The Non-League 100: Wealdstone 1984-85, the first double winners

IN an age when former Football League clubs proliferate the top division of non-league, it is often forgotten that the first non-league team to perform the hallowed “double” of National League and FA Trophy was a relatively humble outfit from the Middlesex conurbation, Wealdstone. Wealdstone, the club that nurtured the talents of players like Stuart Pearce and Vinnie Jones, were beneficiaries of a novel points … Continue reading The Non-League 100: Wealdstone 1984-85, the first double winners

Life in the Tropic of Wealdstone

AS THAT TV series about Salford revealed, a non-league club is a little world of its own. Behind its “metroland” neighbourhood in Ruislip, Wealdstone is no different. It’s an institution that has come back, not quite from the dead, but certainly from a nomadic existence that would have killed off some outfits. To have returned from a very uncertain future suggests that there was plenty of … Continue reading Life in the Tropic of Wealdstone

Taking the contrarian view – the cult clubs that defy the odds

There are successful clubs, monied clubs, ambitious clubs and those that are always down on their luck. But there are also clubs that have some cachet because of their name. Some are, relatively speaking, well supported considering their status. And there’s those that have enjoyed better days, moments when they have been in the sun, won trophies and been at the top of the game. … Continue reading Taking the contrarian view – the cult clubs that defy the odds

Stones provide Bartlett with emotional rescue

Although they don’t like to admit it, Wealdstone should be among the favourites for promotion from the Ryman Premier Division in 2013-14.  At the end of last season, they lost in the play-offs to johnny-cum-lately side Concord Rangers, the second year running they had failed at that stage. Unlike some clubs, Wealdstone are not the sort of outfit that takes the knee-jerk reaction to misfortune. … Continue reading Stones provide Bartlett with emotional rescue