Map & Directions

Ground: Blandford Recreational Ground, Park Road,
Blandford Forum. DT11 7DB

Midweek Home: Tuesdays

Colours: Royal Blue Shirts, Royal Blue Shorts, Royal Blue Socks

Alternative Colours: Red Shirts, White Shorts, Red Socks

Nickname: The Royals

Chairman: Mr David Fraser

Secretary: Mr Ian Steele

Address: 1 Barnack Courtyard, Edward Street, Blandford, Dorset. DT11 7QJ

Home: 01258 452541

Business:

Mobile: 07748 626427

E-mail: ian.steele03@talktalk.net

 

League Honours

League Champions: 1969/70, 1974/75, 1982/83, 1991/92

League Runners-up: 1979/80

League Cup Winners: 1973/74, 1975/76, 1977,78, 1978/79

 

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Ground Directions

Entering Blandford from the north on the B3082 - ground is the on the left just past the hospital.

from other routes go to town centre (church/market place) then north into Salisbury street, left into white cliff mill street and the right into park lane - the ground is immediately on your left.

 

Club History

Blandford United have long been one of the top clubs in Dorset County Football. Formed on October 1st 1882 the club were inaugural members if the South Hants and Dorset Football Association, which was founded in 1884, from which the Dorset County FA was subsequently formed in 1887.

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The club played mainly friendly matches in the early years, although there is a record of a Dorset Senior Cup match against Weymouth during the 1893/94 season.

Blandford were one of the eight clubs which contested the first Dorset League season of 1896/97, finishing fifth and records show they had lower table finishes in the same league from 1912-1914. After the war years the team returned to the Dorset league in 1919/1920 finishing fourth place out of nine.

The 'Royals' have played at the recreational ground in park road since just after the first war. In 1933 a wooden 200 seated grandstand was built but this was demolished some 50 years later after a spell of vandalism and disrepair.

The FA cup was regularly entered in the 1920's and 1930's with their best run in the 1920/21 season when they reached the third qualifying round after beating East Cowes Victoria 3-2 away in the preliminary round, Boscombe (now AFC Bournemouth) 2-1 in a home replay after a 1-1 draw and Bournemouth Amateurs 2-0 at home before losing 0-1 at Cowes.

Blandford continue 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.

The 1934/35 season was particularly memorable as the club won the Dorset senior club for the first time, beating Weymouth 2-1 in a replay following a draw in the first match.

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

In 1949/50 the club was back in the FA cup and in the following season reached the second qualifying round with home victories over Gosport Borough Athletic 4-1 and Bournemouth Amateurs 6-2, before losing 0-9 at Alton town.

The club remained in the Dorset league until 1957 when the Dorset combination league was formed, with life member and former chairman Ewat Hawkins at the inaugural meeting, and the Royals taking their place as the founder members after finishing third in Dorset division 1.

the club dropped out of the league for four seasons between 191963 to 1967, due to lack of players and funds, but rejoined at the start of the 1967/68 season when a new young team that were brought together by the late Gordon Kaile ex-Preston north end & Nottingham forest, and he brought the club their first league success in 1969/70 when they secured the title.

The 1970's saw the clubs most successful period as they lifted the league cup in 1973/74 following a 2-0 victory against Parley Sports, the league Championship the following season (74/75) and the league cup again in 1975-76 following another victory over Parley, this time 1-0. Back to back league cup wins again in 1977/78, against Hamworhty united and 1978/79, against Parley Sports was followed by runners-up position in the league in 1979/80 to round off a successful decade.

The club tasted league success again in 1982/83 when the tile returned to park road after an eight year absence before the clubs final league championship was secured in 1991/92.

Blandford entered the FA vase for three seasons during the 1980's but unfortunately didn’t get beyond the preliminary round.

Over recent seasons the club have been unable to sustain the success they had previously achieved, but with a project underway to look at re-location options north of the A350 by-pass, this could well be the catalyst which sees the Royals back amongst the leading clubs in county football.