After coming back from a goal down to beat Ilford and secure their place in the Essex Senior League, Waltham Forest FC have announced their intention to become Walthamstow FC.

As the club continues along in its 150th year, it has released the following statement from club secretary Andy Perkins regarding the proposed change of name:

‘Lee Doherty and the board have been working since December to give this club a future, and we have plans to move forward with pride in our 150th year. We have had discussions with Matchday Centres on how we will grow the club and its fanbase.

We aim to make this club a truly local one again and to do this, we have asked the Essex County Football Association to change our name to Walthamstow FC.

In doing this we will keep our proud history: forming in 1868 as Matlock Swifts, becoming Leyton FC, amalgamating with Walthamstow Pennant FC to become Leyton Pennant FC then Waltham Forest FC. We believe the people of Walthamstow deserve a club with its identity in the area we play, they also deserve a successful team that will be seeking promotion to return the club to former glories. We hope that the supporters will embrace this and help our fanbase grow.

I have to say, that ‘The Rabble’ have shown just what can be done by supporters and what an end of season they gave us. We have been working with Matchday Centres to give all supporters discounted beer and designated areas, in the stadium where you will be able to drink. I believe this will be good for all involved.

We appreciate the swell of support we have seen at the end of the season. We’re committed to making this a club its supporters can be proud of, and we sincerely hope our supporters, old and new, will be with us on this journey.

We believe that Ryan Maxwell showed his excellent capabilities as a manager, after being handed what was really a poisoned chalice, he worked incredibly hard to get together a team that was up to the job. It’s worth knowing that Lee and Ryan asked every player brought in by the previous manager, to stay.

All but one of those players walked out within a couple of days. That’s the size of the task Ryan had.

He took on that challenge and succeeded. He will be looking to strengthen the squad for a promotion push and, I know he has already started on that track and has a number of outstanding players eager to join Walthamstow FC.’

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