VERWOOD TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB

VERWOOD TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB

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VERWOOD TOWN FOOTBALL CLUB


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A Brief 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. 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.

According to long established club members and ex-players, traveling in and around Dorset by steam train and changing behind well laid hedge rows proved conducive to good team spirit and offered a different slant to country life.

De-mob saw ex-players reunited re-establishing it's winning ways bringing minor and junior trophies to the village.

Moving from Dorset FA to Bournemouth FA gave us a chance to broaden our horizons and the early 1960's saw some of the club officials involved with the villages youth side Rossgarth YFC.

An ambitious move to Potterne Park in 1986 and a strong willing committee brought the club in 1989 to Hampshire League football. High league positions achieved and promotion to Hampshire League Division One in 1993. 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. Two seasons and a great deal of effort off the pitch were rewarded with a third,place finish and promotion to from Division 3 to the newly renamed Sydenhams League (Wessex) Division One.

Progress continued apace with erection of floodlights, and enhanced spectator facilities and entries into the FA Vase and later the FA Cup. In 2011/12 Verwood were crowned Division One Champions with promotion to the Sydenhams League Premier Division Three management changes from 2014 however resulted in a more unsettled period which culminated in a drop to Division 1 for 2017/18. The Verwood Town Ladies Team was established in 2015 and has participated in the Dorset Women's league.

The club remains committed to grow and push forward both on and off the pitch. Together with the greater integration of youth and adult football we continue to develop plans for improved facilities with our hope and wish to continue the development of football for all in the 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