SOUTH NEWTON & WISHFORD UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB
A LONG & PROUD HISTORY ON WHICH TO BUILD
South Newton & Wishford Utd FC is one of the longest established amateur football clubs in Wiltshire. Early Salisbury & District league records indicate that a team from South Newton played in Division 3 during the season 1911/12. This continued as far as records show (barring the world wars year’s 1914/18).
The original South Newton team continued until 31st August 1936, when a meeting took place in the cricket pavilion with the recorded objective of forming a football team for ‘lads of under 18 years old’.
Records from this meeting are fascinating and are very much of the time stating: Colours would be Blue & Amber shirts with blue Knicks, Subs to 2/- per player, 1/- for under 14’s. Players to pay 2 pence per match insurance premium, it was agreed to enter teams in the S&D league and the Nadder Valley league. Membership to be confined to players resident in the parishes of South Newton and Wishford. And so, the present day club was born.
During the 2nd World War 1939/45 the club was disbanded, but soon after VE day at a meeting on the 23rd August 1945, the club was reformed. At this time the subs had risen to 3/6 per player plus 1/- per game to help with transport costs, membership again being confined to parish residents.
At the AGM on the 16th July 1946 it was agreed to enter a men’s team into Division 3 of the S&D league and a team for Under 16 boys or Division 4 if the boys section was not run. The minutes also show that ‘It was agreed to obtain a flag in the club colours to be flown at home games. A letter of thanks to be sent to Langford United FC for the loan of goal nets for last season.’
These early documents and decades of similar records like them demonstrate a continuous passion for football, linking today’s players with those who had the vision to found the club over 100 years ago.
To this day the club continues to strive to promote participation and inclusion within football and most of all, the enjoyment of players of all abilities and of both genders, at all age groups.
This ethos has been successful throughout the years bringing numerous league and cup successes in both adult and junior competitions across the county.
One of the greatest successes in the club’s history is its annual Father’s day six aside tournament, which was established in 1988 by Rob Begg and
Pete Burden. The tournament is still going from strength to strength to this day and has become one of the best supported in the county and beyond, with 115 teams entered in 2014.
We have an ambitious future and are looking to build the club for the next 100 years. Come and see for yourself.
- Dedicated & Motivated FA Qualified Coaches
- Player Development as a Priority
- Affiliated to Wiltshire FA
- Playing in a Range of Local Leagues
- Cup Competitions
- Weekly Training
- All Weather Winter Training Facilities
- Low Cost Annual Subs
- All Volunteers Fully CRC Checked & 1st Aid Certified
For the 2015/16 season we will running the following teams:
Men’s Teams 1st & Reserves – Salisbury & District Saturday League
Youth Teams Under 18s & 15s – Testway Youth League
Mini Teams Under 8s, 9s, 10s – South Wilts Youth League
Michael J Plowman
South Newton & Wishford United FC
The Stoford Recreation Ground, Stoford, SP2 0PJ