Welling United F.C.

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Welling United
WellingUnitedBadge.png
Full nameWelling United Football Club
Nickname(s)The Wings
Founded1963
GroundPark View Road, Welling
Ground Capacity5,000 (1,000 seated)
ChairmanPaul Websdale
ManagerJamie Day
LeagueConference Premier
2013–14Conference Premier, 16th
 
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Welling United
WellingUnitedBadge.png
Full nameWelling United Football Club
Nickname(s)The Wings
Founded1963
GroundPark View Road, Welling
Ground Capacity5,000 (1,000 seated)
ChairmanPaul Websdale
ManagerJamie Day
LeagueConference Premier
2013–14Conference Premier, 16th

Welling United Football Club is an English football club, based in Welling in the London Borough of Bexley. The club's first team currently play in the Conference Premier.

History[edit]

Welling United Football Club was founded in 1963. The club began as a youth team playing in local league football on a park pitch, which gradually expanded and began playing Saturday football in the London Spartan League. 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 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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3] 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.[4]

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.

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.

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.

Players[edit]

As of July 2014;

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

No.PositionPlayer
2EnglandDFLoui Fazakerley
4EnglandMFJake Gallagher
11EnglandFWTyrone Marsh
13EnglandGKJamie Turner
18EnglandMFCharlie Gorman
1EnglandGKLee Butcher
20EnglandMFSam Corne
8EnglandMFHarry Beautyman
17ItalyMFMalik Ouani
23EnglandDFBarney Williams
No.PositionPlayer
24EnglandMFMalachi Hudson
27EnglandMFJamie Day (Player-manager)
15EnglandFWAfolabi Obafemi
33EnglandMFJoe Healy
7EnglandFWRod Young
9EnglandFWCharlie Penny
14EnglandDFBen Jefford
6EnglandDFChris Bush
3EnglandDFJamal Fyfield
10EnglandFWKieron St Aimie

Current coaching staff[edit]

NameNationalityRole
Jamie DayEnglandManager
Barry AshbyEnglandAssistant Manager
Dean FrostEnglandCoach
Dave LawsonEnglandPhysio

Honours[edit]

Seasons[edit]

YearLeagueLevelPldWDLGFGAGDPtsPositionLeading league scorerGoalsFA CupFA TrophyAverage attendance
2003–04Southern Football League642168185658−2569th of 22
Transferred
No DataNo DataQR4R2597
2004–05Conference South642157206468−45216th of 22Paul Booth19QR2R2No data
2005–06Conference South642161795844+14659th of 22Danny Kedwell19R1R3No data
2006–07Conference South642216156551+14698th of 22Danny Kedwell19QR4R4No data
2007–08Conference South642137224164−234616th of 22Omari Coleman8QR3QR3No data
2008–09Conference South6421911126144+17687th of 22Charlie Sheringham19QR2R2No data
2009–10Conference South642189156651+15639th of 22Lee Clarke16QR3R1No data
2010–11Conference South642248108147+3475†6th of 22Andy Pugh17QR2R1No data
2011–12Conference South64224997947+32813rd of 22
Lost in PO Final
Andy Pugh15QR2R1No data
2012–13Conference South64226889044+46861st of 22
Promoted
Ross Lafayette19QR4R3No data
2013-14Football Conference5461612185961-26016th of 24Ross Lafayette16R2R1No Data

† – 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 or have captained the club.

Recent managers[edit]

Club officials[edit]

Chairman: Paul Websdale
President: Eric Brackstone
Vice-Presidents: Peter Horton, Fergus O’Donovan, Alan Robinson, Steve Holley, Gary Hunt
Club Secretary: Barrie Hobbins
Academy Director: Keith Levett
Fitness Coach: Dave Richardson
Goalkeeping Coach: Stacey Beckham
Hon. Medical Officer: Dr. Baruah
Physiotherapist: Dave Lawson
Community Officer: Jim Dean
Kit Manager: Ben Kirk
Head Groundsman: Barry Hobbins
Commercial Manager: Paul White

Club records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Denise. "Welling United". Welling United. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  2. ^ Smith, Denise. "Welling United". Welling United. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  3. ^ Smith, Denise. "Welling United". Welling United. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  4. ^ "Welling United deducted five points over financial irregularities". Kentonline.co.uk. 16 September 2010. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 
  5. ^ "Memorandum Of Procedures For Dealing With Misconduct Occurring". Docstoc.com. 2010-04-24. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Football Club History Database – Welling United". Fchd.info. Retrieved 2012-07-17. 

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