The history of Wendron
Wendron C.C. was formed as Porkellis Cricket Club in 1949.It enjoyed a number of successful years in the early 50’s, playing on a number of different farmers’ fields in the Porkellis & Carnkie districts. After the 1976 season the Club was in danger of folding when it lost the use of a field at Bellevue. Determined efforts by members ensured that this did not happen. Three fields were located at Underlane and funds were raised, hedges removed, and a wicket prepared, so that by the start of the following season the ground had been purchased and made ready for cricket.
A pavilion/clubhouse with changing rooms, showers, kitchen, bar and function room built entirely by voluntary labour was opened in 1982. This provided top-class facilities for players and supporters alike. In 1991 the building was extended to include a steward’s flat, a small dining area and a match officials’ changing room.
For many years the Club played in the Falmouth & District League, not entering the Cornwall Cricket League until 1969. In 1974 Wendron won Junior Division 4(the lowest division) and after many successful seasons gained promotion to County Division 2. A second X1 was formed, followed later by a third X1.
In 1993 the Club became the Cornwall Indoor Six-A-Side champions. The Club also ran two mid-week Evening League teams and many young players went on to represent County and regional age groups.
In 1986 a football Section was formed to play occasional friendly fixtures but has since grown into a most vibrant part of the Club. The 2nd & 3rd teams played regularly in the Falmouth/Helston League, the Ist X1 becoming Division 2 Champions in 1990. Matches were played on a hired field, approximately half a mile from the Clubhouse, though it was vital for the Club’s future, to develop a football pitch on our main site.(there are now two), to give the Football Section, greater security and enable it to progress to senior status.
The Club was fortunate in attracting substantial grant aid from both local and national sources in order to provide the community with a floodlit all-weather sports area, which was completed in 1992. As a result of this project local people were provided with a first-class tennis facility and the ladies were able to launch netball in 1993. By far the greatest boost was given to the youngsters of the district who use the area for soccer training. The weekly attendance exceeded 200 with regular practice sessions, supervised by enthusiastic coaches. The Club’s commitment to youth gained national recognition in the same year, when the Football Association made it a Mini Soccer Centre and Mr Ted Powell, the England u-18 manager attended one of the training sessions
in the same year, when the Football Association made it a Mini Soccer Centre and Mr Ted Powell, the England u-18 manager attended one of the training sessions.
Wendron C.C.Football Club is located in one of West Cornwall’s largest and most rural of parishes. It is in an area deprived of facilities and services and is the only sports club serving a host of village communities. The hard-working committee is proud of its achievements and is keen to improve facilities in order to provide the best for the youth (and not so young) of the area.
Wendron was struck by tragedy in 2019, when club Chairmen Kevin Williamson collapsed during Wendron’s cup win in the quarter final of the Cornwall Senior Cup. Kevin was rushed to hospital but sadly passed away the next day.
You cannot talk about the history of Wendron without speaking about the amazing work Kevin did for the club. Kevin joined Wendron CC in the early 90s and as an aggressive middle-order, attacking batsman, Kevin played for Wendron 1st, 2nd and thirds for over three decades. Despite never playing football for Wendron he took part in basically other role within football; team selection, managing youth and adult teams, running the line and cleaning the kit- Kevin did it all.
In 2007 Kevin was elected as Chairmen of Wendron and it was a position he held for 12 years. He raised thousands of pounds for charity and the club which helped win grants via the FA, leading Wendron to improve spectator accommodation, disabled access, solar panels and batteries (Here at Wendron we are the greenest club in the South West).
Wendron as a club are forever indebted to Kevin for all his wonderful work and contribution to our club.