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Old Barn Way, Southwick, West Sussex
Founded in 1882, the history of Southwick FC is a long and chequered one. Founder members of the Sussex County League in 1920, they won the championship four times between 1923 and 1948, and finished runners-up on a further four occasions. In 1974/75 the Wickers reached the 1st Round proper of the FA Cup, before going out at AFC Bournemouth 5-0.
In 1984 Southwick left the CountyLeague for the second time, to join the Combined Counties League. This time the move was a success and the following year the Wickers were promoted to Division Two (South) of the Isthmian League after finishing as runners-up. Success followed success and in 1986, Southwick were promoted to Isthmian League Division One as champions. After finishing 4th in their first season, and 3rd in 1989/90, then the money ran out and they were relegated and opted to rejoin the County League for a third time in 1992/93, taking their place in Division Two. Some hard work behind the scenes by George Bailey and Mick Fogden stopped the club going under.
They finished tenth in their first season back and won promoted in the second season. Spending three seasons in the top flight before being relegated again.
In 2000/01 Southwick were promoted again, as champions of Division Two and, after narrowly escaping relegation the following season, finished 2002/03 in a more respectable 6th place under the guidance of Sammy Donnelly, who subsequently left to join Three Bridges as Manager.
The Wickers fell to 14th the following season, and escaped relegation by the skin of their teeth on the last day of the 2004/05 campaign, beating LittlehamptonTown at Old Barn Way, after picking up just one point from their previous seven games; whilst East Grinstead could only manage a draw at already relegated Sidlesham, sending them down instead. Southwick were not as fortunate in 2005/06 and finished bottom, 20 points adrift from the safety of 18th place, although as it turned out six points would have been enough to spare them the drop, with only one club being relegated from the Division. Since then Southwick have had to settle for a mid-table finish and two seasons at the wrong end of the table. Lloyd Saunders and Roger Feest take charge for the 2010-11 season before Roger moved on and the very expierenced ex Mile Oak manager Tony Gratwicke has become Lloyds assistant.
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Address: Old Barn Way, Southwick, West Sussex, BN42 4NT Telephone Number: 01273 701010 Email Address: email@example.com