Great Wakering Rovers F.C.

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Great Wakering Rovers
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Full nameGreat Wakering Rovers Football Club
Nickname(s)Rovers
Founded1919
GroundBurroughs Park, Great Wakering
Capacity3,000 (250 seated) [1]
ChairmanDavid Patient
ManagerStephen Butterworth
League Isthmian League North Division
2020–21 Isthmian League North Division (season curtailed)

Great Wakering Rovers Football Club is a football club located in Great Wakering, near Southend on Sea in Essex, England. The club are members of the Isthmian League North Division and play at Burroughs Park.

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History

The club was formed in 1919 by soldiers demobbed after World War I and finding employment in the local brickfields. They joined the Southend & District League, dominating it during the 1960s and 1970s. In 1982 they switched to the newly-formed Southend & District Alliance Football League, but this league folded in 1989. At this point the club decided to make the step up to intermediate level and were founder members of the new Division Three of Essex Intermediate League. [2]

In 1990–91 saw Great Wakering were Division Three champions, earning promotion to Division Two. After winning Division Two the following season, [2] the club successfully applied to join the Essex Senior League. [3] They went on to win the league in 1994–95 and finished as runners-up three times in the next two seasons. They were as runners-up again in 1998–99, but as champions Saffron Walden Town failed to meet the ground grading requirements for a place in Division Three of the Isthmian League, Great Wakering were promoted in their place.

The 1999–2000 season saw Great Wakering finish as runners-up in Division Three, earning promotion to Division Two. League restructuring resulted in them being moved to Division One North in 2002, and in 2004 they were transferred to the Eastern Division of the Southern League, where they remained for two seasons before being transferred back to Division One North of the Isthmian League. [3] In 2011–12 the club finished bottom of the division, and were relegated back to the Essex Senior League. In 2013–14 the club were Essex Senior League champions and were promoted back to the Isthmian League. After finishing bottom of the division in 2016–17, the club were relegated to the Essex Senior League. However, they went on to win the league at the first attempt, earning promotion back to the renamed North Division of the Isthmian League.

Ground

In 1985 the club obtained a lease from the parish council on a disused allotment site. A football ground was built by volunteers with the help of local farmer and supporter Roger Burroughs, who it was named after. [1] The ground opened in 1989, with work starting on the main stand (the North Stand) in 1992, at which time a small covered area was built on the other side of the pitch. [4] A roof was put on the main stand in 1996 and 175 seats later installed. [4] A new covered terrace was installed in 2000. [1] The North Stand was also expanded and currently seats 250. [1]

A record attendance of 1,150 was set in 2006 for a pre-season friendly against Southend United. [5] The record was broken in July 2021 when a crowd of 1,500 watched another pre-season friendly against the same opponents. [6]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Burroughs Park Great Wakering Rovers F.C.
  2. 1 2 Essex Intermediate League 1986–2001 Non-League Matters
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 Great Wakering Rovers at the Football Club History Database
  4. 1 2 Jon Weaver (2005) The Football Grounds of Rural Essex, p24
  5. Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2012) Non-League Club Directory 2013, p658 ISBN   978-1-869833-77-0
  6. 1 2 A record for Rovers but it’s Blues who start with a win Yellow Advertiser, 20 July 2021
  7. 1 2 Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2016) Non-League Club Directory 2017, Tony Williams Publications, p361 ISBN   978-1869833695

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