The Club

Club History

Wokingham & Emmbrook Football Club was formed in the summer of 2004 by the merger of 2 long established clubs from Wokingham. We are looking to re-establish senior football back in Wokingham after an absence of many years, since
Wokingham Town moved from their Finchampstead Road Ground in 1999. The first team are again playing their home matches at Lowther Road in Wokingham.
In our first season as Wokingham & Emmbrook, as the merger ‘bedded-in’ and the re-structuring took shape, under the guidance of Glenn Duggleby as manager and Dave Evans as his coach, the 1st team finished in 11th position in the Hellenic
League, Division One East. In the season 2005/06 we finished in 3rd place, our highest ever placing in the league, having been in contention for the championship for most of the season, under the experienced guidance of Tony Calvert, as 1st
team player-manager and Dave Evans as his coach. In November 2007 the experienced Allied Counties manager, Wayne Wanklyn, was appointed. Wayne, a former professional player with Reading F.C. and former Wokingham Town 1st team player-manager, appointed existing reserve team boss, Roger Herridge and his assistant Sam Page, from the Allied Counties set-up as his coach. Wayne’s strategy from the on-set was to develop his talented youth team into the first team squad.

The remainder of the season saw a crop of exciting young talent blend in with the more experienced squad finishing in13th position. Having won the Reading Senior Cup and finished 4th at the back end of the 2008/2009 season, confidence
was high that the team would push for promotion. However as the season went on it became apparent that their Cantley Park home would not be developed by the council to support a higher level of football. Despite this set back the young side
certainly used their momentum from the previous season to soar to the top of the table in the early months of the season. However, the unseasonable hostile weather proved to derail the team’s title hopes but still secured 2nd spot and
promotion.

In 2010 Wayne stepped down as First Team Manager and the club again looked internally, promoting Roger Herridge to First Team Manager and Dan Bateman to Assistant Manager and enjoyed a strong finish to their first season in the Hellenic
Premier League finishing 11th. Season 2011/12 saw more young local players progress through the Allied Counties team into the first team and saw the clubs first matches in the FA Cup in over ten years. A successful season saw the Sumas finish tenth in the league, reach the quarter final of the League Cup and win the Reading Challenge Cup at the Madjeski Stadium in May.

In Season 2012/13 the Sumas were able to go a step further on where they had finished the previous season, because, as well as retaining the Reading Senior Cup beating Marlow United 2-1 in the final, the Satsumas finished in 8th place in the
Hellenic Premier League.

The 2013/14 season saw Wokingham & Emmbrook FC returning back home to Lowther Road, playing in the Hellenic Division One East. Dan Bateman and Matt Eggleston took over the reigns as joint-managers, in a season that ended up
with Wokingham continuously climbing the table and ending up runners-up in the league. The Sumas also were able to retain the Reading Senior Cup for the third season running, beating local rivals Finchampstead 5-0 at Madjeski Stadium in
the final.

The 2014/15 season saw the Sumas determined to challenge for League honours and promotion from D1 to the Premier League. Again managed by Dan Bateman and Matt Eggleston this turned out to be one of the most successful seasons
since forming Wokingham & Emmbrook, not only winning promotion as League Champions, but also retaining the Reading Senior Cup with a hard fought extra time victory over local rivals Binfield and also just missing out on the County Cup losing in the final to Reading YMCA . Based on the FA /Hellenic ground requirements the team moved into a ground share for the second half of the season with Henley Town

As a result of the promotion the club continued to groundshare with Henley but the step up and a combination of factors from injuries, players work commitments etc it was probably the toughest season to date and despite the commitment of
those who represented the club it ultimately resulted in relegation back to Hellenic D1 East.

For the 2016/17 season a management change saw Clive McNelly step up as first team manager and John Austin take on the reserves mantle. The club were hoping to get back to winning ways and in particular pleased to return to Wokingham
playing out of Lowther Road, Emmbrook. Unfortunately the season did not pan out as expected with a number of player changes during the season, leaving the Sumas close to the bottom of Hellenic D1 east at the end of the season and the
reserves in a similar position in D2.

The good news was that following the Local Council’s approval of the planning application on July 2016, the Club are now looking to the future with the opportunity to play Step 5/6 Football subject to funding to erecting floodlights, a 100 seater stand and associated works. With this exciting opportunity and as the club continues to nurture young talent through its youth section, as the cornerstone to its development and success, the future looks not only Orange but also very bright.

For the 2017/18 season there are a number of changes within the senior section, with the thriving youth section taking over the running of the senior teams under the existing youth section committee. Steve Williams takes over as Club Chairman, Bob Good, an ex-Wokingham player himself, Club Secretary and a full set of committee members involved in every aspect of running the club. The new committee have appointed Dan Bateman as senior manager, with a support team of Clive McNelly and Jamie Shepherd from the previous season. The reserves, who have moved to the Thames Valley Premier league to play more regular local football, will be managed by Mark Best and Ian Narraway.

As a result of this new support and management the Sumas 2017/18 team are hoping for a much improved season in both leagues with better results all round !