Winchester City F.C.

Winchester City
Full name Winchester City Football Club
Nickname(s) The Citizens, City
Founded 1891 (as Winchester Swallows FC)
Ground The City Ground, Winchester
Ground Capacity 4,500 (180 seated)
Chairman Paul Murray
Manager Ian Saunders
League Southern League Division One South & West
2015–16 Southern League Division One South & West, 5th

Winchester City Football Club are an English football team based in Winchester, Hampshire and playing in the Southern Football League Division One South and West. Ian Saunders is the current manager. The club motto is "Many in Men, One in Spirit".[1]


Winchester City were formed in 1891 as Winchester Swallows FC. In 1894 they changed their name to Winchester F.C. (another Winchester F.C. had existed between 1884 and 1893). A further name change happened in 1907 when they became Winchester City F.C.

The club joined the Hampshire League for the 1898–99 season.[2][3] After many years in the Hampshire League they joined the Southern League in 1971–72, but they were unable to sustain this move, and returned to the Hampshire League after only two seasons.[4] In 1991–92, they won the Hampshire League Division Two, and were promoted to Division One. In 1993–94, Winchester beat Cowes Sports to win the Trophyman League Cup. The club underwent a reorganization in 1999–2000 after a financially turbulent previous season. But they emerged from the tough period and were Division One champions again in 2000–01, earning promotion to the Premier Division, while also winning the Inter League Shield that season. In 2001–02, the club merged with Winchester Castle, but only managed to finish third in the league.[5] However, they won the Hampshire League title, and promotion the next season, and completed a treble of trophies by also winning the Trophyman Cup and the Southampton Senior Cup.

The 2003–04 season turned out to be extremely successful for the club as they won the league in their first season in it, and capped it with the Wessex League Cup title, as well as beating AFC Sudbury to win the FA Vase.[3][4] However, promotion to the Southern League was denied, as their ground did not meet the criteria set by the league. The following season saw the club have more cup success by winning the Hampshire Senior Cup.[6] After a further title win in 2005–06[7] the club were admitted to the Southern League's new Division One South & West. In the 2008–09 season the team finished 20th after a last day win at Windsor & Eton, but after the game were deducted three points for fielding an ineligible player and as a result finished bottom of the table, leaving them facing relegation to the Wessex League. The club appealed against the decision with The Football Association but lost their case and were relegated for the 2009–10 season. Manager Shaun Brooks left the club in September and former player Stu Hussey took over, but along with his assistant manager and coaches he was sacked after a string of bad results in April 2010, resulting in Winchester appointing Glenn Cockerill as manager.[8] Cockerill however left the club and Guy Butters was put in charge.[9]

On 9 April 2012, Winchester City earned promotion back to the Southern League with four games to spare after a 2–0 win over GE Hamble.[10] Butters left Winchester City to further his coaching career with Football League Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion,[11] and the Citizens announced that James Taylor would be taking over as the new manager in October 2012. However, City were relegated back to the Wessex Football League Premier Division for the 2013–14 season. In 2014, Winchester reached the third qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time in 59 years, but were beaten 3-2 by Concord Rangers. The following season Winchester finished 2nd in the Wessex League Premier Division and, after Flackwell Heath turned down the opportunity of promotion from Step 5 to Step 4 of the National League System, were offered the vacant space in the Southern League Division One South & West, which the club accepted.[12]


The club plays its home matches at The Denplan City Ground, Hillier Way, Abbotts Barton, Winchester SO23 7SR.

The Denplan City Ground has a 180-seater stand with floodlights, permanent pitch boards, advertising boards, terraces, car parking and turnstiles for entering the ground. Within the ground there is a clubhouse and a refreshments kiosk selling hot and cold food and drinks. The ground has a total capacity of 4500. A small terraced area (called the 'Bus Shelter') behind one goal is the home of the 'Bus Shelter Band'. A new stand was built behind the other goal during the close season of 2007/08 by members of the bus shelter band but this was dismantled 3 years later to allow for a training pitch. A new club shop was opened in 2006/07 next to the main seated stand selling club merchandise and other football related memorabilia. During the summer of 2014 a new stand was built behind the dug-outs and a fence was erected around 2 sides of the pitch separating the ground from the car park.

Club honours

League honours

Cup honours

Club records


  1. Local Sports Winchester Sport students love uni
  2. Winchester City Football Club launches new initiative Hampshire Chronicle
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 History Winchester City FC
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Winchester City at the Football Club History Database
  5. WINCHESTER CASTLE{1 at the Football Club History Database}
  6. 1 2 Hampshire Senior Cup at the Football Club history Database
  7. Rundle, Richard. "2005-06 Wessex League". Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  8. Ex-Saint Cockerill takes charge at Winchester Southern Daily Echo
  9. Cockerill Leaves Winchester The Non-League Paper
  10. 1 2 "Winchester City 2 GE Hamble 0". Winchester City FC. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
  11. "New Manager At Winchester City". Southern League Clubs. 2012-10-01. Retrieved 2012-10-01.
  12. "Winchester City promoted to the Southern League". Southern Daily Echo. 20 June 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  13. Wendy Gee. "Hampshire Senior Cup final agony for Winchester City FC (From Hampshire Chronicle)". Retrieved 2016-05-01.
  14. "Crutcher gunning for Wessex Cup consolation (From Bournemouth Echo)". 2012-03-13. Retrieved 2013-05-07.

Coordinates: 51°04′17.78″N 1°18′36.46″W / 51.0716056°N 1.3101278°W / 51.0716056; -1.3101278

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