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Seagulls Reborn


Following the Second World War, the present club reformed in 1948. A meeting at the Town Hall decided to form a semi-professional Club. A committee was formed to look into the possibility of buying the Locking Road Ground, which at the time it was thought could be acquired for around £4,000.

In the following months the club were elected into the Western League Division 2 alongside Barnstaple Town and a new club, Chippenham United.

Weston played their home matches at the Great Ground in Locking Road where they regularly attracted attendances of over 1,000, and even for a friendly against local side Langford Rovers over 600 turned up. The first league game at home attracted some 1,500 fans, with the changing accommodation for players taking place in a large marquee. There was no cover for spectators but enthusiasm ran high and crowds rolled in regardless of the weather. The first league match was away to Chippenham United, a side that included seven professionals, some of them former Football League players. Weston were beaten 6-1, but it should be noted that the Chippenham side proved too strong for most opponents in that season and were a really formidable outfit.

The first Weston win at Locking Road came against Cinderford Town, and that was followed by the first away win at Stonehouse. A further boost came with the formation of the Supporters Club in 1948, with Mr Sam Wooding becoming its first Secretary.The club spent most of the 1950s in the Second Division, going close to promotion on a couple of occasions before the division was disbanded. 

The move to the Langford Road Ground came in time for the 1955/56 season and the first game saw Weston defeat Peasedown 7-0.

In 1960/61, along with Trowbridge Town, Exeter City Reserves and Welton Rovers, Weston were elected to Division 1 of the Western Football League, Weston held the unique distinction of never winning promotion or suffering relegation, a record that would remain intact for many more years to come.

The first modern taste of cup glory came in 1961 when Weston reached the First Round Proper of the FA Cup. Unfortunately, it ended in bitter disappointment as they were beaten by local rivals Bridgwater Town in the replay before a home crowd of 2,500. It was not Weston’s day, as after having what looked like a good goal disallowed on a hairline offside decision, Weston went down by a goal scored minutes from the end. They missed a plum home tie against Crystal Palace, who were then in Division 3 of the Football League.

At Langford Road the set up was a great improvement of that at the Great Ground. Apart from the changing accommodation for the players, a licensed Social Club was eventually established in what had been a large Nissan Hut.

This had been reinforced externally and at a later stage a Skittle Alley was built alongside the Social Club.

A period of success began in the 1975/76 season with the arrival of Kim Book as team manager. During the seven seasons under his control and that of his successor Dave Stone, Weston reached second place in the league, won the League Cup and also won the Western Senior Cup on five occasions. Only once did they finish lower than the top ten and in 1980/81 they reached the Western League Goldliner Cup Final, only to lose 2-1 to Dawlish Town.

In the 1983-84 season, Weston moved to a new ground at Woodspring Park, which was built almost entirely by supporters. The Woodspring Park ground was greatly developed over the years, with a clubhouse costing £100,000 and floodlights installed in 1986.

One personality of great distinction at the club was Harry Thomas, who played more than 700 games for Weston and eventually became player/manager between 1984 and 1989, having been associated with the club for 25 years.

In 1989, John Ellener was appointed manager. In three seasons he took the club to two cup finals and, for the first time since they were reformed, Weston won the Western League Championship in 1991/92 to earn promotion to the Southern League Midland Division.

In 1993, team coach Peter Amos replaced Ellener as manager and guided the club to 11th position in their first season in the Midland Division. A club record was set at the beginning of the 1993/94 season with an undefeated run of 10 matches. The run also included an appearance in the First Round proper of the FA Cup for only the second time in the club’s history, being drawn against non-league Woking. After drawing 2-2 at Woking, Weston lost in the replay at Woodspring Park in front of a crowd of 2,623 supporters, a new ground record attendance. A new record was also achieved that season by getting into the First Round proper of the FA Trophy. In that same season, the league record attendance was broken with a 1,260 attendance against Clevedon Town. 91 points were collected in the league but promotion was missed out on by one point, as Rushden & Diamonds and VS Rugby were promoted ahead of Weston.

During that season, Matt Lazenby wrote his name into the Seagulls history books by becoming the highest goal scorer with 180 goals. His prolific partnership with Paul Elson had netted over 300 goals in just six seasons.

The 1994/95 season saw the recruitment of Len Ashurst as the club’s new manager, and he steered the side to sixth place in his first season. Ahead of this season, Weston were transferred to the Southern League Southern Division. The success of the club was affected in the following season due to an enforced budget cut. The sale of Danny O’Hagan to Dorchester Town and Stuart Jones to Sheffield Wednesday for a club record fee of £20,000, left the need for team rebuilding. Despite this process, Weston had some more good seasons until eventually finishing in 19th place in the 1997/98 season.

The start of the 1998-99 saw the appointment of John Relish as manager and a move back to the Midland Division. The season started poorly, but did however see a run in the FA Trophy to the 4th round against Hitchin Town. Defeat saw the club miss out on an exciting home tie against Conference side Forest Green Rovers.

In the league, the side plunged to the bottom three of the table, but an improvement in consistency from Christmas 1998 produced a string of good results which could have resulted in a top six finish if the run had started earlier in the season. During this campaign, Weston made yet another sale, this time Ryan Souter went to Football League side Bury.