Back-to-back promotions saw Weymouth FC climb into the National League, just as King’s Lynn Town did from the North. A play-off penalty shootout win was enough to clinch promotion for Weymouth against rivals Dartford. 63 points, matched with two successive play-off wins after a worldwide lockdown, saw The Terras rise to the National League, with Wealdstone FC. Can the side from Dorset cement their place in the upper echelon of non-league football?
Name: Weymouth FC
Nickname: The Terras
Stadium: Bob Lucas Stadium
Manager: Brian Stock
2019/20 National League South position: 3rd – promoted via play offs
Notable Honours: National League Champions 2005/06
The Story of Weymouth’s 2019/20 Campaign
After automatic promotion from the Southern South League, 17 wins and 12 draws saw Weymouth finish third in the National League South table. Bath City also finished on 63 points, but a far superior goal difference for Weymouth saw them clinch the semi-final play-off position. A further 3-2 win against Dorking Wanderers in the semi-finals and the penalty shootout win against Dartford, saw the side from Dorset promoted to the final tier of non-league football.
Ones to Watch
Abdulai Bell-Baggie | Most promotion sides will have at least one pronounced goal-scorer, but the 60 goals scored for Weymouth in 35 games were spread across the team, with Abdulai Bell-Baggie being the highlight. His ten goals in the 2019/20 made him a mainstay in the Weymouth side, as he added crucial goals to their promotion campaign.
Brian Stock | The Weymouth gaffer is best known for representing Burnley and Wales at the international level, as a player himself. Stock may only be 38, but his experience of working with Premier League managers Eddie Howe and Sean Dyche cannot be underestimated. Stock was signed on the 4th September this year and so he hasn’t had the longest time with the club. However, he beat interim manager Bradley Asagba and Salisbury boss Mikey Harris to the job, to succeed from Mark Molesley, who left to join Southend United in the football league.
The two sides haven’t met all that often, but in the 2008/09 Conference Premier League season, the two sides met twice. Wrexham did the double over the side from Dorset with a 3-1 away win and then a comfortable 2-0 home victory. Can history repeat itself in the upcoming season for The Reds?
The Bob Lucas Stadium | The formerly known Wessex Stadium home to Weymouth FC, was actually a greyhound racing and speedway stadium. After 30 years of racing, the stadium was opened for Weymouth football club in 1987, with a capacity of 6,600 and 900 seats. The Wessex Stadium was changed in July 2010 to the Bob Lucas Stadium, in homage to their long serving club President, who died later that year.