On the week that the draws for the early rounds of the FA Vase have been drawn, organisation begins for in some cases long distance trips to unknown grounds for ties against teams that in other cases would never usually meet.
If you are lucky you get a home time, so the relatively unknown opposition have to do the travelling. One team that has been lucky is Wick FC drawing a home tie in the FA Vase against Colliers Wood United FC.
Founded in 1892, Wick FC like many other Non-League clubs have a long and eventful past, despite the off the pitch stories though, for a great deal of their history Wick were part of the Sussex County League between 1964 and 2014, a 50 year span where Wick moved between the two divisions of the County League.
It wasn’t until the 2013-14 season following a merger with nearby team Barnham, that Wick moved into the Southern Combination Football League Premier Division.
The merger didn’t last long however and by 2015-16 the clubs had split, with Wick keeping the spot in the Southern Combination Premier Division, a league they would only last one season in before being relegated to Division One of the Southern Combination.
Last season Wick had a steady season finishing mid table in Division One in 9th place out of 17 teams, something I’m sure the club will be grateful for after a few unsteady years.
Ahead of the FA Vase kicking off this season, Wick had their best season for a while in the competition and in the 2018-19 season got as far as the first round proper, their best ever run was in 1998-1999 when Wick reached the fourth round proper.
Therefore ahead of the 2019-20 season kicking off we’d just like to wish everyone at Wick FC all the best for the coming season in both the league and their cup competitions.