Author: Ben Trant

TICKETS ON SALE: An Evening with Matt Le Tissier

This July, Wimborne Town FC Supporters Club will be hosting an evening with Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier, with tickets now on sale…

Event will be held the evening of Friday 12th July 2019, arrival at 7pm for a 7:30pm start, at The Hamworthy Club, Magna Road, BH21 3AP. On top of Matt Le Tissier’s dinner speech, there will also be a delicious three course meal, comedian supporting act, signed auction and raffle. The dress code for the evening will be Smart Casual.

Tickets cost just £45 per person or £450 for a table of ten.

Please contact The Wimborne Town FC Clubhouse on 01202 884821

You can keep up to date with ticket sales and other great events by following the Supporters Club on Twitter @wtfc_club 

The Supporters Club have worked hard and held ‘Race Night’ in which fans could enjoy a drink and place bets on horse races in a social night. Last month, they hosted Italian Night, with an Italian themed dinner and entertainment from ‘Pavarotti’.

Each week, the club hold a score predictor with the prize fund crying out for a winner! Don’t forget to get your forms from the bar on Saturday before the game and you could be the lucky winner…

This year, there are plans to host a joint fans forum with the Club Board Members, date to be announced. An opportunity to come along and voice your thoughts, ideas and suggestions to everyone.

Membership is open to all supporters and costs just £10 for adults and £5 for concessions, including U18s and OAPs.

There are a range of benefits for members including…

  • 10% off drinks at the bar
  • 10% off club merchandise.
  • Upon joining you also receive a free pin badge and WTFC pen.
  • Members can also gain access to our away mini bus scheme, when the coach is not available to supporters.

To be a part, please contact our Clubhouse Manager Clive via 07464 876986‬ or email clivebailey54@outlook.com

You can also find membership forms at the Bar, Club shop on Matchdays and can request membership via their Twitter @wtfc_club (LINK)

2019-20 Patrons Draw

Wimborne Town FC are again offering businesses the opportunity to take part in our annual Patrons draw.

With the main prize on offer the chance to have your company’s logo on the front of all first team squad shirts, there’s never been a better time to get involved…

Last year, we achieved survival in our debut season in the Evo-Stik Premier Division South, the highest level the club has played at. We also reached the Dorset Senior Cup Final for the second year running, whilst Matty and the players generated a huge amount of media interest and coverage. With player photos appearing in the press on an almost weekly basis, in the match day programmes, on social media platforms with over 6,000 followers and the shirts on display to around 400 people at every match, this represents a great opportunity for brand awareness and reinforcement to the local community.

The draw is for £250+ vat and each entrant is guaranteed a season ticket and their company name listed in each home programme. 
In addition to which the draw will provide the opportunity to win one of the following prizes:
– Company name on the back of the teams shirt
– Company name on the front of the teams shorts
– Match Day Hospitality Package for up to 6 people including meal, free match entry and programme
The draw will take place on Thursday 4th July in the evening at the clubhouse, with Harry Redknapp once again kindly undertaking the draw on behalf of the club. 

Latest Vacancies

Wimborne Town FC are looking for volunteers to support the club on match days ahead of the new season.

With the Magpies competing at their highest ever level for a second season running, matchdays continue to require a lot of helpers to ensure playing staff can perform and fans can have a safe and enjoyable experience. Volunteers wishing to help in any capacity, will be greatly received. We are especially looking for stewards to assist with matchday operations.

Our Development squad are looking for a physio to work on matchdays next season. Full details can be found by following @WTFCDEV on Twitter.

Anyone interested in these positions should get in touch with the club by visiting the Clubhouse or using our contact page

We are also looking for a Media Assistant to support the club’s media output across video, website and social media.

For further details or to volunteer for this role, please contact the club or get in touch with Luke on Facebook or Twitter @WimborneTownFC

2019-20 Season tickets on sale now!

Season tickets are now on sale for the 2019-20 campaign…

£180 for Adults

£100 for Concessions*

Reserve seat in the main stand to go with your season ticket: £25 (secure your favourite seat / viewing point for every match – excludes cup matches)

Season tickets are valid for all Wimborne Town FC home league and pre-season games for the forthcoming season. Cup fixtures, play off matches and testimonials are exempt. 

Season Tickets can be obtained by seeing Clive at the clubhouse, or over the phone via credit card for later collection by calling 01202 884821.

Tickets for individual games can be purchased at the turnstiles, priced at £12 for adults, £7 for concessions and just £2 for U16s.

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*For Concessions (Students, OAPs and Armed forces) and Under 18s, the following forms of identification are acceptable and must be produced at the turnstile:

  • Student NUS card or ISIC
  • UK Armed Forces ID card
  • Bus / Travel pass
  • Current passport
  • EU National ID card
  • Current Full UK Driving Licence

Numbered tickets will be issued and recorded to comply with FA and League rules. These tickets will act as half time passes to get in and out of the ground.

Press, media and photographers should apply for a match day press pass at least 24 hours before kick off and should produce a valid NUJ or show membership of their appropriate accredited professional body.

 

Club Statement: Toby Holmes

Wimborne Town FC can confirm that Tobias Holmes has agreed terms and signed for Salisbury FC.

Toby, the league’s second top scorer with 30 goals, joins a Salisbury side who finished fourth in the Evo-Stik Premier Division South and whose season ended with a narrow 3-2 defeat in the Play Off semi-final to Met Police.

Having been an instrumental part of the Magpie’s success over the last three years, including promotion from the Southern League, an emphatic 7-0 Dorset Senior Cup success in 2018 and survival in the Club’s debut season at the Premier South, Toby leaves with the best wishes and gratitude of everyone at Wimborne Town FC.

First Team Manager Matty Holmes:

We thank Toby for his services over the last three seasons. His contribution to the team has been superb and he has been a big reason why we have finished in record high league positions for the past three seasons.  

We wish him well in his new venture.

Toby Holmes scored 30 goals and registered 6 assists in 39 league appearances this season, the statistics improving to 37 goals and 9 assists in 43 games within all competitions.In total, his record stands at an incredible 132 goals in 143 appearances for the club.Having signed from Dorchester in the summer of 2016, Holmes went on to win the League Golden Boot, “Manager’s player” and ”Fantasy player” at the 2017-18 season awards.

Toby’s final goal came as a consolation in a 2-4 home defeat to eventual relegated side Basingstoke Town in late March.

As a fan favourite and well liked individual, we wish Toby all the very best of luck.

Two new additions…

We can today confirm the arrival of two new players to Wimborne Town FC. 

Connor Doe, a central midfielder has signed from Blackfield & Langley, whilst former Gosport centre forward Tony Lee, has also joined the club.

First Team Manager Matty Holmes said:

I am delighted to sign Connor, who is only 22 years old and has a number of games at Southern league level. He has a winning mentality coming from Blackfield who have enjoyed a lot of success over the past few seasons.

Connor is a good technical player, highly competitive and is a great character. He will be a valuable signing for us.

Tony has been much traveled with a number of clubs to his name. I am delighted to have agreed terms for Tony to be with us next season, at only 22 years old he is hungry to play regularly and get settled in a team local to him.

What impressed me most when meeting him is his desire to work for the team and have a will to win.

LIVE UPDATES: Transfers and re-signings

*This page will be updated across the 2019-2020 pre-season*

  • Sam Poole has joined the club from Blackfield and Langley
  • Gerard Benfield has left to join Salisbury for an undisclosed fee
  • Toby Holmes has signed a contract with Salisbury FC
  • Connor Doe, a central midfielder has signed from Blackfield and Langley
  • Former Gosport centre forward Tony Lee has also joined the club
  • Luke Burbidge joins the list of First Team players who have re-signed
  • Laurence Russell will be returning to the club as First Team Physio for the new season
  • James Stokoe has committed to the club as he pursues his 500th appearance
  • Curtis Young and Paddy Hester have also agreed to return next season
  • Danny Tabor has joined the club as Development Team Assistant Manager
  • Luke Holmes and Billy Maybury have re-signed for the new Season
  • Sam Bayston, Carl Pettefer and Stef Penny will also remain at the club
  • First Team Physio Ben Hayes has departed the club
  • Matt Oldring and Lee Francis have chosen not to sign new contracts
  • Gerard Benfield, Franklyn Clarke and Sam Davidson have agreed terms

Further information can be found via our:

Twitter page @WimborneTownFC

Facebook page @WimborneTownFC

Fan Forum

Instagram @officialwtfc

Update: First team playing squad

As announced earlier this week, first team players Franklyn Clarke, Gerard Benfield and Sam Davidson have re-signed ahead of the new season.

All three players have been instrumental in the club’s recent success and we are delighted to confirm that they will return to the playing squad for the 2019-20 season.

Further announcements on the playing squad will be made over the next few days. 

This confirmation has been followed by the sad news that both Matt Oldring and Lee Francis will not be returning to the club, having decided not to re-sign for forthcoming season. Club physio Ben Hayes has also left for a new role.

Matt, Lee and Ben have been fantastic servants and their departure is with the best wishes of everyone at Wimborne Town FC.

First team players departing

We can confirm that first team players Matt Oldring and Lee Francis have left the club at the end of the 2018-19 season.

The following is a statement from Manager Matty Holmes.

‘Matty has decided not to resign for the new season, with university commitments in Leeds for his final year and football commitments too much. Matty has been a fantastic player for us and helped us secure a Play Off final place and secure safety in our first ever season in the Southern Premier.

He has been a great leader and always given us 100%, he will be a big miss around the place.
We wish him well for the future.

After a difficult conversation with Frano, it is with heavy heart that Lee will not be staying with us next season. Since his arrival from Barnstaple, he has become a popular figure and valued member of the squad.

He was an instrumental part of the team in our Play Off season, and in retaining our Southern Premier status this year. We wish Lee well for the future.’

Lee Francis made 34 appearances in all competitions this season and battled back from a nasty chest injury earlier in the season. Matty Oldring scored two important goals this year, the most memorable being the second in a 2-0 victory at Harrow Borough to put the Magpies in the driving seat for guaranteeing another season at this level.

Club statistics:

Lee Francis – 78 appearances (52 starts, 26 subs), 5 goals

Matt Oldring – 88 appearances (84 starts, 4 subs), 11 goals.
By season:
Lee Francis:
2017-18: 44 apps (26, 18), 4 goals
2018-19: 34 apps (26, 8), 1 goal
Matt Oldring:
2016-17:  6 apps (6, 0), 0 goals
2017-18: 49 apps (47, 2), 8 goals
2018-19: 33 apps (31, 2), 3 goals

Wimborne Town Football Club would like to place on record our sincere thanks to both players for their commitment and efforts to the club over recent years. 

Cabaret Evening with Paul Michael

Paul Michael returns to the Clubhouse this June, back by popular demand after his successful Pavarotti night a few weeks ago.

On Friday 14th June, he is doing a Cabaret Style evening with a mixture of different genres. Doors open at 7:30pm. Tickets are £10 and are on sale now!

Available from the clubhouse or call Clive on 01202 884821.