NEXT 1ST TEAM LEAGUE FIXTURE:
Tooting & Mitcham Utd v DWFC
Sat 3 Mar - 3pm K/O
Dorking Wanderers Football Club was established in 1999, and in a short space of time has steadily climbed the non-league pyramid from park football to the Bostik League.
The founder members Marc White, Peter Buckland, Mark Lewington, Ian Davidson, Lee Spickett and Penny Gregg brought the club to life and entered the fledgling team into the Crawley & District League in 1999, with the home ground situated at Big Field Brockham.
The club remained at Big Field Brockham until 2007, and after several promotions it relocated to its current Westhumble home. This was a monumental project, which saw a huge off the field effort transform the once derelict site into a senior level football ground.
The promotions continued after the club relocated, and this continued in 2015 when the club finished runners-up in the Sussex County League, securing promotion to the Ryman Division One South (Step 4).
The 2015 season also saw the club progress further than ever before in the FA Cup, where they eventually succumbed to a last minute extra time goal away to Biggleswade Town in a 2nd qualifying round replay.
The club marked their first year in the Ryman Division One South by finishing runners-up (losing out in the play-offs), however they went one better in 2016-17 when they again finished runners-up (only on goal difference) and secured promotion via the play-offs following victories over Hastings United and Corinthian Casuals.
The 2017-18 season will see Dorking Wanderers line up in the Ryman Premier League (Step 3) for the first time in their history, which coincides with their move to the newly constructed, multi million pound Meadowbank Stadium development in the heart of Dorking Town Centre.
"Dorking Wanderers have made an incredible rise through the football pyramid & have been members of our league for 7 years. They have demonstrated an incredible tenacity & commitment to develop their Westhumble home inline with the strict FA requirements needed for Step 5 football.
They have an extremely passionate and hard working committee that operate with professionalism & for the right footballing reasons. They are an excellent example of what can be achieved when a local community pulls together, and I have rarely seen off the field progression of this nature during my 22 years as a county league officer - it truly is exceptional."
Steve Nealgrove – Chairman, Sussex County Football League
"I have known Marc White, Jeremy Pain & other members of Dorking Wanderers FC since they became users of Westhumble Playing Fields in 2007.
Since their arrival at Westhumble Playing Fields, DWFC have set about improving and establishing the facilities to support their football club in line with the guidelines laid down by the owners of the Playing Fields, National Playing Fields Association. This has included organising the supply of electricity to the Playing Fields and the connection to their support facilities. They have gradually developed their facilities to a point where they now have a full set of facilities to meet the requirements of the FA for the level of football at which they compete.
What the Club has achieved has been done through an incredible amount of hard work by local volunteers and members and they continue to improve and maintain what they have built to a high standard."
Mike Knott – Director, Westhumble Sports Management Limited
"As first team coach at Kingstonian FC I am aware of the considerable progress of Dorking Wanderers FC in recent years. I have been to Westhumble on several occasions and been impressed with the drive and determination to build the club and to serve the local community in doing so."
Martin Tyler – Sky Sports Football Commentator
"I have been involved with Dorking Wanderers since 2009 where-by the club (Dorking Wanderers) are used to provide players from our academy with their first opportunity to play Senior Football as part of their development, as one of Non-League’s most established club’s it is essential that we only deploy like minded clubs as part of our academy programme.
We chose Dorking Wanderers not just because of their terrific well publicised on the field progression but also because on meeting their key committee members we were so impressed with the passion & desire shown towards grass roots football & what they have done as a community to develop their own club.
We also recognise that DWFC has in place a Charter Standard award as well as Child Protection, Safeguarding Children, Anti Bullying and Welfare Officer certification. As the players that we trust DWFC to develop are of an adolescent age we expect the above to be in place.
They operate entirely with integrity & professionalism and the relationship is most valued at Kingstonian FC."
Mark Hams – Kingstonian FC Academy Director
"Having been involved in professional football as a player coach and Manager for more than 45 years, I can speak from experience when I say that the work Dorking Wanderers has done has been commendable. I saw this first hand as my son Matthew has been an active part of the club for nearly five years and I have followed the club's progress closely.
The club and it's committee have an incredible passion for developing local football and it’s run in a very organised and professional way. Any help to further their progress would benefit local football and the whole town."
Ian Evans – Head International Scout, Ipswich Town FC
West Sussex League Division Four Champions 2001
West Sussex League Division Three runners-up 2002
West Sussex League Division Two Champions 2004
West Sussex League Division One (Promoted) 2006
West Sussex League Premier Division Champions 2007
Surrey Intermediate Cup runners-up 2008
Sussex County League Division Three Cup runners-up 2009
Sussex County League Division Three Champions 2011
Sussex County League Division Two promoted 2012
Surrey Premier Cup runners-up 2012
Sussex County League runners-up 2015
Ryman Division One South runners-up (lost in Play Offs) 2016
Ryman Division One South runners-up (promoted via Play Offs) 2017
West Sussex League Division Three Champions 2005
West Sussex League Division Four Champions 2004
West Sussex League Division Five Champions 2001
West Sussex League Division Four Charity Cup winners 2004
Tony Kopp Cup runners-up 2004
Dorking Charity Cup winners 2002, 2004, 2006
Sussex County League Reserve West Division runners-up 2011, 2012