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Know Your Opponents- Ware FC

Know Your Opponents- Ware FC

Aveley Football Club11 Apr 2015 - 05:01
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History, club records and club stats about our opponents this afternoon at Mill Field

Club History-

The Club was founded in 1892 and although first called Ware Town soon changed its name to plain Ware FC. This unassuming title makes it probably the shortest named affiliate of the Football Association and has caused problems for programme editors and journalists ever since.

After the First World War the Club gained a league and cup double with a second Herts County League Championship and a fourth Herts Senior Cup win in 1922.

The scenes in Ware when the team returned with the Senior Cuptell us something about the hold that football had on local loyalties at the time. The local paper reported that "Large crowds awaited the return of the special train to Ware, everybody being in high spirits. The Cup was marched through the town in front of a cheering throng."

Indeed, it was later recalled that the cup was taken through the town on subsequent nights and that stops were made outside public houses where it was charged with beer before being drained by the crowd.

Shortly after this Ware joined the Spartan League in which they were to enjoy several successes, winning the Division 2(B) Championship in 1926, Division 1 in 1951 with the highest "goals for" total ever achieved by a club in the Spartan League, and the Premier Division in 1952.

In these later years the Club also made significant progress in the old Amateur Cup meeting many famous sides on the way. One of these was Hendon, against whom Ware drew their largest attendance of 3,800 in the 1st Round in January 1957.

Moving on to the Delphian and then Athenian League, Ware enjoyed another successful period. Two promotions, two league cup wins and two reserve championships paved the way for progress in the FA Cup. In this Ware reached the First Round proper for the first time in 1968 when they travelled to the then Third Division side Luton Town. The opposition had a 100% home record but the game was scoreless with 30 minutes to go before a judicious substitution broke the stalemate and left Ware beaten 6-1 at the final whistle.

In these successful circumstances it was not surprising that Ware pressed for entry to the expanding Isthmian League.

This was achieved for season 1975/76 and they have maintained their place in the league ever since. This is thanks most recently to their Division 2 Championship season of 2005/6 which carried them into Division 1 just before Division 2 was disbanded.

Another FA Cup First Round appearance in 2007 has added further distinction with a narrow home defeat against Kidderminster Harriers being watched by 2,123 people, a record for the current ground at Wodson Park.

Before that a tenth Herts Senior Cup Final in 2001 and another in 2008 have emphasised the club's long history and continuity. Ware is the first of only three possible candidates to appear in this final in three separate centuries, evidence that it is still one of the county's leading clubs.
After a poor start to the 2012/3 season Nicky Ironton was appointed manager and steered the club well clear of relegation worries. However, a second slow start in 2013/4 led to the managerial duties being placed in the hands of Kem Kemal who pulled the club away from the relegation zone and who now has the task of making 2014/5 season a more successful one.

Club Honours-


Herts Senior Cup: 1898/9,1903/4,1906/7,1921/2,1953/4

Herts Charity Shield: 1926/7,1952/3,1956/7,1958/9,1962/3,1985/6

East Anglian Cup: 1973/4

East Herts LeagueDivision 1: 1897/8,1898/9,1899/1900,1902/3,1903/4,1905/6(shared),1906/7(shared)

Herts County League: 1908/9,1921/2

Herts County League Eastern Division: 1912/3

Spartan League Division 2 Section B: 1926/7

Spartan League Division 1: 1951/2

Spartan League Premier Division: 1952/3

Isthmian League Division 2 2005/6

Athenian League Division 2 Cup: 1965/6,1972/3

Perry Cup: 1926/7,1928/9,1937/8,1951/2,1952/3,1953/4, 1955/6 (shared)

Dunkels Cup: 1952/3

Rolleston Cup: 1939/40,1951/2,1952/3

East Herts League Division 2: 1905/6

Athenian League Division 2 Reserve Section: 1966/7,1970/1

Essex and Herts Border Combination: 1991/2

Essex and Herts Border Combination Premier
Division Cup: 1999/2000

The Roy Bailey Memorial Trophy 2005/6, 2006/7

The Brian Hitchings Challenge Cup 2000/1

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