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History of Wem Town FC

Although the early origins of the football club are unknown, it is a fact that football was being played in the town long before the outbreak of the First World War.
In 1950, Wem Town were one of twelve clubs to be invited to participate in the newly reformed Shropshire County Football League. Alongside Cravens Arms Town, Dawley Athletic, Donnington Wood, Hadley CW, Lilleshall Miners, Madeley Miners, Montgomery Town, Salopian Engineers, and
the reserve sides of Shrewsbury Town, Oswestry Town, and Whitchurch Alport.
Wem ended their first season in 7th position, winning eight, drawing five and losing nine games, conceding 46, two goals more than they had scored.
Their second season in the league, saw them finish 3 rd out of ten clubs, two points behind previous Champions Lilleshall Miners who had finished runners-up to Donnington Wood who had won the league with a seven point advantage.
Their third and final season in 1952/53 was a disaster, winning just four games and drawing once from 20 outings saw the North Shropshire side finish bottom and with that came a return to local village football.
Wem made a brief return to the County league in 1961 and finished third behind Llanymynech and Champions Oswestry Villa. But following a mid-table finish in 1962, they found themselves returning to local football by 1964. The 1970’s saw the rise and success of Wem Town Colts with the Town club considered to be a poor relative. But all that changed in 1973/74 when the league formed a division one North & South and Wem Town along with several other local sides Weston Rhyn, Belvidere Colts were elevated overnight. The loss of clubs like Donnington Wood, Shifnal Town, Newport Town, Ludlow Town, Bridgnorth Sports & Broseley Athletic in the late 70’s and early 1980’s saw the league’s standard diminish, so it was no surprise that Wem were to eventually follow suit.
Finishing 7th in the County league at the end of the 1988/89 season, the WemTown Committee applied for WMRL membership and were elected into the WMRL 2nd division. A top five finish was achieved at the first attempt, and alongside Broseley Athletic, Hill Top Rangers, Lichfield, and Moxley Rangers, Wem Town were promoted to the league’s first division.
Membership of the first division however, lasted just four seasons before the decision was made to resign from the league. The cost of maintaining a club at this level was becoming a financial concern for officials, and heartache for supporters followed as the club had finished 4th in the league their highest ever position in the league.
It’s hard to believe now that in just those four seasons, Wem had entertained teams like Ilkeston Town, Knypersley Victoria, Malvern Town, & Tividale at their Butler Sports Stadium ground.
The start of the 1995/96 season saw a return to the County league and with that trips to the likes of Little Drayton Rangers. But as before, the phoenix rose again and in 2008/09 Wem secured the Shropshire County League Premier Division Championship and with it promotion
back in to the West Midlands Regional League. History repeated itself once again, with promotion from division two being
achieved at the first attempt.
Last season (2017/18) Wem Town having been in division one for eight consecutive seasons finally broke of their first division chains and successfully
won the First Division championship under the management team of Josh Gough.
This season the officials and club management will be working on and off the field to bring their Butler Sports Stadium up to Premier Division requirements and ensure Premier Division for years to come.

P W D L F A Pts POS
1989/90 WMRL 2 32 15 10 7 58 34 55 5/17
1990/91 WMRL 1 28 9 5 14 38 46 32 12/15
1991/92 WMRL 1 38 10 10 18 63 73 40 14/20
1992/93 WMRL 1 36 4 6 26 39 84 18 19/20
1993/94 WMRL 1 40 8 5 27 46 116 29 20/21
1994/95 WMRL 1 38 20 5 13 69 60 65 4/20
2009/10 WMRL 2 22 17 1 4 95 27 52 2/12
2010/10 WMRL 1 30 16 4 10 80 61 49* 4/16
2011/12 WMRL 1 30 10 7 13 68 74 37 12/16
2012/13 WMRL 1 32 23 2 7 105 54 71 3/17
2013/14 WMRL 1 30 17 3 10 91 59 54 4/16
2014/15 WMRL 1 28 12 4 12 71 59 40 7/15
2015/16 WMRL 1 32 14 4 14 74 71 46 9/17
2016/17 WMRL 1 30 9 6 15 59 78 33 9/16
2017/18 WMRL 1 32 23 4 5 95 34 73 1/17

*denotes 3 points deducted