Famous non-league name could return to Wokingham

Former Wokingham Town player Phil Alexander.
Former Wokingham Town player Phil Alexander.

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A very famous name could be returning to Wokingham to celebrate a football clubs 150th anniversary.

Wokingham Town‘ disappeared from the non-league football landscape in 2004 following a merger with Emmbrook Sports, five years after the sale of the clubs Finchampstead Road ground amid mounting debts.

Now though, there are moves within ‘The Sumas’ to return to the clubs historic name following a vote at a recent AGM – and of course the recent resurrection of the ‘Windsor & Eton’ name recently.

Speaking to Wokingham Today which broke the story, chairman Steve Williams said: “Next season will mark the 150th anniversary of the formation of Wokingham Town Football Club, so we feel now is as good a time as any.”

The Wokingham chief confirmed that the Sumas nickname would remain as well as the club colours and matches would continue at Lowther Road.

‘Wokingham Town’ is a name that has seen some eyeballs recently after four Berkshire sides reached the FA Cup First Round Proper for the first time in 40 years. In 1982/83 Wokingham Town were one of those sides along with Windsor & Eton, Slough Town and Reading FC in the first round.

Related: Mark Ashwell remembers the famous Wokingham Town vs Cardiff City FA Cup tie

Windsor & Eton owner Mark Cooper recently revealed to Football in Berkshire that his clubs use of the historic name was dependent on the club not taking the defunct sides history and being separate from that old side.

However a spokesperson from the Football Association told Wokingham Today that only name changes for teams down to step four require its approval. Wokingham & Emmbrook play at step five of the non-league pyramid.

Wokingham Town content from Football in Berkshire worth a listen:

Phil Alexander

Leaving Finchampstead Road – with Mark Ashwell

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