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Wantage

Post by AwayDayYeltz » 16 Nov 2019, 18:25

What's happening to them? What's their story!?

I've never seen a team hold up a league like this. What is the point?
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Re: Wantage

Post by JohnC » 27 Nov 2019, 22:59

Wantage Town FC Club History

Wantage Town FC (the Freds) has been affiliated to the Berks and Buck FA since 1892.
Prior to this, they played in the Swindon & District North Berks and Reading & District Leagues., achieving success in 1903-04 in the Swindon Advertiser Cup, which they repeated in 1907-08 as well as becoming the League Champions.
After the 1st World War, the Freds briefly played in the North Berks League, winning the North Berks Cup in 1920 and 1921 and the Championship in 1921-22. After a brief period playing in the Reading& District League with no success then re-entered the Swindon & District League, winning the title in 1933-34.
The Fifties was the most successful period for the Club, winning the League in 1952-53 (without losing a game) and again in 1955-56, while in 1954-55, the Freds won no fewer than five cup competitions, including the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup.
Since joining the Hellenic League in 1956, Wantage have spent most of their seasons in the Premier Division, Their best finish in the Premier Division had been third place on three occasions - 1973-74, 82-83 and 93-94 but have won promotion from Division 1 on six occasions - as runners-up in 1969-70, 1987-88, 1991-92 (where they set a club record of 32 games unbeaten) and 1995-96, and as Champions in 1980-81 and 2003-4.
Season 2003/2004 was one of the Freds most successful. The First Team won Division One East to regain its position in the Premier League of the GLS Hellenic Football League, and the Reserves finished top of their league, also winning promotion. The Reserves success was repeated in 2004/2005 as they secured the Reserve Division One title. The First Team consolidated their Premier League status, finishing in 10th place.
In 2010-11, the Freds won the Premier League title, but despite great effort on the part of the Club management, they were not promoted to the Southern League due to ground grading criteria not being achieved. In the 2012-2013 season, the club achieved the Southern League Ground grading, but finished runners-up to a very strong Marlow, and again missed out on promotion.
The 2013-2014 saw a great season for the Freds . The First Team won the Uhlsport Hellenic Premier league title, and with the appropriate ground grading in place, promotion to Division One (South and West) of the Southern League. The Reserves, as Runners Up, were promoted to Division One (West) of the Uhlsport Hellenic League, and the ‘A’ Team squad also gained promotion from the North Berks League to Division Two (West) of the Uhlsport Hellenic League.
Despite the turbulent start of season 2014-15, which saw a change of management in the First Team and a number of key players depart, the First Team retained their position in Division One (South and West) of the Southern League, and the Allied Youth team win the Allied County Cup.
Following the installation of the floodlights in 1996, the Club has continued to invest in the upgrading of the facilities at Alfredian Park. In the past sixteen years the main pitch has been renewed and a training pitch has been established. Two new and additional pitches have been formed north of the Clubhouse, enabling five full sized pitches (including the adjacent School pitches) to be used by the growing number of teams supported by the Club. The old stands have been replaced with a new stand.
With sound management in place throughout the Club, on and off of the pitch, and with growing support from the local community, the Club has a unique opportunity to put in place the foundation upon which it can establish itself at a higher standard of football, at each level within the Club. This is reinforced with the maintenance of the F.A. Community Charter Standard, which recognises the levels of care, coaching and management, within the Club. The Club also continue to invest in Youth football, including an Allied Counties team, a Junior section, as well as supporting Nursery football (4 to 6 years old), and teams from under 7 to under 15 for boys and girls thus cementing the Club’s growing involvement with football at all levels.

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Re: Wantage

Post by JohnC » 27 Nov 2019, 23:02

NEW MANAGEMENT TEAM FOR WANTAGE TOWN

First Team Appointments Made
Wantage Town FC is pleased to announce that Tom Austin and Matt Biddle have been appointed as joint first team managers for the coming season with Roy Clark as assistant.

Having sifted through more than a dozen applications the duo stood out at interview with their enthusiasm, planning and vision for taking the club into the Southern League Division One Central following on from winning the Hellenic League Premier Division last season.

Both are former Wantage players, are local, and have relatively recent experience of playing at the Southern League level, meaning they have a sound knowledge of the club and local players and have some good contacts to bolster the squad.

And Clark, being a former Oxford United professional and Wantage Town player, brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience of the game at the higher level.

Following their appointment talks are already underway with a view to retaining as many of last season’s title winning squad as possible.

All three were in charge of the clubs’ Development team last season, and impressed by steering them to the runners-up spot in their league, and are relishing the challenge of transferring their skills to a higher level.

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Re: Wantage

Post by andy » 28 Nov 2019, 08:02

Typical! They get battered for 8 every week, then we cop for the new manager bounce. ::)
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Re: Wantage

Post by HalesowenHarry » 28 Nov 2019, 08:31

they've been in charge all season!!! :)

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Re: Wantage

Post by lutleyyeltz » 28 Nov 2019, 08:35

Andy collapses in relief!

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Re: Wantage

Post by andy » 28 Nov 2019, 11:00

0-10 it is then. ;D
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Re: Wantage

Post by JohnC » 28 Nov 2019, 12:06

Sorry Andy didn't realise the new manager article didn't have a date.

The articles were in answer to the question posed.

They won promotion last season. New Management announced in the close season before their pre season training started end of June.

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Re: Wantage

Post by andy » 28 Nov 2019, 12:23

JohnC wrote:
28 Nov 2019, 12:06
Sorry Andy didn't realise the new manager article didn't have a date.

The articles were in answer to the question posed.

They won promotion last season. New Management announced in the close season before their pre season training started end of June.
I'm just relieved. ;D We've all seen what can happen when new managers come in, even if only for a week or so. Sad I won't be able to get to this one, it could be a record breaker if we're on song. I went to Gravesend in the early 90s when we scored eight, I don't think we've scored more away since, have we?
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Re: Wantage

Post by andy » 28 Nov 2019, 12:28

PS John, don't apologise, I should have read the article properly! Not like me to jump to conclusions, then go off at a tangent and aimlessly waffle on for hours and hours.....
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