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Re: Champions!!!

Postby Blue Pom » Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:39 am

Congratulations and well done. Brilliant news and I suppose all good things come for those who wait even though it's been a long, long time! So sad for you all that there have been people who have passed and who have been the backbone of the club who have missed this great happening. It would be worth remembering them in some way. Would love to see the Stones again one day but I always seem to come over in your summer when the weather is warmer. I follow the forum every day and have been for years now, the only way I can keep up from NZ. Here's hoping you have a really big go at the NL and that you can all watch by the time the season starts. Best Wishes and Luck and let the party start!!
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Re: Champions!!!

Postby deadly » Thu Jun 18, 2020 1:40 am

hear hear to all of the above, the same from me.

and if you are reading this after waking up in the middle of the night on the sofa, remember to drink a glass of water and have a wee before going to bed...up the Stones.

:o :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: Goodnight all. :roll:
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Re: Champions!!!

Postby BornundertheElmslie » Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:14 am

38 years since my first Stones game as a 9 year old, 35 years since we won the double, 32 years since we dropped out of the Conference. And then 25 years since we dropped 5 divisions to the Isthmian Division 3. And now back at the top table.

After losing Lower Mead and having to go on the road for 17 years to watch the Stones at Watford, Yeading, Edgware and Northwood, we did it because of the unwavering belief that one day we'd get back to the National League. And we return as a bigger and better club than the one that left it.
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Re: Champions!!!

Postby Chap Stone » Thu Jun 18, 2020 7:54 am

Get in! :D

First game back in ‘78, plenty of ups and downs in that time, this is a cracking result. Great supporters, great management, great players - looking forward to 20/21.

Just hoping that the UK opens its borders so I can get back in next season for Hartlepool or Chesterfield away ;)
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Re: Champions!!!

Postby The Guvnor » Thu Jun 18, 2020 8:23 am

A lot of reflection being done on social media from long standing fans and rightly so because it makes for a good story.

There have been a lot of dark days for sure and lesser clubs would have surely folded when faced with the issues we've had to deal with over the years.

There were times especially when playing at Watford and Yeading when it was absolutely soul destroying. Watford ? Who ever thought that was a good idea, it seemed ridiculous at the time and looking back its even more ridiculous. The Yeading years were when the state of the finances really struck home. It was a ground that was more suitable for the level we were at but what a depressing place that was. And without money the players we were recruiting were abysmal especially in the first season when its generally recognised we had the worst Wealdstone team in our history. Getting beat at home 6-0 by non league non entities in front of 150 was as bad as it got but the spirit and desire to not only survive but prosper remained no matter how big the odds.

That attitude has carried us to where we are now is not to everyones taste in the non league game but without it we'd have gone under. Its who we are and I'm glad of it because Wealdstone will never be just another non league club. The tradition and spirit that has carried us on our journey separates us from most and the new generation must be made aware of it.

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Re: Champions!!!

Postby attic » Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:29 am

Subservience to the likes of Uxbridge, Northwood, Thame, Aveley etc was pretty difficult to deal with at the time. Yes it was maybe sheer arrogance on our behalf but it probably explained the behaviour of some of our fans at times. Remember, we were used to getting done over by the likes of Barnet or Altrincham. Gaining that 'promotion' in 2004 added a slight air of respectability back to the club although it was only really that genuine promotion the Conference South that many considered to be back to the level that we can start to feel comfortable at.

Trust me though, we are now a fairly small fish in a pretty big pond now!
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Re: Champions!!!

Postby charlie » Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:54 am

"Trust me we are a small fish in a big pond"... says Attic.

That will also be our strength. Not sure about the required ground improvements... What is it capacity to 4K ?

Mind You.. " Have you seen the new toilets.. charlie ?"... "Well, no cut to size newspaper sheets anymore !" .. but real soft toilet paper!

If Mr. Bumble gets his finger out . We could all be creating an intimidating atmosphere home and away supporting the "Tin Pot Club."
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Re: Champions!!!

Postby NinetiesStone » Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:10 am

Brilliant news after a brilliant season. As with the promotion to the Conference South it came after a few good years in the Trophy and playoffs the years before, although the fact this year's team was almost entirely rebuilt last summer which makes it all the more impressive.

We were relegated from the Conference in the year I was born and it it incredible to think how long ago that was and everything that has come since. I have only ever experienced growth and promotions from Wealdstone (in amongst some very dire seasons) but it will be great to experience the Stones at the pinnacle on non-league for the first time. Since the Trophy run under GB and the tinpot army we have seen what the Stones can do and got the hunger for the big games at Cambridge, Newport, Southport and the like and more recently at Woking and Torquay. The thought of league games at Wrexham, Notts County and Chesterfield is crazy after all the years playing crappy teams around the M25.

A look at our league record since the 1988 relegation shows just how many woeful seasons there were before we stabilised at the Vale alongside the highs of promotion. One of GB's greatest achievements was never to get us relegated and those key moments at Dulwich and the other promotion seasons are in many ways as important as the current team's success. What a great journey it will be next year, fingers crossed we can get to games both home and away!

1988-89 Southern-P 42 16 10 16 60 53 58 11/22
1989-90 Southern-P 42 16 9 17 55 54 57 12/22
1990-91 Southern-P 42 16 8 18 57 58 56 12/22
1991-92 Southern-P 42 13 7 22 52 69 46 19/22
1992-93 Southern-S 42 18 7 17 75 69 61 11/22
1993-94 Southern-S 42 6 7 29 45 95 25 21/22
1994-95 Southern-S 42 13 8 21 76 94 47 15/22
1995-96 Isthmian-3 40 23 8 9 104 39 77 4/21
1996-97 Isthmian-3 32 24 3 5 72 24 75 1/17
1997-98 Isthmian-2 42 24 11 7 81 46 83 3/22
1998-99 Isthmian-1 42 26 6 10 74 48 84 3/22
1999-00 Isthmian-1 42 13 12 17 51 58 51 16/22
2000-01 Isthmian-1 42 12 9 21 54 73 45 19/22
2001-02 Isthmian-1 42 11 12 19 60 82 45 18/22
2002-03 Isthmian-1N 46 21 9 16 85 69 72 9/24
2003-04 Isthmian-1N 46 23 7 16 81 51 76 7/24
2004-05 Isthmian-P 42 13 8 21 60 73 47 18/22
2005-06 Isthmian-P 42 13 5 24 68 82 44 18/22
2006-07 Southern-P 42 13 9 20 69 82 48 19/22
2007-08 Isthmian-P 42 15 9 18 68 75 54 13/22
2008-09 Isthmian-P 42 18 8 16 70 56 62 7/22
2009-10 Isthmian-P 42 17 14 11 65 65 65 6/22
2010-11 Isthmian-P 42 16 10 16 58 54 58 12/22
2011-12 Isthmian-P 42 20 15 7 76 39 75 4/22
2012-13 Isthmian-P 42 22 13 7 70 38 79 3/22
2013-14 Isthmian-P 46 28 12 6 99 43 96 1/23
2014-15 Conf. South 40 14 12 14 56 56 54 12/20
2015-16 NL South 42 12 17 13 63 64 53 13/22
2016/17 NL South 42 18 12 12 62 58 66 8/22
2017/18 NL South 42 16 11 15 64 62 59 11/22
2018/19 NL South 42 18 12 12 62 50 66 7/22
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Re: Champions!!!

Postby Waltons Left Boot » Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:21 am

Get In!

Come on, who bought a house off Vicarage Road in 1991 to coincide with our new era? Oh, just me then. Although that ground was completely unsuited to non-league being largely uncovered space and seats, I've been there this season and it's oddly lacking in character even when full and noisy. Hopefully by the time we get into the league in 2028 there will be terracing and "safe" standing back even though I'll probably need to sit down.

Just enjoying looking at thinking about the last time we were in a national league and the 1000s of miles I drove. I can't believe that Wrexham and Hartlepool sound glamorous but somehow they do. Runcorn never did. I did a quick bit of stattoing for this suprising fact- Barnet are the *only* team left in the league from when we were last there - Dagenham too went down with us but they weren't merged. And Barnet may not even be in it by August.

I'll add my voice to those congratulating Dean, Stu, Sir Gordon of Bartlettshire and what's an almost unbelievable team restructuring that paid off immediately. I need to hold my hand up and say when Godfrey Poku left I said he was irreplaceable and we'd be lucky to finish 11th. Shows what I know.

Attic is right about small fish now - for years the biggest club in the league has become average - we'll need our yoof back!

Now we just need a party. Invite Roy Davies - I owe him a drink
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Re: Champions!!!

Postby Elmslie Ender » Thu Jun 18, 2020 10:38 am

When we were relegated from the Conference, none of us there would have imagined that it would take 32 years to get back. Blimey! As Gordon has said, we went through some incredibly dark times after that and dare I say, had Neale Harvey not organised the Walk to Fisher, we may well not be here today.

Way too many people to thank for the journey that has seen us return back to the Conference all these years later. A very different club, vibrant and forward thinking, to when we left Lower Mead. One on the rise. Messrs Rumens, Bartlett, Symmons, Whyley will all have a place at the top table, as will Rory for bringing stability to a ship that was rudderless and listless when he took over. I don't think it is unfair to mention Peter Marsden here. Yes, there was profligate spending and unwise decisions, but he did provide infrastructure improvements and above all, the belief and ambition that we should be aspiring to the National League and more.

Like many, see the pages of this forum for when they were appointed, I wasn't sure about Brennan and Maynards appointment. Too safe maybe, but what a remarkable season. They have built a team that has played the best football that many of us have witnessed in a Stones shirt. They, and the players, deserve all the accolades that they receive.

Lastly, and sadly, we lost too many on that journey, particularly painfully this season, and this return to the top echelon is in their honour.
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