Hamworthy Recreation FC - History

Club History

Hamworthy Recreation Football Club was formed in 1948 as Hamworthy Engineering FC and played on the Sports Ground opposite the factory at Fleetsbridge in Poole (where the Tesco supermarket now stands). When the site at Fleetsbridge was sold to Tesco in the late 1980’s the football, along with the Sports & Social Club, moved to its current home at Magna Road, Canford Magna.

At that time ‘Hamworthy Engineering FC’ were playing in the Bournemouth League (Division 1). The Club won the Bournemouth Senior Cup in the 1988-89 season, and after winning the Division One Championship in 1991-92 ‘The Rec’ successfully applied to join the Dorset Combination League for season 92/93 when they finished 3rd.

Success soon followed when the Club won a hatrick of Combination League Championships in 1993-94, 1994-95 and 1995-96.

'The Rec’ have lifted the League Championship Trophy on another eight occasions, 2000/01, 2001/02, 2004/05, 2009/10, 2010/11, 2014/15, 2017/18 and 2018/19.

The Club have won the League Cup on five occasions - 2000/01,2006/07, 2007/08, 2013/14 & 2014/15.

’The Rec’ consider that their greatest achievement was in 1995, when not only did they win the League Championship, they also won the Dorset Senior Cup, defeating Weymouth Football Club from the Southern League by 3 goals to nil at Magna Road in the Semi-Final, and Poole Town FC, another Southern League team, 4 - 1 in the Final.

The 2001-01 season saw the Club change its name to Hamworthy Recreation FC to reflect the name of their current headquarters

Our proud boast – we’ve never finished below 6th since Ham Eng joined the Combination in 1992/93.

Since entering the (old) Dorset Combination the Reserves have played in the Bournemouth Premier Division (old Div 1). They have had their ups and downs (as most reserve teams do) but remained competitive in League and Cups. 2019/20 sees the Reserves move over to the Dorset Leagues as it was felt that the Bournemouth Prem was getting less competitive (taking the place of Wimborne Phoenix who played as our “A” team last season.

This season will be the second in which we have had a youth team, playing in the Bournemouth U18 League. With one season under their belt the club hope to progress further

Seasons Manager Results
1992/93 - 2004/05 Pat Notley 1 League & Cup Double, 5 Championships and the Senior Cup
2005/06 - 2008/09/05 Steve Manuel 2 League Cups
2009/10 - 2012/12 Gareth Daniel 2 League Championships
2012/13 - 2015/16 Keith Whatling 1 League & Cup Double, 1 League Cup
2016/17 - 2017/18 Wayne Smith 1 League Championship
2018/19 Kirk Grice 1 League Championship