Winchester City Football Club
are an English football
team based in Winchester
and playing in the Southern League Division One South and West
. The team is currently managed by Andy Leader and their motto is "Many in Men, One in Spirit",
Winchester City were formed in 1884 and joined the Hampshire League
in 1898-99. After many years in the competition they joined the Southern League
in 1971-72, but they were unable to sustain this move, and had to return to the county league after only two seasons, consequently slipping into decline for a spell. In 1991-92, they won the Hampshire League Division Two, and were promoted to Division One. In 1993-94, Winchester beat Cowes Sports
to win the Trophyman League Cup. The club underwent a reorganization in 1999-2000 after a financially turbulent previous season. But they emerged out of the tough period and were Division One champions again in 2000-01, earning promotion to the Premier Division. They also won the Inter League Shield that season. In 2001-02, the club merged with Winchester Castle F.C.
, hoping to earn promotion to the Wessex League
, but only managed to finish third in the league. However, they won the Hampshire League title the next season, along with the Trophyman Cup and the Southampton Senior Cup, and also reached the quarterfinals of the FA Vase
. The club's nickname 'The Capitals' derives from Winchester
being the historical capital
of Alfred the Great
and then later the whole of England
was made the de facto
capital by Edward the Confessor
With the league victory in 2002-03, the club earned promotion to the Wessex League. The season turned out to be extremely successful for the club as they won the league in their first season in it, and capped it with the Wessex League Cup title, as well as beating A.F.C. Sudbury to win the FA Vase. However, they were unable to earn promotion to the Southern League as the ground criteria were not met. However, after a further title win in 2005-06 the club were admitted to the Southern League's new Division One South & West.
Notable former players
, Terry Paine
and Douglas Hunt
all played for Winchester.
FA Vase 2004 winning team
The side that played at St.Andrews, Birmingham was:
The club plays its home matches at The Denplan City Ground, which has a 180 seater stand with floodlights. Permanent pitch boards, advertising boards, terraces, car parking and turnstiles for entering the ground. Within the ground there is a clubhouse and a refreshments kiosk selling hot and cold food and drinks. The ground has a total capacity of 4500.
A small terraced area (called the 'Bus Shelter') behind one goal is the home of the 'Bus Shelter Band'. A new stand was built behind the other goal during the close season of 2007/08 by members of the bus shelter band. A new club shop was opened in 2006/07 next to the main seated stand selling club merchandise and other football related memrobilia.
- Best league performance: 12th in Southern League Division One South, 1971-72
- Best FA Cup performance: 4th qualifying round, 1929-30, 1930-31, 1954-55
- Best FA Trophy performance: 2nd qualifying round, 1972-73, 2006-07
- Best FA Vase performance: Winners, 2003-04