History

Early History

In June 1998, Sean O’Hagan started training approximately 10 local boys on the Walton Le Dale recreation ground. This formed the beginning of Walton Le Dale Junior Football Club.

Since then, the club membership has sharply risen to approximately 160 children whose ages range from 5 to 15 years.

Due to the fast growth of the club, it was felt a committee was needed to ensure the continuation of this very successful organisation. In December 1999, the committee was formed by the parents of the children who played for the club.

Charter Standard Award

In December 2011 the club achieved Charter Standard club status from the FA. This was a result of two years work by the committee to meet strict regulations to become a Charter standard club. Some of the targets that had to be attained were – Every coach to be Level 1 certified, all managers and committee members to be CRB cleared, a fully trained Child Protection Officer, all club financial records to be in good order, minutes from club meetings and AGM’s to be kept.

 

Home Grounds

Historically teams have played home games at Walton Le Dale Recreation Ground sharing the community field with the local cricket club. Holland house is another home of the club and used by older age groups due to the size of the pitch.

Grounds near the Shaws Arms next to the River Ribble, Walton Le Dale Primary School and St Aidens Primary School have also been home grounds for various age groups throughout the years.

In the summer of 2012 the committee signed a ground breaking contract to secure land behind the current recreation ground in Walton Le Dale, which was developed into a fantastic football pitch. This has predominantly been used by 9v9 age groups but can accomodate 11v11 if required in the future.

The Recreation Ground Society completed the building of a new community centre including changing rooms for the club to use in the summer of 2014.

Club Badge

In the summer of 2010 the club felt a change of badge was required to bring the image of the club up to date. A competition was setup for all the current players to design a new club badge. The winner of the competition was Michael Jeffrey was announced as the winner at the 2010 presentation evening. His base design was a shield with three yellow arrows which was a historical shield of Walton le Dale. This was taken and made into a real design and has been used as the club crest since.

Club Honours

2002/03
Under 9’s League champions & Cup winners

2003/04
Under 10’s Cup runners up

2005/06
Under 12’s League champions & cup winners

2006/07
Under 9’s League Champions
Under 13’s League & cup runners up

2007/08
Under 11’s 9v9 League Champions
Under 14’s League runners up

2008/09
Under 15’s League champions, Cup runners up & Lancashire cup winners.

2009/10
Under 10’s Cup runners up
Under 16’s Premier League champions

2011/12
Under 15’s Cup Runners Up
Under 16’s League 1 League Champions

2012/13
Under 10’s Yellow Serie A Runners Up & League Cup Winners

2013/14
Under 8’s Yellow League Cup Winners
Under 11’s Yellow ‘Harriers League Champions’
Under 15’s League 1 Champions and Plate Runners Up

2014/15
Under 11’s ‘Harriers League Runners Up’
Under 12’s Blue ‘Spitfires League Champions’
Under 12’s Yellow ‘Plate runners Up’