Wolverhampton & Perton Churches

Mike Hateley, Steven Worley, Luke French (c), Jason Parmer, Luke Werhun, Andy Page, Stevie McGarry Nathan Lodge, Daryl Dillon, Dean Peddie, Allistaire Cook, Adam French, Mike Chadderton, Daniel Lodge

Club Details

Ground:

North East W'ton Academy, Marsh Lane, Wolverhampton, WV10 6SE

Secretary:

Adam French

Tel No:

07515 034087

First Kit:

Red - Blue-Blue

Second Kit:

Blue - Black-Red

Year Formed:

1994

Honours:

Division Two Winners 2009, Division One Runners Up 2005, 2006, League Cup Finalists 2005

Player of the Year:

2012 Richard Webster and Oliver Jones
2011 Richard Webster
2010 Oliver Jones and Richard Webster
2009 Adam French, Oliver Jones and Scott Lindsay
2008 Tom Baugh and Oliver Jones
2007 Tom Baugh
2006 Richard Webster
2005 James Holliday

Top Scorer:

2014/15 Nathan Lodge (14)
2013/14 Luke Werhun (11)
2012 Luke Werhun (7)
2011 Nathan Lodge (13)
2010 Oliver Jones (13)
2009 Oliver Jones (13)
2008 Oliver Jones (20)
2007 Tom Baugh (6)
2006 Neil Beards (8)
2005 Neil Beards (8)

Club History:

Wolverhampton & Perton Church FC got it's title from the fact that the first players came from Wolverhampton and Perton. The exact reason why James Orotayo (one of the co-founders) inserted the word 'Church' rather than 'Churches' has now been lost in the mists of time. The churches which supplied players then were Penn Christian Fellowship, Perton Church, St. Joseph of Arimithea Merry Hill, St. Judes Wolverhampton and West Park Baptist. The churches that currently supply our players are Christ the King Aldersley, Penn Christian Fellowship and St. Judes Wolverhampton. The Club was formed in November 1994 by James Orotayo and Pete Holliday. For 1994/5 the club mainly played friendlies but were also allowed to participate in the Mercian Christian Football League's (MCFL) Cup competition, reaching the final that year. For the next few seasons they played in the MCFL, moving to the West Midlands Christian Football League for the 1998/9 season, following MCFL's collapse. Prior to being to purchase their own kit the club played in a variety of kits - whatever we could borrow! But our first official kit was yellow shirts, black shorts and black socks. In 2001/2 the club changed their home strip to red/black striped shirts, black shorts and black socks with the yellow (and later gold) shirts becoming the away strip.
During 2003/4 we said goodbye to the gold tops and an all blue strip became our away colours. Originally James was the secretary, Pete Holliday and Rob Gough comanagers and Stephen Lord Treasurer. With the exception of Stephen all of the club's officers were also players. Much has changed over the years and although James is still involved with the club (as player and Chairman), the club is now essentially run by Richard Webster (Secretary), Andy Page (Manager) and Scott Lindsay (Treasurer).
For the Cup Final Rich put together a list of all the players who played in WMCFL for us, a few from the years before so he's the best person to contact for that. Unfortunately some of our early paperwork has been misplaced so I can't tell you who the original team were, but suffice to say I'm the only person who has played for the club every year since 1994, although some people (e.g. Paul Whittick) who played for a few years, went away and came back.

Sadly most of our "successes" have been in small sided competitions! In 11-a-side we were runners up in the MCFL 1994/5 Cup final, were runners-up in the WMCFL 2nd Division in the first year we played, and were runners-up in both Cup and League this year - always the bridesmaid! On a positive note we avoided relegation (albeit narrowly) in our first two years of being in the WMCFL first division, and that has helped to secure our current position. James Orotayo. 2005

2006 - W&P continue to perform up with the best finishing second in the League for the second season in succession. 2006 was again a bit of a disappointment as they lead the League and looked like they would win it until well after Christmas. Ed Walker

2007 - 2008 saw Wolves slip out of the top flight and drop into Division Two. I did think that they'd bounce straight back but due primarily to a shortage of players, they didn't make it ending fifth, seven points adrift. Wolves still have a nucleus of good players with bags of experience but are probably just three or four off a team that can dominate. I went to watch them after they knew they were out of the hunt. They turned up with a bare eleven and for me played a great game of football and really enjoyed it. Ed Walker June 2008

Tom Baugh adds: In the 2005-2006 season, Wolves were one of the most dominant sides in the WMCFL, enjoying a large lead at the top of Division 1 for much of the campaign. Unfortunately, a run of poor results combined with an excellent finish to the season by Chawn Hill, saw Wolves miss out on the title, finishing runners-up for the second season running.

The 2006-07 campaign was one to forget for Wolves as they slipped out of the top flight. Having lost something like the first five games in the league, they did manage a strong finish but a 3-2 defeat in their final game against Chawn proved the final nail in the coffin.

2007-08 proved to be a season of transition for W&P. Some first team regulars left, most notably Kev Preece and all-time leading scorer Neil Beards. Fortunately some good players were recruited in their place and the team played some good football, finishing an eventual fifth place.

After a year of consolidation in Division Two, Wolves were determined to earn promotion in the 2008-09 campaign. After a hit and miss start to the season, Wolves kicked on after Christmas, winning six games on the bounce to go from promotion outsiders to title challengers. Going into the final game of the season needing a point to win the league, Wolves came from behind twice to secure their first ever trophy with a 2-2 draw. Tom Baugh April 2009

After a mid-table finish, followed by two seasons battling relegation, Wolves finally dropped into Division Two. Richard Webster, who had kept goal for many years and acted as Club Secretary, stood down and retired. So the club begins a new era.

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