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.