Formed in 1892, we are proud to be an FA Charter Standard Community Club. Initially, the club played in leagues based around Taunton and Tiverton. In the early 1960s, we gained promotion to the Somerset Senior League and succeeded in achieving Western League status in 1978 which has been retained ever since, making us one of the league’s longest continuously-serving members.
The First Team entered the Western League in the First Division in the 1978-79 season and played at Premier Division level from 1981-82 to 1984-85 and 2008-09 to 2010-11. The team were then promoted as First Division Champions at the end of the 2016-17 season. In their first season back in the Premier Division, the team finished a creditable 15th and also reached the semi-final of the Somerset Premier Cup losing 4-1 away to Southern League Paulton Rovers. The following season, the team finished in 16th place and, for the past two seasons have been near the foot of the table but were showing signs of improvement when football was brought to a halt by the Coronavirus pandemic.
This season, the Toolstation Western League has been restructured which has seen the departure of a number of ‘old friends’ and the arrival of a number of new teams promoted from the South West Peninsula League. As a result, manager Tim Legg and the team will face new challenges but will aim to continue to improve.
The Club’s Reserves played in the Devon and Exeter League Division One for four seasons and were top of the table in Division One West with seven wins from seven games before the 2020-21 campaign was brought to an early close. This season, under new manager Steve Trevelyan, the team are once again playing in Division One in 2021-22.
Having played in the Devon and Exeter League for a number of seasons, the A team transferred to Division Three of the Taunton Saturday League for the 2018-19 season when they finished a creditable third, gaining promotion to Division Two for the 2019-20 season. They were topping the table when the season was forced to end and were promoted to Division One for last season. They won their group in the league’s Covid Cup and also won the Seward Cup held over from 2019-20. Under manager Luke O’Hara, the team are in Division One again this season.
The club’s Ladies played in the Somerset County Women’s League First Division but found it difficult to compete with more experienced teams and played in Division Two (Flexi) last season, finishing a creditable third when the season resumed. Under manager Nyima Touray, they are playing at the same level this campaign.
This season, the club will again be running no fewer than 23 teams in our Youth and Mini Sections. These teams see both boys and girls playing from the age of eight through to 18 and we also have a thriving Disability section. In recent years, these teams have had mixed fortunes in their leagues but a number have won the Sportsmanship Awards for their Age Groups and, in 2018-19 season, the Disability Teams won the Somerset FA Award for Disability Club of the Year.
We continue to work with the local Town and District Councils and Wellington Sports Federation on the Somerset West and Taunton Pitch Strategy and are hoping to eventually establish a new First Team facility at the new Longforth Farm estate on the edge of the town. This would then free-up the Playing Field for other teams to use and hopefully trigger a programme to improve other facilities.
Outside of our core footballing activities, Wellington AFC is home to several darts and skittles teams and we run a full programme of social events for members and non-members alike.
The impressive Function Room and Lounge are available for hire – please contact the Clubhouse Manager, Jenny Oxby, on 01823 665410 for details.