- Registration Information -
Hamworthy Football Club Ltd Company Registered Number 11381715 is a Private Company Limited by Guarantee.
For the purposes of publication of ownership, we can confirm that the following named people are listed as Directors of the company and hold significant interest:
Steve Mitchener, Bruce Scammell, Andy Forward, Stuart Tanner, Peter Gallop
- History -
A brief history of our club...
A team was first formed in the 1890's called Hamworthy St Michael's, winning their first trophy the Whitehead Minor Cup in the 1899-1900 season. Hamworthy Football Club was formed in 1926, and moved to the present ground The County Ground (formally known as The Nursery) in 1950. Hamworthy United Football Club was formed from a merger between Hamworthy F.C. and Trinidad Old Boys F.C. in 1970/71 after missing the 1969/70 season in the Dorset Combination League due to administration problems. The County Ground was renamed the Specsavers County Ground by the Dorset County Football Association the leaseholders in 2018.
Hamworthy United First Team have been members of the Sydenhams Wessex League Premier Division since winning promotion at the start of the 2004/5 season from the Dorset Premier League. The Hammer's Second Team was promoted from the Dorset First Division at the end of the 2004/5 to play in the Dorset Premier League. They dropped out of that League at the end of the 2017-18 season with the intention of entering a Development Team in its place in the Wyvern League. Due to a last minute complication they were unable to do so until the start of the 2019-2020 when they joined the Wyvern (Western) Division. Hamworthy had an Under Eighteen Team in the Dorset Youth League since its formation until they unfortunately had to withdraw it in 2009 due to managerial problems, but they were able to reform in time for the 2010/11 season. With Chairman Steve Harvey and his new Board of Directors keen to see Hamworthy United develop their own talent an Under Sixteen team was started in 2018 followed by an Under15 team in 2019.
Hamworthy United has had great success at all levels over the years in various competitions. After winning the Dorset Combination/Dorset Premier league two years running they were promoted in the 2004-2005 Season to Wessex League Division 1. Hamworthy won the Wessex League Cup in their first season beating Thatcham Town in the final at Christchurch. They reached the final again in the 2008/2009 season, but this time lost to VTFC 2-1 after a very close contest. The Hammers won the Dorset Combination Cup in the 1997/1998 season against Wareham Town, and the Dorset Senior Cup in the 2005/2006 season against Poole Town. Hamworthy lost to Eastleigh Town in the 2nd Qualifying Round of the FA Cup in the 2007/08 and went out to Basingstoke Town at the same stage in 2008/9. Hamworthy have had several good runs in the FA Vase one of their best being in the 2008/09 when they got as far as the 3rd Qualifying Round where they lost to Hungerford. The Hammers once again reached the Final of the Dorset Senior Cup in 2013/14 when managed by Graham Kemp, but lost it 2-0 to Poole Town. They again reached the 2nd Qualifying round of the FA Cup in 2015/16 this time going out to two late goals scored by the much higher ranked Bideford. In 2018/19 United got as far as the 4th Qualifying Round (down to the last 32) in the FA Vase, but just lost out to Willand Rovers away at their ground 1-0. The Hammers were top of the table and looking good when the Wessex League was again concluded early due to Covid, but the Wessex Cup was played. Hamworthy beat United Services Portsmouth 3-1 at Portchester to win the Cup for the second time, and give Manager Tim Sills his first trophy since joining the Club the year before
The Reserves over the years had their share of successes, which was not an easy thing playing mainly against other Clubs’ First teams. They won the Dorset Division 1 Cup twice in 1992, and 1999. They also won promotion to the Dorset Premier league at the end of the 2004/05 season. In 2008 the Hammers Second Team beat Portland Reserves to win the Dorset Senior Trophy. As previously stated at the end of the 2017-18 season the decision was made to withdraw the Reserve Team from the Dorset Premier League. However, it was decided at the start of the 2021/22 season to re-enter a Reserve Team into the Dorset Premier League, and withdraw the Development Team from their league.
The Under 23s won the Hampshire West Under 23s’ League at the end of the 2020/21 season. This was in their first full season in the Division.
The Under 18’s have also won several honours over the years winning both the League and the Dorset Youth Cup in the 1987/88 season. They were the Dorset Youth Division 2 Champions in the 2003/4, and again won the Cup in season 2004/05, 2006/07, 2012/13, and 2014 /15. They also won the Division 1 Title and the League Cup in 2014/2015 making it their most successful season to date. In the 2020/21 season, The Under 18s league managed to complete and it turned out to be a successful one, wining the League and playing in the FA Youth Cup for the 1st time enjoying wins over Gosport and Havant & Waterlooville Academies before losing to Eastleigh.. In 2007/2008 The South West Youth League Team won promotion to the first Division, but declined to go up due to the extra cost of travelling involved. The Sunday side in their first and only season 2008/9 won the Dorset Sunday First Division. They had to pull out at the end season due to running costs.
Hamworthy United Football Club, after years of playing on a very difficult pitch, and with very limited facilities and resources, saw things begin to change when the DCFA decided to upgrade the Ground in 2016. This included a new 3-g all weather artificial pitch as well as new floodlights and surrounds. Shortly afterwards the Club received the news that due to the generous legacy of Hamworthy stalwart Stan Wallis and his wife Betty, together with a grant from the Football Stadia Foundation Fund meant that they at long last would be able to double the size of the Clubhouse and Bar to generate more income. Harry Redknapp performed the opening ceremony of the Clubhouse in October 2017 followed by a match between Hamworthy United and a Dorset Representative Team. Other changes at that time saw the Club become a Limited Company headed by Steve Harvey as Chairman and four other Directors including the Club President Bruce Scammell. Unfortunately, due to ill health Steve had to relinquish his position as Chairman in 2020, and the position was filled by Steve Mitchener, another Hamworthy United stalwart of many years.
- Our Ambition -
Our aim is to be the best and most admired local football club on and off the pitch.
- What we offer -
We have the best playing facilities within the county. A new 3G all-weather pitch.
Newly completed large clubhouse with full social and conferencing facility.
Football for all ages. U15, U16, U18, Reserve and first team.
- Development targets -
To provide the very best coaching by Uefa trained coaches.
Attract the very best youth players in the area with structured coaching and a path to first team football.
Play attractive and entertaining football.
- Targets -
To strive for promotion within our league.
Competitively compete in all major trophy and cups.
Develop relationships with senior clubs, scouts and other sporting institutions.
- Financials -
Financial soundness and to work within our resources.
Develop the ecosystem for innovation at the club.