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Club Officials Great Wakering Rovers F.C.

President ROGER BURROUGHS
Chairman ROY KETTRIDGE

Secretary Roger SAMPSON
Asst. Secretary & Press Officer JIM LAIRD
Treasurer & Social Sec CHRISTINE SAMPSON
Membership Sec ELAINE JONES work
General Manager FRED SMITH

Programme Editors Nobby Johnson & KEITH PERRYMAN
Commercial Managers PETER THORNTON & BRIAN JEEVES

First Team Manager IAIN O’CONNELL
First Team Ast Manager DAVE PATIENT
Reserve Team Manager DAVID HEY

Physio Cleve Taylor
Coach Ryan Wilkinson
Veterans Manager BOB BELLINIE

MANAGERS

1989-90 Micky Wright. 1989-90 Frank Banks 1990-94 Ben Embery
1994-97 Kevin Maddocks 1999-2001 Eddie Nash 2001-04 (Jan) Alan Hull
Jan 2004-Feb 2005 Tony Cross Feb 2005 Iain O’Connell

COMMITTEE Members

CAROLE KNIGHT , JOHN KING, ANDY KNIGHT, KELVIN SWAIN , BARBARA ELLIOTT , TONY ELLIOTT

The club acknowledges the individual help given by many non committee members whose services are invaluable. Without their help Great Wakering Rovers F.C.,Wakering F.C. and Great Wakering F.C. Social Club would not enjoy the success they do today. Thank You !

SHOT FROM THE PAST

Tuesday 10 September 2002 Great Wakering Rovers 2-3 Arlesey Town
Ground Record 1,150 v SOUTHEND UNITED F.C 19th July 2006
Nickname “Rovers”

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Rovers Football League Players

Les Stubbs (Chelsea, Southend United); Alan Hull (Leyton Orient)
Jackie Bridge (Southend United); Terry Howard (Chelsea, Leyton Orient)
Frankie Banks (Hull City; Southend United); Graham Franklin (Southend United)
Neil Harris (Nottingham Forest, Millwall); Iain O’Connell (Southend United)

Reserves League Essex, Herts and Bordering Counties Combination (Premier Division)

 SUNDAY 10TH DECEMBER 2006

It was a good weekend for the Rovers with the first team getting a point with a 0 – 0 draw at high flying Aveley. The seconds recording a massive home win 15 – 0 over Stansted Res Tom Dosser getting on the score sheet seven times and Lloyd Wilson five times. The vets won well to progress though to the next round of the Essex Sunday Veterans cup 5 – 1 at home over Hockley B.L. The Veteran res had their match called off.

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WEDNESDAY 6TH DECEMBER 2006

The first team last night got it’s best ever victory in the ESSEX SENIOR CUP when we came from one nil down via a 22nd minute goal from CLIFF AKURANG to win 2 – 1 our goals coming from NIKKI BEALE [41st minute] and NEIL RICHMOND [82nd minute] to beat second in the Conference DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE F.C. and move into the Quarter finals for the first time in our history.

At the fourth round match and prior to kick off ESSEX FA representative TINA SMITH presented an award to the best player of round three and the ackolade went to TOM POOLE for his performance and two goals in our match against BURNHAM RAMBLERS.

LEON BRAITHWAITE LEAVES “THE ROVERS”.

Following a seven day approach from ENFIELD TOWN last week means Enfield have now spoken to LEON and they have agreed terms and he signs for them tomorrow.

OTHER NEWS

ESSEX FA stated that the women’s representative match against against Huntingdonshire will now take place at HARLOW TOWN to cut down traveling time.

ESSEX FA have awarded us with three of their cup finals THE SATURDAY VETERANS FINAL, THE SUNDAY VETERANS FINAL and THE LEN CORDELL CUP FINAL.

More news on our topical page.

FRIDAY 1ST DECEMBER 2006

Good news for the club today is that our plans for developing the allotment area behind the south stand were approved yesterday by Rochford District Council.

FIRST YEARS

1919 The club was formed. Mainly by men returning home and demobbed soldiers who sought work in the area.
1919 – 1920 Entered the Southend and District Football League
1919 – 1982 The “Rovers” were members of the above league all the time and became the leagues most successful club ever by winning the league championship and cups more times than any other.
1982 – 1983 The club decided to enter a newly formed league The Southend and District Alliance.
1985 Negotiations with Great Wakering Parish Council were successful for the “Rovers” it resulted in 104 disused allotment sites being made available for the club to begin work on creating their own ground and clubhouse. The ground was given the name of “Burroughs Park” in recognition of all the help given to the club by local farmer and former player Roger Burroughs
1989 – 1990 With the S & D Alliance folding the club had to decide on where to go next should it go upwards or back to its roots in local football. With the club and ground taking shape it was decided to enter the Essex Intermediate League.
1990 – 1991 Essex Intermediate League Division Three Champions

SOUTHEND CHARITY SEC A WINNERS

1991 – 1992 Essex Intermediate League Division Two Champions: Essex Intermediate Cup Winners, Essex Intermediate League Cup Winners and Southend Charity Section A Winners

1992 April, following a ground inspection the club was granted senior status. Applications were made to join the Essex Senior League and were successful.
1992 – 1993 The club entered The Essex Senior League
1994 – 1995 The first major honour as a senior club when the “Rovers” were champions of The Essex Senior League
1995 – 1996 Essex Senior League Runners Up
1996 – 1997 Essex Senior League Runners Up

LAST SIXTEEN IN THE F.A. VASE

1998 – 1999 Essex Senior League Runners Up. Following a ground inspection a successful application to the Rymans Isthmian League was made.
Great Wakering Rovers are going all out to attract new fans after returning to the Ryman League this season.
1999 – 2000 Joined the Ryman Isthmian League Division Three

FROM DIVISION THREE RUNNERS UP TO DIVISION TWO

2002 – 2003 Due to League reorganising the “Rovers” compete in Ryman League Division One [ North ]2004 – 2006 Due to National reorganisation of the non league system “The Rovers” are now competing in the Southern League Div One East. May 2006 we won the Southern League Fair Play Award
2006 – 2007 Reorganisation sees the Rovers back in the Isthmian Div One Nth