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Walthamstow FC win first league title in 37 years

The team has two more games to play in April but has already secured the trophy
By Victoria Munro

The team beat Woodford Town 4-0 on 25th March (credit: Andrzej Perkins)
The team beat Woodford Town 4-0 on 25th March (credit: Andrzej Perkins)

Local club Walthamstow FC has won the Essex Senior League, its first league title in 37 years.

While the team has two more games to play this month, Stansted’s 3-1 loss against Redbridge on 29th March means they have already secured the trophy.

Chairman Andy Perkins credited the club’s success to securing “the right management team, who went out and got the right players”.

The team’s next tournament is the FA Cup in August, where he hopes to see it “get to the first round proper”, matching its achievement from the 80s.

He told the Echo: “It’s the strangest thing… for many years I have been waiting until the last day of the season to see if we’re being relegated or winning something. But this time, the season ends in April and I have got nothing to worry about.

“You have to have a team that stays together to win this league and, over the past few years, we had chops and changes and lost players. This season, we had eight or nine players that played throughout, that’s incredible at our level.

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“It’s been brilliant over the past couple of years the way local companies have come on board. The MP, Stella Creasy, also comes to our games, without even being asked – she just turns up.”

In June, the club expects to hear whether it has been promoted to the Isthmian League, better known as the Ryman League.

A spokesperson for the club added: “We’re delighted to have been confirmed as Essex Senior League Champions. It’s a brilliant reward for so much hard work from our volunteers, players and management team.

“Just four years ago the club was days from going out of business altogether, so to be able to say we’re league champions is incredible.

“We’re proud to represent Walthamstow, and be a part of its great community, and we’re so grateful for the support of our brilliant fans.

We still have two home games left this season, on Saturday 2nd and Saturday 23rd April at 3pm, so why not come down and join the party!”

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