Sunday, February 20, 2011

Club Focus -- Wroxham

It's been a quietcouple of weeks on the live football front, although there has been plenty of it on the TV. Last Saturday I was working and yesterday there wasn't much locally on and most of the matches got hit by the torrential rain. So it was good news when I heard that Ely have got a rearranged match against Wroxham on Tuesday.

It's going to be a tricky game for the Robins against one of the in form sides of the Eastern Counties League. Wroxham are currently in second place in the League and have been consistently in the top 6 for the last 20 years. Last year they also reached the FA Vase final where they lost to to Whitley Bay.

Wroxham were formed in 1892 by a Mr.G.E Preston who was the ex-captain of the Norfolk team. Their original colours were pink and black, so the current players are probably glad that at some point in the past they changed their colours to blue and white. They did however also gain the nickname 'The Yachtsmen' pretty early on in their history and they are still known by this nickname today.

After spending their formative years playing just friendlies and also taking part in the East Norfolk League and the Norwich City Junior League they joined the East Anglian League in 1935. However, after a few financial problems they dropped down to the Norwich and District League in the 1950s.

Things got better for them eventually though and in 1963 they became one of the founding members of the Anglia Combination. Their first piece of silverware came in 1975 when they won the Norwich Junior Cup. In 1982 they were crowned Anglia Combination Champions and didn't relinquish the trophy for four years. in 1986 they had the chance to make it 5 in a row, however they narrowly missed out, but in '87 they won it again. They also had a considerable amount of success in the league's cup competition winning the knock out trophy in '81,'83,'85 and '87.

In 1989 Wroxham embarked on a new challenge when they joined the newly formed first division of the Eastern Counties League, but if people expected them to struggle they were proved wrong, as Wroxham won the league in its inaugral season and were promoted to the Premier Division.

After finishing 12th in their first season in the ECL Premier Wroxham stepped up to the next level and in 1992 were crowned Champions winning the league with a record 99 points. In 1993 they retained the Championship and their reserves also won the Anglia Combination 1st division. In 1994 they made it a hat-trick of wins . And the trophy came home to Wroxham for a fourth time in 1998, when they narrowly pipped Ely to the title. In 1999 they came close again, but they finished runners up to the rising stars of the league at the time, Histon.

In 2000 Wroxham won the Norfolk Senior Cup at Carrow Road, but it was going to be a lean few years as AFC Sudbury started to dominate the league for the next five years. Lowestoft won the league in 2006 and then Wroxham again won the trophy in 2007.

They are again challenging for the championship and are going to make it difficult for Ely on Tuesday, although I think that Leiston will rpobably run out League Champions.

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