Yateley United Football Club is a community-based football club in Yateley, Hampshire.  The club was founded in 1902 as Yateley Football Club, but reformed in 2013 after four Yateley-based clubs merged to form a single, ambitious club.  Yateley United’s First Team currently play in the Hellenic League Division 2 South (2019/20 season).

History
Yateley United 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, the club 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.  Unfortunatley, 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, whilst 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 the 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 for adults and 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, winning 5, losing 12 and drawing 7.  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 season and, as Town 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 Division in 2003.  In 2011/12, Yateley Green F.C. won the Surrey Intermediate League Western Premier and were promoted to the Surrey Elite, which they won by 8 clear points in 2012/13.

In 2012, Yateley United were formed 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, finishing 8th, and in 2018/19 moved to the UHLSport Hellenic League Division 2 East.  United played in the Hellenic League Division 2 South in 2019/20 before the season was abandoned due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

View the club’s full League History HERE.

Formation
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.

Recent History
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 a First Team, Development Team, Ladies Team, A Team, B Team, Sunday Team and also provides Walking Football for anyone over 50 or with a limiting medical condition.

In 2017, Yateley United were awarded the Hampshire F.A. Chartered Club of the Year award.

A new Ladies Team was established in 2018 and played their first season in the Thames Valley Counties Women’s Football League Division 2 East.

Facilities
Yateley United play their home games at Sean Devereux Park, Yateley, however whilst the ground is being developed they had to ground share.  In the 2018/19 season, they played their home games at the old Farnborough North End ground, Cody Sports & Social Club; in the 2019/20 season shared Sandhurst Town’s pitch at Bottom Meadow and in the 2020/21 season will be ground sharing with Cove F.C. at Oak Farm.

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 club’s 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 has been running since 2011 and has become a huge success which, along with several other smaller events, has raised a significant amount of money.  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.  In 2020, the club announced they had been awarded Pitch Preparation Funding from the Premier League, FA and DCMS’s Football Foundation, allowing the pitches at SDP to be ready for the new season.

With the Multi-Use Games Area 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.

Club Honours

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Aldershot Junior League Div. 1
1965/66

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Aldershot Senior League Div. 1
1985/86

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Aldershot Senior League Cup
1985/86

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Aldershot Senior League
1994/95, 2002/03, 2010/11

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Surrey Intermediate Western Premier
2011/12

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Surrey Elite
Intermediate
2012/13

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Hampshire FA Chartered Club of the Year
2017

Club Records

League Positions

Highest League Position: 1st in Aldershot Junior League Div. 1 (1965/66)*
Lowest League Position: 20th in Wessex League Div. 3 (2004/05)
Most League Points in a Season: 64 in Hampshire League Div. 2 (1996/97)
Fewest League Points in a Season: 8 in Wessex League Div. 3 (2004/05)
Most League Wins in a Season: 19 in Hampshire League Div. 2 (1996/97)
Fewest League Wins in a Season: 1 in Combined Counties Western (1981/82)
Most League Defeats in a Season: 34 in Wessex League Div. 3 (2004/05)
Fewest League Defeats in a Season: 3 in Surrey Elite Intermediate (2012/13)
Most League Draws in a Season: 11 in Hampshire League Div. 3 (1995/96)
Fewest League Draws in a Season: 1 in Combined Counties League (1979/80)
Most League Goals Scored in a Season: 79 in Hampshire League Div. 2 (1996/97)
Fewest League Goals Scored in a Season: 17 in Combined Counties Western (1981/82)
Most League Goals Conceded in a Season: 217 in Wessex League Div. 3 (2004/05)
Fewest League Goals Conceded in a Season: 26 in Surrey Elite Intermediate (2012/13)
Best Goal Difference: 34 in Hampshire League Div. 2 (1996/97)
Worst Goal Difference: -183 in Wessex League Div. 3 (2004/05)

Results
Biggest Win: 9-0 vs. Godalming Town U21 (h) in Pre-Season Friendly (4th August 2016)
Biggest League Win: 
8-0 vs. Chinnor F.C. (h) in Hellenic League Div. 2 East (6th October 2018)
Biggest Defeat: 0-11 vs. Battersea Ironsides (a) in Surrey Elite Intermediate (26th November 2016)
Biggest League Defeat: 0-11 vs. Battersea Ironsides (a) in Surrey Elite Intermediate (26th November 2016)
Highest Scoring Match: 0-11 loss vs. Battersea Ironsides (a) in Surrey Elite Intermediate (26th November 2016)
Highest Scoring League Match: 0-11 vs. Battersea Ironsides (a) in Surrey Elite Intermediate (26th November 2016)

Players (as of 2013/14 season)
Most Overall Appearances: 82 – Sam Munden (2014/15-present)
Most Competitive Appearances: 79 – Sam Munden (2014/15-present)
Most League Appearances: 67 – Sam Munden (2014/15-present)
Most Cup Appearances: 14 – Myles White (2017/18-present)
Most Overall Goals: 60 – Myles White (2017/18-present)
Most Competitive Goals: 43 – Myles White (2017/18-present)
Most League Goals: 54 – Myles White (2017/18-present)
Most Cup Goals: 6 – Myles White (2017/18-present)
Most Overall Goals in a Season: 30 – Myles White (2018/19)
Most Competitive Goals in a Season: 30 – Myles White (2018/19)
Most League Goals in a Season: 25 – Myles White (2018/19)
Most Cup Goals in a Season: 5 – Myles White (2018/19)
Most Goals by a Player in a Match: 4 – Matt Gillett vs. Battersea Ironsides (h) in Surrey Elite Intermediate (7th September 2013)*
Most Goals by a Player in a Competitive Match: – Matt Gillett vs. Battersea Ironsides (h) in Surrey Elite Intermediate (7th September 2013)*
Most Goals by a Player in a League Match: – Matt Gillett vs. Battersea Ironsides (h) in Surrey Elite Intermediate (7th September 2013)*
Most Goals by a Player in a Cup Match: 3 – Chris Thornton vs. Eversley & California Reserves (h) in Aldershot Intermediate Cup 2nd Round (22nd January 2020)
Most Clean Sheets by a Player in a Season: 8 – George Currey (2018/19)

Attendances (as of 2018/19 season)
Highest Recorded Attendance: 48 vs. Burnham F.C. in Hellenic League Challenge Cup 2nd Round (29th September 2018)
Highest Gate Receipts: N/A
Average Attendance: 27.53 in Hellenic League Div. 2 East (2018/19)
Lowest Attendance: 12 vs. Aston Clinton in Hellenic League Div. 2 East (15th December 2018)

Sequences (as of 2013/14 season)
Most Matches Won in a Row: 5 (5th April 2014 – 26th April 2014)*
Most Matches Without Losing: 8 (12th October 2013 – 7th December 2013)
Most Matches Lost in a Row: 10 (11th October 2014 – 13th December 2014)
Most Matches Without Winning: 15 (24th September 2016 – 11th February 2017)
Most Matches Without Scoring: 5 (20th August 2016 – 10th September 2016)
Most Matches Without Conceding: 3 (30th March 2019 – 11th April 2019)