Paul Smith has agreed to step down as manager of Walsham le Willows Football club.  The club would like to put on record our thanks and appreciation for Paul’s remarkable efforts in taking us on the journey from the Suffolk and Ipswich League to the Thurlow Nunn Premier League, the Senior Cup triumph, league titles and marvellous times along the way.  His contribution has been immense and he will always be welcome at Walsham Sports Club, a true football man, outstanding individual and someone who has had an outstanding career as a player and manager.

We wish Paul every success in the future and once again thank him for his contribution to our club.


The League has been notified, by former officers of the club, that Team Bury has folded and will not, therefore, be competing in the Thurlow Nunn League going forward.  Confirmation of the situation has also been received from Suffolk F. A.

 This, of course, means that the Eastern Senior League Division 1 (North) will now also be running with 19 clubs for the coming season, but, as with the South Division, we will be making every effort to ensure that it operates at full capacity in the 2019/20 season.


Following a request last week from the Essex Senior League, and with the approval of the Football Association and the agreement of the club, the Eastern Counties League has agreed that, to maintain the number of teams in the Essex Senior League at 20, Leyton Athletic FC (formerly known as Wadham Lodge FC) will be released from the Eastern Senior League and will now play the 2018/19 season in the Essex Senior League.

This, of course, means that the Eastern Senior League Division 1 (South) will now be running with 19 clubs for the coming season, but we will be making every effort to ensure that It operates at full capacity in the 2019/20 season. 

The Eastern Counties League is pleased to be able to assist the Essex Senior League in this matter.



The Annual Clubs’ Day took place on Saturday 2nd June 2018 in The Bobby Robson Suite at Ipswich Town Football Club.

 Those attending, just under 80 in total, were treated to an enjoyable day with both excellent presentations and hospitality.

After the welcome of tea, coffee and bacon rolls the day got off to a great start with Baroness Sue Campbell, former Chairman of UK Sport and currently The FA’s Head of Women’s Football.  The theme of the presentation was how to get the best out of people and Sue used many examples of her personal experiences as a school teacher, international netball player and athlete, as well as her business life.  Topics covered included the importance of marginal changes, the culture of change and thinking differently.

Following Baroness Campbell was Mark Bradley from The Fan Experience Company which works with clubs, both in the UK and abroad, in helping them provide a better experience for their fans and spectators.  Although a light-hearted presentation the message was one that all clubs should take note of.  Again the theme was about change, doing things differently, communication, and making your people feel valued.