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Club History

The Club was founded in 1892 and although first called Ware Town soon changed its name to plain Ware FC. This unassuming title makes it probably the shortest named affiliate of the Football Association and has caused problems for programme editors and journalists ever since.

In fact, the Club has been anything but unassuming. It has held senior status from its very beginning, entering the Herts Senior Cup for the first time in 1893, and winning the cup on the first of five occasions in 1899 with a 2-1 win over Hitchin at St Albans. By this time Ware had been instrumental in founding the East Herts League and had won its championship on two of the three times it had been competed for. The club was to win it five more times before moving on to the North Middlesex League in 1907 and then also to the Herts County League in 1908. The Championship of the latter came that season in a three-way play off against St Albans City and Welwyn.

After the First World War the Club gained a league and cup double with a second Herts County League Championship and a fourth Herts Senior Cup win in 1922. The scenes in Ware when the team returned with the Senior Cup tell us something about the hold that football had on local loyalties at the time. The local paper reported that "Large crowds awaited the return of the special train to Ware, everybody being in high spirits. The Cup was marched through the town in front of a cheering throng." Indeed, it was later recalled that the cup was taken through the town on subsequent nights and that stops were made outside public houses where it was charged with beer before being drained by the crowd.

Shortly after this Ware joined the Spartan League in which they were to enjoy several successes, winning the Division 2(B) Championship in 1926, Division 1 in 1951 with the highest "goals for" total ever achieved by a club in the Spartan League, and the Premier Division in 1952. In these later years the Club also made significant progress in the old Amateur Cup meeting many famous sides on the way. One of these was Hendon, against whom Ware drew their largest attendance of 3,800 in the 1st Round in January 1957.

Moving on to the Delphian and then Athenian League, Ware enjoyed another successful period. Two promotions, two league cup wins and two reserve championships paved the way for progress in the FA Cup. In this Ware reached the First Round proper for the first time in 1968 when they travelled to the then Third Division side Luton Town. The opposition had a 100% home record but the game was scoreless with 30 minutes to go before a judicious substitution broke the stalemate and left Ware beaten 6-1 at the final whistle.

In these successful circumstances it was not surprising that Ware pressed for entry to the expanding Isthmian League. This was achieved for season 1975/76 and they have maintained their place at that level ever since. This is thanks most recently to their Division 2 Championship season of 2005/6 under manager Glen Alzapiedi which carried them into Division 1 just before Division 2 was disbanded. Alzapiedi's side brought further distinction with another FA Cup First Round appearance in 2007 which saw a narrow home defeat against Kidderminster Harriers in front of 2,123 spectators, a record for the current ground at Wodson Park.

Before that a tenth Herts Senior Cup Final in 2001 and another in 2008 have emphasised the club's long history and continuity. Ware is the first of only three possible candidates to appear in this final in three separate centuries, evidence that it is still one of the county's leading clubs.

After a poor start to the 2013/4 season Kem Kemal was appointed manager and steered the club clear of relegation worries. The 2014/5 season was one of consolidation with a tenth place finish but, with Ware then in the Southern League, Kemal resigned half way through the following season.

His replacement was the former Birmingham, Watford, Barnet and Peterborough player Ken Charlery who cemented Ware's league position during the rest of the season. A return to the Isthmian League saw the club have a good start but slowly drop down the table before Ken was replaced by Anwar Uddin in January 2017 but success eluded Anwar and Kemal returned to guide the club in the last five matches of the season and will continue to do so in 2017/8.

Honours
Winners:-

Herts Senior Cup: 1898/9, 1903/4, 1906/7, 1921/2, 1953/4
Herts Charity Shield: 1926/7, 1952/3, 1956/7, 1958/9, 1962/3, 1985/6
East Anglian Cup: 1973/4
East Herts League Division 1: 1897/8, 1898/9, 1899/1900, 1902/3, 1903/4, 1905/6(shared), 1906/7(shared)
East Herts League Division 2: 1905/6
Herts County League: 1908/9, 1921/2
Herts County League Eastern Division: 1912/3
Spartan League Division 2 Section B: 1926/7
Spartan League Division 1: 1951/2
Spartan League Premier Division: 1952/3
Isthmian League Division 2 2005/6
Athenian League Division 2 Cup: 1965/6, 1972/3
Perry Cup: 1926/7, 1928/9, 1937/8, 1951/2, 1952/3, 1953/4, 1955/6 (shared)
Dunkels Cup: 1952/3
Rolleston Cup: 1939/40, 1951/2, 1952/3
Athenian League Division 2 Reserve Section: 1966/7, 1970/1
Essex and Herts Border Combination: 1991/2
Essex and Herts Border Combination Cup: 1991/2
Essex and Herts Border Combination Premier
Division Cup: 1999/2000
Southern Counties Floodlit Youth League: 2002/3
Southern Counties Floodlit Youth League
Nemean Division: 2001/2, 2002/3
Olympian Division: 2004/5, 2007/8
Southern Counties Floodlit Youth League Shield: 1998/9
The Roy Bailey Memorial Trophy 2005/6, 2006/7
The Brian Hitchings Challenge Cup 2000/1
Herts FA Boys Under-18 Challenge Cup: 2011/2, 2016/7
Herts FA Boys Under-15 Challenge Cup: 2009/10, 2016/7
Mid-Herts Rural Minors League U-18 Div 1: 2012/3
Mid-Herts Rural Minors League U-18 Div 1 Cup: 2012/3
English Colleges FA East Mens Cat 2C League: 2015/6
English Colleges FA East Invitation League 2B: 2016/7
English Colleges FA East Invitation League 3A: 2016/7
Virtual Learning UK NSDL Cup: 2015/6
Eastern Junior Alliance U-17 League Cup: 2015/6
Eastern Junior Alliance Ingilby Cup: 2016/7


Runners up:-

Herts Senior Cup: 1901/2, 1902/3, 1905/6, 1926/7, 2000/1, 2007/8
Herts Charity Cup: 1922/3, 1964/5, 1965/6, 1978/9, 1989/90, 1996/7, 2007/8, 2008/9
Herts Charity Shield: 1925/6, 1945/6, 1960/1
East Anglian Cup: 1978/9
Delphian League Cup: 1954/5
East Herts League Division 1: 1896/7, 1904/5
Herts County League: 1909/10
Spartan League Division 2 Section B: 1925/6
Spartan League Division 2 (East): 1938/9
Athenian League Division 2: 1966/7
Perry Cup: 1919/20, 1929/30, 1934/5, 1936/7, 1954/5
Dunkels Cup: 1951/2
Herts Intermediate Cup: 2003/4
East Herts League Challenge Cup: 1931/2
Rolleston Cup: 1938/9, 1953/4
Spartan League Reserve Section: 1954/5
Athenian League Division 2 Reserve Section Cup: 1966/7
Aubrey Cup: 1966/7
Essex and Herts Border Combination Cup: 1988/9, 2001/2
The Fred Budden Trophy: 1991/2
The Roy Bailey Memorial Trophy 1995/6, 1998/9
The Brian Hitchings Challenge Cup 1999/2000
Virtual Learning UK NSDL Cup: 2016/7

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