Blandford United F.C. - DORSET PREMIER

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Blandford United are based in Blandford Forum, Dorset. Three Adult sides play in the Dorset Premier League, Dorset Senior League and Dorset Womens League. Blandford United Youth offer football for boys & girls aged 4 to 18 years old. Their teams play in The Dorset County FA Leagues or Dorset Youth Football League. Each team has an FA level 1 trained coach & is an FA Charter Standard Community Club, run to the highest possible standards. (Awarded National FA Charter Standard Community Club 2005 of England & Wales) Our teams train once or twice per week. Some teams train at the weekend and some teams train on weekday evenings. Our youth section charge a season fee of ?20 for registration and ?2 per training session or match.

The club was a founding member of the Dorset Combination in 1957. The club is affiliated to the Dorset County Football Association and is a FA chartered Standard club. They are currently members of the Dorset Premier League. They play their games at Blandford Recreation Ground. The club was formed on October 1, 1882 and were inaugural members of the South Hants and Dorset Football Association in 1884, which became part of the Dorset FA in 1887.

In 1896/97 the club became founder members of the Dorset League, finishing in fifth place out of eight.[2] They stayed there up and till the First World War when football was suspended in the Dorset league and returned to the League after the First World War in 1919/20 finishing fourth place out of nine.

In the 1920/21 season they reached the third Qualifying round of the FA Cup beating East Cowes Victoria 3/2 (a) in the preliminary round, Boscombe (now A.F.C. Bournemouth) 2/1 in a replay (h) after a 1/1 draw, Bournemouth Amateurs 2/0 (h), before losing 0/1 at Cowes.

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.

In the 1934/35 season the club won the Dorset Senior Cup for the first time, beating Weymouth 2/1 after a drawn match.

After the second world war the ground was unplayable owing to anti-tank traps, and they had to wait sometime before it could be used again. In 1957 the club left the Dorset league, to play in the Dorset Combination League which had just been created and the club won the Division 1 championship. They stayed in the league until 1964, having to leave due to a lack of players and money, but rejoined again in 1967 and two seasons later Blandford United won the league. The club then went on to win the league again in the 1974/75 and 1982/83 seasons, while also collecting a number of league cups during the 1970s. The club entered the FA Vase for the first time in 1984/85 season, but only continued entering this competition for a further two seasons.

The 1991/92 season saw the club's last league championship win and since then the club has remained in the Dorest Combination League, now known as the Dorset Premier League.