ref “did you hear that”? “what”? said the ref. “he just called you a cunt” “who did?” “him”. Come here player, within seconds the fella was shown a red card and turned to curse at Charlie as he walked off. “you wanker, you got me sent off” Charlie said “well I didnt call him a cunt did I!”. We were pissing ourselves, one of the funniest things I´ve ever seen and heard on a football pitch! We lost 1-3 at home in the next round as we embarked on our losing streak throughout the season. I think it was 82-83 that season, no doubt I will look it up one day.

Did you play that day or have a sunday memory from the Abbey? Would love you to leave a comment.

Abbey Blog and History Site

Back in the 90’s I used to have a site called  It was all about the history of Waltham Abbey Football Club and not current stuff.  I had started to build the site mainly to post old memories of times at the Abbey and try to gain interest from people in the town, old players, fans etc and generally friends who had some great times in the 70’s and 80’s.  Due to an error on my part this site was lost but recently I managed to find some old files on computer and think I may just be able to recover them.  Also with the advent of new technology it looks like its even easier now to build decent websites and get up and running pretty quick.  Now I’m not saying this one is going to be quick, by any means, but I’m going to try and make an effort to place as much of my old stuff online as possible, its about time.  So if you have stumbled upon this site, thanks for looking, over the next few weeks it will take shape.