THROWBACK THURSDAYS

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Here we go, on another weeks THROWBACK THURSDAY, where we try our best to honour the Worthing players and teams of yesteryear!

This week we will be honouring brothers! That’s right, brothers. Since Worthings very existence there have been at least one set of siblings present to represent Worthing in our most significant squads. Right back to the beginning, through the 70’s, 80’s and into the 90’s Worthing most definately kept it in the family. So let’s go back to the beginning, literally, and look at Worthings first significant team of the late 1890’s and early 1900’s.

Ernie Paine, a significant player in his own right, captained not only Worthing, but the England squad as well. He wasn’t the only Paine present in the Worthing squad, however, as during this period he was supported by 2 of his brothers, R. C. Paine and W. R. Paine. Together they formed one of the most successful periods for Worthing, until the present day.

There are probably many more brothers to play over the next few decades leading up to the 60’s and 70’s. Graham White and his brother to name a few,  but the next significant duo changed the shape of Worthing Water Polo and have a direct impact on today’s current squad and there names are Duncan and Alastair Roberts. Alastair in particular has become perhaps the most influential person in Sussex water polo history. They wouldn’t be alone, however, as another family name would become synonymous with Worthing SC through the 80’s and  into the 90’s. The Hodges brothers.  Frank, Robert, Kevin and Andy Hodges would be a permanent and important feature to the Worthing squad, and would be involved in the clubs first Sussex Championship for 80 years. Another set of legendary brothers were also a part of the 1994 team, who happen to be relatives of Ernie Paine. Dean and Scott Orchard, who contributed with a large number of goals during the 90’s, formed an outstanding offensive duo.

Arguably the next and one of the most significant teams is the 2009 squad that played in the first ever season in BWPL.  Worthing started the season with Joel and Sam Abbott, two very talented players and they would add to this duo, later in the season, with Dominic and Alex Cranford.

So, we honour all the brothers that have ever played for Worthing at the same time! Tweet us, or message us on Facebook if you think we’ve missed some siblings from our tribute!

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THROWBACK THURSDAY

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On this week’s THROWBACK THURSDAY we honour arguably one of the most successful squads in the history of Worthing SC. From 1897 to 1903 the Worthing Squad had the clubs first ever period of success. It would set up the teams relative dominance up to 1913, which would be the last time Worthing would win the County Championship for 80 years.

The squad was led by Ernie Paine, arguably the clubs greatest ever player and certainly the greatest player of his generation. He not only captained the Worthing team, but also the England team in 1903 and was an integral part of the squad. He wasn’t the only Paine to be part of the squad, his 2 brothers, R. C. Paine and W. R. Paine were also important pieces that completed the puzzle.

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The teams success during this period was kick started by Worthings first Sussex County Championship in 1897, and the next 6 years would see them take 3 trips to the Southern Counties ASA Championship finals and a solitary trip to the ASA National Cup final. The 3 SCASA finals were all against London Polytechnic and all ended in close losses. The trip to the National Finals was in 1901 against an Olympic opposition. The year before it was decided by the IOC that the representative team for the Paris Games would emerge from the overall winners of the 1899 National Championships. Worthing were in fact in contention for this honour, although unable to reach the finals that year. The winners were Manchester Osborne, who went onto dominate in the Olympics and win gold. Osborne was to be Worthings opposition in the finals. Worthing fought valiantly against a team that averaged nearly 10 goals a game during the Olympics and dominated all international opposition by an average of over 7 goals per game. The odds were heavily stacked against Worthing and with good cause. They would ultimately lose the game, but give Osborne the closest match that had experienced for over a year. The final score was 6-2 to Osborne and even though Worthing had kept their opposition well under their 10 goal average, they failed to capitalise and watched Osborne pull away in the last quarter. They also managed to keep the goal difference less than the massive 7 goals average Osborne maintained at Olympic level.

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It was the forth loss in a heartbreaking, but pretty dominant period of the clubs history. Four major finals in 6 years is such an achievement, that Worthing has had to wait over 100 years before showing the same dominance in the South East Regionals, a current version the SCASA Championship. Worthings participation in the National Cup, who’s closest resemblance is the ASA Deep Water Championships, never did manage to reach another final. The squad of the late 1800’s and the early 1900’s could easily be argued one of Worthings greatest ever squads and indeed one of the best in the country, of that generation. So this week’s THROWBACK THURSDAY, we salute you!

Squad in full:

E. J. Dean
J. M. Head
R. C. Paine
E. A. Paine
Frank Parish (1st Club President)
T. H. Greet
C. C. Grinstead
W. R. Paine