Western Province United
Full name Western Province United Football Club
Founded 1998, as FC Fortune
Ground Wynberg Military Base, Cape Town
Capacity N/A (in FM08 the capacity is 2,000)
Western Province United is a South African association football club based in Wynberg, Cape Town participating in the National First Division. After the liquidation of East London-based Bush Bucks in September 2006, Western Province United, known as Cape United during the 2005-06 season, took their place to become part of the First Division.
The club was formerly known as FC Fortune and was set up in 1998 by Colin Gie and Quinton Fortune, a South African football player.
In late 2007, businessman Dumisani Ndlovu, who previously owned Benoni Premier United, purchased WP United.
Wynberg is a southern suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. It is situated between Plumstead and Kenilworth. It is a main transport hub for the Southern Suburbs of Cape Town.
In 1683 land belonging to one of the Freeburgers, whose farms along the Liesbeek River supplied the Dutch East India Company, was sold to Herman Weeckens. The farm was named De Oude Wjinbergh (Old Wine Mountain). The Cape’s rough seas in the winter months led to a formal winter anchorage in 1743 where ships would dock at Simons’ Baai (present day Simons Town). A wagon route linking Cape Town to Simons Town went over the hill adjasent to De Oude Wjinbergh estate.
When the British took control of the Cape settlement on 16 Sept 1795 the small farming area of Wynberg developed rapidly into a garrison town, as the British settled a large amount of troops in the area. A notable settler was Alexander Tennant who built a house still standing, named Sonnebloem. At Wynberg the Dutch had earlier made a show of resistance, but they were soon driven from their post by the British. Wynberg was a convenient half way point between Table Bay and False Bay and this led to a hub of commercial activity. The authorities had allotted places where large teams of oxen could be unyoked and graze which made this possible. The village provided farmers with an alternative to the market in Cape Town. As more farms were subdivided commercial and residential properties began to increase