Welling United

Park View Road Founded 1963 The Wings

Thirteen years without competing in the Conference Premier and Welling United weren’t overwhelmed at all. Two years ago they lost out in the playoff final and showed the character to win the Conference South the following season. Last time the Wings enjoyed a spell at the top of non league football they did so for 14 consecutive campaigns. In comparison to most of the clubs they compete with, Welling United remain part time and are one of the youngest clubs. In the late eighties the Kent side enjoyed cup runs and decent league finishes. Now with the majority of Conference Premier teams professionalised, Welling United’s achievements like a few others in the division have not gone unnoticed.

wellingLast Season

Conference Premier: 16th

F.A Cup: 2nd Round

FA Trophy: 3rd Round

County Cup: 1st Round

Top Scorer: Ross Lafayette

Average Attendance: 807

A confidence boosting win against Grimsby Town early on in the season then a 4-2 victory over Woking gave the Wings the belief they needed. In September, Welling United hit form with three consecutive wins taking up seventh spot. Results may have been inconsistent but let’s not forget that the Kent side were aiming for safety in the first place. Mission was easily accomplished with games to spare and so as results tailed off towards the end of the campaign Welling United fell down the league table. Away from the Conference Premier a decent F.A Cup run added some gloss to their finish, the Wings beat Conference Premier champions Luton Town 2-1 in round one before going out to Plymouth Argyle. Ross Lafayette top scored for the second season running at Park View Road and his performances earned him a move this summer. The only real blip last term was a defeat to basement boys Hyde, the only team to lose to the Greater Manchester club.

The Manager – Jamie Day

Once gain Jamie Day, for the fifth season running has improved Welling United’s final league position. The former Dartford midfielder started out as an Arsenal youth team midfielder before moving to Park View Road. Three years with the Wings from 2004 ended when he crossed the Thames to represent Grays Athletic. Whilst with Dartford he was part of the 2008/09 Isthmian Premier League winning side, however he left with most of the season to play seeing his opportunity with Welling United. Day’s second spell with the Wings saw him continue to play and manage the squad where he has been successful. Since 2009, the 34 year old has taken the Kent club from ninth in the Conference South to the Conference Premier. One playoff defeat in the final two years ago denied Day his first honours, he only had to wait another season as he guided Welling United to the Conference South title with an unbeaten home record.

The Summer

Jamie Day has continued hos policy of bringing in young players keen to impress. Chris Bush played 42 times for struggling Hereford United last term and is one of many defenders moving to Park View Road, the 22 year old had been tracked by Day over the last three of four seasons. Callum McNaughton is the same age as Bush and the centre back joins from Conference South side Bishop’s Stortford. Continuing with the Bishop’s Stortford connection, Rod young spent time on loan at Woodside Park and moves to Welling United from Norwich City. Jamal Fyfield made 79 league appearances for York and was part of the team that won the FA Trophy and promotion back to the Football League in 2011/12. The limited playing time with Grimsby Town last term was a key reason to join Welling United over the summer. Ben Jefford was released by Port Vale and becomes another memeber of Jamie Day’s squad whilst Charlie Gorman comes in from Eastbourne Borough. Their will also be a new look strike force following the departure of top scorer Ross Lafayette to Luton Town. Charlie Penny arrives from Millwall having spent time on loan at Isthmian Premier champions Wealdstone. Kieron St Aimie has plenty of non league experience at the age of just 25, but has never been able to remain at any of his former clubs in the long term.

Last Meetings vs The Darts

Welling United 1 Dartford 1 – Conference Premier – 10 January 2014

Dartford finally put behind them their ten game losing streak when Jim Stevenson scored his first goal for the Darts. The midfielder’s tenth minute strike was cancelled out by Ross Lafayette’s penalty just eight minutes later. At least the away point stopped the horrific run and avoiding a new club record being set.

Dartford 1 Welling United 2 – Conference Premier – 26 December 2013

An away win for the Wings condemned Dartford to their tenth straight defeat which equalled a club record. Lee Burns gave the hosts a lead with half hour played but the Darts capitulated with fifteen minutes remaining. First, Ross Lafayette equalised and with ten minutes left on the clock Kurtis Guthrie grabbed the winner.

Welling United 2 Dartford 3 – Kent Senior Cup First Round – 25 February 2014

Two late goals made sure Dartford progressed to the second round of the County Cup competition. Mohamed Eisa opened the scoring and the scores were even when Loick Pires made it one each. Dartford went back in front courtesy of Alex Woodyard then extended the lead when Brima Daramy made it three. Loui Fazakerley scored a consolation in an entertaining cup tie.

Next Meetings

Tuesday 30 September 2014 at Park View Road

Tuesday November 2014 at Princes Park

League Performance Last Ten Years

welling united last ten years

Best Performances

6th Conference Premier (1989/90) F.A Cup 4th Round (1988/89) F.A Trophy Quarter Final (1988/89 & 2006/07)

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