Worthing F.C.

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Worthing
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Full name Worthing Football Club
Nickname(s) The Rebels & Red Army
Founded 1886; 128 years ago (1886) (as Worthing AFC)
Ground Woodside Road, Worthing
Ground Capacity 4,000
Chairman Deborah McKail
Manager Adam Hinshelwood
League Isthmian League Division One South
2013–14 Isthmian League Division One South, 15th

Worthing Football Club are an English association football club based in Worthing, West Sussex, currently playing in the Isthmian League Division One South. The club plays at Woodside Road.

History[edit]

The club was formed as Worthing Association Football Club (a name that lasted until 1899) in February 1886 and played friendlies and Sussex Senior Cup ties for the first few years of their existence.

In 1896 the club became founding members of the West Sussex Football League, joining the Senior Division.[1] During their time in the West Sussex league they were league champions on seven occasions. In May 1900 the club absorbed local rivals Worthing Athletic and a year later moved to its current home, then known as the Sports Ground, now as Woodside Road. In 1905 another rival team, Worthing Rovers, was also absorbed.

The club's intriguing nickname of "The Rebels" dates from when it resigned from the West Sussex League over a rule change, prior to becoming a founder member of the Sussex County League in 1920. Previously Worthing had been known as "The Mackerel Men": a reference to the fish on the club crest.

In 1920 Worthing became founder members of the Sussex County League, where once again they won eight league titles, in fact in the twenty seasons prior to World War II they only finished outside the top four on two occasions.

In 1948–49 Worthing joined the Corinthian League but met with little success. In 1963 the Corinthian League disbanded and most of its clubs joined the newly created Athenian League Division One, where Worthing won promotion at the first attempt, although after three seasons in the Premier Division, two successive relegations saw them drop to Division 2.

After managing a return to the top division, Worthing joined the Isthmian League in 1977, initially in Division Two, but by 1983 they had reached the Premier Division under manager Barry Lloyd and in fact finished as runners-up in 1983–84 and 1984–85. After Lloyd's deparature to Brighton & Hove Albion, however, the club soon slipped back down to Division Two, finishing bottom of Division One in the 1990–91 season with only 10 points and having conceded a huge 157 goals.

Former Northern Ireland international Gerry Armstrong was appointed manager in 1991 and in 1992–93 led the club to promotion back to Division One, which was followed two years later by a return to the Premier Division under John Robson, although Worthing finished bottom in their first season back in the Premier Division and were to remain in Division One until 2004 when the re-organisation of the English football league system saw them moved back to the Premier Division. They were relegated at the end of the 2006–07 season.

The club then reached the play-offs under manager Alan Pook two seasons in a row, losing both matches without scoring a goal. Unknown young manager, Simon Colbran then took the helm and soon became a fans' favourite as the Rebels topped the league for much of Autumn and Winter. Despite several budget cuts, the Rebels finished third and narrowly missed out in the play offs at home to Godalming.

Former Brighton & Hove Albion player Adam Hinshelwood was appointed Worthing manager on December 2013 and lost his first game away at Burgess Hill 4-1.[2]

League history[edit]

Season League contested Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Points Final league position Average Attendance
2011–12 Isthmian League
Division One South
40 18 10 12 69 45 64 7th of 21 276
2010–11 Isthmian League
Division One South
42 12 13 17 76 73 49 14th of 22 239
2009–10 Isthmian League
Division One South
42 25 5 12 83 53 80 3rd of 22 278
2008–09 Isthmian League
Division One South
42 21 13 8 77 48 76 5th of 22 288
2007–08 Isthmian League
Division One South
42 22 7 13 77 49 73 5th of 22 321
2006–07 Isthmian League
Premier Division
42 8 11 23 57 82 35 20th of 22 408
2005–06 Isthmian League
Premier Division
42 19 10 13 71 60 67 8th of 22 530
2004–05 Isthmian League
Premier Division
42 16 11 15 50 45 59 10th of 22 360

Ground[edit]

A sports ground opened on the Woodside Road site as early as 1892[3] when the site was part of the parish of West Tarring, which at the time was not yet part of the borough of Worthing. Known as the Pavilion Road Sports Ground, it occupied a 13-acre site, with a Queen Anne style pavilion giving its name to Pavilion Road along the south of the site.[3] Worthing FC moved to the ground in 1903.[3] In 1937 the Sports Ground closed and it is the site's northern portion which developed into the existing stadium. The southern portion of the Sports Ground became tennis courts and then in 1948 became home to Worthing Pavilion Bowls Club.[3] Floodlights were installed in 1977.[3] At the end of 1984-85 Woodside Road's main stand burnt down.[4]

The ground has also been home to Horsham (during the 2008–09 season) and Brighton Reserves after the closure of the Goldstone Ground in 1997.

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 Jack Fagan
England DF Harvey Sparks
England DF Corey Heath
England DF James Nicholls
England DF Matt Hurley
England DF Matt Piper
Australia DF Will Hendon
England MF Will Berry
England DF Luke Kilner
England MF Jacob Peake
England MF Brannon O'Neill
No. Position Player
England MF Connor Cody
England MF George Hayward
England MF Lloyd Dawes
England MF Alex Laing
England FW Curtis Gayler
Scotland FW Trevor McCreadie
Germany FW Omar Bugiel
England FW Ben Pope

[5]

Honours[edit]

League honours[edit]

  • Isthmian League Div 1 – Champions – 1982–83
  • Isthmian League Div 1 – Runners Up – 1994–95
  • Isthmian League Div 1S – Runners Up – 2003–04
  • Isthmian League Div 2 – Champions – 1981–82, 1992–93
  • Sussex County League – Champions – 1920–21, 1921–22, 1926–27, 1928–29, 1930–31, 1933–34, 1938–39, 1939–40

Cup honours[edit]

  • The Sussex Royal Ulster Rifles Charity Cup[6]
    • Winners (14): 1903–04, 1906–07, 1907–08, 1909–10, 1913–14, 1920–21, 1926–27, 1933–34 (shared with Horsham), 1939–40, 1941–42, 1944–45, 1948–49 (shared with Horsham), 1952–53, 1953–54
    • Runners Up (8): 1898–99, 1928–29, 1929–30, 1930–31, 1931–32, 1935–36, 1938–39, 1942–43

Records[edit]

  • Best league performance: 2nd in Isthmian League Premier Division, 1983–84 and 1984–85
  • Best FA Cup performance: 2nd round, 1982–83
  • Best FA Amateur Cup performance: Quarter-finals, 1907–08
  • Best FA Trophy performance: 4th round, 2003–04
  • Best FA Vase performance: 5th round, 1978–79
  • Record signing - Nko Ekoku (from Leatherhead – 2003)[citation needed]

Managerial history[edit]

Dates Name
1981–1985 England Barry Lloyd
1985–1987 England Keith Rowley
1987–1988 England Alan Pook
1988–1989 England J.Rains
1989–1991 England Gerry Offen
1991–1995 Northern Ireland Gerry Armstrong
1995–1996 England John Robson
1996–1997 England Mark Falco
1997–2001 England Brian Donnelly
2001–2003 England Barry Lloyd
2003–2009 England Alan Pook
2009–2010 England Simon Colbran
2010–2012 England Chris White
2012–2013 England Lee Brace
2013– England Adam Hinshelwood

Former players[edit]

1. Players that have played/managed 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 hold a club record or have captained the club.

Sources[edit]

  • Worthing at the Football Club History Database

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Shoreham F.C. – Early football in Shoreham and the 'Glory Years". Shoreham History Portal. Retrieved 2013-04-16. 
  2. ^ "Hinshelwood takes over as Rebels boss". Worthing Herald. Retrieved 26 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Elleray, D. Robert (1998). A Millennium Encyclopaedia of Worthing History. Worthing: Optimus Books. ISBN 0-9533132-0-4. 
  4. ^ "A History of Worthing Football Club". Retrieved 17 November 2010. 
  5. ^ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Worthing-Fc/184335794933035?sk=info
  6. ^ "R.U.R. Cup Final Results – Sussex County Football Association". Sussexcountyleague.com. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 

External links[edit]

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