Founded as recently as 2014, Welling Town FC started out as a Sunday side playing on a Council pitch at Hall Place, Bexley in the London and Kent Suburban League. Achieving two promotions in as many seasons, the club then expanded to include a second Sunday side, with both playing in the Woolwich and Eltham Sunday Football Alliance.
The move to Saturday football was inevitable and we were accepted in to the Kent County Football League in the summer of 2016 despite having no past playing record in Saturday regional football on the basis of our good Sunday record, excellent conduct and professional setup demonstrating ambition and organisation beyond many sides at that level.
Our debut season in 2016/17 saw us win promotion and the West Kent Challenge Shield beating four teams from higher divisions in the process – our first ever silverware.
The 2017/18 season was extraordinary – winning the Kent County Second Division, as well as defending our West Kent Challenge Shield. However, the real peak of the season was winning the Kent Junior Cup, a competition with over 160 entrants, ranking us as the top amateur side in Kent. A rare treble had been achieved, scoring over 130 goals in the process, and losing just one match in 53, over a 21 month period.
Meanwhile, our success on the field, had been mirrored by an application off the field to the FA to move in to the semi-professional ranks for 2018/19. After many months of paperwork, calls and meetings, the agonising wait was over, and we were approved for membership of the Southern Counties East Football League First Division, Step 6 of the non-league pyramid, for the new season ahead.
The club has therefore progressed from recreational Sunday football in the park, to semi-professional football in stadiums, in a little over four years, including numerous promotions, title wins and cup victories along the way, and we’re told moving from one to the other in such a short period is unique.
In the last 12 months we have also branched out to include a reserve side, an under 23s, as well as several youth teams, and the next 12 months bring another 22 youth sides across Kent Youth and SelKent Leagues, as well as a post 16 footballing academy.