Wits University Football Club
, known under their sponsored title as Bidvest Wits
, is a South African football team
based in the Parktown
suburb of Johannesburg
. The team is nicknamed "The Clever Boys"
or "The Students"
, because of the club's close affiliation with the University of the Witwatersrand
Bidvest Wits currently compete in Premier Soccer League
, and selected Bidvest Stadium
as their home venue. They also fields a reserve team at the same stadium. The reserve team is named Bid Boys
, and currently compete in Vodacom League
The club has its roots at Wits University in Johannesburg
, where it was formed in 1921 by the university's Students Representatives Council. The club competed in a variety of tournaments and leagues before eventually winning promotion to the National Football League
in 1975 - then South Africa's top domestic league.
During the 1970s the club produced some of South Africa's finest players - amongst them goalkeeper Gary Bailey
, who went on to play for Manchester United
and Defender Richard Gough
, who later played for Rangers
The club won their first major title in 1978 - winning the Mainstay Cup
after beating Kaizer Chiefs
in the final of the competition. Six years later they picked up the BP Top 8
, and a year later in 1985 they again beat Chiefs, this time in the final of the JPS Knockout Cup
The 1990s saw mixed fortunes for the team. They won two trophies, the BP Top 8