Tag: Worthing

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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The FA Cup 2009/10: Worthing 4-0 Raynes Park Vale

As the new season sleepwalks into life the FA Cup has, before August is even finished, already reached its second round. The names in the Preliminary Round of the competition start to have a familiar feel to them. They’re the little clubs up the road that most of us don’t visit that often. Worthing Football Club are in Division One South of the Ryman League. They have been in or around the play-off positions in that league for the last couple of seasons, but this season hasn’t started very well for them. They have just a single 1-0 win against Sittingbourne to show for their four league matches so far and are sitting closer to the relegation places at this early stage than they might find comfortable. Their opposition today is Raynes Park Vale, of the Combined Counties League. They play their home matches in front of around forty-five people at the Prince George Playing Fields, which had been a proposed site for an academy for Wimbledon Football Club during the 1990s. They have already played two matches in this year’s competition, beating Farnham Town after a replay in the Extra Preliminary Round. In blue shirts, blue shorts and yellow socks, they look at first glance as if they may be paying a tribute to the Chelsea team that won the competition in 1970. This, though, is where the...

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Only two teams in Worthing

As was touched upon here recently, Sussex is a county with a well-established and extensive non-league football structure. However, it’s not something I was aware of at all until 1995, when I moved to West Sussex. Having grown up just outside Brighton, Brighton and Hove Albion were very much the only team on my radar, so discovering this extraordinarily deep and rich community was very exciting, especially as it coincided with Brighton’s near-total collapse on and off the field. In the intervening thirteen years, I have seen more or less every non-league outfit within a few miles either side of me, some of them with baffling regularity. All except one: Worthing United. For those of you who don’t know anything about Worthing, it’s the sort of place you go to and no-one is there. Outside of the pedestrianised shopping centre (with ample parking, folks), it is pretty much a ghost town during the day. At night, even less happens, as your usual correspondent and I discovered on the way home from watching Worthing F.C. play last December. I have left pubs for various reasons, but this was the first time I’d ever left one because it genuinely appeared we were the first people to go across the threshold for some years and we were quite scared. Despite this, Worthing manages to sustain two football clubs. The big boys –...

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