Getting to Know: Coventry Sphinx FC

There’s nothing better than seeing young players coming through the ranks and appearing in the club first team, and by all accounts today’s club have developed somewhat of a reputation for doing just that.

Coventry Sphinx FC, the City’s highest ranked non-league club formed in 1946 as Armstrong Whitworth FC, competing in various works leagues in the area, before changing their name to Sphinx FC in the 1960’s. Then the 90’s hit, due to many factories etc closing, the club decided to leave the works leagues and instead join the football league pyramid, first entering into what was the known as the Midland Combination Football League.

Despite the clubs continued growth, just from looking at social media and the clubs website it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for the lads and lasses from down at Sphinx Drive. They have lost important figures to the club along the way as we all have, but you can tell that the club goes about things the right way, honouring this that have helped them to where they are. Something that should be celebrated.

To the present day, The Sphinx sit 8th in the United Counties League Premier Division South and at the weekend compete in one of the biggest games in the clubs history, playing against London Lions for a place in the last 16 of the FA Vase.

Best of luck from us all here at Climbing The Ladder.

The most used tweet in the Northern League..

Newcastle Benfield Fc

If you follow the lads over at Newcastle Benfield on social media, there’s a massive chance you’ve seen this regularly this year.

At age 44, the clubs top scorer for the season Paul Brayson and former England C International is still ticking over, scoring goals across the country and i’m sure setting up a few aswell. The lad from Newcastle has had a long career that has seen him venture into the football league appearing at clubs such as Swansea, Reading and Cardiff, scoring goals wherever he’s been.

‘Brassy’ will be looking to lead the Lions into the first round proper of the FA Vase at the weekend, for what will be the clubs 11th season in a row reaching the stage of the competition.

Founded in 1988 as Brunswick Village, the club has undergone a number of name changes, as subtle as some of them are, before officially becoming Newcastle Benfield FC as late as 2007. The club originally competed in the Northern Alliance, before merging with North Shields Saint Colombus and joining the Northern League, staying in Division Two for one season to Division One where they remain till this day.

At the time of writing they sit mid-table in Division One and at the weekend are set to compete in Round One of the FA Vase, playing host to Golcar United down at Sam Smith’s Park, so from everyone here at Climbing The Ladder, best of luck to the lions.

Getting to Know: Wick FC

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.

Crabtree Park, Home of Wick FC

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.

Getting to know: Tooting Bec FC

Today’s ‘Getting to know’ is all about a club returning ‘Home’.

Tooting Bec FC are set to return to the Imperial Fields next season, after playing at Ground Drive this season, home of Raynes Park Vale. The return to Imperial Fields means the club will next season be ground sharing with Tooting & Mitcham FC.

The two Tooting clubs already have a long standing partnership, with Tooting Bec having trained and played on the 3G pitches at the ground for the past 7-8 years so its great news that the two clubs will be hosting League Matches, FA Vase and hopefully FA Cup games in the stadium next season.

Despite only being founded in 2004, Tooting Bec have had a very successful history. In their short life, the club have climbed from Division Two of the Surrey South Eastern combination to their current league, the Combined Counties League Division One, Step 6 of the National League System.

It looks as if the clubs success is set to continue in the near future, with the club finishing 3rd this year in their first season in the Combined Counties League. A finish we are sure they will look to push on from next year, and hopefully add another promotion to their resume.

14 years ago the club was started as a group of friends at uni, through hard work and focus they’ve now got four men’s successful men’s teams and a Ladies team that are all competing at a high level.

The club have come along way in a very short time frame, that doesn’t mean that the club isn’t very well established however, having strong links to a number of other clubs, being Charter Standard and linked to the London FA.

Everyone here at ‘ClimbingTheLadder’ would just like to congratulate everyone at ‘Bec’ for their great season and all the best as you look to push on next year.