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Welling United
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Full name Welling United Football Club
Nickname(s) The Wings
Founded 1963; 54 years ago (1963)
Ground Park View Road, Welling
Ground Capacity 4,000 (1,000 seated)
Owner Mark Goldberg
Chairman Mark Goldberg
Manager Alex Dyer
League National League South
2015–16 National League, 24th (relegated)
Website Club home page

Welling United Football Club is a professional association football club, based in Welling, Greater London, England. The club's first team play in the National League South, the sixth tier of English football.

History[edit]

Welling United Football Club was founded in 1963 in Welling, Kent. They began as a youth team playing in the Eltham & District Sunday League on a park pitch from 1963–64 to 1970–71. From 1971–72 to 1974–75 they played in the Metropolitan-London League Intermediate/Reserves Division. In 1975–76 they played in the London Spartan League Reserve Division One. They gained senior status in the London Spartan League in 1976 at Butterfly Lane, Eltham. They finished 6th in Division 2 in 1976–77 and were promoted to the Premier Division. In 1977 Welling moved to the Park View Road ground, which had previously belonged to the defunct Bexley United (historically called Bexleyheath & Welling). They joined the Athenian League in 1978. In 1981 they progressed to the Southern Football League Southern Division.

After just one season at this level the club found itself in the Southern League Premier Division after the league was re-organised. In 1985–86 they won the league title by 23 points and were promoted to the Football Conference.

Although they struggled in the Conference, only twice finishing above 11th place in 14 seasons, they did enjoy cup success during this period, reaching the first round proper of the FA Cup in six successive seasons, on one occasion knocking out Kent's only Football League side, Gillingham. They also made one third round appearance, losing 1–0 at Park View Road to Blackburn Rovers.

The Wings dropped out of the Conference when they were relegated on the last day of the season in 1999–2000 and returned to the Southern League.

In the 2003–04 season, under the management of former England World Cup player Paul Parker, the Wings finished in the top half of the Southern League Premier Division and were therefore able to claim a place in the newly formed Conference South. The first season at this level proved a struggle, and with the Wings rooted to the foot of the table for the first three months of the season Parker left the club by mutual consent.

Welling playing Millwall in a pre-season friendly at Park View Road.

Former Coventry City and Republic of Ireland player Liam Daish took charge of the team on a caretaker basis before the permanent position was handed to former Norwich City and Gillingham defender Adrian Pennock, who narrowly missed out on taking the club into the promotion play-offs. Pennock left the club at the end of the 2006–07 season. His last game managing the Wings finished in a 1–1 draw at home to Hayes. Pennock joined Stoke City in a coaching position under his former Gillingham manager, Tony Pulis.

On 16 May 2007, Welling United appointed Neil Smith as the new first team manager. However, after only seven months in charge Smith parted company with the club on 7 January 2008. It was mutually agreed between the club and Smith that his reign as Wings boss would end.

Andy Ford was appointed the new manager of the Wings on 31 January 2008. Despite losing 6–2 to Cambridge City in his first game in charge, Ford guided the Wings to safety and they eventually finished 16th. Welling finished 7th in the Conference South in 2008/09 under the guidance of Ford. After a poor start to the 2009–10 season Ford resigned stating he didn't think he could achieve what he wanted on the current budget. Jamie Day was announced as the new player/manager in November 2009.

On 12 August 2010, the club was served with a winding-up petition by HMRC, due for a hearing later that month. The Wings were given 14 weeks to pay the outstanding debt to the HMRC, and thanks almost entirely to the supporters were able to raise £60,000 to clear all monies owed. During this period, in a Football Conference Hearing on 16 September 2010, Welling United admitted to a misconduct charge in connection with the outstanding HMRC debt. Resultantly an immediate deduction of 5 points was enforced on the club together with a suspended £5,000 fine.[1]

Despite the Wings having a transfer embargo enforced upon them and also being deducted 5 points by the Football Conference, all within four weeks of the start of 2010–11 season, Jamie Day's side were competitively competing for the Conference South title. However, even though Welling United were in the top 5 for almost half of the season, a string of poor results in the final month of the campaign saw the Wings miss out on a play-off place by one point, with a final position of 6th.

Former player manager Jamie Day with the Conference South trophy after winning the title in 2013

The 2011–12 season ended with Welling in 3rd place and after defeating Sutton United 2–1 on aggregate in the play-off semi-finals they narrowly missed promotion in the final, going down 0–1 to Dartford at Princes Park.

Welling made a return to the top level of non-league football the following season after clinching the Conference South title, 13 years after they last played at the fifth tier of English football. Between 3 November and 5 February, Welling also broke the league's record for consecutive wins with 12 in a row.

In December 2014 Jamie Day left Welling by mutual consent. He was replaced by Jake Gallagher and Jamie Turner as caretakers, but on 21 December it was announced that Jody Brown of Grays Athletic would become manager. On 3 March 2015, Jody Brown was relieved of his duties after just one point in his first nine games. Right back Loui Fazakerley was put in charge for "the foreseeable future".

Welling's first televised home match was played on 8 March 2015 in front of the BT Sport cameras losing 1–0 to Altrincham.

Following an impressive run of results, Fazakerley steered The Wings out of the relegation zone and to Conference Premier safety on goal difference above Alfreton Town. Fazakerley was appointed on a full-time basis the same week.[2]

On 25 January 2016 Loui Fazakerley was sacked after 10 months in charge, with the club in the National League relegation zone and was replaced with former first team coach under Jamie Day, Dean Frost and Barry Ashby as assistant manager. Jamie Turner also came back as goalkeeping coach.

Frost's first match in charge was away against FC Halifax Town and finished 1–1, Welling's first goal and point at The Shay.

Ground[edit]

Welling United play their home matches at Park View Road, Welling, London, DA16 1SY. This ground has been their home since 1977 when they took over the ground which had been vacated by the defunct Bexley United. Prior to that date the club had played at a community sports ground in Butterfly Lane, Eltham. Having been unoccupied for some time, the new ground was almost derelict.

Erith & Belvedere have been ground sharing since the 1999 season. Improvements were made to the Park View Road ground in 2004, which included a new covered stand.

As a result of severe storms and gale force winds in December 2006, the floodlights at Park View Road were damaged. Due to safety reasons all the floodlight pylons on the Welling side of the ground were removed. The floodlights were put in place during the month of June 2007 and are fully functional, one pylon positioned in each corner.

During the 2013–14 season, Park View Road had to be changed to keep Welling United in the Conference Premier in the 2014–15 season. These all happened between the months of February and March.

In the close season of 2015–16 both Welling United bars, the boardroom and parking area at Park View Road underwent renovations. In particular the hospitality areas at the ground were fully refitted to cater for match-days, and non-football related events and private bookings.

Sponsorship[edit]

The club has a number of sponsors,[3] and the first team wear shirts sponsored by local estate agent Anthony Martin,[4] and local bed retailer The Bed Post.[5] Both firms are in their second year of shirt sponsorship with the club.

Players[edit]

As of 24 February 2017.[6]

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK Chris Lewington
Nigeria GK Paul Agu
England DF Jordan Brown
England DF Tom Richards
England DF Sean Francis
England DF Rickie Hayles
England DF Ben Martin
England DF Phil Walsh
England DF Dean Leacock
England DF Matt Fish
Ghana MF Ali Fuseini
England MF Danny Waldren
No. Position Player
England MF Josh Jackson (on loan at Phoenix Sports)
England MF Harvey Brand (on loan at Thamesmead Town )
England MF Sam Hatton
England MF Archie Johnson (on loan at Thamesmead Town )
England FW Pierre Joseph-Dubois
England MF Rhys Murrell-Williamson
England FW Jamie Slabber
England FW Daniel Walker
England FW Alex Cathline
Republic of Ireland FW Harry Crawford

Club officials[edit]

Position Staff
Chairman Mark Goldberg
President Eric Brackstone
Vice President Paul Websdale
Chief Executive Barrie Hobbins
Operations Manager Barry Hobbins
Groundsman Barry Hobbins
Press Team Matthew Panting, Tom Riding, Dave Budden

Source: Official Matchday Programme Welling Football Club Issue 4 v Maidenhead United, 8 October 2016

Backroom staff[edit]

Role Nationality Name
Manager England Alex Dyer
Asst Manager England Tristan Lewis
Goalkeeping Coach England Del Preddie
Physio England Dom Lynch
Kitman Scotland Jason Christie
Club Doctor England Dr Baruah
Community Officer England Chris Dean

Honours[edit]

Seasons[edit]

Year League Level Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Position Leading league scorer Goals FA Cup FA Trophy Average attendance
2003–04 Southern Football League 6 42 16 8 18 56 58 −2 56 9th of 22
Transferred
No Data No Data QR4 R2 597
2004–05 Conference South 6 42 15 7 20 64 68 −4 52 16th of 22 Paul Booth 19 QR2 R2 567
2005–06 Conference South 6 42 16 17 9 58 44 +14 65 9th of 22 Danny Kedwell 19 R1 R3 606
2006–07 Conference South 6 42 21 6 15 65 51 +14 69 8th of 22 Danny Kedwell 19 QR4 R4 566
2007–08 Conference South 6 42 13 7 22 41 64 −23 46 16th of 22 Omari Coleman 8 QR3 QR3 526
2008–09 Conference South 6 42 19 11 12 61 44 +17 68 7th of 22 Charlie Sheringham 19 QR2 R2 640
2009–10 Conference South 6 42 18 9 15 66 51 +15 63 9th of 22 Lee Clarke 16 QR3 R1 538
2010–11 Conference South 6 42 24 8 10 81 47 +34 75† 6th of 22 Andy Pugh 17 QR2 R1 651
2011–12 Conference South 6 42 24 9 9 79 47 +32 81 3rd of 22
Lost in PO Final
Andy Pugh 15 QR2 R1 676
2012–13 Conference South 6 42 26 8 8 90 44 +46 86 1st of 22
Promoted
Ross Lafayette 19 QR4 R3 No data
2013–14 Conference Premier 5 46 16 12 18 59 61 −2 60 16th of 24 Ross Lafayette 16 R2 R1 811[8]
2014–15 Conference Premier 5 46 11 12 23 52 73 −21 45 20th of 24 Harry Beautyman 11 QR4 R1 727[8]
2015–16 Conference Premier 5 46 8 11 27 35 73 −38 35 24th of 24
Relegated
Sahr Kabba 6 R1 R1 682[8]
2016–17 National League South 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 15th of 24
Adam Coombes 34 QR4 R3 539

† – deducted 5 points for financial irregularities.

Notable 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.

Recent managers[edit]

Club records[edit]

  • Highest league position:[9]
    • 6th in the Conference National: 1989–90
  • Highest attendance:[10]
    • 4,100 v Gillingham FA Cup 1st Round, November 22, 1989
  • FA Cup best performance[9]
    • Third Round: 1988–89
  • FA Trophy best performance[9]
    • Quarter-finals: 1988–89, 2006–07
  • FA Vase best performance[9]
    • Third Round: 1979–80

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Welling United deducted five points over financial irregularities". Kentonline.co.uk. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Welling name Loui Fazakerley as permanent manager". Kentonline.co.uk. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 9 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Anthony Martin Estate Agents sponsor Welling United FC". Welling United F.C. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Anthony Martin Estate Agents sponsor Welling United FC". Welling United F.C. 20 June 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Bed Post sponsor Welling United FC". The BEd Post. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  6. ^ "http://www.wellingunited.com/wp/first-team-squad/". Welling United F.C.  External link in |title= (help);
  7. ^ "Memorandum of Procedures For Dealing With Misconduct Occurring". Docstoc.com. 24 April 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  8. ^ a b c "Welling United Record & Average Attendances". footballgroundguide.com. 6 October 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Football Club History Database – Welling United". Fchd.info. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Highest Attendance– Welling United". footballgroundguide.com. Retrieved 9 October 2016. 


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