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The Optima Stadium

2000 - Present Day


In 2000 Weston secured the purchase of the Westlands Site only a stone’s throw away from Woodspring Park. The plans are to create a new purpose built stadium incorporating a 250 seater stand with integral bar and entertainment facilities with a first class pitch and dressing rooms. The aim of the club is to progress to the Premier Division of the Dr. Martens League and in the longer term the Nationwide Conference.

At the end of October 2001 the board decided that to achieve their ambitions of being promoted to the Dr. Martens League Premier Division it was time for a new progressive management team. As an interim measure, Director of football Alan White took over first team affairs from John Relish and his staff.

The board appointed Frank Gregan in November although due to his contract commitments with Aberystwyth, he did not take up the position until 23rd February 2002, in the meantime his assistant Chris Smith took control of first team affairs and confidence is high both on and off the field of play that the clubs ambitions will be met in the near future.

In the 2002-2003 season the club made history when they won promotion to the Dr. Martens League Premier Division finish runners up in the Dr. Martens League Western Division behind Merthyr Tydfil. Weston won promotion following a 1-0 win at local rivals Clevedon Town.

In the 2003-04 season the club had a very successful time gaining entry into the newly formed Nationwide Conference South Division. The team also reached the Second round of the FA Cup proper for the first time in their history losing in the end to Northampton Town away 4-1. A home tie against Rotherham United would have been the next opponents. A tremendous run in the FA Trophy also ended when the team lost 4-2 to Telford United away in the 4th Round. Farnborough Town and Gravesend and Northfleet were amongst Conference scalps during the two campaigns.

August 14th 2004 saw the opening game against Hornchurch at the current Woodspring Stadium. In Weston’s first season in the new division they finished a credible 11th with 58 points.

After the 2006-07 season the Seagulls seemed doomed for Relegation, the first time in their history. However, Farnborough Town were relegated and Hayes and Yeading merged to form Hayes & Yeading United, leaving the Conference one team short, earning a reprieve for Weston.

The 2007-08 season ended in a similar way. A 20th place finish meant the club was eligible for relegation, only to be spared by the enforced demotion of Cambridge City, who failed a ground inspection.

2008/09 season Weston finished a respectable 17th after what seemed to be an impressive start to the season. Weston failed to beat Chesham United in the FA Cup and then were beaten by AFC Sudbury in the FA Trophy in late November. The Seagulls season from this point took an uneasy dip towards the relegation zone. Tony Ricketts left the sinking ship and it was left to caretaker manager Andy Gurney to lift the team to 17th position.

In 2009/10 season Andy Gurney was named as 1st team Manager, The start of season started well for Gurney with victories over local sides Worcester City and Weymouth. But again the Seagulls found it difficult to pull away from the bottom half of the table and with the loss of Marc McGregor to Worcester City, Jack Compton to Falkirk and Adie Harris to Bath City. It became an all too familiar path. With relegation already confirmed Weston travelled to Havant & Waterlooville and were thrashed 6-0 their worst defeat for some 35 years. The Following day Gurney left Woodspring Stadium and it was left to Youth Team manager Ryan Northmore to manage the two remaining games. The 2009/10 season became Weston’s worst on record having won only 5 matches and gained 23 points Weston-super-Mare finished 21st.

The 2010/11 season began with renewed hope as Craig Laird was appointed First Team Manager and brought with him Jon Haile as his Assistant. The first season went onto be arguably the most successful in the clubs history with the club achieving a 12th place finish with 53 points whilst going on to win the Somerset Premier Cup for the first time with a one nil victory against Yeovil Town at Huish Park.

The 2011/12 season was almost replicated with a 13th place finish on 51 points and the defence of the Somerset Cup was achieved with a 3-0 victory against local rivals Clevedon Town FC at the Hand Stadium.

The 2012/13 season saw the highest ever finish for the Seagulls in 7th place and 67 points which only saw them miss out on a play off place on the penultimate game of the season.

By the end of the following 2013/14 season Craig Laird announced that he was parting ways with the Seagulls and the hunt was on to find his replacement.

Micky Bell was appointed First Team Coach for the 2014-15 season with Clayton Fortune as Assistant First Team Coach/Player. Micky brought in a number of the Weston Academy youngsters who had been on the fringes of the first team squad. Other former Academy players returned together with experienced players in defence and midfield. The squad mirrored the way the Board want to invest in the future.

After a string of poor results, Micky Bell was replaced by Director of Football, Ryan Northmore at the end of November 2014 with the Seagulls at the bottom of the table. Northmore took the team on a string of unbeaten games, taking them to promotion challenging form. Unfortunately this didn’t continue and after defeating Bath City at home 4-1 in a rearranged fixture the rejuvenated Seagulls didn’t win another league game, which saw them finish 17th.

The 2015/16 season saw the side struggle to gain a win throughout August in the League, swimming just 1 point from 18, with that point coming at home in the Somerset Derby against Bath City.

Through September and October, the side couldn’t maintain a consistent run of form going and continued to lay low in the dreaded depths of the relegation zone.

However, toward the end of November, Ryan Northmore’s troops managed to pull themselves up to 2nd in the league’s form table by going 10 games unbeaten in the Nation League South from 21st November-16th February. It came to an end when Weston couldn’t maintain the run, eventually losing 2-0 to Hayes & Yeading at the Woodspring.

The side momentarily lost form with losses coming against St. Albans and Wealdstone however, over the Easter weekend, the side bagged an important 3 points over Ebbsfleet thanks to Captain Dayle Grubb’s impressive strikes.

This was followed by a tough defeat to relegation rivals Bath City, with Scott Wilson firing in during the 91st minute, but Bath hit back with a penalty in the 92nd minute and the winner from half-way in the 94th minute.

During the last month of the season, the Seagulls once again turned on the style and ended the season with 6 unbeaten games from 7, with Scott Wilson and Dayle Grubb netting in a 2-0 win over Maidstone to spark manic celebrations from the home fans at The Woodspring knowing that the Seagulls had avoided relegation.

With the season ending in a party atmosphere in Havant on the 30th April, with fan favourite Scott Wilson sliding home at the far post to ultimately send Havant down and keep Margate down.

The 2016/17 league season started off promisingly, with three wins and a draw from the first four games, putting Weston at the top of the table. Shawn McCoulsky, who joined the Seagulls on loan from Bristol City days before the season began, scored four goals in the opening four games to see Weston start off stronger than ever expected.

Then, a run of seven league games and a 2-1 defeat to North Leigh in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup, despite the re-signing of Brad Ash on loan from Barnsley in the middle of the run, saw the sacking of Head Coach Ryan Northmore, with his replacement being former Weston player and current Forest Green Rovers Head of Youth Scott Bartlett as his replacement, with Chris Barker joining the side as Player/Assistant Manager.

Bartlett and Barker were given the task of keeping the Seagulls in the National League South, and a tricky November saw things look bleaker than before, despite a 4-3 win away to Eastbourne Borough. The defensive signing of Rollin Menayese in December saw an upturn in Weston’s form, with new signing Gethyn Hill poking home away to Truro on Boxing Day for a vital three points.

As 2017 rolled around, Weston got into their stride thanks to Dayle Grubb’s two trademark free-kicks against Truro on New Year’s Day, with the team going on a good run of form to start off the second half of the season, a 3-2 loss away to Dartford in January being the only blemish to their good form.

March saw the games come thick and fast, with the majority of the fixtures against teams at the top end of the table. Weston lost out to Bath 2-1 thanks to McCoulsky’s 88th minute winner for the Romans, but Weston still had survival to secure after the trickiest month the club endured all season.

Grubb turned on the style heading into April, scoring four times in a 5-0 rout against Bishops Stortford, before Ash was at the double to relegate Margate on Good Friday, with a 3-0 loss to St Albans, and results going Weston’s way, enough to keep the side up on Easter Monday. Weston ended the league season with a 5-0 win away to Hemel Hempstead, with Grubb being named the National League South Player of The Month for April.

In his final game in charge, Bartlett saw Weston lose 4-2 to Taunton Town in the Somerset Premier Cup Final.

Rollin Menayese left to join the Bristol Rovers U23 side, with him appearing to be the U23s captain, with Bartlett then taking up a full-time role as FGR Head of Youth upon their promotion to League Two. Barker opted to terminate his contract as well, and has since joined FGR as Head of Academy to Bartlett, with Weston appointing new manager and former player Marc McGregor two days after Bartlett’s departure. Rob Boyd joined Weston as first-team coach and assistant to Macca.

The 2017-2018 season didn’t get off to a particularly good start, with the Seagulls losing their opening three league games. Weston started to pick up some form as they headed into September, playing Wealdstone memorably off the park in a 5 – 1 victory at the Woodspring. Weston’s form continued to improve largely thanks to the form of Dayle Grubb, and manager Marc McGregor picked up the November Manager of The Month for the National League South. Grubb departed for Forest Green Rovers at the start of January, and an inconsistent spell during the second half of the season saw the Seagulls’ playoff push fall away as the season approached the final months. Backup goalkeeper Liam Kingston was the Somerset Premier Cup semi-final hero, saving a spot-kick in a penalty shootout over Bath City. In May 2018, Weston won the Somerset Premier Cup against Paulton Rovers after going 2 – 0 down, with Tristan Plummer scoring the winner in added time to cue dramatic scenes on the pitch and in the stands.

In the 2018-2019 season, Weston suffered their first-ever relegation, bringing their 15-year tenure in the National League South to an end. Former manager Marc McGregor left the club in March, with coach Mark McKeever taking over caretaker charge for the final games. Weston reached the FA Cup First Round and faced Wrexham at home, losing 0-2. In the latter half of the season, the Woodspring Stadium name was changed to the Optima Stadium as Optima Care took over as stadium sponsors.