East Cowes Vics Athletic Football Club
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East Cowes Victoria Athletic Football Club (The Vic’s) were formed in 1885. The name incidentally is the longest registered with the English F.A. The Victoria part derives from the fact that the ground in “Beatrice Avenue” is part of the crown estate and in the area owned by Osborne House, the home of Queen Victoria.
For the first 30 years the club played only in the Island leagues. In 1889 the Isle of Wight F.A. introduced cup competitions including the Isle of Wight Senior Gold Cup, this trophy is reported to be the most valuable football trophy in the world being made of solid gold. The only drawback is that if you win the Gold Cup you can’t keep it! Most clubs insure it for the annual presentation night and then return it to the bank.
In 1947 Vic’s joined Division 3 of the Hampshire League and spent nine seasons in Division 3, eighteen seasons in Division 2 and twelve in Division 1.
Without doubt the Vics most successful period was under the guidance of Graham Daish, who built a squad of all Island players good enough to win Hampshire League Division One Championship twice, the first time remaining unbeaten all season. The club also won the Isle of Wight Gold Cup seven times during this period.
One of the most important years in the Vics’ long history was 1968, when the club amalgamated with an East Cowes Junior side: East Cowes Athletic - thus becoming East Cowes Victoria Athletic.
The hard work of the committee enabled the club to progress into the Wessex League for the start of the 1987/88 season. Although the club lost key players before the start of the season they still managed to finish in 8th place and win the Wessex League Cup beating Romsey Town 2-0.
Then later, following relegation, the club formed a new committee and finished 4th in the Hampshire Premier Division. In 2001/02 season the Vics had their best season in recent years, when they narrowly missed out on promotion back to the Wessex League, finishing runners-up to Alton Town; but they did win the Hampshire Trophy-man Cup beating Liss Athletic 1-0.
In season 2003/04 Vics returned to the Wessex League after the Football Association’s restructuring of the leagues and have continued ever since in Wessex Division One.
The last few seasons have proved difficult for the club, but under the guidance of Manager Steve Brougham and his committed dugout team this has now come good for 2018/19 where the squad performed well in friendlies and the future once again looks good.
The 2018/19 season brings three adult men’s teams, a Ladies team and our youth setup, with the club continuing at the heart of the community.
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