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Over 50s Rep Team

This is where you will find out everything there is to know about the Essex Walking Football League Over 50s Representative team.

Manager: Simon Crump


The squad's home ground, where they train and play, is Melbourne Park, Solerno Way, Chelmsford.

The team train three or four times a year although this may increase depending on need.

National tournament include: Walking Football Leagues Alliance Inter League Cup being held in Redditch. Simon will also be on the lookout for other regional and national tournaments.

Any player who wants to can put themselves forward by contacting Simon Crump at the contact email address above with their name, Essex Walking Football League team they play for and their contact mobile number.

More information can be found on the team's Facebook page.

See below for regular updates

WFLA Inter League Cup

14 May 2024

Simon Crump

Saturday 11th May saw a squad of eight Essex league players travel to Redditch to compete in the Walking Football Leagues Alliance national Over 50s Inter League Cup. The tournament was played to the new FA Walking Football Laws of the Game which meant that four team running offences would be punished with a penalty against the team.

With eight Leagues from across England taking part teams were split into two groups with 

Essex being drawn in Group B along with Dorset, Oxfordshire and Birmingham.

First up for Essex were Dorset with the team losing 2-0. 

The second game was against Oxfordshire which again saw the team lose 2-0. 

Finally, in Essex's third game the team got a win under their belt against Birmingham winning 2-1. 

The penultimate game of the day and Essex were up against Lincolnshire with the team winning 1-0. 

The Lincolnshire result meant Essex played Dorset again in the final match of the day, the 5th/6th place play off. This was a tough game which ended up drawn 1-1 and meant Essex finished 5th on the day. A good result given this was the teams first competitive outing.

Essex 0ver 50 Walking Football Rep Team:


Walter Previ (Gk) - Concord 

Simon Crump (Manager) - Romford 

David Willis - Garon Park 

Lee Sterland - Chelmsford 

Paul Wells - Concord 

Dave Snook - Romford 

Gary Matthews - Eastwood

Andrew Coyle - Leyton Orient 

Manager, Simon Crump, reflected on the days football saying, "The first “competitive” outing for the squad and a great days football, we certainly weren’t out of our depth and look forward to more competition in the future."

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Image used © 2024 Simon Crump

Essex Rep Teams Enter National Cups

19 February 2024

Trevor Ridley

For the first time the Essex Walking Football League, the largest league by number of teams and players in the country, has entered three teams in the Walking Football Leagues Alliance (WFLA) Inter League Cup. The teams entered are the over 50s, over 60s and over 65s and each will compete in their own age specific tournament.

All the details that are available at the moment are that the tournament will take place at Redditch FC stadium on Sunday 12th May 2024. More information will be posted when it is received.

Over 50s Rep Team Trials Success

17 February 2024

Trevor Ridley

The first Essex Walking Football League over 50s Rep team trials/training session, which was held at Melbourne Park, Salerno Way Chelmsford, was attended by thirteen players. This was a good session and thanks to Richard Coleman for refereeing.

After the session Richard was enthusiastic saying; "Simon you have the making of a very good team. I think everyone enjoyed the session. Thank you for all your effort in making it a very good session".

This is only the start of the over 50s Rep team. The next trials/training session is booked for Saturday 16th March from noon to 2pm. Simon is already in contact with other leagues to arrange inter-league matches.

Anyone who is interested please contact Simon Crump via his EMAIL:

Simon will need your:

Full name 

Club you play for 

Contact number 

Over 50s Rep Team Trial Dates Set

10 January 2024

Simon Crump

Dates for the initial over 50s Rep team training sessions have now been set as Saturday 17th February from noon to 2pm and Saturday 16th March also from noon to 2pm. Both sessions will be held at Melbourne Park, 56 Salerno Way, Chelmsford CM1 2EH.

Both of these are open training sessions and are trials for the over 50s Rep team. Please let Simon Crump know on his contact email address - if, as a player who plays in the Essex league, you wish to attend and you haven’t already emailed Simon. 

This is a great opportunity for players to get involved at a county level, with games being scheduled against other walking football leagues across the country.

Over 50s Rep Team Needs Players

7 January 2024

Simon Crump

It has been decided the Essex Walking Football League will run an Over 50s Walking Football Representative side. The aim of this team is to enhance the reputation of the League by representing it at County level.

Simon Crump, Manager EWFL 50s rep side, intents to run an Open training session with a view to picking a squad to train and play together.

With that in mind Simon has sent out this as an open invitation to any over 50 player registered to play for a team in the Essex Walking Football League Competitions. If you feel you are available and wish to represent the league you will be invited along to the Open training session from which a squad will be selected.

Should you be selected for a squad you will be expected to fund your own travel arrangements for all games, we will look at car sharing etc. to keep costs down.

A kit will be supplied by the League.

Any friendlies will hopefully be no further than two hours away from our home ground, however entry into tournaments may mean an overnight stay on occasion.

This will be county level standard and all games will be of that standard.

If you feel this is something you wish to be involved with then training session will be on Saturday afternoons at Chelmsford. There will be an expectation that players regularly attend training sessions should they be selected for the squad. The exact dates of the open training session and on going squad meetings will be decided once Simon has gauged numbers.

Please contact Simon Crump via his EMAIL:  in order to register your interest. 

Simon will need your:

Full name 

Club you play for 

Contact number 

Rep Teams Next Season

1 December 2023

Gary Murphy

The Essex Walking Football League (EWFL) have Representative sides at over 50s, over 60s, over 65s, and over 70s.

The players who represent the EWFL are drawn from the very best players who play for clubs who participate in the league and league cup compititions.

Representative football is more prevalent during the EWFL closed season as it is very hard to get players together with league, cup, and outside club tournaments taking place during the season/summer months.

At the over 60s, over 65s and over 70s age groups the League are lucky to have week day sessions at two excellent facilities that are Billericay FC and Heybridge Swifts FC. 

Rep 50s - Unfortunately the league have tried to fulfil the 50s section but with most of them still working it has proven almost impossible to find local training facilities in the evening or at weekends that suit.

The League's over 65s Representative side took part in the South East twelve counties tournament in Chippenham early in 2023. The team did very well only losing on penalties in the final. It was a very long day with the final ending up being played with the flood lights on! The team came away with a nice trophy which was given out by ex spurs legend Steve Perryman. 

At the end of last lesson the over 65s also played in the Walking Football League Alliance inter County tournament in Leek. Again the team had a successful day coming runners up in a round robin on goal difference. During the winter months the coaching staff try to have a mixed training session around once a month and look for a county tournament to give the lads something to focus there training sessions on.

The League are also quite lucky to have contacts at regional level and quite often are invited to take a team to there training session for practice matches. 

Manager of the over 65s, Gary Murphy is looking forward to the 2024 season; "I'm looking forward to taking the representative teams from runners up in 2023 to winners in the 2024 season. Our aim this next winter is to hold a county tournament of our own."

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