VERWOOD TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB - FOUNDED 1920

VERWOOD TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB

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Club History

Verwood is steeped in history. A noticeable spot for visitors is the Monmouth Ash Public House which is said to be built on the site where the Duke of Monmouth hid in a tree to avoid his pursuers. Can we believe the rumour that he was the first referee to officiate at a Verwood FC match?

The first written records date back to the early 1920's and a copy of the notice to Dorset FA confirming ground directions and club colours indicate that we have a similar colour scheme now.

Until 1986 the clubs home games were all played on the recreation ground except for a short period of time when a piece of spare ground near Coronation Road was used. This in fact was the best period in the clubs playing record as we were unbeaten in two years.

According to long established club members and ex-players, traveling in and around Dorset by steam train and changing behind well layed hedge rows proved conducive to good team spirit and offered a different slant to country life. During the war years matches were organised against teams from the Home Guard, West Moors Army Barracks, Woodlands Searchlights, but the team they enjoyed playing most of all was against the Land Army.

De-mob saw ex-players reunited and the club continued it's affiliation to Dorset re-establishing it's winning ways bringing minor and junior trophies to the village. This also bought back the local hostilities particularly the annual battle against Cranborne. Memories recall one particular game when police were called from Wimborne to control the crowd and restrain the reverend Williams from striking the referee with his walking stick. Fortunately we don't get that sort of trouble anymore.

Moving from Dorset FA to Bournemouth FA gave us a chance to broaden our horizons. The early 1960's saw some of the club officials involved with the villages youth side Rossgarth YFC. It's heartening to see that the link has not only been maintained but over the last few years is getting even stronger with an increasing number of the first team players have coming through the ranks of local football to make the natural progression through to senior level with their local club.

The ambitious move to Potterne Park in 1986 and a strong willing committee brought the club in 1989 to Hampshire League football for the first time in it's 70 years of history. The wisdom of this move was soon confirmed with the high league positions that were maintained over the next three of four years, eventually culminating in promotion in 1993 to Hampshire League Division One. It was during this period that with the growth of the village into a town our new name Verwood Town Football Club was established.

In 2004/5 the Wessex League amalgamated with the Hampshire League and formed three new leagues. Verwood Town were entered into the new Sydenhams Wessex League Division Three. Two seasons and a great deal of effort off the pitch, erecting dugouts, hard standing and stands and on the pitch finishing third, the club was rewarded with a promotion into the Newly renamed Sydenhams League (Wessex) Division One.

The following season, the good playing form continued with a top six finish in the first season in Division One. During the summer of 2007, the clubs ambitions were finally realised with the erection of floodlights needed to maintain their well deserved status in the Sydenhams League (Wessex). The 2007/8 season saw further improvement with the team challenging for promotion over much of the season, ultimately losing out but achieving a highly creditable 4th place finish.

Over 2008/9, off field progress continued with the provision of enhanced spectator facilities providing more covered seating and standing areas, and with new spaces for wheelchair spectators. Progress continued in 2009/10 as the club made it's first entry into the FA Vase competition and this was further built upon the following season with it's very first entry into the FA Cup. A good run in the FA Vase saw the club completing 5 matches beating higher level opposition and being put out by the eventual quarter finalists.

2011/12 was a big season in the club's history with the Reserves joining the newly formed the Wyvern Combination Football league and the First team claiming it's greatest achievement to date becoming Champions of Division One and earning promotion to the Premier Division.
Consolidation was achieved in our inaugural season in the top flight with a solid safe 14th position finish which was followed in ensuing seasons as we remained relatively safe from any relegation fears.

Three management changes from 2014 resulted in the First Team entering a more unsettled period which culminated in relegation and a drop to Division 1 for the start of 2017/18 season.

The club remains committed to grow however, and to push forward both on and off the pitch. In 2015 the Verwood Town Ladies Team was established participating in the Dorset Women's league, and in 2017 Verwood Town FC and Rossgarth Youth FC merged, cementing their close ties and bringing the Youth and Senior clubs of the area into a single organisation.

Recent Achievements

1983/84 Winners Pickford Senior Trophy
1984/85 Winners Banks Cup
1985/86 Winners Pickford Senior Trophy
1986/87 Winners Dorset Senior Trophy
1987/88 Runners up Bournemouth Division 1
1988/89 Third Bournemouth Division 1
  Promotion to Hants League Division
1989/90 Third Hants Division 2
  Runners up Dorset Senior Trophy
1991/92 Fourth Hants Division 2
  Winners Bournemouth Senior Cup
1992/93 Third Hants Division 2
  Promoted to Hants Division 1
  Winners Dorset Senior Trophy
1993/94 Runners up Sunday Team
  Promoted to Division 3
1994/95 Winners Bournemouth Senior Cup
1996/97 Winners Dorset Senior Trophy
1999/00 Semi Final Dorset Senior Cup
2002/03 Runners up Hants Division 1
  Semi Final Bournemouth Senior Cup
2005/06 Semi Final Dorset Senior Cup
  Third Wessex League Div. 2
  Promoted to Sydenhams League(Wessex) Div. 1
2007/08 Fourth Sydenhams League(Wessex) Div. 1
2011/12 Champions Sydenhams League(Wessex) Div. 1
  Promoted to Sydenhams League(Wessex) Premier Division