Wings announce Addicks test

The Club are pleased to announce the annual pre-season friendly with Sky Bet League 1 neighbours Charlton Athletic will take place at Park View Road on Saturday, July 7 with a 3pm kick off.

Last season’s fixture saw The Addicks run out 3-0 winners.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from the club at the below prices:

Adults – £13
Over 65s – £8
12-17 – £8
Under 12s – £3
All seating will be an extra £2

On the day prices
Adults – £15
Over 65s – £10
12-16 – £10
Under 12s – £3

All seating will be an extra £2

For more information call the club on 020 8301 1196

King makes first signings

New Welling boss Steve King has wasted no time in constructing his squad for his debut season at PVR.

First-up is goalkeeper Daniel Wilks. Wilks follows King from former club Whitehawk after joining the Hawks mid-season and going on to make 18 appearances. He has also turned out for Maldon & Tiptree, making over 50 appearances for The Jammers.

King has also snapped up Jordan Gibbons after a spell at Whitehawk. The defender recently returned from the USA where he played professionally for Phoenix Rising in the United Soccer League.

Also joining from the south coast is wideman Zack Newton who joins from Worthing. Newton also had a spell at Met Police in 2017/18.

Finally, it’s a familiar face for Welling fans with Craig Braham-Barrett returning to the Club for his third spell. The pacy left back joins from Vanarama National South side Chelmsford City.

All four have signed one-year deals at the club.

King takes Welling hot seat

Welling United are delighted to announce that Steve King has taken the position of manager at the Club on a two-year contract.

King has a wealth of experience at non-league level listing Whitehawk, Macclesfield, Lewes and Farnborough amongst his former clubs.

Most recently King was at the helm at Whitehawk and almost pulled off a great escape with the side looking dead-and-buried. After a huge squad overhaul King inspired the Hawks to a great run of form which included a 2-1 victory over Welling back in April.

King’s CV also includes various play off campaigns and cup success, notably taking Macclesfield town to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup in 2013, for the first time in the club’s history.

Steve will be announcing his backroom team in due course.

Welcome to Welling, Steve.

Listen to Steve King’s interview with Mark Doig below.

Lewis leaves Welling

Welling United’s Director of Football, Tristan Lewis, will not be continuing in this role next season and has left the Club.

We wish to place on record our thanks to Tristan for all his hard work over the past 2 years. He formed a thriving Academy structure and achieved great success with our Youth Team during its first season, before now passing over the Academy operation to Garry Fiore and Brett Smith. Aside from this, he worked with Harry Wheeler as a joint caretaker manager and then finished off the season with Alex Dyer to ensure we kept our National League South status in 2016/17.
He then went on this season to make a significant contribution in the dug out in support of Jamie Coyle and Jack Parkinson and leaves the Club in a top ten position.

We wish him all the best and every success in his future career.

Club Statement

Welling United FC and Jamie Coyle have agreed for Jamie to part company as manager.
The club wishes to place on record its gratitude to Jamie for his efforts this past season especially for helping us to provide a stable base for the club to move forward from and he leaves his post with our best wishes for the future. Jamie will remain involved as Head of Education within our new academy.

Wings manager speaks after Chippenham defeat

After a frustrating defeat at Chippenham Town Jamie Coyle said “I think we actually played really well in spells. From the defensive third to the midfield third, I think we did really well.

“We moved the ball quickly, we got up the pitch well, we got bodies forward, but again it kind of summarises our last month of the season. We are not creating enough in the final third. With all due respect to them, we’ve played against a team in the bottom half and the keeper hasn’t had to make a save.

“It’s clear where me need to look. It’s not just the forward players. It’s the service into them as well but to play against a team where we’ve had seventy-eighty percent possession today, to not turn it into a clear chance, we need to improve.

“The good thing is today, that I have taken myself out of the team and I’ve seen it from the side and you get a different perspective.

“It’s so clear. It’s glaringly obvious where we need to improve and we can do that. We’ve got the players that are already lined up, that want to come in and improve what we’ve already got. Today we’ve moved the ball well and kept really good possession, probably the best we’ve been all season in terms of having possession but we haven’t created any chances so it’s something we need to address, especially in pre-season.”

“That was one of (Ben) Jefford’s best games for a long time. I thought that he did really well today. I know that he played at centre half for Welling in the National League when he was here previously, but I thought he did really well today and was one of our better players on the pitch. He’s done really well.

“Archie (Johnson) again was solid after not having played for a while and he’s come in today and done well. Archie’s a youngster and he’s got a future at the club. His attitude has been fantastic from start to finish.  

“Whether or not he’s going to be involved in starting next year or we look at dual reg next year., we’re looking at a couple of youngsters who’ve done really well this season that might come in and we may have to look at dual reging at a decent level. That’s the way that we are looking in terms of developing players for the future.

“The decision has been made on the majority of players on who’s going to stay and who’s going to go.We sat down and we wrote down the players that are actually ours and the players that we are going to keep. We’ll have a nucleus of seven or eight that are going to stay. Jamie Philpot’s on loan, Bailey Vose is on loan, Mags (Magnus Okuonghae) is on loan.

“If you write down who we’ve actually got in the squad, there aren’t many and we have been thin on the ground in terms of our squad size this year and that’s something next year that we have to improve on, whether it’s youngsters around the place because it helps with training and it helps with competing on match days.

“Joe (Healy)’s going to call it a day. I’m working on taking him out for as many dinners and coffees as I possibly can to try and change his mind but he has family commitments and work.

Dymond and Jebb sign on for 2018/19

Wings manager Jamie Coyle has wasted no time in lining up his squad for the 2018/19 season by securing the services of midfield duo Connor Dymond and Jack Jebb on one-year deals.

Combative midfielder Dymond joined The Wings from neighbours Bromley last pre-season before going on to make over 35 appearances and quickly became a fans’ favourite with his no-nonsense displays.

Coyle moved to bring in former Sutton man Jebb after a slow start to the 2017/18 campaign and the midfielder instantly caught the after creating two goals on his home debut before racking up over 30 appearances and scoring five goals.

Chippenham Town 1-0 Welling United

After falling out of play off contention on Tuesday, Welling failed the season with a win after losing to mid table Chippenham on the final day of the season.

Chippenham, who boast excellent home form, started well as Matt Smith hit an effort from outside the area well over within the opening minute.

Bradley Goldberg likewise put an effort over for Welling’s first chance of the game.

Jake Jackson should have done better after beating the offside trap and racing clear but he dragged his effort wide.

Jon Beeden’s put a header over the bar after he met an Andy Sandell cross.

Jamie Philpot held up the ball for Jack Jebb but he lacked composure and blasted over.

In the 18th minute Chippenham took the lead. They caught the Wings defence cold and hit them on the counter attack. A long ball sent Smith clear he then found Jake Jackson before he in turn played the ball to Sandell who smartly slotted past Vose.

They nearly doubled the lead soon after, Michael Jones shooting straight at Vose.

Jamie Philpot got on the end of a clever flick on from Jack Parkinson but Philly’s diving header was well saved by Jared Thompson.

Beeden hit a first time volley that went wide.

Jebb curled an effort just wide, before Chippenham went close right on half time.

Beeden having his goal bound effort bravely blocked by Jefford.

Into the 2nd half and nice play saw Philpot find Healy who played in Goldberg. His effort seemed destined to go in but Thompson made a brilliant save to deny him.

Welling were playing their best football of the match and Jebb crossed for Philpot but he headed over.

In a game which was played with an end of season feel to it, uncharacteristically came to light in the 70th minute. John Beeden and Callum Driver challenged for a 50-50 ball but Beeden appeared to kick out. The referee decided to show a straight red card to Beeden.

However Welling struggled to adapt and Chippenham looked to hit them on the break at every opportunity.

With the game close to its conclusion Robbie Patten played in Smith but Bailey Vose stood tall and saved well with his foot to deny Chippenham.

With that came the final whistle and a 10th place finish for Welling.

After the game Manager Jamie Coyle thanked his players, staff and fans for their efforts this season but admitted they just came up short in the quest for play offs. Something the Coyle and his team will be looking to rectify come August .

Welling United: Vose, Driver, Johnson, Parkinson, Okuonghae, Jefford, Durojaiye (Nanetti 86), Healy, Goldberg (Milton 59), Philpot (Coombes 59), Jebb. Subs not used: Hall, Coyle.