The History of Wodson Park Football Club
In June 2012 the two Wodson Park Football clubs (Senior and Youth) amalgamated to create today’s club. The joining together of these two very respected clubs means that we can now provide a clear player pathway within the club.
We aim to provide local children both boys and girls with the opportunity to take part in football that is fun, progressive and run in a controlled safe environment. Our senior players also follow a player pathway which means that we are able to progress players through the senior system into a very high standard of football.
We have great facilities at our two sites, Wodson Park Sports and Leisure Centre and Crouchfields.
The Senior Section
Wodson Park Senior club was founded in 1997 by John Murphy. The first and reserve sides play at Wodson Park Sports and Leisure Centre in Ware.
The club originally consisted of one side and entered its first competitive season in Division 3 of the Hertford & District League where we completed a league and cup double in our first season.
Following this, consecutive promotions took place which included in the 1999/2000 season an unbeaten league Division 1 campaign dropping only 3 points. This record still stands to this day and obviously led to the club gaining promotion to the Premier Division.
The club then added a Reserve team and an ‘A’ teams into the league and both were successful in their respective league and cup competitions.
In the 2006/2007 season, the 1st Team entered the Herts Senior County League where they achieved a top half finish in Division 1.
The 2007/2008 saw the Reserve side enter the Herts Senior County League Reserve Division 2 leaving the ‘A’ Team remaining in the Hertford & District League Division 1.The 1st Team finishing runners-up to Baldock Town in the Herts Senior County League Division 1. Despite our success, we decided to decline the offer of promotion to the Premier Division. Instead, Wodson Park’s 1st and reserve teams successfully applied to join the Molten Spartan South Midlands League. The 1st Team entered Division 2 and the Reserves played in the Reserve Division 2 East.
In 2009/10 after a tremendously successful season, both the 1st and Reserve teams achieved promotion to SMFL Division 1 and Division 1 Reserves.
The story continues!!
The Youth Section
The youth section was established in 2001 by Neil Kimsey and Lee Cook. The aim was to have a club that was all inclusive but where performance players could follow a pathway and recreational footballers could enjoy their football. This obviously takes time and in the in the ten years to 2012 the club has grown year on year without losing sight of these aims.
2001 / 2002:- With just one league team in 2001 the club entered the Rural Friendly league where we stayed for one season.
2003 / 2004:- Joined Mid Herts Rural Minors League, 4 coaches gain level 1 coaching award, Achieved Charter Standard, Membership grows to 60 players , Launched club website, Teams U11, U10, U9, U8, Development (U7)
2004 / 2005:- 5 coaches gain level 1 coaching award, Membership grows to 126 players, Teams U12, U11, U10, U9 x 2, U8, Development (U7 & U6)
2005 / 2006:- Membership grows to 142 players
2006 / 2007:- Secure Sponsorship from Lea Valley Colour, MTec Distribution, F M Suckling Ltd, The Football Foundation, Edgar Landscapes and Eversley, Teams U16, U15, U14, U12 x 3, U11, U10 x 2, U9 x 2, U8, Development (U7 & U6) Membership grows to 196 players
2007 / 2008:- Membership grows to 204 players
2008 / 2009:- Membership grows to 217 players
2009 / 2010:- Amalgamation with Herts Rangers on the 1st June 2009, Lease signed for Crouchfields, Membership grows to 314 players
2010 / 2011:- Membership grows to 352 players
2011 / 2012:- Membership Stays static at 352 players
2012 / 2013:- Amalgamation with Wodson Park FC – Senior Club