Match Preview: Walton & Hersham FC – Away

Walton and Hersham FC

After the disappointment of the postponed game on Saturday, the Moles travel to second placed Walton & Hersham FC.

Matchday: Saturday 18th March, 2023
Kickoff: 3 pm

About Walton & Hersham FC

Walton & Hersham Football Club was established in 1945 following the merger of Walton FC and Hersham FC. The club’s early years were marked by success, winning four league titles, including three consecutive titles in the Corinthian League. Walton & Hersham moved to the Athenian League in 1950 and later joined the Isthmian League after being crowned league champions for a fourth time in 1969. The club’s most successful period followed shortly after, with the team reaching the FA Cup Second Round and winning the FA Amateur Cup at Wembley Stadium. However, the departure of several key players and the manager resulted in the team’s rapid relegation to Isthmian League Division Two. Walton & Hersham struggled throughout the next few decades, regularly earning promotion and suffering relegation between the Isthmian League divisions. The club was saved from extinction in the late 1970s with the help of former Ballon d’Or winner Sir Stanley Matthews, who briefly served as the club’s president. In 2019, the club was taken over by a group of students, who claim to be the youngest owners in world football.

In August 2017, Walton & Hersham relocated from Stompond Lane to the Elmbridge Sports Hub, a £20 million sports complex development shared with local rivals Walton Casuals. The club suffered relegation to the Combined Counties Division One after three seasons in the ninth tier of English football. In 2021 the club were promoted to the Premier Division South based on their results in the abandoned 2019–20 and 2020–21 seasons. After six years away from the Isthmian League, a 1–0 victory over Raynes Park Vale on 9 April 2022 secured at least a second placed spot and back-to-back promotions.The club returned to Step 4 for the first time since relegation in 15/16.

Head To Head Record

Earlier this season, the Moles lost 2-0 to Walton & Hersham at Hill Farm Lane.

The Moles games on Saturday was postponed whilst Walton & Hersham beat Chertsey 5-2. Walton & Hersham sit in 2nd place, whilst the Moles in 7th place.

Tickets

Prices are;

  • Adults: £9
  • Seniors (65+) / Concessions: £6
  • Next Gen (13-21): £4
  • Under 13: Free

Cash, card and contactless payment are all accepted at the gate.

About Elmbridge XCel Sports Hub

Address: Waterside Dr, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 2JP

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