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Blandford United FC

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Website last updated: 22 Mar, 2014 @ 14:44

History

Club History

History of Blandford United FC

There are no records available to determine when Blandford Football Club was formed, but older supporters believe this was in the 1890's, a fact which appears to be confirmed by the results of friendly matches and a Dorset Senior Cup match against Weymouth during the 1893/94 season.

These friendlies continued over the next two seasons but by 1896/97 the club had entered the Dorset League, finishing in fifth place out of eight.

Lower table finishes in the same League from 1912-1914.

After the War years the team returned to the Dorset League in 1919/20 finishing fourth place out of nine.

FA Cup records show an entry by Blandford in the 1920/21 season where they reached the third Qualifying round beating East Cowes Victoria 3-2 (a) in the preliminary round, Boscombe (now AFC Bournemouth) 2-1 in a replay (h) after a 1-1 draw, Bournemouth Amateurs 2-0 (h), before losing 0-1 at Cowes.

In 1921/22 the club fell at the first hurdle, losing 0-2 at home to Bournemouth Amateurs.

In 1922/23 Boscombe gained revenge for their defeat two seasons earlier, by beating the club 3-0 (a). In 1923/24 Weymouth beat Blandford 9-0 (a) in the Preliminary round.

The team continued to play in the Dorset League 1 but during the summer of 1924 an amalgamation took place between the club and Blandford Institute, who had been playing in Dorset League 2 to form the current club, Blandford United, with a reserve side in Division 2.

After a break they re-entered the FA Cup in 1927/28, beating Dorchester Town 6-2 (h), before losing 4-2 at Gosport Athletic in the 1st Qualifying round.

The following season, direct entry into the first Qualifying Round resulted in a 2-0 defeat at RM Portsmouth.

The combined dub continued to enter the FA cup during the 1930s, losing 3-1 at Bournemouth Amateurs in 1930, winning 2-0 at Gosport and losing 0-3 at home to Salisbury City in 1931, losing 6-0 at RAOC Hilsea in 1932, losing 0-3 to Hamworthy (h) in 1933, beating RM Portsmouth 3-0 (h) and losing 1-2 to Totton in 1934.

In the 1934/35 season was particularly memorable when the club won the Dorset Senior Club for the first time, beating Weymouth 2-1 after a drawn match.

In 1935/36 the FA cup run began with a 2-2 draw at Hamworthy with the reply being won 4-1. However, Weymouth were to prove too good in the next round as the club suffered a 0-2 home reverse.

Pre-war entries to the competition ended in 1936/37 with a 1-5 home defeat by Bournemouth Amateurs.

The war years ended competitive football and it was sometime after the war before the ground was playable owing to anti-tank traps.

In 1950/51 the club was back in the FA cup reaching the second qualifying round with victories over Gosport Borough Athletic 4-1 (h), Bournemouth Amateurs 6-2 (h), before losing 0-9 to Alton Town.

In 1951/52 they lost to Lymington 1-3 (h) and 1952/53 2-5 to Dorchester Town (h).

In 1957 the Dorset Combination League was founded and our life member and former chairman, Ewart Hawkins, was at the inaugural meeting and after Blandford United won the Division 1 championship we became a founder member of the Combination League, only stepping out for three years due to lack of players and cash.

We rejoined the Dorset Combination League in 1967 with a new young team that were brought together by the late Gordon Kaiie (ex-Preston North End & Nottingham Forest) and in the 1969/70 season Blandford United were triumphant in winning the league Following this the club have won the league once in every decade: in 1975/76, 1982/83 and 1991/92 and also won the Dorset Combination Cup in 1974/75, 1978/79 and 1983/84.

Blandford United have had a fair modicum of success and without doubt the greatest event was winning the Dorset Senior Cup in 1935/36 after two replays.

Blandford United Under 18s have also achieved honours. Dorset County Youth League Division 2 champions 1998/99.

County Under 18s Division One Champions 2004/05, 2005/06, 2009/10 

Blandford United first every womens team played in the Dorset County Womens league 2005/06 but disbanded two seasons later. The team returned to the league season 2010/11 to become Champions with a record 100% points tally.

Blandford United womens team taking promotion into the South West England (Eastern Division) step 5 and a step too far ending the season bottom and being relegated back to the Dorset League where they are today.       

Since the formation of the Dorset Premier League we have not won any major honours apart from the Veterans who won the Dorset County FA Veterans Cup in 2003/04 season and runners-up in 2007/08.

The adult and youth section of the club officialy joined together in 2009. We continue to promote quality coaching through our youth policy which provides the majority of our senior players.