This week, the final tale from the borough of Waltham Forest & that of the mighty Walthamstow Avenue FC.
“In a few short weeks many will join together to enjoy watching others groan, grunt and sweat for their viewing pleasure. I’m not talking about the annual meet of the Rotherham Swingers Alliance; of course, I’m referring to the London 2012 Olympics. But one Borough who won’t be getting too carried away is Waltham Forest. Because they’ve seen it all before…”
Watch the video and enjoy the London song inspired by this tale, ‘Blue.’
Walthamstow Avenue History
In June 2012 short weeks many joined together and enjoy the sight of others groan, grunt and sweat, solely for viewing pleasure. I’m not talking about the annual meeting of the Rotherham swingers alliance, of course I’m talking about the London 2012 Olympics. What better way to deal with the economic crisis rising unemployment and riots and the collapse of the euro and by throwing a party to the tune of billions of pounds? But one London Borough that won’t to be getting too carried away in the celebrations, is Waltham Forest, as they’ve seen it all before.
In Green Pond road, once stood the famous Walthamstow Avenue Football Club founded in 1900. Unlike their neighbours Thames Ironworks (West Ham United FC), their history is not one littered with silverware . A flea bitten mongrel running onto the pitch halftime is probably the closest they’ve ever come to wags, and the smell of fish wafting in from the terraces is probably more down to a lack of hygiene amongst the home support than a taste for prawns sandwiches.
Nevertheless the history of Walthamstow Ave F.C. is a proud one right up until their last game in 1988. Not just because Walthamstow Avenue are the first team to bring 100,000 people to Wembley Stadium for the 1952 FA Amateur Cup final, or because one of their games was the first ever televised. But because their ground in 1948 hosted Turkey versus China as part of the original London Olympics, and therefore make Waltham Forest the only East London Borough to host the Olympics twice.