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The Capenhurst Villa FC Story

Capenhurst Villa FC were originally founded in 1952. And in the first season, commenced playing in the Chester & District league, under the name of Capenhurst FC, that name was to remain until 1985.
In 1980, following success in a BNFL Inter Departmental competition, a team was formed, and assumed the name of Capenhurst Villa FC, sharing the ground with Capenhurst FC, who continued to run separately, with its own committee.

It was 1985, when the clubs decided to merge, and use the name Capenhurst Villa FC, with teams now playing in the South Wirral League Premier division, and First Division. The 1988/89 season, saw Capenhurst Villa successfully apply to join the West Cheshire League, Second Division, with the Reserves continuing in the South Wirral League.

The following season 1989/90, saw Capenhurst Villa finish Runners up, in Division Two of the West Cheshire league, whilst losing two semi-finals in the Wirral Amateur Cup, and the West Cheshire (Durwin) Bowl.
Cup disappointments were soon cast aside though, when the club gained promotion to Division One, with the reserve side stepping up from the South Wirral League, to Division Two of the West Cheshire League, for the start of the following 90/91 season. 

In the 1992-93 season, although, after initially proving to be a difficult time for the club, with two teams now holding West Cheshire status. Capenhurst Villa FC were soon vying for honours.
While consolidating their place in Division One, the First team won through to Two finals, unfortunately losing out to Cammell Laird in the Cheshire Amateur Cup final, but going on to beat Mersey Royal, to win the Wirral Senior Cup. 

'The Cape' lost out in the same final a year later 1993/94, to Poulton Victoria.

Capenhurst Villa Reserves posted their intentions in the 1995-96 season, finishing runners up in Division Two, just one point behind eventual Champions, Poulton Victoria Reserves. Sadly in the same season our over 35's team were beaten Finalists in the Ssangyong National cup, had they won, an appearance at Wembley, playing before the league cup final was the prize.
Unfortunately for the next few years, further League success was a struggle, with the 1st team dropping into Division 2, and the second string unluckily having to drop into Division 3, but the Management & Committee were forever hopeful. 

January 2003 saw us change bases Click HERE, and move just around the corner to the Electric Research club, as the old Capenhurst Sports and Social Club was closed. It was a bit of a wrench, but we were made more than welcome, so it was business as usual. 2003, also saw a change in fortunes, as in the 2003/04 season, Cape claimed the West Cheshire Bowl ...Click HERE. Beating Heswall Reserves 2-1 in a close fought encounter.

2004/05 season also saw an improving Capenhurst Villa, whilst after a great season, they were thwarted in the promotion race in the dying weeks to finish 3rd. Whilst Semi final disappointments in the West Cheshire Bowl, and Wirral Senior cup, were accompanied by an unlucky exit in the Cheshire Amateur Cup, at the quarter final stage. 

2010/11, an appearance in the West Cheshire Bowl final, in May 2011 proved fruitless, as we succumbed to a 6-1 defeat, to a strong Ashville outfit. 

2013/14 season we were crowned as Division 2 Champions, and won promotion back to Division One. And all with four games to spare. We also reached the Cheshire Amateur cup quarters, losing out to Ashville FC.

2014/15 season we lost out in all three semi finals, the Cheshire Amateur cup, the West Cheshire Bowl, and the Wirral Senior cup, while our Reserves won through to the Wirral Amateur Cup final, narrowly losing out in extra time, to a division higher Willaston outfit 1-0.

February 2016, saw our base for the last thirteen years, The Electricity Research Club, close. So up until 2019, we are somewhat nomadic, using local pubs in the immediate area, as our meeting place, until we could come up with our own facility.

May 2017, saw our 2nd team led to promotion By Managers Daz Earlam, and Damian McGinnigle. Confirming 2nd place in Division 3, on the very last day of the season. And for the start of the 2017/18 season, we now held Division 2, and Division 3 status. As we elected to drop our 1st team down to the 2nd Division, to help our NEW youthful 2nd team start in Division 3.

2018/19, Was another successful season. Led once again by Daz Earlam, our 1st team gained promotion to Division One, finishing 2nd in the league. And also, unluckily losing out in the final of the West Cheshire bowl 1-0. 

By the end of 2019, work was completed on our newly refurbished Pavilion, and new Clubhouse. Our Clubhouse, containing re-designed dressing rooms, new showers, and a Bar and TV room, gives both the football, and our Rugby compatriots, a club, a home, and a great base to run from. So onwards and upwards we go.

2020/21, After a shortened, Covid affected season, our recently formed Capenhurst Villa FC Veterans team, made it through to the Wirral Junior Cup final. And after a 1-1 Draw at Full Time, a brave effort saw the Vets losing out to season long unbeaten favourites, Avenue FC, 3-5 in a penalty shoot out.

2021/22, Capenhurst Villa FC Vets team won their first ever trophy, winning the final of the The Tom Gerraghty Memorial Trophy. Beating Parkfield vets 5-2.

2022/23, After a thirty year gap, and for the second time in our history, Manager Steve Simmons, steered his side to lift the prestigious Wirral Senior Cup. We last won it the 1992/93 season, and now 30yrs later, 2022/23. Deservedly beating Div One Champs, and Cheshire Amateur cup winners, Mersey Royal in the final, 1-0.

The Youth policy at the club will continue, and is seen by everyone, as our best way forward.
Therefore, Capenhurst Villa Football Club, look forward to a long, and hopefully successful, association with the West Cheshire Association Football League.

 West Cheshire successes and nearly successes

2022/23 .....Wirral Senior Cup Winners

2021/22 ...CWFL Tom Gerraghty cup winners (Cape Villa Vets).

2020/21 .....Wirral Junior Cup beaten Finalists (Cape Villa Vets).

2018/19 .....West Cheshire Division 2 Runners-Up (1st team), and beaten finalists in West Cheshire Bowl (1st team).

2016/17 .....West Cheshire Division 3 Runner-Up (reserves)

2014/2015 .....Wirral Amateur Cup Finalists (reserves)

2013/2014 .....West Cheshire Division 2 Champions

2010/2011 .....West Cheshire Bowl Finalists

2006/2007 .....West Cheshire Club of the Year Award

2005/2006 .....West Cheshire Club of the Year Award

2003/2004 .....West Cheshire Bowl Winners

1995/96 .....West Cheshire Division 2 Runner-Up (reserves)

1995/96 .....National Ssanyong Cup beaten Finalists (Cape over 35's)

1993/94 .....Wirral Senior Cup Finalists

1992/93 .....Cheshire Amateur Cup Finalists

1992/93 .....Wirral Senior Cup Winners

1989/90.....West Cheshire Division 2 Runner-Up



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