Wealdstone finished the 2019/20 season at top spot in the National League South. Although losing seven games, they were dominant in the league with an impressive 22 wins in 33 games, before Covid-19 forced the league to be stopped prematurely. Stabilisation in the National League will surely be the top aim for manager Dean Brennan, as Wealdstone look to tackle the challenge that is the highest tier of non-league football.
Name: Wealdstone FC
Nickname: The Stones, The Royals
Stadium: Grosvenor Vale
Manager: Dean Brennan
2019/20 National League South position: 1st
Notable Honours: National League South champions 2019/20
The Story of Wealdstone’s 2019/20 Campaign
With an impressive feat of 22 wins in 33 games, Wealdstone were far and above any other team in the National League South and were deserving champions in a season cut short. 22 wins, four draws and seven loses saw them reach 70 points, with a game or two in hand on other sides. The league was decided on a points per game (ppg) basis, but this wasn’t an issue for the Royals, as they averaged 2.12 ppg. The side from North-West London also scored the most goals in the league with 69 goals being netted in the 33 games. They also conceded the fewest with 35 goals, giving them a superior goal difference of 34, making them unarguably deserved champions.
Ones to Watch
Ross Lafayette | The 35-year-old striker from Watford has enjoyed a decorated career across non-league football. He failed to consistently fire to push his way into the heights of league football, however 13 goals in 26 appearances for Wealdstone FC cannot be ignored and he will certainly be a threat to teams in the upcoming National League season.
Dean Brennan | The 40-year-old Irish manager took over Wealdstone at the end of the 2018/19 National League South season. His experience in non-league football as a winger would have surely helped him to have sealed top spot in last year’s table. As a young manager looking to assert himself on the coaching scene, sealing automatic promotion and then avoiding relegation in the upcoming National League season would be an impressive feat.
Wealdstone and Wrexham AFC would be meeting for the first time in league football this season, as this is the highest tabling that the London side have ever reached. Wrexham manager Dean Keates will have to proceed with caution though, as Wealdstone possess, to a degree, an unknown threat to the side from North Wales.
Grosvenor Vale | Wealdstone’s ground is probably the smallest of the sides that are fresh into the National League. Wealdstone had moved into the Grosvenor Vale ground in 2008, after previously sharing the Lower Mead stadium with various other clubs. At a capacity of 3,200, the stadium has continued to expand since Wealdstone purchased it in 2008, after Ruislip Manor FC collapsed. After 12 years of ownership, The Grosvenor Vale ground will certainly feel like a home to Wealdstone FC and they will be hoping to make it somewhat of a fortress in the upcoming 2019/20 National League season.