Sholing FC Heads Towards A Brave New World


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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6 Responses

  1. Bobbles says:

    Our club, Leamington FC, was for most of it’s post-war history a works club. Lockheed Leamington, AP Leamington (many (who don’t go up) still refer to it as ‘AP’), reaching a peak when denied entry after winning promotion to the Alliance (Conference National equivalent) in the early 80s. Unfortunately, the aims of the club were intertwined with those of the business, and as AP started to decline in the 80s, the ground was sold to property developers, and eventually in ’88, Leamington FC had nowhere to play.

    12 year hiatus, and thanks to the work of some club stalwarts, a new ground was found, and starting again down in Mid Comb 2 (somewhere near Hades), the club emerged from hibernation.

    10 years later, we are back up 6 levels to Southern Premier League, probably about right, although one more promotion to Conf N wouldn’t go amiss.

    No-one would deny that the support of the then-successful company helped Lockheed / AP go places in the 70s and 80s that it may not otherwise have done. The flip-side was, that the reliance on the company nearly killed us off.

    At least VTFC/Sholing can carry on where they left off, but as ever, a cautionary tale.

  2. Are Vauxhall Motors still classed as a works team? What about Cammell Laird?

  3. Damon says:

    Cracking piece, Ian, more of this please!

  4. Tony Partridge says:

    I am a Saints season ticket holder and resident of Sholing and VT/Sholing are my second team! I sincerely hope this change of name does encourage more locals to visit the Portsmouth Road ground.
    The manager, Dave Diaper, has them playing an attractive passing game that you rarely see at this level. They definitely deserve to get more than the 60 to 70 fans they usually attract!

  5. Ian S says:

    Very concise, passionate but balanced, article and constructive in tone. We had but one trip to VT, last season, and I enjoyed a trip to a proper, diversified, club. With an excellent pitch, more than likely reflecting past investment in the surface.

    Agree fully that the team play good football – and, note, have a Reserve team that play the same way and more than likely could give their own First team one heck of a match. Saw them at Windsor and most of the VT team that night were Rezzies, the first team having played a ludicrous number of games in the previous weeks. And they gave a good account of themselves – W&E had to work hard for their necessary 3 points that night.

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