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Development Centre

Wimborne Town are launching their first-ever Development Centre in January 2020. The Centre will start with Under 13, Under 14 & Under 15 age groups.

Matty Holmes Head of the Community programme at Wimborne Town has recently moved away from his First Team Management role to concentrate on the player pathway progression at Wimborne Town and he will oversee the Development Centre Programme with Head of Youth Terry Wateridge, both Matty and Terry have a vast knowledge in Player development.

Trials for places in the new Development Centre will be held over the first weekend of November to select players that will be invited to form the new Development Centre age groups.

Please watch our promotional video

Before applying to trial, please read through all the information regarding the centre and its costings. Once you are happy to trial please complete the trial form and email back to Matty Holmes as soon as possible to guarantee a place on the trials.

Closing Date for entries will be Tuesday 29th October 2019

Please be aware that we will have only 33 trial places available on each of the age group trial days. Places will be given on first come basis.

(Please download a Trial Form here; ).


Next up… Battle of The Magpies!

The Magpies come visiting, it’s the battle of the Magpies with local rivals Dorchester Town in action at the J & B’s Stadium Cuthbury on Tuesday 22nd October with a 19:45 kick-off. Dorchester scored a 31st minute winning goal in the League Cup encounter at the beginning of the month, however the line ups for both sides are likely to change considerably for this weeks encounter.

Manager Danny Holmes reflecting about Saturday’s defeat at Chesham told Radio Wimborne; “We are on the back foot to a certain degree, I felt today was a much better performance. We were hoping for a counter attach game but that is the negative at the moment we’re not creating enough chances, that has got to get better”.

Magpies defeat on Saturday saw them slip to 18th place in the league table, just 1 place above Dorchester Town and 2 above Farnborough on goal difference with all 3 teams on 12 points. After this week’s defeats the gap to the top end of the table is starting to open up quickly.

Holmes added; “When you’re having a run of bad form like we are, we’ve got to try and keep our heads up. We looked more disciplined as a group than Wednesday, that’s a plus and now we have to take the pluses into Tuesday and get a bit of confidence, on the ball we need to be better”.

The visit of Dorchester Town who have been struggling badly so far this season places the 18th and 19th placed local rivals together on Tuesday after Dorchester beat Yate Town 2 nil on Saturday to move them just out of the relegation zone.

Holmes looking towards Tuesday night said; “A local derby, I’m expecting us to be right on our game, a great atmosphere, under the lights I’m expecting us to go out there and show loads of commitment and togetherness and hopefully we’ll get a result. We’ve got a bigger squad, with freshness in the squad, I might need to rotate it again, it’s a case of finding out the best solution where we’re gonna score goals and see where we go”.

Holmes concluded; “James (Stokoe) is now the assistant manager, he’s giving other lads a chance so that he can take a backward step, the way the results have been going and the way our performances are James is now having to come back in and there were some positives with James. Until we get that little bit of lady luck and the change in our game play generally, I’m going to have to change the personnel a bit and leave people out”.


Next up… The Generals

The Magpies hit the road again on tomorrow, (Saturday 19th October) with a long journey to take on Chesham united for a 15:00 kick-off.

Our hosts Chesham United are sat in a strong 4th position in the league table behind Tiverton Town, Truro City and Poole Town.

Manager Danny Holmes reflecting about Wednesdays defest at Farnborough told Radio Wimborne; “We were really poor, especially in the first half, In the first half we give teams the lead or let them get on the front foot. We’re just miles behind, tonight was the worst from our perspective. Something needs to change with that situation, certainly we need to start games much brighter. We made our own problems, we didn’t contain the ball enough”.

Magpies defeat on Wednesday saw them slip down to 17th place in the league table, a slide that needs to be stopped quickly.

Holmes added; “On Saturday at Chesham there could be some changes. I need more than that. We need to start better than that. We need to be more professional and not just give silly goals away”.

With players coming back from injury options are opening up for squad selection so the next few matches will be interesting on that subject starting at Chesham with a home match next Tuesday against local rivals Dorchester Town followed by the visit of Taunton Town in he Buildbase FA Trophy in a weeks time.

Holmes concluded; “I’m expecting much better on Saturday, it’s a must. I want it all to change from then. Hopefully that’s a bit of a wake-up call for the boys. We’ve got to maintain a little bit of consistency, it’s got to come from me and they’ve got to learn quickly and things have to change, nothing but hard work helps”.

The Magpies team coach has spaces available for Saturday’s trip, please contact Peter Barham via email; The coach leaves the J & B’s Stadium Cuthbury at 10:15.


Chesham United Football Club, The Meadow, Amy Lane, Chesham, Buckinghamshire HP5 1NE

Adults: £10 Concessions: £8 (over 65s, students with ID) Under18’s: £3 Under 12’s: Free Parking: Free

Directions By Road:

Chesham United from M25; Coming from the South (or from M4/M40)
Take J18 off the M25 taking the left lane of the slip road to turn left on to the A404 to Chorleywood/Amersham. You will follow this road through Chorleywood straight through 2 sets of lights. You will then pass a school on your left handside, about 1 mile down the road from there you will see the road bear to the left with a right turn to Chenies and Latimer, take this turn and follow the road in to Chenies, this road will lead you to Chesham, you will see a manor house to your right as you follow the road for about 3 miles. You will eventually find yourself on a one way system at a ‘left turn only’ junction, you will shortly pass an open air pool to your left, follow the road under the bridge, Chesham United is the 2nd exit off the roundabout. This route is not suitable for Coaches!

Coach route – Follow the A404 going past the Chalfont & Latimer Undergound Station, going straight over the mini roundabout, you will now be on The White Lion Road, follow this road until you see a roundabout, take the right exit under the bridge. Follow the road straight across the next two mini roundabouts and bear right at the next mini roundabout, you will see the Boot & Slipper on the corner of the roundabout. Follow straight over the next roundabout following the road to the roundabout at the bottom off the hill, the entrance is directly next to this exit, it is a tight exit, a coach would need to do a full circle on the roundabout to get in.

Chesham United from M40
Take J2 on the roundabout off the motorway, head toward Beaconsfield on the short dual carriageway take the first exit off the next roundabout. Get in to the right hand lane and take the right exit taking the A335 for about 3 miles. As you approach the next roundabout take the right hand side lane for the second exit. Take a left turn at the following roundabout and right at the front of Tesco store. Take a left turn at the next rounabout. As you follow up the road under the next bridge, go straight over the next mini roundabout, then right at the roundabout in front of Dr Challoners School, then left at the next mini roundabout. Go straight over the next two mini roundabouts until you arrive at the roundabout at the bottom of the hill, Chesham United is on the first exit at a tight angle.

Chesham United from M4
Take J8/9 A404 which will lead you to the M40, take the M40 London exit, then follow the directions above.

Car Parking
The car park at The Meadow is accessed via the main entrance drive and parking is free. Players, officials and sponsors have their own allocated area. Please advise the club in advance if you are bringing coaches so that space can be reserved. There is limited on-street parking in the immediate vicinity of the ground – when using this please respect our neighbours and avoid blocking entrances.

If additional space is needed there is alternate free parking on the gravel hardstanding area on The Moor (NB height restricted entry, cars only) and payable parking in the town car parks, see the map below. These are all within about 5-10 minutes normal walking distance of the ground.

FA Trophy Draw… The Peacocks

The Magpies next Cup competition is closing in with the draw being made earlier today for the Buildbase FA Trophy 1st round qualifying. The Magpies have been drawn to take on Taunton Town at home on Saturday 26th October.

A maximum of 7 substitutes may be nominated for the match of which 3 are permitted to be used at any time so with the Magpies squad growing with players returning to fitness and a new signing confirmed earlier today there is some good solid competition for places up for grabs.

After losing out at the first hurdle last season away to Basingstoke 4-2 Danny Holmes charges will be eager to progress in the competition after losing out in the League Cup and FA Cup in recent weeks.

Currently in 5th position in the league, The Peacocks defeated the Magpies back in August 3 nil in the league so a win at the J & B’s Stadium Cuthbury on Saturday 26th October would be very sweet indeed.



The first new signing for manager Danny Holmes is in the squad this Wednesday to face Farnborough. 28-year-old centre forward Rico Wilson joins the Magpies after signing forms Saturday evening.

Wilson has had previous spells with Dorchester and Blackfield & Langley but has been taking time out during the last couple of seasons although he has been training with the Magpies squad over the last few weeks.

Wimborne Town manager Danny Holmes said; “Rico has trained a fair bit with us, he looks good, he can hold the ball up well in the final third and he will add a different dimension to the squad”.

Wednesday evening you can hear Holmes thoughts just before kickoff speaking to Tim Allan and Chris Dale on Radio Wimborne about his new recruit, links to listen are on our website under the ‘Match Day Live’ page.

Holmes concluded; “Rico played 45 minutes for us recently in a behind closed doors training match against Weymouth where he score a goal, the signs are good”.


Next up… The Yellows

The Magpies hit the road again on Wednesday 15th October along the M3 to take on Farnborough for a 19:45 kick-off.

Last Saturday Farnborough who are languishing just one place about the relegation zone in 19th place lost 3-2 away at Swindon Supermarine.

Manager Danny Holmes reflecting about Wednesdays upcoming match told Radio Wimborne; “We believe in the lads, there will be a little bit of rotation because we’ve got a good size team. I don’t want the boys taking it personal, but we have the beauty of that.”

Hopefully, 12th placed Magpies can get back to winning ways after suffering a home 3 nil defeat in the rain against Tiverton Town on Saturday.

Holmes added; “We’ve got to go defensive minded but catch them on the counterattack. We go one game at a time, I just feel that we’ve got to keep doing what we’re doing, and we’ll be fine. Mentally we’ve got to believe in what we do.”

The league table is starting to take shape and looking very interesting with the points very tight between places, although with some matches postponed and cup runs there may be a few surprises over the coming weeks.

Holmes concluded; “I think defensively we’re fine, we’ve nullified most sides, it’s just a case that we’ve got to be a bit more clinical in the final third on the ball, I think it will come, it’s early days still.”

The Magpies team coach has spaces available for Wednesday’s trip, please contact Peter Barham via email; The coach leaves the J & B’s Stadium Cuthbury at 16:30.


Farnham Football Club, Easy As HGV Stadium, Cherrywood Road, GU14 8UD

Adults: £12 Concessions: £10 16 years to 21 years: £6 Under16’s: Free (must be accompanied by a responsible adult) Parking: £2
(Valid ID and proof of concession is to be shown at the turnstiles).

Directions By Road:

From the M3 motorway:
Leave the motorway at Junction 4 and take the A331 signed to Farnham. After a few hundred yards exit at the second slip road – signed A325 Farnborough – turn right at the roundabout and cross over the dual carriageway and a small roundabout.

From South of Farnborough:
Take the A31, Guildford to Farnham road, and turn north onto the A331 dual carriageway, heading towards the M3. Ignore the Farnborough exit and leave the A331 at the Frimley exit before turning left at the top of the slip-road.

All directions:
Pass the Farnborough Gate shopping centre on your left and at the next roundabout turn left onto the A325. Go over a pelican crossing and at the next set of lights take the right filter into Prospect Avenue. At the end of this road turn right at the roundabout into Cherrywood Road. The Stadium is half a mile on the right.

Radio Wimborne Presented with a Battery Pack by the Supporters Club

Radio Wimborne are in their second season covering the Magpies matches, this season coverage is home and away at all matches. We have had issues of power supply at some grounds this season so after talking with my side-kick Chris Dale who is the main commentator he suggested a generator.

After further discussion, we decided that a fuel-powered generator was out of the question with travelling so after searching the internet I found a battery power pack which is small, lightweight but supplies more than enough power for a full match, extra time and even penalties!

With Radio Wimborne being a voluntary service, it was out of the budget of the radio station, so we decided to look out for a potential sponsor to help us out. Up stepped the brilliant supporters club who agreed to purchase the power pack for us for which we and the station are so grateful for the fantastic help.

Radio Wimborne Chris and I would like to say a huge thank you to Paula, Steve and John plus all you supporters club members who help make things like this possible, if you are not a member grab a form today from the club shop or download from the magpies website, it’s only £10 per season, a bargain and it helps the club in so many ways.

Many thanks to you all.

Tim Allan

Next up… Tivvy

Non-League Day is tomorrow Saturday 12th October when the Magpies welcome Tiverton Town to the J & B’s Stadium Cuthbury for a 15:00 kick-off.

Last season on Saturday 1st December 2018 the Magpies defeated Tiverton Town 2-1, goals from Toby Holmes (49′) and Luke Burbidge (87′) secured the 3 league points in front of 299 fans.

Hopefully the Magpies can repeat last season’s success tomorrow afternoon although, Tivvy have won their last 4 matches and have only lost once this season away to Taunton Town, other than that just 2 draws and another 3 wins see the Devonshire side from Ladysmead Stadium sit at the top of the Southern League Premier Division South table.

Just a mere 9 points between Taunton Town placed 5th on 16 points, down to the relegation 20th placed Hendon on 7 points while the Magpies are occupying 12th place with 12 points giving a very tight league table this season. Just a couple of wins or losses and it’s a jump of several place or sinking a few, the match tomorrow and the away matches at Farnbouough next Wednesday and Chesham United next Saturday are very important for points on the board.

Manager Danny Holmes reflecting about tomorrows match told Radio Wimborne; “I fancy us against anyone at home. At home, we do well. We just quickly have to learn not to give silly goals away early doors, but this is a completely different game all together. You have to respect your opponents at this level, and we have to be ready to go on the front foot.”

With Non-League Day Magpies are offering half priced admission for any season ticket holder from AFC Bournemouth, Southampton or indeed any Premier League or Championship club on production of their season ticket to the Tiverton Town match.

The matchday programme features a centre page colour spread of the Magpies team photo taken last week with signature boxes around the outside, so get down early and fill those autographs in the programme.

The Magpies look forward to seeing and hearing the travelling Tivvy fans tomorrow at the J & B’s Stadium Cuthbury.


Supporters Club Wine & Cheese Party

Wimborne Town FC Supporters Club are hosting a wine & cheese party on Saturday 16th November, this follows our home game verses Gosport Borough.

It all gets underway from 19:30 and tickets are available behind the bar priced at £12:00 each which includes cheese and wine.

The evening will also feature a musical entertainer,

Don’t be shy, support the supporters club and enjoy an evening of wine, cheese and song!

Fans Forum Update…

If you were unable to attend the recent Fans Forum at the J & B’s Stadium Cuthbury many topics were talked about with the majority of the evening focussing on the new stadium.

Below are the main points of topics raised at the recent Fans Forum:

  • Wyatt Homes are saying that we should be in for the start of next season.
  • The main pitch will be grass, although this can take 9-12 months to bed in.
  • The aim is for the practice pitch to be 3G – discussion reference this are on-going, but it could take 9 months before the Football Foundation make their decision.
  • A specialist stadium company will undertake the build.
  • One side and one end will be covered.
  • The capacity of the new stadium will be 1950.
  • The Council will own the ground (a gift from David Wyatt), and charge us a peppercorn rent for 25 years.
  • We will run the clubhouse.
  • League sponsorship – most of this goes towards the costs of running the league; all the club receives from BetVictor is 30 footballs; next season, team shirts will have to carry the BetVictor logo.
  • The club is running 22 youth teams this season.
  • The club is actively seeking a new sponsor for next season.