Weston-super-Mare A.F.C.

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Weston-super-Mare
Weston-super-Mare AFC logo.png
Full name Weston-super-Mare Association Football Club
Nickname(s) "The Seagulls"
Founded 1948
Ground Woodspring Stadium, Weston-super-Mare
Ground Capacity 3,500 (350 seated)
Chairman Paul Bliss
Manager Ryan Northmore
League Conference South
2013–14 Conference South, 11th
Website Club home page

Weston-super-Mare Association Football Club are an English semi-professional football club based in Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England. The club is affiliated to the Somerset County FA. The club are also known as The Seagulls.[1] The team's claim to fame is that they had never been relegated in their history, although bottom-three finishes in 2007 and 2008 and 2010 should have seen them relegated from the Conference South but there were reprieves all three occasions. The team's best performance in the FA Cup came in 2003–04 when they reached the second round of the competition.

Weston were founded in 1887, but disbanded twice (once for World War I, then again for World War II). The club were reformed in 1948 and have since moved up to Step 6 of the English football league system where they currently play today.

Weston-super-Mare has a modest fan base and a fierce rivalry with local club Clevedon Town, who are situated in Clevedon, North Somerset. However, the rivalry has been put on the back-burner as of late since Weston-super-Mare gained promotion to the Southern League Premier Division in 2002–2003, clinching promotion with a 1–0 win over rivals Clevedon. The two have not played in the same league since.

History[edit]

Weston-super-Mare A.F.C. was formed in 1887.[2] The team's first record of a competitive match being against near-neighbours Clevedon Town in a "Medal Competition" organised by the Somerset FA.[3] In 1900 they joined Division two of the Western Football League but left after two years.[4] In 1910 they rejoined this league and played there until World War I.[5]

Between the wars, the club played in the local Bristol and District Football League and then the Somerset County League but the club disbanded upon the outbreak of hostilities in 1938.[3] The club reformed in 1948 and immediately rejoined the Western League, initially in Division Two.[6] At this time the team played at the Great Ground in Locking Road, where initially there was no cover for spectators and the players had to change in a marquee.[3] A season after the club joined rejoined the Western league they made their debut in the FA Cup in the 1949–50 season losing to Gloucester City in the preliminary qualifying round.[5] The team remained in the Second Division until the league consolidated to a single division in 1960.[6] During this time they moved to the Langford Road Ground.[3] In 1976 they were placed into the Western League Premier Division upon the creation of a second tier, meaning that by their centenary in 1987 they had never been promoted or relegated in their history.[3][7]

In 1989 John Ellener was appointed manager and led the club to the Western League championship in 1991–92 and with it promotion to the Southern League Midland Division.[5] They remained at this level, playing successively in the Midland, Southern, Midland (again) and Western Divisions due to the Southern League's regular reorganisations, until 2002–03 when they finished in second place and were promoted to the Premier Division, clinching promotion with a win away to rivals Clevedon Town.[3][8] In their first Premier Division season they finished in 10th place, enough to clinch a place in the newly formed Conference South.[8]

In the 2006–07 season of the conference south the club looked they finished in 20th position and looked seemingly relegated.[9] However, Farnborough Town were relegated due to going into liquidation and Hayes and Yeading merged to form Hayes & Yeading United, leaving the Conference South one team short, earning a reprieve for Weston.[10] The 2007–08 season ended in similar fashion for Weston. A 20th place finish meant the club was eligible for relegation, only to be spared by the enforced demotion of Cambridge City, who failed a ground inspection.[11] The 2009–10 campaign again saw the club finish in the relegation zone again when they finished 21st, however as before the club was saved by the FA, this time when Salisbury City were demoted twice to the Southern league.[12]

The 2010–11 season saw the club win the Somerset Premier Cup for the first time, when they defeated Yeovil Town in the final.[13] They retained the cup the next season when they beat local rivals Clevedon Town 2-1.[14]

Weston-super-Mare AFC are currently sponsored by Weston College and Howards Motor Group.

Ground[edit]

Woodspring Stadium

Weston-super-Mare A.F.C. play their home games at Woodspring Stadium, Winterstoke Road, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, BS24 9AA.

The club moved to the new purpose-built Woodspring Stadium in August 2004. They previously played at the similarly named Woodspring Park a short distance away. The move marked the third time in the past 40 years that Weston-super-Mare have changed venues. The capacity of Woodspring Stadium is 3,500 in which 2,000 is covered and 350 are seated.[15]

Woodspring Park had been built almost entirely by supporters and boasted a clubhouse costing £100,000.[3] The Park had been the home of Weston-super-Mare since 1983 and had floodlights installed in 1986.[3] Weston-super-Mare sold this ground to a residential home builder when it became apparent the club was going to move the short distance to Woodspring Stadium. The last home fixture was played in April 2004.[15]

The ground for what is now Woodspring Stadium was formerly a sporting complex owned by Westland Aircraft known as Westland Sports Ground. It was home to cricket and football in addition to social buildings. Difficult financial times forced Westland to reconsider their place in town and put the ground up for sale. Weston-super-Mare purchased it for £270,000 in 2001.[15] The Stadium opened 14 August 2004, with its first match against Conference South opponent (and now defunct) Hornchurch drawing only 500 people to the game. This was well under the 3,500 capacity.

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Dan Jackson
England GK Luke Purnell
England DF Oliver Barnes
England DF Liam Dempsey
England DF Tom Jordan
England DF Jake Llewellyn
Republic of Ireland DF Pierce Mitchell (on loan from Bristol Rovers)
England MF Aaron Brown
England MF Jacob Cane
England MF Jamie Edge
No. Position Player
England MF Alec Fiddes
England MF Clayton Fortune
England MF Dayle Grubb
England MF Jake Mawford
England MF Joe McClennan
England FW Bradley Ash
England FW Ryan Bath
England FW Syd Camper
England FW Matt Jay (on loan from Exeter City)
England FW Ollie Watkins (on loan from Exeter City)

Management and coaching staff[edit]

Position Name Nationality
First Team Coach Ryan Northmore
Assistant Coach Clayton Fortune Assistant Coach Tom Jordan
Physio David Callow England English

Club officials[edit]

Position Name Nationality
Chairman Paul Bliss England English
President Dennis Usher England English
Football Secretary Richard Sloane England English
Director of Football Ryan Northmore England English
Commercial Director Neil Keeling England English
Groundsman Bob Flaskett England English

Honours[edit]

Sacking two managers within six months

League honours[edit]

=Other honour[edit]

    • Winners Clevedon and District Charity Cup :1922-23 [16]

Cup honours[edit]

  • Somerset Premier Cup[13][14][17]
    • Winners (2): 2010–11, 2011–12
    • Runners-up (1): 1990–91
  • Western Senior Cup[3]
    • Winners (6): 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1977–78
  • Western League Challenge Cup[18]
    • Winners (1): 1976–77
  • Western Merit Cup[3]
    • Winners (2): 1976–77, 1977–78
  • Western Merit Cup[3]
    • Winners (2): 1976–77, 1977–78
  • Western Merit Cup[3]
    • Winners (2): 1976–77, 1977–78
  • Western League Subsidiary Cup[3]
    • Runners-up (1): 1959–60
  • Somerset Senior Cup [19]
    • Winners (1): 1926–27
  • Bristol Charity Cup[3]
    • Winners (1): 1922–23
  • Weston Charity Cup[3]
    • Winners (1): 1910–11
  • Clevedon Charity Cup[3]
    • Runners-up (1): 1926–27

Records[edit]

Former players[edit]

  1. Players that have played/managed at least 40 games in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level (i.e. fully professional league).
  2. Players with full international caps.
  3. Players that have played/managed within in another professional sport.

For those players that also played for the club but did not meet the criteria above:

Former coaches[edit]

  1. Managers/Coaches that have played/managed in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level (i.e. fully professional league).
  2. Managers/Coaches with full international caps.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weston-super-Mare FC 2012/13 Blue Square Bet South fixtures released". This is Somerset. 2012-07-02. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  2. ^ "Weston Super Mare FC - Fixtures, History and Club Information". Napit.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "History | Weston-super-Mare Football Club". Weston-s-mareafc.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  4. ^ "Western League 1892–1914". Nonleaguematters.net. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Weston-super-Mare at the Football Club History Database
  6. ^ a b "Western League 1945–1965". Nonleaguematters.net. 1947-06-05. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  7. ^ "Western League 1965–1985". Nonleaguematters.net. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  8. ^ a b "Southern League 2001–2011". Nonleaguematters.net. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  9. ^ "Website created using 350pages at www.350.com". Nonleaguematters.net. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  10. ^ "NonLeagueDaily.com". NonLeagueDaily.com. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  11. ^ "Cambridge City fail in FA appeal". BBC Sport Online. 2008-05-28. Retrieved 2008-05-29. 
  12. ^ "BBC Sport - Football - Salisbury City lose their appeal against demotion". BBC News. 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  13. ^ a b "Weston-super-Mare beat Yeovil Town to lift Somerset Cup". This is Bath. 2011-05-04. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  14. ^ a b "Weston-super-Mare AFC defeat Clevedon Town to retain the Somerset Premier Cup - 09 May 2012 - Guide2Weston Super Mare News". Guide2westonsupermare.com. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  15. ^ a b c [Groundtastic – The Football Grounds Magazine. GT40 – Spring 2005. Published 1 March 2005. Pages 34–37.]
  16. ^ Cite error: The named reference Gold_medal_found was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  17. ^ "Football Club History Database - Somerset County Cups Summary". Fchd.info. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  18. ^ "Western Football league challenge Cup winners". Western Football league. Retrieved 2012-12-09. 
  19. ^ "Senior Cup". SomersetFA. 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 

External links[edit]

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