ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties Football League
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Friday, 24 November 2017
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Year formed: 1883.
Ground: Abbey Lawn, Abbey Road, Bourne, Lincs. PE10 9EN. Tel: 07598-815357.
Directions: From town centre turn east on A151 towards Spalding into Abbey Road. Ground half a mile on right.
Secretary: Bob Lambert, 42 Edinburgh Crescent, Bourne, Lincs. PE10 9DU. Tel: 01778-424056 (h), 07514-804404 (m), e-mail: email@example.com .
Manager: Darren Munton. Assistant: Phil Jarman
Programme editor: Phil Jarman e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Colours: Sky blue/claret; change colours: yellow and green.
The Wakes were formed in 1883 and most of their early league football was played in the Peterborough & District League which was won for the first time in 1934. The first two post war seasons saw Bourne record back to back championships dropping only five points in the two campaigns.
The Wakes joined the UCL in 1947 but struggled at the higher level, returning to the Peterborough League in 1956. Two years later they joined the Central Alliance and were crowned champions in 1960. A year later Bourne won the Lincolnshire Senior Cup B and in 1961 they joined the reformed Midland League.
After four years in the very strong Midland League the Wakes rejoined the UCL, finishing runners-up to Boston United in their first season. The club's golden age was just around the corner, current club chairman Terry Bates masterminded championship successes in 1969,1970 and 1972, while there were also successes in the UCL Knockout Cup in 1970 and Lincs Senior Cup A in 1972. In 1972-73 the Wakes became the only UCL club ever to reach the 1st Round proper of the FA Trophy.
Apart from a place in the 1982 Knockout Cup final, Bourne had a number of indifferent seasons and twice narrowly escaped relegation. The arrival of Mark Mitchell as manager turned the club's fortunes around and in 1991 the Wakes again lifted the Premier Division title along with the Benevolent Cup. The following season saw the Wakes set a Premier Division scoring record with a 14-0 win over Brackley while the reserves beat Towcester 20-0 to set a new record for the whole league.
Recent seasons have again seen the Wakes disappoint for the most part, but the reserves enjoyed success in 2004 winning the Reserve Division Two title.
In 2006 the Wakes carried off the Lincolnshire Senior Cup 'A' for the first time in 34 years.
In 2010 the Wakes were demoted to Division One due to ground grading issues.