Yateley United Football Club is a community-based football club in Yateley, Hampshire, England. The club was founded in 1902 as Yateley Football Club, but re-formed in 2013 after four Yateley-based clubs merged to form a single ambitious club. Yateley United currently play in the Hellenic League Division 2 East.
Yateley United F.C. was founded on 1st June 2013 by uniting 4 clubs: Beaulieu F.C. (founded 1972), Yateley Green A.F.C. (founded 1985), Yateley F.C. (founded 1902), and Yateley F.C. Youth.
Yateley has a long history, the first recorded game was played on 7th January 1903, where they were beaten 7-1 by Camberley Post Office. The original Yateley F.C. was formed on 4th October 1902 at the Chequers Inn, Eversley. In 1910 the AGM recorded a deficit of 14/6d. For the first 12 years they only played friendly matches. At the AGM at the White Lion, Yateley, in July 1914, George Higgs, secretary and treasurer, was thanked for ten years’ service and the club entered the Aldershot Civilian League. Unfortunately, in August, war was declared and all football ceased.
Yateley F.C. didn’t resume until the AGM held on 17th August 1921 at the White Lion, where a balance of £4 was carried over from 1914. George Higgs stood down from role of Secretary after over 16 years in the job, but remained Treasurer, and still opening the batting for Yateley Cricket Club in 1919, aged 52. The first match of the reformed club was away to Eversley F.C. (now Eversley & California F.C.) on 10th September 1921, but history has not recorded the result.
The next AGM on 15th August 1922 held in the Parish Room had 25 members attending, the annual subscriptions set at 2/- for adults and 1/- for under 16s. The next year’s AGM was moved to the end of the coming season, to decide on joining a league. The opening match was at home against Finchampstead F.C., with Yateley winning 7-2 – Yateley’s colours at this time were black and amber shirts with white shorts. On 9th May 1923 the AGM held at the White Lion recorded 25 matches played, 15 won, 4 lost, 6 drawn. They were elected to the Ascot & District League Division 2 and Reserve Division, winning their first league match 3-0 against Finchampstead. At the end of that first season of competitive football, they won promotion to Division 1. The first team entered charity cups, charging admission of 6d adults, children half price.
In 1927/28, the club joined Division 2A of the Aldershot Junior League – 14 teams – winning their opening game 5-4 against RAF Farnborough at Manor Park. Yateley remained in the lower reaches of the Aldershot League until 1962/63 when they were promoted to Division 1 as Division 2 Runners-up. They finished Runners-up in Division 1 for two years before winning Division 1 in 1965/66, but denied election to the Senior League until ground improvements made in 1966/67.
In 1978/79, now renamed Yateley Town F.C., they were founder members of the Home Counties League (formed from Surrey Senior League) and finished 9th out of 13. The HCL became the Combined Counties Football League in 1979/80. Yateley Town dropped down into the Aldershot Senior League in 1984/85 and were relegated to Division 1 in 1985/86.
The Town club split into Yateley Town and Yateley Green before the 1985/86 season and, as Yateley were relegated, Green were promoted as Division 1 & Cup double champions. Green’s progress included the Senior title in 1994/95 and promotion to Hampshire League Division 3, then Division 2 in 1996. When the Hampshire League increased qualifying ground grading facilities, Green dropped back to the Aldershot Senior Division in 2003. Meanwhile, Yateley soon returned to the Senior Division which they won twice. In 2011/12, Yateley Green F.C. won the Surrey Intermediate League Western Premier Division and promoted to the Surrey Elite, which they won by 8 clear points in 2012/13.
In 2012 Yateley United were formed from uniting all the Yateley Senior and Junior teams, finishing 4th in the Surrey Elite. In 2017/18 Yateley United dropped back into the Surrey Intermediate League Western Premier Division, finishing 8th, and in 2018/19 moved to the UHLSport Hellenic League Division Two East.
Yateley United F.C. was formed in 2009 when four Yateley-based football clubs commenced discussions on joining together to form a single ambitious club which could build the necessary structure, and facilities, to provide a good standard of association football for the local community.
From these discussions, the clubs of Yateley F.C. (founded 1902) and Yateley F.C. Youth came together under the Yateley United F.C. name. Following further discussions over the next few years, in 2013 the other clubs – Yateley Green A.F.C. (founded 1985) and Beaulieu F.C. (founded 1972) – also agreed to join and the structure of Yateley United F.C. as it is today was established.
Today the club, through its adult and youth sections, provide football for three generations from the age of four to 80 plus. Its Youth Section has teams in Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire-based leagues and its adult section has the First Team playing in the Hellenic League, and other Saturday teams (Reserves & A Team) in the Aldershot & District Football League.
In 2017, Yateley United were awarded the Hampshire F.A. Chartered Club of the Year.
Yateley United play their home games at Sean Devereux Park, Yateley, however for the 2018-19 Season, their home games are being played at the old Farnborough North End ground, Cody Sports & Social Club.
Early in the creation of the club, an outline of the facilities which would need to be established were planned. The club realised that significant funds would be required to enable this to happen. These facilities, in the short to medium term, include more youth pitches, a new floodlit pitch, a Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA), clubhouse and a new stand. Importantly included in the design are the facilities needed for Level 5 status in the football pyramid, which in turn reflects the clubs ambition on the field of play.
Whilst the club was aware that grants for such facilities are available, i.e. from the Football Foundation, a very significant proportion of any costs would be required to be raised by the club itself. It was to this end, understanding that jumble or car boot sales would not provide such funds, that the club set up an event management team, under the auspices of Yateley Sports Community Interest Company, to organise the community music festival, Gig on the Green. This award-winning festival organised entirely by volunteers, is now in its ninth year of planning and has become a huge success which, along with several other smaller events, has to date raised around £240,000. As a result of this hard work when in 2014 the opportunity occurred for the club to purchase Sean Devereux Park, and so own the land teams played upon, they had the funds in place to do this.
Now, with planning permission granted, the club are able to commence seeking grants and sponsorships, whilst continuing the significant fundraising.
With the MUGA included in this development, it should be appreciated that the club are providing a facility which will cater for numerous sports and provide opportunities to directly aid the health and wellness of the community. This will also have a focus on its use by sports involving the disabled and the elderly, e.g. walking football and walking netball.
Aldershot Junior League Division 1
Aldershot & District Football League Division 1
Aldershot & District Football League Cup
Aldershot & District Football League Senior Division
*2x Winners between 2003 & 2011
Surrey Intermediate Western Premier Division
Surrey Elite League
Hampshire F.A. Chartered Club of the Year
Best FA Cup performance: TBA
Best FA Trophy performance: TBA
Best FA Vase performance: TBA
Record Attendance: TBA
Most Appearances: TBA
Most goals in a season: TBA
Most goals in a match: TBA