Walthamstow will take part in the Essex Thameside Trophy this season. This will be the first time we’ve been in the competition since the 2002-3 season, when we lost to Brentwood Town, having reached the semi-final the year before.
The club have won the competition on four six occasions, and have been runners-up twice. The most recent victory came at the end of the 1992-3 season when Rainham Town were defeated 5-4 (pictured above).
The trophy, a silver galleon ship is routinely marched out as one of the most beautiful trophies in football. This is down in no short part to the club’s former Chairman and President, George Gross who had the trophy restored at some considerable expense. This was after it had laid under George’s bed for safe keeping for many years!
It is not yet clear who the full list of clubs taking part in this invitational tournament will be, but it is understood that the Essex FA have invited all its senior non-league clubs.
The competition was last played for in the 2008-9 season, but as abandoned due to fixture congestion.
Club Chairman Andy Perkins said “We’re happy to be playing in the Thameside Trophy again.
“I first saw us win this beautiful trophy back in the 1960s. We beat Leytonstone on the same night that Celtic won the European Cup.
“The last time we won it, it got damaged in the celebrations and was put under Chairman George Gross’ bed for safe keeping. He had it restored to its present glory.
“No pressure Ryan, but I’d like to win this trophy!”
The draw for the competition will be made later this summer.