Vanarama National League Promotion Final

Ticket information for the Vanarama National League Promotion Final to be played at Wembley Stadium connected by EE, on  Sunday 14th May with a 3.00pm kick off.





     GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET SALE – Opens on-line Monday 8th May from 10am:

Level 1 – Category 1: £41 (no concessions)

These ticket sales will be subject to a booking fee of £3 per ticket.


Level 1 – Category 2:  £36 and £18 (Under 16’s)

These ticket sales will be subject to a booking fee of £3 per ticket for those priced at £36 and £1.50 for those priced at £18.


Postage if requested will be charged at:

£2.50 per order


Print at Home if requested will be charged at:

£1.00 per order


Collection at Wembley if requested will be charged at:

£1.95 per order




Disabled seated allocation is available directly through Wembley Stadium and details are also available on-line with a dedicated telephone number to discuss personal needs.

0800 169 2007 option 7


The purchaser is required to nominate which Finalist club they align themselves to or they may indicate a ‘Neutral’ option.


For those supporters of the two clubs reaching the Promotion Final and who have already taken advantage of the Early Bird Offer your tickets for the correct area of the stadium allotted to each finalist will be made accordingly. You do not have to do anything extra

Dover Athletic 2-0 Welling United

Welling showed plenty of heart and desire but ultimately a lack of firepower in the final third saw Dover win the Kent Senior Cup for the first time in 26 years at The Gallagher Stadium Maidstone.

It was a much changed line up for Welling with six changes made from the lacklustre defeat at Bath on Saturday.

As you would expect Dover started brightly and one of a number of ex Wings players on show Moses Emmanuel shot straight at Chris Lewington when well placed before Pinnock hit an effort from range that was always rising and went high over the bar.

Having survived the opening exchanges Welling settled into the game and ventured forward themselves.

A smart ball from the lively Tom Richards played in Ali Fuseini who hit a low shot that was heading in but Mitch Walker another former Welling man, made a smart save.

Richards was in the thick of all the Welling play and he was was in played in behind by Dan Walker, before cutting into the area but hitting his effort straight at namesake Mitch Walker.

Welling were enjoying a good spell of possession as Fuseini played a great pass to Dan Walker but he dragged his shot wide.

Sam Hatton then missed a glorious chance having made space for the shot he twisted and turned before dragging an effort just wide that looked to be creeping in.

As the game drew towards half time Dover almost went ahead Sam Magri heading the ball across the goal when he was well placed to nod home as Welling scrambled the ball clear.

Into the 2nd half and Welling should have gone ahead within 2 minutes. Alex Cathline did well to power his way into the box before choosing to shoot at goal when a pull back for the waiting Harry Crawford would have surely resulted in a goal.

This miss proved costly as in the 54th minute Ross Lafayette showed the quality needed to win football matches. The former Wings fans favourite picked the ball up 25 yards from goal with his back to goal he turned, before curling an effort into the top corner, a goal good enough to grace any cup final.

The Wings never let their heads dropped and actually had a lot of the ball without threatening too often.

They did have the odd chance as Harry Crawford saw a rifled shot saved by Mitch Walker before Dan Walker had his shot saved by the legs of Walker as Welling tried to push for an equaliser.

Dover sub Peter Skapetis could have scored with an audacious bicycle kick but his effort went just wide.

Welling sub Jamie Slabber almost scored with his first touch of the ball but he put a header just wide of the post. But Dover won the final when in the 86th minute Aswad Thomas got on the end of a Joe Healy cross to head pass Lewington at the back post.

The Wings now face a summer of rebuilding as they prepare a new squad for the 2017/18 season.

Welling: Lewington, Richards, Johnson (Joseph-Dubois 71mins), Fish (Slabber 82mins), Waldren, Hayles, Fuseini, Hatton, Cathline, Crawford, Walker. Subs not used: Leacock, Francis, Agu.

Attendance: 939


Kent Senior Cup Final preview

Many supporters won’t be too sorry to see the end of the 2016-17 season.

However, there is an opportunity for Welling United to claim some silverware as they contest the Kent Reliance Senior Cup Final at Maidstone United on Monday 1st May, kick off 15:00.

Those going to the Gallagher Stadium, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 4LQ will find admission is £10 adults, £5 concessions and under 5s free. There is no additional charge for seating

Should you be travelling by car, come off the M20 (junction 6) and M2(junction 3). Follow the signs to Maidstone on the A229. At the White Rabbit roundabout take the third exit on to James Whatman Way.

If travelling by public transport, the nearest station, Maidstone East, is closed for engineering works but Maidstone Barracks is fairly close to the ground and Maidstone West is not too much further away.

Those travelling by bus can catch the 101 or 155 buses which stop at the top of James Whatman Way outside the Kent Library and History Centre.

After Welling defeated Chatham Town 6-1 in the first round they had to jump some big fences to make it all the way to the final.

Harry Girling was the star of the penalty shoot out victory over Dartford saving three out of four of the attempts on his goal.

Another Harry, this time Crawford, scored the only goal of the quarter final against Bromley with a strike that was voted goal of the season at last week’s end of season presentations.

Charlton Athletic brought an under 23 team for the semi final which Welling again won on penalties with Chris Lewington saving the first two and then Charlton firing off target with the third and fourth.

Should the final go to penalties, Welling will be confident as only one in eight in shoot outs has been converted by opposition takers.

There may be a familiar face or two in the Dover team as Mitch Walker, Louis Fazakerley, Joe Healy, Ross Lafayette and Moses Emmanel have all worn the red of Welling over the years, and Tyrone Marsh could also play against his team mates of the last month.

Sam Hatton scores Welling’s final league goal of the season. Picture by Dave Budden

Bath City 2 Welling United 1

Whether it was due to having the impending Kent Senior Cup final on their minds, the fact that the result would mean little in the long run, or the fact that they arrived late in Bath, the Wings put in another disappointing away performance.

If there were doubts in Alex Dyer’s mind about which players will force their way into the cup final line up, few will have done their cases any good at Twerton Park.

Both teams had half chances in the early exchanges before Bath scored twice in quick succession.

First, Andy Watkins sent Nick McCootie clear and he finished clinically..

Then, although there was a suspicion of offside, they made it two. Frankie Artus sent Miles Welch-Hayes clear and his cross was put away by Watkins.

Chris Lewington saved well from an Axel Andresson free kick before Tyrone Marsh and Pierre Joseph-Dubois were substituted just after the half hour mark.

Alex Cathline was found at the end of Welling’s best move but he was unable to find sufficient power to bother O’Leary.

After the break Matt Fish was off target with a first time effort after Sam Hatton’s shot was blocked out.

Then Billy Murphy curled an effort wide for the hosts.

Twelve minutes remained when Welling reduced the odds. Artus conceded a free kick, and was cautioned for it being one too many, and Hatton launched a fierce drive into the top corner from 35 yards.

Having got back into the game the Wings failed to show any urgency and Bath saw out the game without further alarm.

Bath City: O’Leary, Rigg, Welch-Hayes, Batten, Andresson, Artus, Watkins, Murphy, McCootie (Hemmings 59), Morgan (Hutchinson 82), Diallo (Ball 82). Subs not used: Hunter, Simpson.

Welling United: Lewington, Fish, Brown (Richards 55), Fuseini, Walsh, Leacock. Marsh (Walker 33), Hatton, Cathline, Joseph-Dubois (Hayles 33), Murrell-Williamson. Subs not used: Slabber, Crawford.


Jordan Brown departed through injury. Picture by Dave Budden

Bath City v Welling United preview

This Saturday sees the end of this season’s Vanarama National League South campaign with a visit to Bath City.

Last weekend, Hampton and Richmond Borough claimed all three points at Park View Road despite Rhys Murrell-Williamson’s brilliant goal from a free kick and the team will want to finish on a high.

Those going to Twerton Park, Twerton, Bath, A2 1DB on Saturday will find admission is £13 adults, £10 over 65s, £7 under 18s and £2 under 16s. Serving members of the armed forces can gain entry for £10 and programmes are on sale at £2.50. There is no additional charge for seating

Should you be travelling by car should exit M4 at junction 18 and follow A46 signposted Bath. After 8 miles before tunnel keep in left hand lane (Bath A4) to roundabout. Take 3rd exit and follow signs for A4 Bath. After 1 mile turn left at traffic lights signed A4 Bristol/A36 Warminster.

Follow A4 signs around southern perimeter of the city for 3 miles. After passing Bathwick Tyres on the left, in 100 yards at traffic lights turn left, signposted Twerton, through a railway arch with a 11ft 6in height restriction.* Twerton Park is 200 yards on the left after a row of shops.

*For drivers of vehicles unable to negotiate the railway arch, continue along the A4 for a further 2 miles, through a set of traffic lights and onto a dual carriageway to “The Globe” roundabout. Take the 1st exit off roundabout (Combe Down, Newton St Loe), and follow for 1 mile and take the left turn at the bottom of the hill signposted Twerton (Newton Road). Follow this road for 1 mile to enter Twerton. Entrance to the stadium is on the right, the access road being next to Morrisons Local Store.

If travelling by public transport, there is a regular train service from London Paddington to Bath Spa. Upon arrival, Twerton Park is about 2 miles away. Should you not fancy the walk, the number 5 bus runs from the city centre every 12 minutes.

When Welling started the season with a visit to Bath in August 2008, Ryan Martin enjoyed his debut with a hat-trick, two of them from free kicks. Then, late in the second half, substitute Sol Pinnock also beat the frustrated Paul Evans from a direct free kick as the Wings ran out 4-0 winners.

Rhys Murrell-Williamson is congratulated by Rickie Hayles after scoring against Hampton and Richmond Borough. Picture by Dave Budden.

Welling United 1-2 Hampton & Richmond Borough

Welling suffered defeat on their final
home league game of the season. In a game neither side really deserved to win, Hampton stole the points with a last gasp winner.

In a tame opening to the game Alex Cathline burst into the box before forcing a low save from Sam Howes at his near post.

Hampton needing the win to secure a play off place at the misfortune of other teams in the division saw Duncan Culley pounce on a weak header back from to Lewington from Rickie Hayles but Duncan Culley drove his shot wide.

Culley then put his free kick over the bar as Hampton looked to get on top of the game.

Cathline saw another half chance go wide as he did well to control a ball into the box but flashed his half volley wide.

The Welling Player of the Year Chris Lewington then showed just why he deserved his award by making a superb save to deny Culley as he raced clean through. It was the last action in a rather dour end of season game.

Into the 2nd half and the game which needed to improve in quality did. Culley resumed his battle with Lewington and the Wings keeper produced an instinctive save with his legs to deny him again.

The game became one of half chances with Joe Hicks heading wide for Hampton and likewise Dan Walker saw a looping header just go over the bar from a Danny Waldren free kick.

The lively Murrell-Williamson found Walker but his goal bound shot which was heading in was deflected wide.

The deadlock was broken in the 77th minute and it was a goal that summed up the game. A free kick was saved well by Lewington only for the ball to be returned into the area, the Wings could not clear their lines and Sliven Rivic was on hand to nod home for a scrappy goal at the back post.

It was Hampton who looked the more likely to add to their tally and Shaquille Hippolyte-Patrick should have scored when a Christian Jolley cut back fell to him in a perfect position but he side footed wide.

The game that had been lacking that bit of quality finally arrived in the 88th minute. Welling winning a free kick 25 yards from goal and up stepped Rhys Murrell-Williamson who curled an effort with his left foot that went in via the inside of the post, it was a wonderful free kick.

With time ticking and The Wings hoping that they had done enough to secure a point, Hampton went and stole all three points. A long ball out of defence caught the Welling defence napping and Ratvic was on hand to lift the ball past Lewington to cue wild celebrations from the Hampton bench.

It was a disappointing way to end the home season for Welling. The Wings now face Bath City away on the final day of the season before they try & leave this season behind on a high with The Kent Cup final against Dover on Bank Holiday Monday May 1st.

Welling United: Lewington, Fish, Richards (Joseph-Dubois 87), Fuseini, Hayles, Martin, Walker (Slabber 84), Waldren, Cathline, Crawford (Marsh 68), Murrell-Williamson. Subs not used: Agu, Hatton.

Attendance: 500


Welling United v Hampton and Richmond Borough preview

On Saturday the Welling United team will play their final home game of the season with Hampton and Richmond Borough the visitors.

Thankfully, their form at home has pulled them clear of the relegation zone so the supporters won’t have a tense last two games to worry about.

However, the match won’t have quite the end of season ‘dead rubber’ feel to it that it might have had. As a result of failing to have a sufficient number of seats, neither Hungerford Town nor Poole Town are allowed to enter the play-offs.

Currently in seventh place, Hampton are now in pole position for the final play-off place but will want to win their last two games with Wealdstone breathing down their necks. Bath City and St. Albans City still have an outside chance but it is unlikely that they will catch Hampton.

After the match, there will be presentations for Welling’s various player of the year awards so the celebrations would be much better if they followed a Welling victory.

When Hampton last visited Park View Road, in October 2011, Welling prevailed 2-1. Anthony Acheampong headed home Jamie Day’s free kick in the just the sixth minute to get Welling off to the perfect start.

Before the break, Andy Pugh made it two with a cracker from 20 yards after Craig Ross had pulled off a string of saves to keep the visitors in the game.

However, Welling weren’t able to keep the pressure up and Patrick Drmola pulled one back. Although Welling had the better chances, they failed to take them and almost paid the price when David Tarpey blazed widely off target deep into injury time.

In past meetings between the two clubs, starting in January 2008, Hampton have won four (the first three and the latest), there have been two draws, and Welling have been victorious five times.

Easter Monday brought another disappointing away day. Despite going one up with a goal claimed by both Alex Cathline and Rickie Hayles, three second half goals gave Chelmsford City a comfortable victory so the team will want to show that they can bounce back.

Who scored at Chelmsford? Picture by Dave Budden.

Wings present £2,000 cheque to For Jimmy


Jimmy’s parents, Barry and Margaret Mizen, MBEs received the cheque at Welling United’s Park View Road Stadium. The FA Community Fund gives funding to clubs to issue to charities if they qualified for the first round of the FA Cup, which Welling United did in 2016.

Since ‘For Jimmy’ was founded in 2009, Barry and Margaret Mizen, MBEs, have dedicated their lives to creating a legacy a peace in Jimmy’s name, helping young people to fulfil their potential to create safer, more peaceful communities. They also continue to share Jimmy’s story in pupil referral units, prisons and community groups across the country.

“It is always a pleasure to help such a worthwhile and deserving cause like For Jimmy and we wish Barry and Margaret all the very best in continuing to help the young people within our community.”

Welling United Director, Barry Hobbins.

Key to Jimmy’s work has been the introduction of Safe Havens, which are shops and businesses, identifiable by a sticker in the window, where young people feeling threatened or in danger can enter and the person in charge will agree to lock the door and call a parent, guardian or the police. These Safe Havens have helped to foster a sense of mutual care and responsibility between children and adults in the community.

The money donated will go towards creating more Safe Havens with young people in south-east London, helping to spread Jimmy’s legacy of peace. For Jimmy has appeared on the back of the first team player’s tracksuits this season.

If you’re inspired by what you’ve read here, you can donate , volunteer or sign up to FOR JIMMY mailing list here

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Chelmsford City 3-1 Welling United

When the Welling management sit down and plan for next season, one thing at the top of the planning list will be finding a way to improve their away form. With just three wins away all season the form on their travels has been a real hindrance this season and Welling’s away day woes continued on Easter Monday as they crashed to defeat at high flying Chelmsford. Having led at Half time a disastrous start to the 2nd half saw Chelmsford score two quickfire goals and turn the game on its head. City wrapped up the game in the 88th minute.

As expected Chelmsford took the game to Welling and Louie Theophanous went close in the 9th minute as the striker spun and his shot brought a smart save out of Chris Lewington.

In the 12th minute City went even closer former Charlton striker Chris Dickson picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and curled and effort just wide with Lewington a spectator.

It was pretty much one way traffic and in the 20th minute Theophanous smashed home an effort but he was adjudged to have come back from an offside postiton and the goal was ruled out.

Chelsmford missed another golden opportunity as a long throw from Chris Bush caused chaos and the ball dropped to Dickson, but he rushed his shot and blazed over.

With their first attempt on goal, The Wings made Chelsmford pay and went ahead in the 25th minute. A Sam Hatton corner was whipped in and a towering header from Rickie Hayles flew into the net.

Shortly after, Chelmsford should have equalised as Buchanan made space for a shot and with Lewington to beat he blazed over the bar.

Chris Dickson then got on the end of a long ball, controlled well but prodded the ball over the bar as Welling went in at half time ahead.

Then disaster struck within 30 seconds of the restart The Wings gifted City an equaliser. Hayles played a back pass to keeper Chris Lewington who smashed the ball straight against Chris Dickson, the City man tapping the ball home, the worst possible start from The Wings.

Just three minutes later it got worse, Michael Spillane heading home unmarked from a Robbie Wilmott corner as The Wings looked shell shocked.

It was one way traffic and Chris Dickson almost added at 3rd but his low effort came back off the post.

Welling who had very little in the way of chances, saw Tyrone Marsh wriggle free in the box but he chose to shot when a lay off to Crawford would have been the better option and his shot was blocked.

With the game drifting to its conclusion Chelsmford wrapped the game up with the best goal of the game. Shaun Jeffers cutting inside before curling an effort from 25 yards beyond Lewington into the roof of the net.

The Wings now have two games left of the season and they play their final home game of the 2016/17 season on Saturday as Hampton visit Park View Road Kick Off 3pm.

Welling United: Lewington, Fish, Brown, Hatton, Hayles, Walsh, Walker (Leacock 58), Waldren, Cathline (Joseph-Dubois 80), Marsh, Murrell-Williamson (Crawford 58). Subs not used: Fuseini, Richards.

Attendance: 967