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Welling United Football Club was founded in 1963, by Sydney Hobbins a former goalkeeper with Charlton Athletic for his sons Barrie and Graham.They began as a youth team playing in local league football on a park pitch, they gradually expanded and began playing Saturday football in the London Spartan League. In 1977 they moved to the Park View Road ground, which had previously belonged to the defunct Bexley United F.C. (historically called Bexleyheath & Welling). They joined the Athenian League in 1978. In 1981 they progressed to the Southern Football League Southern Division.
After just one season at this level the club found itself in the Southern League Premier Division after the league was re-organised. In 1985-86 they won the league title by 23 points and were promoted to the Football Conference
Although they struggled in the Conference, only twice finishing above 11th place in 14 seasons, they did enjoy cup success during this period, reaching the first round proper of the FA Cup in six successive seasons, on one occasion memorably knocking out Kentís only Football League side, Gillingham. They also made one third round appearance, losing 0-1 to Blackburn Rovers.
The Wings dropped out of the Conference when they were relegated on the last day of the season in 1999/2000 and returned to the Southern League.
In the 2003-04 season, under the management of former England World Cup player Paul Parker, the club finished in the top half of the Southern League Premier Division and were therefore able to claim a place in the newly formed Conference South. The first season at this level proved a struggle, and with the Wings rooted to the foot of the table for the first three months of the season Parker left the club by mutual consent.
Former Coventry City and Republic of Ireland player Liam Daish took charge of the team on a caretaker basis before the permanent position was handed to former Norwich City and Gillingham defender Adrian Pennock, who narrowly missed out on taking the club into the promotion play-offs. Pennock left the club at the end of the 2006Ė07 season. His last game managing the Wings finished in a 1-1 draw at home to Hayes. Pennock joined Stoke City in a coaching position under his former Gillingham manager, Tony Pulis.
On May 16, 2007, Welling United appointed Neil Smith as the new first team manager. However after only seven months in charge Smith parted company with the club on January 7, 2008. It was mutually agreed between the club and Smith that his reign as Wings boss would end. Current manager, Andy Ford took over for his first game in charge on the 2nd February 2008. The result didn't go in favour of Andy and finished Welling 2-6 Cambridge. However, Ford has guided the Wings to safety.