Westfield F.C. (Surrey)

Westfield Football Club is a semi-professional football club based in the Westfield area of Woking, England. The club is affiliated to the Surrey County Football Association.[1] They are currently members of the Isthmian League South Central Division.

Westfield
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Full nameWestfield Football Club
Nickname(s)The Field, The Yellas (Yellows)
Founded1953
GroundWoking Park
Capacity1,499
ChairmanSteven Perkins
ManagerSimon Lane
LeagueIsthmian League South Central Division
2020–21Isthmian League South Central Division (season curtailed)

HistoryEdit

The club was established in 1953 as Westfield Boys Club and started playing in the local Woking and District Football league.[2] During their time in the local leagues, the club won the Surrey Junior Charity Cup and the Surrey Junior Cup.[2] After a few seasons, the club moved up to the Surrey intermediate leagues.[2]

For the 1962–63 season, the club joined the Parthenon League, now under the name of Westfield and finished runners-up at the first attempt.[3] The following season saw the club join the Surrey Senior League.[4] Their ninth season in the Surrey Senior League, 1972–73, saw the club clinch the league title and complete a double success by winning the league cup.[2] Further success followed the next season as they successfully defended the league title.[4] The 1974–75 campaign saw the club make their debut in the FA Vase, where they lost to Chertsey Town, and finished bottom of the league; however, they did not suffer relegation back to the intermediate leagues.[5]

In 1978, the club became a founder member of the Home Counties Football League, which was then renamed the Combined Counties Football League the following season.[6] The club remained in the Combined Counties Football league for the next twenty-seven seasons, despite finishing in the bottom three times within this period. They also managed to advance to the Concours Challenge Trophy, but lost out to Hartley Wintney in the final.[5][7] This period also saw the club enter the FA Cup for the first time when they met Dorking in the extra preliminary qualifying round, but lost 2–1.[5] The 2005–06 campaign saw the club finish in eleventh place, but they were relegated to Division one as their ground did not meet the criteria to remain in the Premier Division.[8]

In 2011–12, the club rewatched its first cup final for in twenty years when they met Warlingham in the Division One Challenge Cup, but lost 4–2.[9] In 2013, the club's youth team was transferred to the Sturridge Football Academy, owned by Daniel Sturridge and operated in part by Leon Sturridge and Cleveland Clarke, which now runs the club's U18 team.[10]

In 2017–18, Tony Reid's side went one better than their runners up position the previous season, after they clinched the Combined Counties Football League title with six games remaining. The Yellows beat local rivals Knaphill 4–1 at Woking Park (12 April 2018) to secure the championship and promotion to step 4 of the National League System for the first time in their history.

2018-19 saw the club finish in 5th place, losing the play-off semi-final to Bracknell Town.[11]

The club remained in contention for promotion to the Isthmian League Premier Division during the 2019–20; however, the season was eventually abandoned due to the coronavirus pandemic, after the UK Government placed all four nations on lockdown from 23 March 2020. This prompted Reid and his assistant Martyn Lee to resign on 15 April 2020, with both seeking new managerial roles within the higher echelons of the non-League football pyramid.

On 16 May 2020, Westfield formally announced the appointment of Simon Lane, who had previously managed at Egham Town, Northwood, Windsor and Eton and Wingate and Finchley.

GroundEdit

 
Woking Park, home of Westfield F.C.

Westfield play their home games at Woking Park, Woking, Surrey, GU22 9BA. The ground is located on the north side of Kingfield Road, Woking, on the south side is local non-league rivals Woking F.C.. The top of Woking's Leslie Gosden Stand and floodlights at Kingfield Stadium are visible from the balcony at Woking Park.

The Field moved to their current location around 1960, with floodlights being installed in 1998.[12] Major work was undertaken to the ground in the 2010–11 season, which saw the building of a new stand and facilities and the pitch being dug up and raised in May 2011.[12][13] A new 50 seater stand was constructed in March 2014 at the western end of the football ground to comply with FA Ground Grading requirements (shown in picture to right), this was later expanded to 104 seats in March 2019 following the club's promotion to the Isthmian League.[14][15]

StaffEdit

  • First Team Manager - Simon Lane
  • First Team Coach - Matt Brown
  • First Team Coach - Dave Powell
  • First Goalkeeping Coach - Darren Hadlum
  • First Team Sports Therapist - Vacant
  • Reserve Team (U23s) Manager - John Comer
  • Reserve Team (U23s) Head Coach - Craig Saunders
  • U18s Manager - Ben Knight
  • Kitman - Jim Lee

(Last updated: 20 August 2021)

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

As of 20 August 2021.[16]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player


GK   ENG Issac Hay
GK   ENG Harry Smart
DF   ENG Carl Bower
DF   ENG Jack Rumble
DF   ENG Mo Sabo
DF   ENG Azzez Alabi on-loan from Hayes & Yeading United F.C
DF   ENG Eric Bogdan
DF   ENG Toby Falodi
DF   ENG Joel Nakatani-Brown
DF   ENG Callum Abraham-Barlow
DF   ENG Kai Davis
MF   ENG Troy Timothy
MF   ENG Romanas Virvilas
MF   ENG Aidan King
MF   ENG Lanre Ladipo
MF   ENG Aidan King
MF   ENG Kai Hamilton-Olise
MF   ENG IK Hill
MF   ENG Romanas Virvilas
FW   ENG Aderi Arthur-Dede
FW   ENG Afolabi Soyemi-Ololade on-loan from Hayes & Yeading United F.C
FW   ENG Sam Evans on-loan from Woking F.C.
FW   ENG Sam Winsbury
FW   POL Maciej Tajs

HonoursEdit

League honoursEdit

Cup honoursEdit

RecordsEdit

Westfield LadiesEdit

Westfield Football Club had operated a women's football team, Westfield Ladies FC. It had been affiliated to the men's team since forming in 2009 until 2014, and contributes into the club's community development program. The Ladies won their respective league in their opening season, and played their homes games at Woking Park. However, after only a few seasons the ladies team was dissolved leaving only the Senior men's team, the reserves and the academy.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "CCFL_League_Table". Combinedcountiesleague.co.uk. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "History". Westfield FC. 29 November 2012. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Website created using 350pages at www.350.com". Nonleaguematters.net. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Surrey Senior League 1922–1978". Nonleaguematters.net. Retrieved 9 April 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h WESTFIELD (SURREY) at the Football Club History Database
  6. ^ "Combined Counties League 1978–2002". Nonleaguematters.net. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  7. ^ a b c "Official CCFL Web Site". Combinedcountiesleague.co.uk. Archived from the original on 29 June 2009. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  8. ^ "Combined Counties League 2002–2011". Nonleaguematters.net. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  9. ^ "Warlingham 4 Westfield 2 Lemon Recordings Division One Challenge Cup Final – a set on Flickr". Flickr.com. 7 May 2012. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Reds Ace Sturridge at Westfield". surreyfa.com. 5 November 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Club History".
  12. ^ a b Bernard, Rob (16 July 2012). "Hopping all over the World: Westfield". Worldgroundhop.blogspot.co.uk. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  13. ^ Webmaster, Westfield FC. "Ground Redevelopment. Jan 2010–present photos". Westfield FC. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  14. ^ Burrows, Ben (29 March 2014). "Is this the most pointless stand ever? Non-league Westfield FC expand stadium for just 50 fans". Mirror. Retrieved 21 July 2020.
  15. ^ webmaster, Stadium Solutions. "Our Work: Westfield FC". Stadium Solutions. Retrieved 21 July 2020.
  16. ^ "The Team". Westfield Official Site. Retrieved 20 August 2021.
  17. ^ "Saturday Premier Cup Previous Winners". SurreyFA. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
  18. ^ "Saturday Junior Cup Previous Winners". SurreyFA. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 51°18′32.17″N 0°33′22.68″W / 51.3089361°N 0.5563000°W / 51.3089361; -0.5563000