Honours

History

Seniors

LFA Challenge Cup Winners 99

LFA Junior Cup Winners 84

Senior Sunday Sportsmans League Champions 96

Anglo Italian League Champions 72/87/88/89/90/91

National Cup Winners 72/86/88/89/90/91

AIFL Sportsmanship Winners 77/79/80/82/83/84/85/86/88

Gancia Cup Winners 82/87/88

League Cup Winners 90

Negroni Cup Winners 79/88

Efficiency Trophy Winners 76/79/81

Manzi Cup Winners 91

Ron le Beau Cup Winners 94

Ron Halfacre Cup Winners 95

Gladys Perry Cup Winners 96

Orpington & Bromley Division 1 Winners 11

Juniors

National Cup Winners 92/94

AIFL Sportsmanship Winners 91

St Peter’s Cup Winners 91

Bert Gaby Memorial Runners Up 10/11

Valtaro Wasteels origins were of a very humble nature. The club was formed to satisfy Italian immigrants' desire to play football socially. It was set up in 1968 in the hall of the Scalabrini church by a group of enthusiastic potential players and sponsored by Padre Silvano. At the time, it could not have been foreseen that Italia, and subsequently Valtaro, Wasteels would become one of the most successful and enduring Italian "societá" in London.

 

From a sporting perspective, Wasteels' rich catalogue of trophies is a testament to its continual excellence. The club entered the Anglo Italian Football League and its first trophy was not long in coming. The 1971 / 2 season brought the first of its 6 league triumphs as well as the National Cup, the first of 25 cups sponsored by the AIFL.

 

There were two peaks of achievement during Wasteels' stay in the AIFL.The first came in 1982 when the club won the LFA Junior Cup, beating Toby 1-0 in the final from a John Sidoli goal. The second commenced in 1986 and lasted five years when Wasteels won five consecutive AIFL league championships as well as numerous cups and, just as importantly to the club, sportsmanship trophies.

 

The last of these five league titles, 1992, signalled the end of Wasteels' stay in the AIFL. The management and the players felt that a stiffer challenge was needed and, as a consequence, the club applied for and joined the Sportsmans Senior Sunday Football League. After a period of settling-in, Wasteels won two cup competitions in consecutive years from 1994. The pinnacle of Wasteels' league form occurred in 1996 when the team went unbeaten until the last league game of the season, winning a league and cup double.

 

However, perhaps the greatest feat in the club's history occurred in 1999, when a threadbare squad under the management of Luigi Farnesi and Fitzgerald Davis won the LFA Challenge Cup, a competition open to all Sunday sides in London. The final was a close affair but decided by a David Garratty brace against Convoys.

 

Luigi Farnesi has been an ever-present - he was there when the club formed and has been associated with the club ever since. John Sidoli has returned to manage the side and recruited Claudio Marchini and Sandro Lunghi to his "boot room". However, the most fundamental change has been an official return to the Italian community via the sponsorship from the Associazione Parmigiani Valtaro. Since leaving the AIFL, the club attempted to maintain an Italian-ness about the team but struggled at certain points. Now, under the wing of the Valtaro committee and with a playing squad made up, in the main, of Italian descendents and ex-players' sons, the club can once again look forward to many years of continued sporting excellence and strong links with the Italian community in London.

 

More recently, the club left the Sportsmans Senior Sunday Football League in search of a new challenge. They found this challenge in the Orpington & Bromley District Sunday Football League and were delighted to win the Division 1 title and therefore promotion to the Premier Division in their debut season.

 

A new era has also just begun with Romano Sidoli and Stefano Margelli taking over from John Sidoli as 1st team managers.