VERWOOD TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB

VERWOOD TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB

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VERWOOD TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB


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Club History

Originally believing the club to be formed in the 1920's , we now have information to show that it was formed earlier than this in 1905 (losing it's first match to Alderholt) and affiliated to the Dorset County FA that same year. In fact, the first record of a football match being played in Verwood by a Verwood team predates even this to 1890 (lost that one as well).

Despite the early on-field results, the club flourished and after an initial move to the recreation ground, continued to play home games there until 1986 (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 record that this link was maintained with an increasing number of the first team players coming through the ranks of local football to make the natural progression through to senior level with their local club. 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.

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 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.

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) and on field 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.

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 14th position finish and was followed in ensuing seasons as we remained safe from relegation.

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 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 together with the greater integration across youth and adult football we are now developing plans for improved facilities with our hope and wish to continue the development of football for all in the Verwood area.

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
  Runners Up 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
2017/18 Runners Up Bournemouth Senior Cup