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Changes at Warminster Town

Warminster Town FC Chairman, Pete Russell has decided to step down after guiding the club for 12 years. The new Chairman, David Parry, as does everyone at the club, thanks Pete for all the years of hard work and commitment Pete has put into the club for many years.

With David becoming Chairman will mean his previous role as Club Secretary will now need to be fulfilled. 

Vice-Chairman, Paul Whatley has also decided it’s time for him to step down, along with Club Treasurer, Shirley Moriarty. A full list of roles and committee members is available on our Club Structure page. Once again the club thanks Paul and Shirley for their sterling work.

Latest News – League Changes

Warminster town stay in division 1 after shake-up

On Tuesday, May 18th, the Football Association announced the long-awaited changes to the leagues in lower league football. Warminster Town remains in Division 1 of the Toolstation Western League. It had been rumoured that the team would be transferred into the Wessex League.

For full league details, please click here. Clubs have one week to write to the FA to appeal any decisions, so there may be some changes.

Warminster Town Charity Run

Warminster town smashes targets

Throughout the month of February, players from Warminster Town’s first team, ladies team and the reserves have been running and adding up the miles. They aimed to run virtually from Weymouth Street to FC Barcelona, a distance of just over 1000 miles during February. They did well and passed this distance with time to spare.

All this running was not just to keep fit, but to raise funds for the Warminster and District Foodbank, with a goal of raising £500. This target too was smashed! A total of £1385 has been generously donated.

Owen Bartley who came up with the idea to raise funds this way is delighted with the response of the players and donors and wishes to thank everyone for their time and kind donations. He added, “The foodbank relies on donations of food, and with the increase in demand due to the pandemic has been spending an additional £400 per month. The sum raised will go a long way to helping those in need during these difficult times.”

Warminster Town FC to FC Barcelona

Owen Bartley Warminster Town Football Club

The players of Warminster Town Football Club, the Ladies Team and Reserves are adding up the miles they run to raise funds for the Warminster & District Food Bank, starting Feb 1st.

The miles run over 28 days is set to be the equivalent of running from Warminster Town’s Weymouth Street ground to the Camp Nou Barcelona, a distance of 1000 miles.

Warminster player, Owen Bartley (pictured above) wanted to help a local charity deal with the effects of poverty, especially being made worse by the Covid19 pandemic. Owen and the teams have set a target of £500, but hope the supporters and the good people of Warminster will help to smash this by their generosity.

Regular updates will be issued throughout February on the progress being made, via the club website and social media accounts.

Donations can be made through Go Fund Me website

The Season That Never Was

2020 will undoubtedly be a year to remember, not for the football but COVID-19 (Coronavirus) bringing the season to an early end. The plan is to erase all the results from The Toolstation Western League. There will be no promotions or relegations.

It was, however, an exciting season to look back on with many teams in Division 1 challenging for the title. Although Warminster Town were not in that race, they had a super cup run and were looking forward to taking on Premier League opposition, Tavistock on Devon turf in the quarter-final of the Les Phillips Cup. The game had twice been postponed before lockdown due to a waterlogged pitch, a feature of the season.

Along the way, The Red & Blacks had a 5 – 0 win over Portishead, which I can heartily describe as a great game of football. In the next round, there was a tough battle away at Longwell Green Sports. Warminster won 4-3 on penalties after a 2 – 2 draw at full-time.

There was even more drama and excitement in the FA Vase that results in the final taking place on the hallowed turf of Wembley Stadium. Having a bye in the first qualifying round Warminster would start the campaign with the second qualifying round. There were some really tough draws, and Warminster kicked off with a home tie against high flying Alresford Town from the Wessex League Premier Division and put in a strong performance to win 2 -1.

Next up and the first round proper, was a team from the Isle of Wight, East Cowes Victoria Athletic and in an entertaining game saw Warminster progress to the next round with a 3 – 2 win. The second round gave Warminster another home tie and saw the visitors, AFC Portchester going home empty-handed with the home side putting three past the visitors with only one goal in response.

The third round produced an away trip to the Western League Premier side, Roman Glass for a Sunday fixture on December 1st. The home side started brightly and took the lead in the 13th minute, but that did not cause Warminster to lose hope. The second half produced goals from Eben Mortimer-Taylor and James Vincent and a well-earned win and progress to the remaining 32 teams.

The draw saw yet another away trip to a Western League Premier side, Bitton AFC. What a game that was! We saw the Red & Black’s looking the better team for 70 minutes and leading 1 – 0 from a penalty in the 22nd minute put nicely away by Ian Jeffery. Bitton in a desperate attempt to get into this game used up all three substitutes late on and that made the difference, firstly with a wonder strike on 72 minutes followed by two more to give them a 3 -1 victory. Bitton in the next round had the long journey to high flying Wroxham over in Norfolk and won convincingly 0 – 4.

Sadly for Bitton, as for all other teams that match has not taken place and we await to see if that semi-final will be given the go-ahead in the future. Let’s hope so, for all the teams remaining in the competition.

It has to be noted that although Warminster Town’s performance in the league was disappointing and inconsistent, the supporters were able to enjoy some exciting and entertaining games of football.

We all now look forward to next season and hope that it can kick off on time. That, of course, is going to be down to the state of matters surrounding Coronavirus.

Wanted – Club Secretary

Warminster Town Football Club is looking for an enthusiastic fan of local nonleague football to serve as Club Secretary. This is an ideal way to enjoy getting involved in local football and make new friends along the way.

For more information please phone the Club Chairman, Pete Russell 07802 442337 and he will be delighted to discuss the role with you.

#Makeit300 – The BIG One!

On Saturday, August 3rd the season kicks off and Warminster Town welcome Welton Rovers to Weymouth Street.

We are hoping to get a well-above attendance to get this season’s campaign off to a flying start. The target is to go over 300 through the gate. Some might think that ambitious but we know with your support that we can do it!

Please invite everyone you know to come along and also share our social media messages wherever you can. Our last campaign #makeit200 saw us smash the target and so we know it is possible to do this.