Tag: Worthing

Worthing FC, Me, My Boy & The Future

Imagine, if you can, a world without football. You’re aware of such a thing as *a* football, a round thing full of air that’s fun to throw, kick or chase around, although you don’t completely know it by name. Beyond that, though, nothing. No Manchester United, no Tottenham Hotspur. No Real Madrid, no Barcelona. No FA Cup, no World Cup. No pitch markings, no corner kicks, no laws of the game. No Richard Scudamore, Garth Crooks, or Jamie Carragher. No Hope Powell or Caroline Barker. No Carlos Alberto or Ferenc Puskas. There’s just you and a round thing that...

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Worthing FC: A Pitch Too Far?

There is a football ground a short walk from my house, and on Saturday afternoons I can, should I be so disposed, keep tabs on the latest score there by keeping the back door of my home open and listening to the cheers – or otherwise – coming from nearby. The start of this new season, however, hasn’t brought a great deal of cheer in any respect from Woodside Road, the home of Worthing Football Club. Rooted to the bottom of the Premier Division of the Isthmian League with five losses out of five, it has been a grim...

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Rebels on the Rise: Worthing FC Ease Through The Play-Offs

At half-time during Tuesday night’s somewhat less than enthralling Champions League semi-final between Manchester City and Real Madrid, I repaired outside for a little fresh air. As I stood outside on this cold, fresh evening, I heard the distinctive sound of a cheer, followed by a muffled public address announcement. Another goal for Worthing, then, in their Ryman League Division One South play-off semi-final against Hythe Town. Worthing would go on to score seven goals without reply in front of a crowd of 948 people, a sensational scoreline and an impressive attendance for a cold Tuesday night in April...

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Match Of The Week: Worthing 1-0 Dulwich Hamlet

The eyes of the world are largely elsewhere this afternoon. International matches and the first round proper if the FA Cup mean that even the tiny amount of coverage that a match in Division One South of the Ryman League might attract pales away to nothing. Yet this is, in its own way, an intriguing match. The top of this division is tight, and Dulwich sit at its head. The home side, meanwhile, are some way adrift in seventh place in the table, ten points behind Dulwich, but a cursory glance at the league table only tells part of the story. Worthing have either three or four games in hand on every team above them, so a win today for them might even throw them back into the title race, in the long run. This significance hasn’t been lost in the match-going public and, despite the slate grey sky – their is more than a hint of winter in the air today – and the normal Saturday afternoon distractions, there is a season-high crowd of 326 people here today. Worthing are in red – a cookie-cutter effort from Nike with a white chevron on the chest – today, and this means that we don’t get the benefit if seeing Dulwich’s unique pink and blue shirts. There is a story behind their change kit, though. If the white shirts and...

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Match Of The Week: Worthing 2-1 Croydon Athletic

It’s a big weekend of football across the length and breadth of the country. One of the unique qualities of the English football season is the way in which, over the course of the Easter weekend, we pass seamlessly from the tail end of the mid-season into the final straights. Saturday lunchtime sees Manchester United play Chelsea at Old Trafford in the Premier League’s match of the weekend. We watch it in a pub near the sea front in Worthing, West Sussex, surrounded by braying men in Manchester United and Chelsea replica shirts and Chelsea edge a critical win, but this is only a sideshow prior to the main event. Woodside Road is a mile and a half or so from Worthing town centre, but it’s about a million miles from Old Trafford. Set in the middle of a residential housing area in the north side of the town, it’s a hotch potch of corrugated iron and wooden structures with a large, pre-fabricated stand that runs three-quarters of the length of the pitch. We’re here today for what could be the last hurrah for Worthing’s bid for automatic promotion from the Ryman League Division One South. The race at the top of the table has come down to three sides. Croydon Athletic lead the table, with Folkestone Invicta in second place and Worthing in third. Croydon are six points...

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