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Sidley United Football Club is a football club based in Sidley, near Bexhill, England. The club is affiliated to the Sussex County Football Association[1] They currently play in the East Sussex League Premier Division.

Sidley United
Sidley-crest.gif
Full name Sidley United Football Club
Nickname(s) "The Blues"
Founded 1906
Ground Gullivers Sports Ground
Bexhill-on-Sea
Chairman Dickie Day
League East Sussex League Premier Division
2016–17 East Sussex League Premier Division, 5th of 12
Sidley at home to Sidlesham

Contents

HistoryEdit

Sidley United were founded in 1906 and were founder members of Division Two of the Sussex County League in 1952.[2] Which they managed to win in the 1958–59 season.[3] By 1965 the club found themselves back in Division Two, however they won the Division straight away to win promotion back into Division One.[4]

The club alternated between Division One and Two for the next 21 seasons, which saw them twice finish runners up in Division Two in 1971 and 1978.[5] During this period the club also made their debut in the FA Cup in the 1973-74 season.[5] At the end of the 1987–88 season Sidley were relegated into Division Three.[6] It then took the club three seasons to get back up to Division Two when they won promotion into Division Two as runners-up in 1988–89.[6]

In 1996–97 Sidley won the Division Two cup and won the league in 1998–99, winning promotion back into Division One.[7] The 2000–01 season saw Sidley win Division One for the first time in their history, finishing five points ahead of Burgess Hill Town, they also won the John O'Hara League Challenge Cup completing the league and cup double.[2] Seven seasons later at the end of the 2007-08 campaign the club were relegated back to Division Two, when they finished bottom of Division One.[8] Under the management of John Lambert the club gained promotion back to Division One at the end of the 2009-10 season, and completed a double by winning the Hastings Senior Cup as well.[9][10] They remained playing in the league until 2013, achieving mid-table finishes.

The club withdrew from the Sussex County League in 2013 due to the loss of their home ground following the financial collapse of the main social club and went without football that season but resumed playing in the ADA East Sussex Football League for the 2014/15 season in which they finished mid table. On 28 February 2015 their former clubhouse at The Gullivers was burnt down due to a fire.

On 6 April 2016 they won the Sussex FA Junior Cup for the second time in their history by beating Wadhurst United 6 - 4 after extra time. The game had ended 3 - 3 with Sidley there times coming from behind. They clinched the Division One title later that month.

StadiumEdit

Sidley United used to play their home games at Gullivers Sports Ground,Glovers Lane, North Road, Sidley, East Sussex, TN39 5BL.

Following the collapse of Sidley Social club, Gullivers closed and is no longer available. On 28 February 2015 the clubhouse suffered extensive damage following a fire.

For the 2014/15 season Sidley United are playing their home matches at Mill Lane in Hooe, which they share with fellow ESFL side Hooe Sports.

Current squadEdit

HonoursEdit

League honoursEdit

Cup honoursEdit

RecordsEdit

  • Highest League Position:[5] 1st in Sussex County League Division One 2000-01
  • FA Cup best performance:[5] First Qualifying Round 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79
  • FA Vase best performance:[5] Third Round 1998–99, 2005–06

Former playersEdit

  1. Players that have played/managed in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level (i.e. fully professional league).
  2. Players with full international caps.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "misconduct minutes". Surrey County FA. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Sidley United FC". Nomad Online. Retrieved 2011-02-23. 
  3. ^ "Sussex County League 1920-1960". Nonleaguematters.net. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  4. ^ "Sussex County League 1960-1980". Nonleaguematters.net. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i Sidley United at the Football Club History Database
  6. ^ a b "Sussex County League 1980-1993". Nonleaguematters.net. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  7. ^ "Sidley United Football Club - Home Page". Sidley United Football Club. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  8. ^ "Sussex County League 2003-2012". Nonleaguematters.net. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  9. ^ Published on Thursday 2 August 2012 12:00 (2012-08-02). "Season preview - Sidley United - County League Football". Rye and Battle Observer. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  10. ^ a b "2011/12 Reports". Sidleyunitedfc.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  11. ^ "R.U.R. Cup Final Results – Sussex County Football Association". Sussexcountyleague.com. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  12. ^ a b "SCFL Division 2 Cup - Sussex County Football League". Sussexcountyleague.com. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 
  13. ^ Published on Wednesday 28 March 2012 16:50 (2012-03-28). "Bexhill cup win "a bit special" - County League Football - Hastings and St. Leonards Observer". Hastingsobserver.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-12-28. 

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