The club is based in South Marston on the north eastern outskirts of the Wiltshire town. Athletic had been previously called Penhill FC until 1989 after being formed in 1968, playing their football in the Hellenic League.
Supermarine, who were formed as Vickers Armstrong and then just Vickers were formed in 1946, also played their football at that level from 1982 as part of the sporting section of the Vickers Armstrong engineering company, which also partook in cricket, rugby, archery and bowls.
The new club were placed in the Hellenic League Premier Division. They went on to be crowned the 1997-98 champions under the leadership of John Fisher and Don Rogers, but were denied promotion because of grading issues at Supermarine Road.
Wednesday 15th August 2012
I had arrived in Swindon as I was returning from a jaunt to Devon the day before and a day of visiting new sports grounds. My plan was to go to that evenings FA Cup replay between Shrivenham and Kidlington and instead of relaxing in the pub before catching the bus I decided to take the chance to visit Supermarine as I didn't know when I'd get another.
I'd attempted to get inside Swindon Town's County Ground without any success, but had higher hopes of my next venture. The number seven bus dropped me at the end of Supermarine Road, near to Honda's UK factory on a large business park with the use of an excellent vale day rider ticket.
A few minutes later I was outside the ground where fortunately enough there was someone from the club going inside. He kindly let me follow him. The Webb's Wood Stadium was a very tidy venue and obviously had plenty of improvements to it in recent times.
The game had the feel of a pre season friendly in parts. We moved to the far end for the second half as some of the younger Dons support made full use of the refreshments on offer while giving the team support.
We didn’t have a perfect view, but realised that Marine must have come close many times, as the ball went across the Hendon six yard box at least half a dozen times without anyone getting a finish in.
We knew that the team were putting a real shift in and defending resolutely, but it was surely a matter of time before the equaliser. Ball retention was poor from the visitors as they invited further pressure. An occasional break away came as welcome rest bite.
Special mention must be made of chief official Dale Wootton bringing play back for a foul after initially trying to play advantage. He had a good game, but the fact that this was remembered probably sums up the quality of the game.