WELL I NEVER KNEW THAT!
Wednesbury Old Athletic F.C. (WOA.FC)
Most Played Opposition were Aston Villa.
The original club initially played at the Well’s Field, through which Rooth Street now runs, opposite the Horse & Jockey public house. It later played at the Athletic Ground, on the upper side of Wood Green Cemetery, a site which forms part of Brunswick Park.
Its best known home ground is often listed as The Oval on St Paul’s Road, Wood Green, but colloquially referred to as Elwell’s Ground after a factory of the same name in the nearby area.
Wednesbury Old Athletic was an English association football club based in Wednesbury, West Midlands.
WOAC became a founder member of the Birmingham & District Football Association in December 1875 and won the inaugural Birmingham Cup competition, defeating Stafford Road 3-2 in the 1877 Final.
This success was repeated two years later, and in 1880, having joined the Staffordshire Football Association, the Old Athletic won the Staffs Cup, beating Aston Villa 2-1 in the Final. (WOW)
The club played in the FA Cup of 1881–82 and reached the quarter finals, beating Aston Villa by four goals to two on the way.
But they lost 13-0 to Villa in the Cup on 30 October 1886
(still Villa’s biggest ever win)
Athletic played in the Birmingham & District League from 1890 to 1891, before joining the Midland League for the following two seasons.
After narrowly missing out on the Midland League championship in 1892 the club’s fortunes declined.
Wednesbury was unable to support a professional club and the Old Athletic disbanded in July 1893.
NOTABLE PLAYERS WERE:
George Holden, England international who made 4 appearances for the national side.
Charles Partridge, Wednesbury-born footballer who went on to make 29 Football League appearances for Small Heath
Sid Webb, inside forward who once played for Aston Villa
Vincent White, a player who later went on to play for Watford in the Football League
Ted Pheasant, a player who made almost 300 league appearances for West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers
Alex Leake, footballer with Small Heath, Aston Villa and Burnley who later coached at Crystal Palace and Walsall
Joseph Holyhead, who went on to make 123 league appearances for Burslem Port Vale
Ernie Steventon, once dubbed “the best young goalkeeper in the Black Country”, who played most notably for Walsall and S’hampton
Jimmy McIntyre, English footballer and later manager of Southampton, Coventry City and Fulham
Brendel Anstey, who played for Bristol Rovers, Aston Villa and Leicester City
Jem Bayliss, captain of the West Bromwich Albion side that won the FA Cup in 1888
Edwin Stevenson, goalkeeper with Stoke
F.A. Martin, a player born in Walsall who transferred from the Old ‘Uns to Aston Villa in 1890. He left a year later to join Walsall Town Swifts.
Jack Horton, FA Cup finalist