Where are they now? In the process of updating, taken from the old Capershotts.com site 24-04-2016
Still living in Waltham Abbey, we haven’t seen Tony at Capershotts for a while but we know he still follows the teams fortunes. Father of the brilliant Rikki Burbridge, whom will no doubt be mentioned throughout the site in various places. Big Tony played center half and whoa betide anyone who got in his way! Had muscles on his muscles and in places even he didn’t know about! Part of the Championship winning team in 1978-79. When Rikki was playing for the club Tony and wife Lynn were kind enough to host the boardroom for us on match days. (LU 24-4-16)
Martin Coomber pictured here with his Player of the Year awards in 1994. Martin played for the club in goal during the 90’s joining from Cuffley in the 1992-93 season. Initially Martin only joined the club to help out midweek before becoming a regular fixture between the sticks. Made his debut at home to North Greenford United on Tuesday 23rd February 1993 keeping a clean sheet in a 4-0 home win. Upon leaving the Abbott’s Martin went on to play for Essex Senior league rivals Sawbridgeworth Town where he was last seen coaching the Youth teams. Was living in Harlow.
One of the most gifted players who could use both feet to equal effect ever at the club. Andy played in the Youth set up before making the grade at Senior level. His first team appearance’s were limited however as he was fortunate enough to be picked up by the then mighty Enfield FC where he made numerous appearances. Was a revelation for the WAFC Sunday side of 83-84. Andy met the love of his life on holiday with the Abbey boys in Magaluf and moved to Macclesfield soon after his marriage. Following years of trying to find Andy he has suddenly popped up on social media. I hope to contact him soon. (LU 24-04-2016)
Ian spent most of his career at the Abbey playing in the reserves but when called upon to play for the first team always gave a good account of himself. Ian played mainly in the left wing position before age got the better of him and he reverted to sweeper. I remember once playing for the reserves at Capershotts with “Den” and going to help him on the left wing. He promptly threw up as he was running along and the full back let him go past with ease. Everyone else nearly threw up too! Now living in Ingatestone, Essex. Married to Vicky. Three children Kalli, Ross and Billy who also played for the club first team in 2014-15. Still seen frequently in the Abbey at the club playing for the Vets team when he is not in pain with some ailment or excuse!
Currently sweeping the internet on Arsenal Fan TV making himself look like a right plum. Lee joined St Margaretsbury in the Spartan South Midlands League after leaving the Abbey in the 90’s. Became their Manager for a number of seasons but left, we believe under a cloud somewhat as his style probably didn’t fit in with St M´s hierarchy being the forthright person he is. One of those players who seemed to have been around for years….and probably was! Hoping to bump into Lee soon to catch up with a few memories.
Paul made one appearance at the start of 2003-04 season after playing for the club in the early 90’s. A very skilful player in his day but also very temperamental, and was prone to get himself in trouble on the pitch. Especially if I was the ref, once called me Graham Poll as I sent him off. “Mitch” now plays for the Vets on Sunday mornings here at Capershotts after playing on a Sunday for Upshire FC for a number of years. Always up for a chat in the clubhouse, enjoying his Vets football at the club.
Derek Ridgewell pictured circa late 1980’s caught by surprise at Beaconsfield United! Derek was probably the funniest ever physio at the club. Great moments included running on at Edgware to treat a home team player following an injury, (Edgware also play in Green & White!) and fighting over the bucket with the opposition physio when we took on Crown & Manor once at East Ham’s old ground. Also treated Larry Deverson’s wrong leg once following a knock! Del was physio and club helper at St Margaretsbury for a few years and followed that by helping Broxbourne Borough for a numbers of years. Sadly Derek left us in 2016 passing away following a short illness. Del had a great innings and even his funeral at Parndon Wood was a laugh to the end and Del was well represented by the football club. RIP Wizzer
All the following were written some years ago and will be updated as time permits.
Affectionately known as “Beggy”, Greg is living in Waltham Abbey with wife Kim and two children. Started his football career as a goalkeeper in the successful Under 18 team of the 70’s that played in the Chiltern League. Greg came out onto the pitch in defence and had spells in the first team during the 80’s but mainly played in the Reserve team over the years. Gained a runners-up medal in the 1985-86 Spartan League Cup Final. If he hadn’t ballooned over the bar in the last minute of extra time he could well have had a winners medal! Greg until recently was seen still kicking people on a Sunday morning for Upshire FC in the Waltham & District league! Profile
Still living in Waltham Abbey, can be seen in the Larsen Social Club on occasion. Former Youth Team Coach at Cheshunt after retiring from football. Played for J&M Sports after leaving the Abbey in the early 80’s. Brother of Paul and son of Stan former player and Chairman. This photo is definitely not brother Peter, despite John’s claims!
Paul was a quality no nonsense defender with a heart of a lion. Living in Waltham Abbey. Had a spell at J&M Sports with brother John upon leaving the Abbey and went on to become a Youth Team coach at the club before leaving to coach at Cheshunt FC. Currently hacking his way around Nazeing Golf Club as often as he can. Former winner of the coveted Player of the Year award.
Moved to Walton on the Naze to join the British Legion and the many other Waltham Abbey ex-pats in the town. Old before his time. Still managing an occasional game on a Sunday, walking around the pitch much as he used to! Assistant Manager of Kirby Social Sunday Team. Married to Janet with 3 children, Charlotte, Alfie and Harry. Makes the occasional return to the Abbey to say hello and last time out actually bought a round of drinks!!! Player of the Year award winner. Former worst photo winner too, I have hundreds but this one takes the cake! Hello mate………..x Profile
Player who could play either left back or left wing, Mickey had a great sense of humour. Once when players were fined for not wearing ties, or credited for wearing one Mickey turned up with 6 on hoping to make a few quid. It was funny at the time! Not seen since leaving the club in the 90’s. Mickey, where are you?
Matthew Kay pictured here in 1987 when part of the Under 12 Tournament team. Matt never reached the dizzy heights of senior football at the club but according to the programme of 1987 “always gave 100%”. Can currently be seen having a kick around on Sunday mornings for Upshire FC and usually falling around on a Friday night in the Sun Pub, Waltham Abbey!
This man is a legend. Pictured here lost somewhere in the back four, Steve lost his way years ago and gave up Saturday football. Would have been an all time great but became a legend in other ways. Played for the Under 18’s many moons ago and broke into the First team but became injury prone. More WILL follow on this cult figure……..
Gary Matthews here pictured in 1974 aged 9. Gary was a promising Youth Player before being involved in a bad accident which hampered his career. Throughout his Waltham Abbey days Gary was known around the area as “Dit” or “Dittle”. I never did find out why! Moved to Walton on Naze some years ago. Mailed the site upon its inception, probably never thought he would end up on here! Gary if your out there e-mail me some more details please? Profile.
The man with the longest tongue ever seen at Capershotts!. Johnny played for the club under both Dennis Bond and Derek Townshend in the 80’s. Diminutive and tenacious midfielder. Great entertainment on the club holidays to Magaluf! John is pictured here at the Arras Sunday Cup winning team reunion held a couple of years back. Johnny what you doing these days?
In pre-season action against Elliott Star early 90’s. “Streaky” is now living in Edinburgh. After leaving Waltham Abbey Andy went onto play for Hertford Town and Brimsdown Rovers before ending his senior career. Recently visited the clubhouse for the ESL match against Barkingside 2nd Oct 2004.
Ian Spillett was captain of the very successful youth side managed by “Taffy” Evans, winning the Youth Tournament in Germany in 1976, the first Waltham Abbey Youth team to do so. Ian joined Hertford Town Youth to fill the gap between Youth and Senior in those days and came back to feature for both Reserves and “A &,B” teams at the club. Ian is pictured here in 1974 aged 9.
Derek Townshend our former Manager from the 1980’s left the club to have a spell as General Manager at Cockfosters. Derek can now be seen frequently at Brimsdown Rovers FC, where he has taken up the role, once again of General Manager at the club. Derek took the side to the London Spartan League Cup Final in 1986 against Yeading FC. Derek played in goal for Hertford Town in his early football career and Walthamstow Avenue and was highly rated. Currently also still enjoying his football, running the Super Veterans section on a Sunday morning at Goldsdown Road.
Steve Waite in action against Stevenage Boro FA Cup 1991-92. Steve currently lives in Brentwood and is a life member of the club. Steve was instrumental in the erecting of the original floodlights at Capershotts back in 1989. Steve, like the ever growing army of fans has become a regular supporter of the club this season and is often seen in the hospitality lounge at half time along with big Tony Burbridge
Colin “Geordie” Winter. Joined the club at the age of 16 and quickly made it into the first team. Part of the successful 1978-79 championship winning team. Probably Waltham Abbey’s record appearance holder, sadly number not known. Finally hung his boots up at the end of the 90’s. Living in Cheshunt with Lynn and 2 children, works as a double glazing installer. Profile