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Quick heads up if you are after a football fix today that Sholing FC take on Downton FC at the Silverlake Arena on Portsmouth Road at 3pm.

 

Sholing remain unbeaten in the Wessex League after 19 games and top the table. We are also currently the 3rd best performing Level 5 non-league team in the UK ( http://www.clubcrowds.com/step5-1.html ).

 

Adults £5.00

Senior Citizens £3.00

Juniors (12-16) £2.00

Under 12 (when accompanied by an adult) FREE

Parking FREE

 

Also, a note for your diaries, that on Saturday 18th January, Sholing play Hullbridge Sports in the FA Vase 4th Round. Saints are not playing that day, so we hope for a good turnout to boost the "Boatmen" chances of getting one step closer to Wembley.

 

(apologies if this is the wrong forum, my last post was moved here by a moderator. Thanks)

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Bore of Sholing. Nobody cares.

 

plenty of people who like watching live football rather than watching it on television care mate, including me. I went along with my nipper and thoroughly enjoyed it. Try it one day instead of insulting true football fans by calling them bores. Keep posting Sholing FC.

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I run a local side i care about non league football. But i dont care about the big headed clowns down there. Man City of the wessex league.

 

And we could have been the Man City of the Championship.

 

Sorry, but they represent the local area, I don't mind hearing about them and wish all local non league sides success, including your team.... whoever they may be.

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As with all levels of football there is sadly always a small minority with their own agenda, although at non-league level the vast majority enjoy their football and many work hard to keep their respective clubs going.

 

Sholing run a first team, reserves & ladies teams for adults. We also have 15 youth teams across the age ranges. Pretty much all the coaching & organising of all these teams is on a voluntary basis. It's a hand to mouth existance for the club, especially since the club was forced to go independent from what was Vospers and thus far have not been successful in getting grants to rebuild the clubhouse (to enable non-matchday income via a social club & 3G pitch etc).

 

There is no sugar-daddy at Sholing, unlike some other clubs in the Wessex League. So every fan through the turnstiles is vitally important, hence why the club is trying to gain more via means such as this & there has always been a strong connection with Saints, of which pretty much all Sholing fans are SFC supporters as well. If other local clubs do the same, good for them.

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This - I was a regular fan in my teens when they played at North East Road.

Sholing FC has absolutely no connection with Sholing Sports FC, a team founded in 1894 and folded when their ground was sold for housing in the 90's. As the OP will confirm, Sholing FC are a new incarnation of Vospers (VTFC), a team I used to play against, when I was too old to play at a decent standard.

 

Sholing Sports were a class act with a great ground and social club, killed by property developers..

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Sholing FC has absolutely no connection with Sholing Sports FC, a team founded in 1894 and folded when their ground was sold for housing in the 90's. As the OP will confirm, Sholing FC are a new incarnation of Vospers (VTFC), a team I used to play against, when I was too old to play at a decent standard.

 

Sholing Sports were a class act with a great ground and social club, killed by property developers..

 

Aah - thanks for that GM. I didn't realise it wasn't the same club :(

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The club can trace it's history back to the 1890's, but it's the here and now and the future that's most important & the club had nothing to do with "Sports" demise in the mid 1990's. Our club had to come up with a new name once VT withdrew their funding & given it's a Southampton based club and part of the ground's boundaries just come inside the city ward of Sholing, it seemed an appropriate name to use.

 

Club makes no apologies for wanting to attract as many fans as possible, be they Saints, Ex-Sholing Sports or whoever. It's the only way to survive unless someone wants to bankroll the club.

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The club can trace it's history back to the 1890's..
No problem with what you are trying to do with the club, but please don't peddle total ******, such as this, or the Sholing Sports or indeed Sholing "connection". I wish you luck with sponsorship, but you'll struggle if you continue to make stuff up.
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Sholing FC has absolutely no connection with Sholing Sports FC, a team founded in 1894 and folded when their ground was sold for housing in the 90's. As the OP will confirm, Sholing FC are a new incarnation of Vospers (VTFC), a team I used to play against, when I was too old to play at a decent standard.

 

Sholing Sports were a class act with a great ground and social club, killed by property developers..

 

 

How times move on, who in the 70s could imagine Birch Lawn ever being desired for property development.

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How times move on, who in the 70s could imagine Birch Lawn ever being desired for property development.

It was turned into a rest home by the council, then closed and the land sold off for houses. Anyone who remembers Birch Lawn might remember sitting here:

 

sholingseats.JPG

 

As far as "Sholing" FC, their history alluded to by the OP is as follows:

 

Woolston Works Football Club

 

Founded

 

1878 (as "Southampton Rangers")

Woolston Works Football Club is a defunct football club formerly based at Woolston, Hampshire which was active from the late-1870s until 1889. The club pre-dates Southampton Football Club in whose early years the two clubs vied for dominance in Southampton. The team was originally founded as "Southampton Rangers" in 1878 and comprised employees of the Oswald, Mordaunt & Co. shipyard in Woolston, which later became part of Vosper Thorneycroft. Many of the workers had been recruited from the north of England and Scotland who had previously played football in their home towns. In their early days, the team played their home matches on Southampton Common before moving to Woolston Park.

 

Writing in 1936, William Pickford, who had helped found the Hampshire F.A. in 1887 before going on to become president of The Football Association, said:

The effect of this galaxy of Scotsmen on the game in Hampshire was electifying. Up to then, few local people knew anything about the fine points of the game, and the public troubled little about it as a spectacle. The opening of the Woolston Shipyard turned Southampton into an association (football) hot-bed, and it woke up with a start.

 

In 1886, Woolston Works entered the South Hants & Dorset Senior Cup, defeating the Portsmouth Sunflowers 6–1 in the First Round on 9 October 1886. The Sunflowers were run by Canon Norman Pares, who had played for the Old Etonians when they won the 1879 FA Cup Final. The Works team progressed to the final where they defeated Wimborne Town with a single goal. The umpire for the final was M. P. Betts who won the very first FA Cup Final with the Wanderers in 1872.

 

Woolston Works also reached the final of the Portsmouth & District Cup in 1887, where they lost 2–0 to Portsmouth A.F.C. (not connected with the present-day Portsmouth Football Club). Playing in goal for the Portsmouth side was "A. C. Smith", a pseudonym for Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle. In 1887, the club became joint tenants with the Pirates Rugby Club of the Antelope Ground. The Antelope Ground, which stood on the east side of St Mary's Road between Brinton's Terrace and Clovelly Road, had previously been used by Hampshire County Cricket Club until they moved to the County Ground in Northlands Road in 1885.

 

In the same year, the club entered the inaugural Hampshire Senior Cup (whereas St. Mary's Y.M.A. entered the Junior Cup); in the final, they defeated Winchester by two goals to nil to claim the trophy. With St. Mary's winning the Junior Cup, the two clubs decided that they should compete to decide which was Southampton's top club. The match was played at the Antelope Ground on 14 April 1888 and the home side were victorious by three goals to nil; the Bournemouth Guardian report on the match summed up the clubs' season:

 

Both teams have had a wonderfully good time of it on the whole and the people of Southampton ought to feel proud of their football population.

 

In 1888–89, Woolston Works continued to occupy the Antelope Ground, sharing this with the Trojans Rugby Club. reached the final of the Hampshire Senior Cup, where they lost to a team from the Royal Engineers based at Aldershot, By now, Oswald, Mordaunt & Co. were in financial trouble as a result of which many of their better footballers had returned to their native north-east and Scotland, causing the works to put out a weakened team for the final. The Woolston shipyard was closed in April 1889 and Oswald, Mordaunt & Co. was wound up, resulting in the disbanding of the football team.

 

Later teams

 

During the First World War, a team from the works, now owned by John I. Thornycroft & Company was formed, known as Thornycrofts (Woolston) F.C. They survived until 1926 and reached the First Round Proper of the F.A. Cup in 1919–20 where they took Burnley of the Football League First Division to a replay.

 

In 1960, Vosper Thorneycroft F.C. was founded. They subsequently changed their name to VT F.C. and then to Sholing F.C. who now play in the Southern League Division One South & West.

 

My personal recollection is that Vosper Thorneycroft FC were founded in 1960 and were a Woolston football club playing at the VT Sports ground in Netley. To claim a shared history with football clubs that were disbanded many years ago and played in a totally different location is a fabrication, designed to attract a broader fanbase. IMHO, the club should simply let the quality of their football build their fanbase and leave the contrived history bullsh!t to Pompey.

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Sholing FC has absolutely no connection with Sholing Sports FC, a team founded in 1894 and folded when their ground was sold for housing in the 90's. As the OP will confirm, Sholing FC are a new incarnation of Vospers (VTFC), a team I used to play against, when I was too old to play at a decent standard.

 

Sholing Sports were a class act with a great ground and social club, killed by property developers..

 

I'm an ex Sholing player. It was a VAT bill that the social club couldn't pay that was their downfall. Allegedly, 'hands in tills' over a number of years was more to do with their downfall, allegedly.

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