Author: Ben Trant

Club Statement

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.

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)

LIVE UPDATES: Transfers and re-signings

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

  • Connor Doe, a central midfielder has signed from Blackfield & 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

Latest Vacancies

Wimborne Town FC can confirm that First Team Physio Ben Hayes has left the club to take up another role.

We would like to put on record our thanks for all of Ben’s hard work this season and wish him the best of luck for the future. As a result, we are now looking for a qualified and suitable individual to step into the role ahead of pre-season.

Anyone interested in this position should get in touch with the club.

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

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.

 

Goals and Funnies of the Season

2018-19 has been a season that will live long in the memory of all Wimborne fans, with some stand out goals and indeed, some memorable comedic moments.

You can re-watch both videos from the Presentation Night below…

Premiership Status Confirmed…

Saturday’s 0-0 draw at home to Chesham United was enough to ensure the Magpies retained their Evo-Stik Southern Premier status.

Having lost the playoff final to Swindon Supermarine by the smallest of margins last year in a penalty shootout, Wimborne were given just three weeks preparation for the new season after the resignation of Shaw Lane FC and the subsequent league restructuring.

A disrupted pre-season and little time for player recruitment prior to the opening fixture away to Farnborough, saw Wimborne struggle and pick up just four points from their opening eight games. Agonising late defeats to Weymouth and Basingstoke reinforced the importance of squad depth, with Magpie legs looking tired and often being overwhelmed by the quality of substitutions from the opposition.

The return of former Poole midfielder Franklyn Clarke in October, inspired a 5-0 rout over Kings Langley, the first of a five game winning run on home soil, and an upturn in form in which the Magpies would take maximum points from the likes of Met Police,Poole Town and Merthyr Town. An unbeaten home run from September being ended by Salisbury six months later.

The league standings continued to shift drastically over the nine month season, with Chesham climbing to midtable post Christmas after a disastrous start, Hendon collapsing from a title push to relegation scrap, and lower-midtable to the relegation places, often being separated by just a number of points.

Crucial wins at Harrow Borough and at home to Swindon Supermarine ended a disappointing run in March, with Wimborne all but safe by Easter Monday. Bar a capitulation on the pitch, with a seven goal swing and numerous results going the wrong way, a single point would guarantee the Magpies another season at their highest ever level.

And achieve that they did. The Magpie faithful cheering home the players to a relatively comfortable 0-0 draw and Wimborne climbed to 14th position. Basingstoke Town joined Staines and Frome Town in relegation to the league below, Walton’s 2-1 victory at Merthyr proving a final day lifeline to avoid the drop.

A huge congratulations to the players, coaching staff, volunteers, Board of Directors and the supporters for this fantastic season.

Full reaction to Saturday’s game and our survival can be found on our Twitter page @WimborneTownFC, Facebook @WimborneTownFC and Instagram @officialwtfc

Dorset FA Awards: Brian Sibley and Andy Fripp

Everyone at Wimborne Town FC would like to congratulate Brian Sibley for winning the Dorset FA Groundsman of the Year and Andy Fripp for his Outstanding contribution to Dorset football as a coach.

Both Brian and Andy received their awards on Friday evening at the presentation ceremony in Blandford. ‘Sibbo’ has been an incredibly loyal servant to the club for decades and his tireless work has not gone unnoticed with looking after both playing pitches, ground maintenance and for ensuring the Cuthbury met the recent FA ground regulations.

Andy has been a key part of Wimborne Town’s recent growth at youth level, with various age groups developing extremely well and development being reflected in cup success.

Congratulations to Brian and Andy on their awards!

You can watch both recognition videos below…