The most recent and accurate history of Whitworths Football Club is that they were formed in 1973 as a result of the disbanding of Wellingborough Ideal Clothiers Football Club. Most of the Clothiers were also playing for the Victoria Millers Sunday Football Club and approached Mr. Dave Woodley about forming a new Saturday Club. The result was the forming of Whitworths, with, amongst others, Dave Woodley, Chris Beaver, Brian Higgins and Graham Edmunds as the founders.
The club began life in the Rushden and District League with limited success. However, in the season of 1975/76, their 3rd year, the Club were crowned League Champions. This feat was repeated the following year, when in that season (1976/77), the team dropped only 8 points from 30 games.
As a result of their success, the Club were moved into the East Midlands Alliance Premier Division, where they played for 8 years. Whilst they never won the title, they did finish as high as 2nd and were winners of the “Munton Cup” on two occasions.
On winning the “Munton Cup” for the second time, a piece of history was made, never to be repeated. At a time when Reserve teams were able to enter senior competitions, both our teams got to the final with the Reserves recording an incredible 6-1 victory. Reserve teams were never permitted to enter the cup again.
In 1985, with extensive ground improvements completed, Whitworths were accepted into the United Counties League Division One. In the season of 2002/03, when facing extreme financial difficulties, the Football Club committee was reorganised with several new faces brought in. That season and the following one, 2003/04, the club spent time defining a new direction as well as creating financial stability. In 2004/05, with a mixture of experience and youth, the Reserves finished Runners-up in Division Two as well as reaching the final of the Lower Junior Cup. The first team finished Runners-up in Division One, beaten only on goal difference by Sileby Rangers, equalling our previous highest finish in this league in the 1996/97 season.
In 2005/06, we had another strong season, finishing 3rd behind Wellingborough Town 2004 and Champions, Sleaford. That season’s highlight being our Christmas Eve home fixture with neighbours Wellingborough Town 2004 where we were watched by 1,150 travelling and local supporters. The gate on the day represents the highest confirmed attendance for any fixture in Wellingborough.
Season 2006/07 was our strongest yet. Winning the Division One title and in the process going unbeaten throughout the campaign, a feat not achieved at this level in over 100 years. It was also achieved with what is considered to be our youngest squad, with an average age of around 22 years.
The Club has enjoyed other success having won the Junior Cup in 1995/96 and have reached the Semi-Final on 3 other separate occasions, the most recent being the 2002/03 season. Our Reserve Team won Division Two in 1986/87 and again in 1995/96. They have also reached the final of The League Cup in 1986/87 and the Lower Junior Cup in 2004/05 and were semi-finalists in 1986/87 and 1995/96. Whitworths Football Club also won the “Fair Play” Award in 1991/92.
After a disappointing campaign last season, 2008/09 has seen Whitworths Football Club take significant strides in attempting to move the club to another level. The Club have installed floodlights, a 100-seater stand, a walkway around the whole of the pitch and have ensured that the ground grading will be up to scratch when success next comes our way. With a new management team installed, the football club will be looking to build on the foundations laid by a hard working committee. With an excellent youth set up and Reserve Team, we will be looking forward to further improving the outlook of the Football Club.
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