This is a celebratory year for sport in west Wiltshire, with Westbury United Football Club marking their centenary with a series of events throughout 2020.

Currently playing in the Western League Premier Division, the year is a special one for a club who were formed in 1920 when Westbury Old Comrades FC and Westbury Great Western Railway XI amalgamated, hence the club’s name of Westbury United.
A number of events are being planned during the year with, at the time of going to press, the following events and matches taking place:

  • Friday and Saturday, May 1-2: Kayleigh’s Cancer Fundraiser Fun Day at the club’s Meadow Lane ground, organised by Hope For Tomorrow, to include a Firewalk.
  • (From) Monday, May 11: Westbury United Memorabilia Display at Westbury Heritage Centre.
  • Saturday, June 13: Westbury United Players’ Fun Day at Meadow Lane.
  • Sunday, June 28: Classic Car Competition at Meadow Lane.
  • Saturday, July 18: 12 Hour Physical Challenge at Ironworx Gymnasium, Westbury.
  • Saturday, July 25: Quiz Night at Meadow Lane (8.00 pm).

There are matches in the pipeline versus Bristol City, Warminster Town’s first team and Veterans, Bath City – the first opponents to play at Meadow Lane – and Swindon Town for which definite dates will be announced soon.
The first team are already marking the centenary celebrations by wearing a traditional green and white kit relevant to that which was first worn in 1920.
The last few seasons have seen a big upturn in success for the club. In 2017-18 the first team won the Western League Division One title before, in 2018-19, the club achieved its equal highest ever league placing – fifth in the Western Premier – with a record points tally.
Westbury United are famous for being the first club that John Atyeo played for. Atyeo went on to play professionally for Bristol City and represented England in six internationals, scoring five goals.
“What better way to celebrate the centenary than playing friendly matches versus clubs with such important roles in the first 100 years as well as hosting various days that will appeal to people of all ages,” read a club statement.
For further updates, visit the ‘Westbury United Centenary’ page on Facebook, www.westburyunited.co.uk and/or @westburyunited on Twitter.

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