Monday, October 27, 2008

Fens Football Focus - 7 Wisbech Town


Tomorrown night Ely play a team known as the Fenmen from a town that proclaims itself as 'the capital of the Fens.' So the question is, how did I miss them out when I first wrote the Fens football focus?

Wisbech Town were formed in 1920 when 3 teams from the town came together to form one club who went on to play in the Peterborough League, which they won in 1925,28,29,32 and 33. They then turned semi pro and joined the United Counties (which they won in 1947, 48 and 60) , they later switched to the Eastern Counties League and then the old Midlands league. In 1958 they finished runners up to a club who are now well established in the league, Peterborough United. The game against Peterborough in that season saw them get a record crowd of 8044 and finishing second led to them gaining a place in the Southern League, where they remained for 12 seasons. After a shortage of cash they went back down to the Eastern Counties League. They won the ECL in 1971, 72 and 1995 and in 1983-84 they set an unbeaten league record of 37 games.

In 1996 the board decided that the club would embark on the road back to the Southern League. In 1997 they managed to reach the Midland Division of the Southern League, but were relegated. Since then they have gone back to the Eastern Counties League and got through a number of managers. Last season they finished 9th in the Eastern Counties League.

Last season they also moved from their famous Fenland Park ground to a new site on Lynn Road.

The Fenmen of Wisbech are also famous fore some impressive forays into the FA Cup proper. In 1947 they reached the first round proper where they lost over 2 legs to Ipswich Town. In 1958 they reached the second round, losing 2-1 to Reading after having beat Colchester 1-0 in the first round. They also reached the first round in 1959, 60 and 65. Unfortunately they won't want to remember the 1965 game though, as they lost 10-1 to Brighton & Hove Albion.

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