The 90’s

The next major trophies were to come in 1995 when Wits won both the BP Top 8 and the Coca Cola Cup under John Lathan, who was by this time serving his second period as coach.

Also during this period the Junior Club introduced Under 6′s and Under 7′s, and the internal university leagues grew in leaps and bounds. Several amateur teams were formed to cater for students who were not selected for the professional or reserve teams, and for those wishing only to play “social” football.

In 1995 the club won the Telkom Knockout once again, exactly 10 yeaars after their first victory.

1996 saw the professional team drop dangerously low in the League table of the newly formed Premier Soccer League. It was only through a spirited win in the last game of the season against Jomo Cosmos that the Clubs status in the top division was maintained.

In 1997 Investec took over the sponsorship of the Club from Richleigh Shoes, signing a three year contract that included substantial amounts for bursaries. The club was already on the road to recovery after the rocky 95/96 season, and finished a comfortable 12th place in the league.

In 1998 the Club’s Under 17 team won the USA Cup, a prestigious International youth tournament. Ashley Makhanya was also chosen to captain the National Under 23 team. 1998 also saw the Club finish in an impressive 8th place.

The 1998/99 season saw the club make good progress in both the Rothmans Cup (quarter finalists) and the Bob Save Super Bowl (semi-finalists) although they only finished 11th in the final PSL standings. In the 1999/2000 season John Lathan’s hardworking Wits side finished in an outstanding 5th place in the league, led by their captain, Peter Gordon, who played over 400 times for the club and was capped twice by Bafana Bafana.