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Winchester City FC - The Early Years

on Mon 22 Sep

Our club badge proudly boasts that Winchester City FC was founded in 1884. But have you ever wondered what our club was like in its early days? Who were the people that founded the club? And what was their motivation in doing so? Who were the star players of the time? Who were the villains? In what competitions did the club compete? And what were their successes and failures?

You can find the answers to all of these questions, and many more, at a special evening event to be hosted at the WCFC clubhouse on Friday 26th September. City supporter Ian Denness will be presenting some of the findings of his research into the early years of association football in Winchester. This will look at a number of football clubs based in the city, but will principally be charting the ups and downs of WCFC. The story that unfolds is one that includes, among other things, player violence, police corruption, civic disturbances and some fabulous moustaches, all set amid a backdrop of financial shortages and public indifference!

The doors will be open on the night at 7:30, with the talk due to start at 8:00. The bar will be open and, although entrance is free, there will be the opportunity to make a voluntary £5 donation at the door, with all proceeds going towards WCFC. It should be an interesting and entertaining evening, so see you there!