Wimborne Town F.C.
|Full name||Wimborne Town Football Club|
|Ground||The W+S Stadium, Wimborne|
|Capacity||3,250 (275 seated & 150 covered) note theoretical, likely to be estimated at 2,800|
|League||Southern League Division One South & West|
|2016–17||Southern League Division One South & West, 11/22|
Wimborne Town Football Club is a football club based in Wimborne Minster in Dorset, England. They were established in 1878 and won the FA Vase in 1992. They reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup in the 1982–83 season for the first time. For the 2014-15 season, the club is playing in the Southern League Division One South & West. The club is affiliated to the Dorset County Football Association and is a FA Chartered Standard club.
Wimborne Town Football Club was formed in 1878 and originally catered for football and rugby. In 1884, Wimborne Town were one of the founder members of the South Hampshire and Dorset Football Association. In 1887 the club became a founder member of the Dorset County Football Association.
The club's first piece of Silverware was in 1913 when they won the Dorset Minor Cup for the only time in their history. They almost achieved more silverware a year later when they finished as Runners up in the Dorset Junior Challenge Cup.
During the 1930s, Wimborne Town won the Dorset League Division Two championship three times, finished runners-up on a further occasion and were runners-up in Dorset League Division One in 1939. They also enjoyed success in cup competitions, winning the Dorset Junior Challenge Cup twice in their final three appearances in the competition, as well as the Dorset Junior Amateur Cup four times in five seasons between 1935 and 1939.
Wimborne Town's first senior honour came in 1937 by winning the Dorset Senior Amateur Cup and repeating this success in 1964. In 1957, Wimborne became founder members of the Dorset Combination (now the Dorset Premier League) but returned to the Dorset League after just a season where they remained until 1973 when they returned for another spell, this time lasting three seasons.
Wimborne's fortunes dramatically took off when they won the Dorset League Division One title in 1980–81 without losing a match. In 1981, following the installation of floodlights and the construction of a perimeter wall and new changing rooms at their Cuthbury ground, Wimborne Town were directly admitted to the First Division of the Western League. Despite missing out the Dorset Combination, they immediately made an impact by just losing out on third spot to local rivals Swanage Town & Herston on goal difference.
Wimborne Town entered both the FA Cup & FA Vase for the first time in 1982–83. That season brought them their best run to date in the FA Cup when defeats of Bridport, Falmouth Town, St Blazey, Bath City and Merthyr Tydfil earned them a visit to Aldershot,in the First Round Proper where they lost 0–4. 1984–85 was Wimborne Town’s most successful season in the Western League when they finished in third place, this time ahead of Swanage on goal difference.
In 1987, Wimborne Town joined the Wessex League, which they played in up until the 2009–10 season, never finishing outside the top eight. The club have won the Wessex Championship on three occasions, in 1991–92, 1993–94 and 1999–2000— and finished runners-up in 1992–93, 1996–97 & 2009–10.
Before 1992, Wimborne Town’s best performances in the FA Vase had brought them to the third round proper on three occasions. However, in 1991–92, the Club enjoyed a run to the Wembley final under joint managers Alex Pike and Nick Jennings, where they defeated favourites Guiseley 5–3 to lift the trophy. In so doing, Wimborne Town became the first ever Dorset club at any level to contest a Wembley final. During that same season, Wimborne Town also won the Dorset Senior Challenge Cup and Wessex League championship to complete a treble of trophies.
They won the Wessex League Cup in 1993–94 becoming the first club to achieve the league and cup double. That feat was repeated in 1999–2000 when Wimborne Town finished ahead of Lymington & New Milton on goal difference in the league and beat them 1–0 in the League Cup final, the last time the club won this trophy was the 2007–08 season when they beat Moneyfields FC 1–0 at Christchurch's Hurn Bridge ground. At the end of the 2009–10 season, after years of ground grading issues, they were promoted to the Southern Football League (South & West Division) with a second-place finish in the league. They have since remained in the Southern League Division One South & West. In 2011–12, they reached the final of the Dorset Senior Cup, where they lost 2–0 to Dorchester Town at Hamworthy United Football Club. In 2014-15, Wimborne had reached its highest position with the current English football league pyramid system and achieved its highest run in the 1st Round of the FA Trophy.
Wimborne Town play their games at the W+S Stadium, Cowgrove Road, Wimborne BH21 4EL. A future re-location to the other side of Wimborne Minster is forthcoming within a projected timescale of 5–10 years from 2014. Floodlights, a perimeter wall and new changing rooms were all constructed in 1981. The clubhouse extension was built in 2001 and was opened by local footballing legend Alan Ball. One of the distinguishing features of the ground is a 30 ft vertically inflated character affectionately called Mr. Magpie; the phrase "The Maggies" is also the popular nickname of the club.
- Wessex League Premier Division :
- Winners: 1991–92, 1993–94, 1999–00
- Runners-up: 1992–93, 1996–97, 2003–04, 2009–10
- Dorset League Division One:
- Winners: 1980–81
- Runners-up: 1938–39
- FA Vase:
- Winners: 1991–92
- Dorset Senior Cup:
- Winners: 1991–92, 1996–97
- Runners-up: 1998–99, 1999–00, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2012–13
- Wessex League Cup:
- Winners: 1990–91, 1993–94, 1996–97, 1999–00, 2007–08
- Dorset Senior Amateur Cup:
- Winners: 1936–37, 1963–64
- Dorset Minor Cup:
- Winners: 1912–13
- Dorset Junior Challenge Cup:
- Runners-up: 1913–14
- Highest League Position: 13th in Southern League Division One South & West 2013-14,
- FA Cup best performance: First round 1982–83
- FA Trophy best performance: First Round 2014-15
- FA Vase best performance: Winners 1991–92
Former and current notable players
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.
- David Town
- Thomas Clarke
- Dan Strugnell
- Alex Parsons
- Josh Wakefield
- Christer Warren
- Luther Blissett
- Max Cream
- Mark Ovendale
- Steve Welsh
- Jason Harvell
- George Webb
- Patrick Wilson
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