Swindon Supermarine F.C.
Swindon Supermarine Football Club is a semi-professional football club based in South Marston, Swindon, Wiltshire, England. The club plays in the Southern League Premier Division South and is affiliated to the Wiltshire Football Association. The club plays at The Webbswood Stadium, previously known as Hunts Copse situated close to the Honda plant in Swindon.
|Full name||Swindon Supermarine Football Club|
|Ground||The Webbswood Stadium, Formerly Hunts Copse, South Marston, Swindon|
|Capacity||2,900 (350 seats)|
|League||Southern League Premier Division South|
|2020–21||Southern League Premier Division South (season curtailed)|
The club was established in 1992 as a merger between two local clubs in the Hellenic Football League, Supermarine F.C. and Swindon Athletic F.C.. Both clubs had problems with Supermarine finishing bottom of Division One in the 1991–92 season and Swindon Athletic having difficulties meeting the new ground grading requirements, required by the league, at their Swindon Borough Council owned Southbrook Recreation ground, so the two clubs decided to merge and took Swindon Athletic's place in the Hellenic League Premier Division.
Supermarine F.C. was originally set up in 1946 from the social club associated with the Supermarine aircraft company. The club was originally called Vickers Armstrong and later shortened to Vickers FC. The club originally played in the Swindon & District league and become founder members of the Wiltshire Football League in 1976, starting in Senior Division 1. The club joined the Hellenic League in Division One for the 1982–83 season, under the name of Supermarine, and obtained promotion to the Premier Division following their first campaign, where the club spent the next seven seasons. During their time in the Premier Division, the club also won the Wiltshire Senior Cup in the 1985–86 season. After being relegated from the Premier Division in season 1989–90, the club struggled in Division One and at the end of the 1991–92 season, their last before they merged, finished in last place.
Swindon Athletic F.C. was established in 1968 and known as Penhill until the end of the 1988–89 season. Like Supermarine, they were founder members of the Wiltshire Football League in 1976, but started two divisions lower in Junior Division – Section A. That season saw the club promoted and become Wiltshire Junior Cup winners. The next season saw them become Senior Division 2 champions and they went on to become Senior Division 1 champions in the 1982–83 and 1983–84 campaigns. At the end of the 1984–85 competition they were promoted to the Hellenic Football League Division One and gained promotion at the first attempt when they finished as runners up. They then remained in the Premier Division of the Hellenic league until merging with Supermarine at the end of season 1991–92. Between the 1982–83 and 1990-91 seasons the club also had some cup success, winning the Wiltshire Senior Cup three times and also finishing runners-up on three occasions.
In 1997–98 the new club won the Hellenic League championship, but were not promoted due to ground requirements. The championship was won for the second time in 2000–01 and this time they were accepted into the Southern League. After four years of struggle at the foot of the Southern League Western Division table, not helped by a rapid succession of managerial changes, they qualified for the play-offs in 2005–06 but lost to Hemel Hempstead Town in the semi-finals. In 2006–07 they again reached the promotion play-offs, where this time they were successful after beating Burnham in the semi-final and Taunton Town in the final. This earned them a place in the Southern League Premier Division. That season also saw the club secure the Wiltshire Premier Shield, a decade after their first win in the competition.
Their inaugural season in the Southern League Premier Division saw them finish in 12th place. They also earned a mid-table finish in the following 2008–09 season and had an excellent run in the FA Trophy, reaching the Third Round (last sixteen) where they lost to the holders Ebbsfleet United.
At the end of the 2009–10 season, the club announced that it was facing a financial shortfall of £50,000, which would affect its immediate position in the Southern League. A supporters consortium then took over the club and saved it through various commitments and a sponsorship drive which allowed it to continue in the Southern League Premier Division in the 2010–11 season. Part of the sponsorship drive included the ground sponsorship which was taken up by local company H J Webb & Son and the ground became known as the Webbswood Stadium from August 2010. Before the start of the season, former player manager Tom Jones returned to the club as assistant manager.
The 2010–11 season saw them narrowly miss a lucrative FA Cup Third Round tie after a 1-0 defeat at League One side Colchester United in the club's best ever FA Cup run. In February 2011, Mark Collier, who had been appointed as the club's manager in March 2004, and assistant Tom Jones both resigned due to proposed budget cuts with player-managers Gary Horgan and Matt Robinson taking over as temporary managers until the end of the season. The duo guided Marine to a final placing of 10th in the Southern League Premier Division, which remains their best league finish to date. Season 2011–12 kicked off with Horgan and Robinson now as permanent managers but the season did not go well with relegation to Division One South & West confirmed on the last day of the season.
In May 2012 the management team stepped down and Highworth Town manager Dave Webb was offered and accepted the manager's position. In his first season in charge, Webb led the team to a 4th place finish and a place in the play-offs where they lost in the semi-final on penalties at Merthyr Town. The following campaign also ended with defeat in the play-offs, once more losing at Merthyr Town at the semi-final stage. After a mid-table finish in the next season, the club reached the play-offs again in 2015–16 only to be beaten in the semi-final one more time, on this occasion losing at Taunton Town.
In mid-January 2018, manager Dave Webb departed the club and his assistant, Lee Spalding, took on the role of caretaker manager until the end of the season. The team finished in fifth place and a playoff position with a semi-final at Evesham United. After drawing 1-1 after extra time Marine went through 5-4 on penalties and a playoff final at third-placed Wimborne Town. In another tight game, which ended 0-0 after extra time, Marine won 4-3 on penalties and won promotion back to step 3 and what will be the Southern League Premier South Division for season 2018-19. After the playoff win and promotion Lee Spalding was appointed manager.
From the start of the 2002–03 season, the club no longer wore the traditional blue and white hooped kit. Moreover, a new club crest was added to the team's shirt in place of the wording "Swindon Supermarine FC". A redesigned crest was adopted from the start of the 2015–16 season before an update was made in 2017/18 season.
Colours and kitsEdit
The merger between the two Hellenic League clubs saw the new club soon adopt a new hooped blue and white Umbro kit. After four years of the club's existence Wemyss Lodge took over as sponsor, and remained a part of the blue and white hooped shirts until the end of season 2001–02. From then on, the team's shirts have been predominantly blue. Initially the new plain blue kits were sponsored by Fuelforce, who also secured the away kit sponsorship. Later, the club announced a major sponsorship deal that saw Wonga.com appear as the club's exclusive home and away shirt sponsor for the 2011–12 season. Despite there not being much photographic evidence of Marine's away colours, the colours are traditionally red. Unlike the home kit, the away kit has not changed to any extent.
|Period||Home kit supplier||Home kit sponsor|
|1992–1993||Hummel||High Class Windows|
|2007–2008||Lawson Group Ltd|
|2008–2009||GWR Kids, Bang & Olufsen, Select Recruitment|
|2009–2010||D.J. Rideout General Builders|
|2010–2011||Smith Roofing Contractors Ltd|
|2015–2017||Orbital Shopping Park|
Swindon Supermarine play their home games at The Webbswood Stadium in South Marston. The ground used to be known as Hunts Copse prior to sponsorship. The ground possesses two adjacent seated stands with a combined total of 300 seats, a floodlit pitch, a shop and clubhouse, and a 6 ft perimeter fence. It is located near the Swindon Honda Plant and 4½ miles away from Swindon station.
The improvements necessary for the club to step up to the Southern League in 2001 saw the building of a new 225-seater stand, taking the total covered seating capacity to 300, as well as new perimeter fencing and toilets. Although not required to meet the league's guidelines, new floodlights were put in place at the same time. At the close of the 2016–17 season, a new community facility was formally opened at the ground that included a recently built changing rooms block.
In 2016, Swindon Supermarine officially opened the new indoor training facility, the Swindome, behind the east goal. The facility also has an upstairs gym and changing rooms. The all-weather 3G facility was quoted as "state of the art" and Swindon Supermarine chairman, Jez Webb, stated that he felt the facility would attract more people to the club and help attract a better quality of player to the first team.
- Chairman: Jez Webb
- Vice-Chairman: Keith Yeomans
- Commercial Director: Steve Moore
- President: Steve Moore
- Committee: Dave Rideout, Steve Wheeler, Roy Heather, Freda Heather, Nick Taylor, Katie Bennett
- Football Secretary: Keith Yeomans
Senior club staffEdit
- Finance Manager: Steve Wheeler
- Community Trust: Kerry Walklett
- Groundsman & Facilities: Bob Hunt, Adam Hunt, Connor Hanlon
- Southern League Secretary: Keith Yeomans
- Fixtures Secretary: Keith Yeomans
- Stadium & Clubhouse: Steve Moore
- Supporters Club Shop: Martin Osman
- Club Photographer: Motion Sport Photography
- Website & Programme Editor: Keith Yeomans
- Press & Social Media Officer Aleck Everard
- First Team Manager: Lee Spalding
- First Team Assistant Manager/Coach: Kev Milsom
- First Team Assistant Goalkeeping Coach: Rhys Evans
- First Team Assistant Strikers Coach: Charlie Griffin
- Sports Therapist: Diamond Sports Therapy (Darren Beers Head of Medical)
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Hellenic Football League Premier Division:
- Winners (2): 1997–98, 2000–01
- Hellenic Football League Division One:
- Runners up (2): 1982–83†, 1985–86‡
- Wiltshire Football League Senior Division One:
- Winners (2): 1982–83‡, 1983–84‡
- Wiltshire Football League Senior Division Two:
- Winners (1): 1977–78‡
- Southern Football League West Division
- Play-off winners: 2017–18
- Wiltshire Premier Shield
- Winners (2) 1996–97, 2006–07, 2018-19
- Runners Up (3) 1994–95, 1998–99, 2002–03
- Wiltshire Senior Cup
- Winners (5) 1982-83‡, 1985–86†, 1986–87‡, 1989-90‡, 2016–17
- Runners Up (5) 1983-84‡, 1984–85†, 1985–86‡, 1990–91‡, 1993–94
- Hellenic Football League Challenge Cup:.
- Winners (2): 1996–97, 1999–00
- Runners up (2): 1994–95, 2000–01
- Hellenic Football League Floodlit Cup:
- Winners (3): 1997–98, 1999–00, 2000–01
- Runners up (1): 1995–96
- Wiltshire Junior Cup
- Winners (1) 1976–77‡
- Wiltshire Football League Ghia Senior KO Cup:
- Winners (1): 1984–85‡
- Wiltshire Football League Subsidiary Cup:
- Winners (1): 1980–81‡
- † Supermarine honour
- ‡ Penhill/Swindon Athletic honour
Notable former playersEdit
- Players that have played/managed in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level (i.e. fully professional league).
- Players with full international caps.
- Managers/Coaches that have played/managed in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level (i.e. fully professional league).
- Managers/Coaches with full international caps.
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