PREVIEW: Wimborne Town FC V Dorchester Town – FA Cup

This Saturday, the FA Cup returns to the KoolPak stadium as Wimborne Town FC host Dorchester Town in the First Qualifying round of the 2018-19 Emirates FA Cup. Wimborne easily saw off Newport (IOW) FC 6-0 just two weeks ago, though Dorchester will provide a much tougher test for Matty’s men. In a game worth an estimated £6,000, come and support the Magpies as they look to put the record straight. Tickets are just £10 for adults, £6 for concessions and £2 for U-18s. Season tickets are unfortunately not valid for this game.

Though nobody needs reminding about Dorchester’s 4-2 triumph earlier this season, club historian Ken Fergus has been digging out the archives and has compiled a brilliant history on our head to head record…


Magpies at War!

This remarkable season for Dorset football sees the county’s four biggest clubs playing together in the same division for the first time in many years. But it’s not the first time ever that this has happened; 96 years ago in season 1922/23 we were all in the Dorset Senior League. The league that season comprised 10 teams and, sad to say, Wimborne Town finished bottom with just 7 points from 18 games. Records suggest we had two points deducted for some misdemeanour (obviously that was – just – before secretary Peter Barham’s time!) and, but for that….we’d still have finished bottom but only on goal average (ask your grandfather what that is) below Dorchester Town.

Dorchester & Wimborne seem to have stayed together in the Dorset Senior League for at least the next three years with Wimborne finishing 6th in 23/24 and bottom in both 24/25 & 25/26. Dorchester didn’t fare much better: they finished bottom in 23/24 and one place above Wimborne in the following two seasons. Records are sketchy after that, although the 1930s were a period of some success for Wimborne and it’s likely that we met in league or local cup action at some point during that decade.

What is certain is that the two clubs haven’t been in the same division at least since 1947 when Dorchester joined the Western League. Until now, of course. And, as you will all know, the first league meeting between the two clubs took place here just a few weeks ago with Dorchester winning more comfortably than the 4-2 scoreline suggests.

But what about local & national cup competitions? We’ve met relatively few times and, surprisingly, not at all in the Senior Cup for a period of over 30 years up to 2011/12, although entry hasn’t always been mandatory as it is now. Here are the results that I have for competitive matches over the past 40 years:

FA Cup (see the article elsewhere in today’s programme)


1Q Dorchester Town 2 – 2 Wimborne Town

1Qr Wimborne Town 0 – 2 Dorchester Town

FA Trophy


1Q Dorchester Town 1 – 3 Wimborne Town

Dorset Senior Cup


Final – Wimborne Town 0 – 2 Dorchester Town


Q-F Wimborne Town 3 – 2 Dorchester Town


S-F Dorchester Town 2 – 0 Wimborne Town


Q-F Wimborne Town 2 – 0 Dorchester Town


Programme from the Past…

Wimborne Town vs Dorchester Town FA Cup First Round Qualifying rep 12th Sept 1995

Today’s game is only the third time the two Magpies have met in FA competitions and the second time we’ve faced each other in the FA Cup, so today we’re looking back at the programme from the first ever tie back in 1995.

Dorchester were first out of the hat on that occasion and the first game ended in a 2-2 draw at the Avenue. Tommy Killick – who had moved from Wimborne to Dorchester in January 1994 – opened the scoring on 12 minutes only for Danny Saxby to equalise from the spot moments later. Craig Wilson put Wimborne ahead 5 minutes into the second period and then we were under the cosh for the rest of the match before substitute James Reeve headed Dorchester level with just 2 minutes remaining…

You can read the rest of this article in Saturday’s programme, available outside the clubhouse for just £2!