Wessex Football League
The participating clubs are mainly based in Hampshire, but the league also encompasses clubs from adjoining counties such as Dorset, Wiltshire, Berkshire, and the Isle of Wight. Under the terms of a contract, the league is officially known as the Sydenhams League. In 2004, it absorbed most of the clubs from its league, the Hampshire League. In 2006 the divisions were renamed as the Premier Division and Divisions One, at the end of the 2006–07 season, Division Two was disbanded, and most of the clubs formed a new Hampshire Premier League. Champions of the Wessex League who meet the relevant ground and financial requirements are eligible for promotion to the Southern League Division One South & West, in 2004, the league expanded to three divisions. In 2006, the divisions were renumbered, with the top division being renamed the Premier Division, in 2007, Division Two was discontinued. The Wessex League Cup, or Sydenhams League Cup for sponsor purposes, is a cup which all the Wessex League teams participate in. 1986–87 Road Sea Southampton 1987–88 East Cowes Victoria Athletic 1988–89 AFC Lymington 1989–90 A. F. C. F. C, totton 2003–04 Winchester City 2004–05 Hamworthy United 2005–06 A. F. C. Totton 2006–07 Lymington Town 2007–08 Wimborne Town 2008–09 VT 2009–10 Bemerton Heath Harlequins 2010–11 Bournemouth 2011–12 Christchurch 2012–13 Alresford Town 2013–14 Alresford Town 2014–15 A. F. C, portchester 2015–16 Team Solent League website
Winchester City F.C.
Winchester City Football Club are an English football team based in Winchester, Hampshire and playing in the Southern Football League Division One South and West. Ian Saunders is the current manager, the club motto is Many in Men, One in Spirit. Winchester City were formed in 1891 as Winchester Swallows FC, in 1894 they changed their name to Winchester F. C. A further name change happened in 1907 when they became Winchester City F. C, the club joined the Hampshire League for the 1898–99 season. After many years in the Hampshire League they joined the Southern League in 1971–72, but they were unable to sustain this move, in 1991–92, they won the Hampshire League Division Two, and were promoted to Division One. In 1993–94, Winchester beat Cowes Sports to win the Trophyman League Cup, the club underwent a reorganization in 1999–2000 after a financially turbulent previous season. But they emerged from the period and were Division One champions again in 2000–01, earning promotion to the Premier Division. In 2001–02, the merged with Winchester Castle, but only managed to finish third in the league. However, they won the Hampshire League title, and promotion the season, and completed a treble of trophies by also winning the Trophyman Cup. However, promotion to the Southern League was denied, as their ground did not meet the set by the league. The following season saw the club have more cup success by winning the Hampshire Senior Cup, after a further title win in 2005–06 the club were admitted to the Southern Leagues new Division One South & West. The club appealed against the decision with The Football Association but lost their case and were relegated for the 2009–10 season, cockerill however left the club and Guy Butters was put in charge. On 9 April 2012, Winchester City earned promotion back to the Southern League with four games to spare after a 2–0 win over GE Hamble, however, City were relegated back to the Wessex Football League Premier Division for the 2013–14 season. In 2014, Winchester reached the qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time in 59 years. The club plays its matches at The Denplan City Ground, Hillier Way, Abbotts Barton. The Denplan City Ground has a 180-seater stand with floodlights, permanent pitch boards, advertising boards, terraces, car parking, within the ground there is a clubhouse and a refreshments kiosk selling hot and cold food and drinks. The ground has a capacity of 4500. A small terraced area behind one goal is the home of the Bus Shelter Band, a new stand was built behind the other goal during the close season of 2007-08 by members of the bus shelter band but this was dismantled 3 years later to allow for a training pitch
Southern Football League
Together with the Isthmian League and the Northern Premier League it forms levels seven and eight of the English football league system. The structure of the Southern League has changed several times since its formation in 1894, the Premier Division is at step 3 of the National League System, and is a feeder division, mainly to the National League South but also to the National League North. Feeding the Premier Division are two divisions, Division One South & West and Division One Central, which are at step 4 of the NLS. These divisions are in turn fed by various regional leagues, professional football developed more slowly in Southern England than in Northern England. Additionally, a league, the Southern Alliance was founded in 1892, with seven clubs from the region. Nonetheless, another attempt was made to form the Southern League, a competition for both professional and amateur clubs was founded in 1894 under the initiative of Millwall Athletic. Initially only one division was envisaged, but such was the enthusiasm, the sixteen founder members were, 2nd Scots Guards withdrew before the first season started and were replaced by Southampton St Marys. Woolwich Arsenal attempted to add their reserve side to the second division, the Southern League soon became the dominant competition below The Football League in Southern and Central England. By the turn of the century a few of the Southern League sides began to rival the Football League in the FA Cup, Two Southern League clubs, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur reached the final of the FA Cup around the turn of the century. Tottenham Hotspur are the club from below the 2nd level of English football to have won the FA Cup. The champions of the two leagues during this period met in the annual Charity Shield, in 1907, it accepted Bradford Park Avenue, a northern club, as a member, reflecting its senior position at the time. In 1920, virtually the top division of the Southern League was absorbed by the Football League to become that leagues new Third Division. A year later the Third Division was expanded and regionalised, the Third Division clubs from the previous season became the Third Division South, with the addition of the Third Division North. Of the original members, six – Gillingham, Luton Town, Millwall, Reading. For the next six decades, the Football League and Southern League would exchange a number of clubs as a result of the older leagues re-election process. From 1920 onward, the Southern Leagues status as a league was firmly established. In turn, the APL would eventually succeed in becoming a feeder to the Football League, the league lost more of its top clubs in 2004 when the Conference added two regional divisions below the existing National League, the Conference South and Conference North. The first sponsor of the Southern League was Beazer Homes who sponsored the league from 1987–96, the sponsors after Beazer Homes to the present day are, Dr Martens, British Gas, Zamaretto, Evo-Stik, Calor Gas, and Evo-Stik
Poole Town F.C.
They were established in 1880 and joined the Western League Division Two in 1930. The club is affiliated to the Dorset County Football Association and is a FA Charter Standard Community Club. They won the Western League title in 1957 and reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup four times in their history and they play at Tatnam, Poole, and finished the 2008–09 season as Double winners – champions and Dorset Senior Cup winners. In 2009–10 they became champions of the Wessex League and completed an unprecedented treble winning the League for the 3rd time in a row in 2010–11. Promotion to the Southern League was finally achieved after an upgrade to the Tatnam facilities, Poole were second in their first season, losing to Gosport in a playoff final and then Champions and promoted to the Southern Premier League the following season. Poole Town were formed when two teams, Poole Hornets and Poole Rovers, merged in 1890. Both teams had been in existence since 1880, Poole joined the Dorset League in 1896 then the Hampshire League in 1903. The club enjoyed success in the Dorset Senior Cup in their early years, after several seasons without football because of the First World War, the club began playing again in the 1919–20 season under the name Poole & St. Marys. They changed their name back to Poole FC after one season, Poole joined the Western League in 1923. Poole won the Dorset Senior Cup again in 1926, the club turned professional that year and joined the Southern Football League. The 1926–27 season saw the clubs best FA Cup run in its history and they reached the third round and played Everton, losing 3–1 at Goodison Park. They won the Dorset Senior Cup again in 1927 and reached the First Round of the FA Cup three seasons in a row, Poole rejoined the Western League in 1930 and stayed there until 1957. In 1933, Poole moved into Poole Stadium and they became known as Poole Town in 1934. Poole Town reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup in 1946 and they held Queens Park Rangers to a 2–2 draw before losing in the replay 6–0. They reached the first round again in 1963 and 1967, losing to Watford and Queens Park Rangers, the Main Stand at Poole Stadium was built by supporters of the Club for the Football Club in the 1950s. In 1994 the Dog Track was widened making the center green too small for a regulation pitch, Poole Town were obliged to move on and find a new home. In 1994, Poole Town were forced to leave Poole Stadium to make way for Poole Pirates speedway, the record was subsequently beaten by A. F. C. Poole Town were relegated from the Southern League and joined the Hampshire League Division One, Poole won the Dorset Senior Cup for the 12th time in 1998
Brockenhurst F. C. is a football club from Brockenhurst, near Lymington, in Hampshire, England. It was founded in 1898 and played mostly in friendlies before eventually joining the New Forest League, the club moved up to the Hampshire League in 1924 but after only two seasons at the higher level dropped back into the New Forest League. Elevation to the Hampshire League was achieved for a time in 1935. In 1947 the club moved up to the Hampshire League. The club now competes in the Wessex League Premier Division, in 1986 Brockenhurst became a founding member of the Wessex League and has remained in that league ever since. In 2002 the New Forest side finished 5th in the competition, only a league re-structure saved the Badgers from the drop. The 2012–13 season saw the finish as Champions of Division One of the Wessex league. On the 9 October 2013, Brockenhurst was involved in a Hampshire Senior Cup tie against Andover Town, after the match finished 0-0 after extra time, the subsequent penalty shootout resulted in 29 consecutive goals being scored, with Brockenhurst winning 15-14. This was later confirmed by the Football Association as an English record for the highest number of goals scored in a penalty shootout. The club has had three homes – Rhinefield Road, Brookley Road and, since 1950, the current home ground – Grigg Lane, the Grigg Lane ground can be found in the centre of the village. There are two turnstiles allowing entrance to the ground – one in Grigg Lane itself and the other in Fathersfield on the side of the stadium. On match days a small tea bar and a snack bar operate, the clubhouse has a snooker table, dartboards, table football and Sky TV/BT Sports. Together with a bar and a heated outdoor patio/BBQ area fills in the gap between the clubhouse and the main grandstand. Record Attendance 1,104 v St Albans City Brockenhurst at the Football Club History Database Home kit
Downton Football Club is a football club based in Downton, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. The club plays in the Wessex League Division One, the club is affiliated to the Wiltshire Football Association Downton F. C. was established in 1905. After World War I they played in the Salisbury & District League remaining mostly in Division two of the league, after eight seasons in Division one the Club moved up to Senior Division One, where they won the title seven times between 1959–60 and 1967–68. The club then spent the next thirteen seasons in Division one of the Hampshire league, at the end of the 1992–93 they joined the Wessex League. The club remained in the top division of the Wessex league for the twelve seasons. During this period in the top flight the club made their debut in the FA Vase in the 1995–96 season, Downton finished 4th in the 2009–10 season, missing out on promotion by goals scored. In the same season, they won the Hospital Cup, beating Chalke Valley 3–2 in the final, the next year, they won the Division One title and were promoted to the Wessex League Premier Division. In 2014 they were relegated to Division One. Downton play their games at Brian Whitehead Sports & Social Club, Wick Lane, Downton, Wiltshire, note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Horndean F. C. is an English football club based in Horndean, near Portsmouth in Hampshire. The club are members of the Wessex League Premier Division. The club was established in 1887 and played their first match on 27 October against Red Star from Havant and they initially played at Blendworth Hill before moving to their current ground. The club only played matches until World War I, after which they joined the Waterlooville & District League, They won the league title in 1926–27, 1929–30, 1930–31. They went on to join the Portsmouth League, winning Division Two in 1953–54 and they were later promoted to the Premier Division, which they won in 1968–69, 1969–70 and 1970–71. In 1972 they moved up to Division Four of the Hampshire League, by the mid-1980s they had reached Division One, and became founder members of the Wessex League in 1986. The Deans struggled to make an impact on the league and in nine seasons never once managed to finish in the top half, in 2010–11 they were promoted to the Premier Division after finishing as runners-up in Division One. In October 2015 long serving manager David Carter left and on Wednesday 21st October 2015 Portsmouth Academy Coach Craig Pearce, Craig Pearce and Simon Chamberlain took the team to fifth place, Horndeans highest ever position in the Sydenhams Wessex premier league. At the start of the 2016-2017 season Horndean FC saw the arrival of Michael Birmingham, Dutchy Holland, Jason Manna and more recently Tony Clark, the 1st team currently sit in 6th position in the Sydenhams Wessex Premier division. Horndean play their games at Five Heads Park, Five Heads Road. The ground was enclosed in 1981. In 1986 a 50-seater stand was added and a new building housing changing rooms and hospitality facilities was constructed inside the ground, previously the changing rooms had been in the social club, on the other side of the car park. The ground seating has been increased significantly during the 2014/2015 season, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality. Note, Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules, players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality
Folland Sports F.C.
Folland Sports Football Club is an English football club based in Hamble-le-Rice, near Southampton, in Hampshire. The club are members of the Wessex League Division One. The club was established by workers of the factory of Hamble-le-Rice in 1938 and was originally known as Folland Aircraft. During World War II players from Portsmouth and Southampton worked in the factory and played for the club, in 1942 the club won the Senior Cup again, along with the Hampshire League and the Russell Coates Cup. The club was renamed Folland Sports and drifted between county and local leagues until the 1980s, in the 1979–80 season they won Division Four of the Hampshire League and the Intermediate Cup. The following season they won Division Three, and in 1985 won the Southampton Senior Cup, after finishing second in Division Two in 1985–86 they were promoted to Division One. They finished third in their first season in Division One, again winning the Southampton Senior Cup, in 1990 they were renamed Aerostructures S&S and entered the FA Vase for the first time. In 1998 they were renamed again, this time adopting the name Hamble ASSC, in the 2008–09 season the club was relegated to Division one but a season later were promoted back as champions. The club adopted the name GE Hamble in 2011 after the parent company transforming from Aerostructures Hamble Limited to GE Aviation Systems Limited in October 2007. At the end of the 2012–13 season, the changed their name back to Folland Sports. Folland Sports play their games at Folland Park, Kings Avenue, Hamble-Le-Rice. In 1987 floodlights and a barrier were installed. Ted Bates William Bill Dodgin Bill Rochford Cliff Parker Rory Williams Will Harris Ashley Jarvis