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Welling: 10 Things

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 13 Mar 2014
Posted in First Team

Welling United started life in 1963 as a youth team playing in local league football in the park before eventually competing in Saturday football in the London Spartan League.

A remarkable rise through the football pyramid saw The Wings reach the Conference as soon as 1986 where they stayed for 14 years until 2000.

Their final promotion before attaining Conference status came in style as they romped to the Southern Premier League title with a record breaking 23 point cushion over second placed Chelmsford City.

The furthest Welling United have been in the FA Cup was their third round appearance in 1989, where they were defeated 1-0 by Blackburn Rovers.

Before this season Welling had only met Halifax in competition twice, back in the 1997/98 Conference season when a Jamie Paterson goal gave the Shaymen a victory in August before the return fixture at Park View Road saw the hosts run out 6-2 winners. Geoff Horsfield and Gary Brook were the scorers that day.

Welling manager Jamie Day also plays for the club and has made over 200 appearances for the club to date.

Welling’s home, Park View Road, is named after a section of the A207 road in the district.

The ground is shared with Erith & Belvedere FC of the Isthmian League, and has been since 1999 when The Deres old ground had its main stand burnt down.

Notable former players for the club include Andy Townsend, Danny Dichio, Champions League winner Steve Finnan and current Arsenal fullback and capped England international Carl Jenkinson.

Former chart topper and Brit award winning Kate Bush was born in Welling

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