NOTE TO EDITORS: Anthony Gale (Manager) should not be confused with his former professional footballer and Sky Sports pundit Tony Gale (Chairman).
Gale took over as manager ahead of the 2015-16 season and is a UEFA qualified coach with all four youth modules to his name. The former Chelsea Ladies Academy boss also worked throughout the age ranges in the Millwall youth set-up and has experience with U16s, U18s and U21s. He currently records the best win percentage in the club’s Isthmian League history and has scored 51 goals in 283 appearances.
DOB: 20.09.95 | Debut: 18.01.17 v British Airways
Brace joined Walton Casuals in November 2016, after impressing between the sticks for the Walton & Hersham youth side in the Suburban League. He had also featured for the Staines Town youth teams previously and acted a regular number two for the Stags. Rewarded with his debut in January 2017, Brace was named Man of the Match in the cup win.
DOB: 20.09.95 | Debut: 20.12.14 v Whyteleafe
Cheadle is the third brother to represent the club, following Adam and Jordan, and features in a player-coach capacity. After progressing at Kingstonian, he has also lined-up for Leatherhead, Tooting & Mitcham United and Sutton Common Rovers. Cheadle has lined-up for Chertsey Town and Bedfont Sports on dual registration this season.
DOB: 19.09.94 | Debut: 03.09.16 v Greenwich Borough
Gerrar joined the Casuals from National League outfit Sutton United in September 2016 and made his debut in a historic FA Cup victory. The former Millwall keeper, who was the second choice throughout the 2013-14 season for the Lions, has also represented La Manga (Spain), Rio Maior (Portugal), Lewes and Histon.
DOB: 21.05.90 | Debut: 23.08.11 v Whitehawk
Cheadle is serving his fourth spell with the club and became the club’s highest scoring defender on the final day of the 2015-16 season. The well-travelled full-back, who can also play in a central role, names AFC Wimbledon, Kingstonian, Merstham, Banstead Athletic, Walton & Hersham, Tooting & Mitcham United and Metropolitan Police as former clubs.
DOB: 15.03.94 | Debut: 31.12.16 v Carshalton Athletic
Fenlon is an experienced former Football League defender, who was a regular in the AFC Wimbledon set-up. Having also played in the Scottish Premiership with Ross County, he later represented Hayes & Yeading United and Leatherhead before joining the Stags in late 2016.
DOB: 18.10.94 | Debut: 10.09.13 v Corinthian-Casuals
Fitzgerald first joined the Stags during the 2013-14 season, making 24 appearances before joining National League South club Bromley. After becoming a regular at Hayes Lane, he later joined Cray Wanderers, before returning to Walton Casuals in September 2015. He went on to make another 24 appearances during the 2015-16 season. The captain scored his first goal for the club in October 2016.
DOB: 22.08.92 | Debut: 27.08.16 v Three Bridges
Knock joined the Casuals in July 2016 from Chipstead, after numerous spells in non-league football. The defender-cum-midfielder started his career at AFC Wimbledon, before playing for Ashford Town and Tooting & Mitcham United. He also captained the Terrors in 2015, playing alongside a number of his current teammates who have since joined the Stags.
DOB: 23.09.94 | Debut: 18.10.14 v East Grinstead Town
Obaye-Daley first featured for the club during the 2014-15 season, making 33 appearances while forming a notable partnership with Quincy Rowe. Joining from the youth ranks of AFC Wimbledon, he shone in his first senior opportunity and signed for a second spell in August 2016 after a short break from football.
DOB: 16.03.94 | Debut: 13.08.16 v Faversham Town
Ogun signed for the Casuals in July 2016, having last represented Chipstead alongside a number of current Stags. The ex-Walton & Hersham, Guildford City, Staines Town and Hampton & Richmond Borough man was trialled in a full-back role during pre-season and impressed the management team having previously played as a central defender and midfielder.
DOB: 29.10.97 | Debut: 02.04.16 v Herne Bay
Olorunfemi first joined the club on loan from Maidenhead United in the final weeks of the 2015-16 season and returned for a second spell in October 2016. Having captained the Magpies youth side, and recently claiming the Player of the Year award, the defender has been capped for the United senior squad prior to gaining senior experience at Church Road.
DOB: 13.12.93 | Debut: 11.08.15 v Molesey
Paul signed for the Casuals ahead of the 2015-16 season, and despite starting on the bench regularly became a first team regular after a string of excellent performances. Having since captained the team, he has previously played for Enfield Town, Salisbury City, Eastbourne Borough, AFC Hayes, Thurrock, Hitchin Town, Maidenhead United and Marlow.
DOB: 12.12.99 | Debut: 19.10.16 v Lewes
Babwana is the youngest member of the squad this year, completing a move from Abbey Rangers in October 2016. The Congo-born midfielder spent four years with Chelsea before a season in Norwich City’s youth ranks and was rewarded for his Casuals performances with a two-week trial at Charlton Athletic earlier this season.
DOB: 15.03.95 | Debut: 15.08.15 v Tooting & Mitcham United
Bello-Balogun first moved to the Casuals ahead of the 2015-16 season and joined East Grinstead Town in between his two spells at the Moatside Stadium. After joining Chipstead ahead of the current campaign, he returned to the Walton set-up in October 2016. Having previously represented Daventry Town and Potters Bar Town, he has also had youth spells with Reading, Barnet and Wycombe Wanderers.
DOB: 03.11.97 | Debut: 05.10.16 v Dorking Wanderers
Boonpen signed from East Grinstead Town in September 2016, having been spotted playing in the club’s youth ranks. The Thai-born midfielder made his debut aged just 18 and will look to have an influence on the Stags throughout the season.
DOB: 02.06.89 | Debut: 26.10.16 v Hastings United
Coleman completed a switch from temporary landlords Whyteleafe in October 2016, having enjoyed two spells at Church Road previously. The 2014-15 Player of the Year at Dorking Wanderers, the midfielder has also featured for Chipstead and Lingfield – where he was named top scorer during the 2012-13 campaign while playing in a central role.
DOB: 21.08.98 | Debut: 17.08.16 v Lewes
Holness became one of the first signings of the 2016-17 season, having appeared for the club in pre-season. The former Fulham and Crystal Palace is one of the younger members of the squad but doesn’t lack confidence on the pitch in the midfield. He also enjoyed a spell with the AFC Croydon Athletic U18s last season.
DOB: 28.09.98 | Debut: 22.03.16 v Hythe Town
Malyon is the youngster member of the squad this season, having joined from the Sutton United U18s back in March 2016. Making a handful of appearances from the bench, he later trained with the England C set-up at Gander Green Lane. He is currently on loan at Combined Counties Division One side Redhill.
DOB: 19.07.92 | Debut: 07.10.15 v Walton & Hersham
Nicholson re-joined the Stags for his second spell in August 2016, after a short stay with Kingstonian. The former Tottenham Hotspur and AFC Wimbledon midfielder, who has also played in Finland and Scotland, made 29 appearances in his first term with the club while scoring one goal. He also earned a single cap for the England U19 national team in 2011.
DOB: 18.11.92 | Debut: 13.08.16 v Faversham Town
Summers, the younger brother of Dan, is an England Under-18 international who most recently played in the United States. Having lined-up for the Kingstonian youth set-up before his move across the Atlantic, he captained his nation during the 2011 Centenary Shield. He scored 12 goals in 72 appearances for Radford University from 2012 to 2015.
DOB: 15.01.94 | Debut: 05.09.15 v South Park
Sammoutis also has international experience, making five appearances for the Cypriot Under-19 national team. The former Millwall youngster briefly featured for Margate and Metropolitan Police before being snapped up by AC Omonia in Cyprus. He joined the Stags in September 2015 and remained with the club for the 2016-17 campaign despite trials with Barnet and Bromley.
DOB: 09.03.94 | Debut: 18.01.17 v British Airways
Anton joined the Casuals in January 2017, following a short stay with league rivals Godalming Town. Having featured regularly under assistant manager Dean Thomas, he netted 47 goals in a single season with Godalming & Farncombe before claiming the Golden Boot and all three Player of the Season awards at Guildford City last year.
DOB: 25.07.84 | Debut: 05.10.16 v Dorking Wanderers
Boosey joined the club in a player-coach capacity ahead of the 2016-17 season, bringing a wealth of experience from non-league football. The former Sutton United, Kingstonian, Corinthian-Casuals and Lingfield forward recently worked alongside assistant manager Matt Howard at Carshalton Athletic.
DOB: 02.06.89 | Debut: 26.10.16 v Hastings United
D’Sane joined in December 2016, having previously played Ryman League football for Merstham and Whyteleafe. The former England C forward also made over 100 appearances for Aldershot Town and played in the Football League with Accrington Stanley. He lists AFC Wimbledon, Lewes, Torquay United, Wealdstone and Woking as former clubs.
DOB: 22.08.95 | Debut: 16.03.13 v Whitstable Town
Hudson re-joined the Stags ahead of the 2016-17 season, following two loan spells in previous seasons. The Welling United youngster made a handful of appearances for the club in early 2013, before becoming a fan favourite throughout the 2013-14 campaign with his pace and trickery. He went on to join Kingstonian and VCD Athletic prior to his permanent return.
DOB: 05.09.88 | Debut: 16.11.13 v Peacehaven & Telscombe
Odunaike joined during the 2013-14 campaign and has been an influential figure ever since. Having claimed the Golden Boot award in the last three seasons, the latter joint with Scott Day, he has become a fan favourite for his goal scoring attributes. The former Crawley Down Gatwick frontman is currently the club’s sixth all-time top scorer.
DOB: 14.09.96 | Debut: 17.08.16 v Lewes
Oladipo first signed for the Casuals during the 2015-16 season but moved to Sweden to join Gottne IF shortly after without making an appearance. Upon his return to England, the former Leyton Orient youngster re-joined the Stags and has impressed early in the season with his electric pace on the wing.
DOB: 08.07.88 | Debut: 24.03.07 v Ashford Town
Pinnock made seven appearances for the club during the 2006-07 season while on loan from Dulwich Hamlet and re-joined ten years later in July 2016. In recent seasons, he featured for Carshalton Athletic, made over 100 appearances for Tooting & Mitcham United and concluded the previous campaign with Chipstead.
Last updated: 2o January 2017
Walton Casuals Football Club was founded in July 1948, and owes its early origins to members of the Armed Forces.
The club first competed as a Sunday side following the end of World War Two, and played friendly matches throughout the 1946-47 season under the name of White City Football Club.
After becoming a Saturday side and being renamed Walton Casuals, the club commenced its inaugural season in Division One of the Surrey Intermediate (Central) League. Playing at Elm Grove Recreation Ground, Walton gained promotion to the Premier Division during the 1952-53 season and later finished as runners-up on three occasions: 1954-55, 1956-57 and 1964-65. With the disbandment of the Surrey Intermediate (Central) League in 1965, the club opted to move to the league’s Western Section for three seasons.
However, in 1969 Casuals joined the Surrey Senior League as founding members, during which they moved into their recent home at Franklyn Road. Just two years later the Stags become founder members of the Suburban League, and after one season at Walton & Hersham’s Stompond Lane, moved into Liberty Lane at Addlestone for eight seasons. Nonetheless, they soon returned to Franklyn Road – which had remained host to the reserve squad – while playing in the Surrey Combination League.
Walton Casuals collected their first major honour during the 1982-83 season, as manager Kim Harris guided the club to become champions of the Southern section of the Suburban League. In doing so, the club also set a league record of an impressive 23 games unbeaten. Casuals could only manage a second place finish the following year, falling to Sutton United.
The 1986-87 season produced another impressive display as the Stags reached the Surrey Premier Cup Final, but lost to Croydon before falling into a steady decline in subsequent years – regularly finishing in the bottom two of the Suburban League.
After 21 years of competing in the Suburban League, the club decided to join the Surrey Premier League in June 1992 in order to compete in the pyramid system. Following a year of consolidation, major changes paved the future of the club at Franklyn Road – notably with the reappointment of Kim Harris as first-team manager, who had previously enjoyed a successful spell at Hersham RBL.
With the club expanding into both Sunday and youth football sides in the coming seasons, the club saw greater success in the following years. Lifting the Surrey Premier League Challenge Cup during the 1993-94 season, defeating Holmesdale after a replay, the club also finished as runners-up to Chobham in the league just one year later. Despite losing to Vandyke in the Surrey Premier League Challenge Cup at the second time of asking, the club was promoted to the Combined Counties League in the summer.
The progression proved to be a challenge for Casuals, and he first four seasons produced treacherous results. The 1996-97 season saw the side finish bottom of the table, although relegation was avoided with the Combined Counties League exercising is prerogative to maintain a minimum number of clubs in the Premier Division. February 1999 produced substantial developments for the club, as with the help of local charities, the installation of floodlights at Franklyn Road was completed – a major step for ground requirements in progressing up the pyramid.
The appointment of Mick Sullivan and Garry Clark as joint managers in the summer of 1999 bought a dramatic improvement in terms of results. As well as a fifth place finish in the league, the club won the League Cup in 2000, beating Viking Greenford 4-2 in the final at Farnborough. The following season was also a relatively successful one, with seventh placed league finish and another appearance in the League Cup Final, beaten on this occasion by double-winners Cove 3-0 at Woking.
Although 2002-03 proved a disappointment with the club finishing in a lowly 18th spot, the seeds of success had been sown with Spencer Collins taking over as first-team manager in November 2002. As a team capable of much better things slowly begun to take shape, ex-West Ham United and Fulham icon Tony Gale was installed as Director of Football.
After more team-building in 2003-04 and a big jump up the table to finish in seventh, the club took the Combined Counties by storm the ensuing season, sitting an impressive 26 points clear at the top of the table.
After initially failing an FA ground inspection, the club launched a successful appeal and achieved their dream of promotion to Ryman League Division One for 2005-06. Finishing the maiden season in 15th place, subsequent seasons saw the club regularly finish in the bottom half. In 2009-10 the club achieved its best run in the FA Cup reaching the Third Qualifying Round, before losing to Staines Town.
The club appointed Neil Shipperley as manager in the summer of 2010 who managed to finish in 12th place, at the time the Stags’ best ever league finish. During early 2011 the club opened a new clubhouse and new changing facilities, before Mick Sullivan returned to the helm in October 2011. He was sacked a year later with ex-Farnborough, Crawley Town and Stevenage manager Danny Carroll taking the reins.
Following a reprieve at the end of the 2012-13 season, avoiding an imminent relegation, ex-Kingstonian assistant Mark Hams was instated as manager, with his brother Neil joining on the touchline. Within their first season, the Hams brothers led the team to a club record league finish of ninth place.
However, after struggling in their second season, Hams and the club decided to part their ways after nine league games without a single point. Players Liam Collins and Simon Huckle took up temporary coaching roles at the club, before being handed the permanent opportunity in November 2014. Results improved considerably, and with Liam Collins opting to take the role permanently, the club soared up the table to avoid a likely relegation. Achieving a historic double over Walton & Hersham for the first time in the club’s history, an 18th placed finish defied expectations and saw much improvement in the latter half of the campaign.
Having ensured safety, Collins opted to step down as manager in order to prolong his playing career. Anthony Gale was then unveiled as first team manager prior to pre-season. Bringing in a mixture of former professionals – youthful and experienced – Gale saw a number of players to have featured for the club in recent years go on to sign professional deals elsewhere.
Back (L-R): Jack Findlay (Kit Manager), Dan Kusimo (Physiotherapist), Dominic Ogun, Rhys Paul, Jordan Cheadle, James Brace, Denzel Gerrar, Gabriel Odunaike, Jack Sammoutis, Daryl Coleman, Jake Nicholson, Joss Hole (Statistician), Harvey Cheadle (Goalkeeping Coach).
Front (L-R): Malachi Hudson, John-Prince Rylah, Sol Pinnock, Dan Choules, Glenn Boosey (Coach), Anthony Gale (Manager), Max Fitzgerald, Roscoe D’Sane, Luke Holness, Sam Bello-Balogun.