REDDITCH UNITED FOOTBALL CLUB HISTORY
Redditch United is one of the longest established football clubs in The Midlands. Redditch United first played in the Birmingham Combination League in 1891 and has had a proud history of first team achievements since then, winning various cup competitions in the Worcester and Birmingham Senior Cups as well as competing in leagues at a very competitive level.
Redditch United won the very first Worcestershire Senior Cup in 1894 and their last one in 2014!
Redditch United won its first league title, the Birmingham Combination Championship in 1914 and won its last league title to achieve Step 2 status in 1999. Today, Redditch United competes in the Evo-Stik Southern Premier League.
There is a proud history of football at Redditch United, but unfortunately in the more recent past, off the field, the Club veered from one financial crisis to another, was not financially sustainable and had lost identity with the community it serves. This came to a head in 2011, when the Club, after years of mis-management was about to enter liquidation.
Local businessman, entrepreneur and football fan, Chris Swan took over the Club in the role of Chairman, immediately clearing the Club’s outstanding debts to guarantee its continued survival. Chris and his wife, Sallie (Vice-Chairman), took on building the reputation locally for a Club which delivers both on and off the pitch. This involved the Club returning to its community roots, generating players from within and working closely with schools and local teams with the focus on re-generation and disadvantaged members of the Community. The Club re-launched its Junior Section five years ago with both girls and boys teams of all abilities, currently having 38 teams from Under 7’s through to Reserves.
The Club has worked hard to forge strategic alliances with Redditch Borough Council, West Bromwich Albion, Bournville College, YMCA and Community Theatre Group; Jestaminute. We have links with many important local businesses and for this season we have two new additional shirt sponsors: RAW Plant Services; and JLC Body Repairs, together with existing sponsors Cobalt Developments. Many local businesses support the Club by taking advertising boards and programme advertisements.
Redditch United ex-player Liam McDonald continues in his third year as manager at The Valley with Nick Green as Assistant Manager and David Bridgwater as Player/Coach. This management team were successful in turning around Redditch United’s first team, with them finishing tenth in the Southern Premier League in their first season as well as lifting the Worcestershire Senior Cup, beating Evesham in the final. Last season 2014/15, Redditch United narrowly missed the play-off challenge by one point. During this season six players left the Club for professional league clubs, a fact that Redditch United is very proud of as we are all about the delivery of inclusive and competitive football at the highest possible level to all ages.
|Southern League Western Division Winners||2004|
|Birmingham Senior Cup Winners||2005|
|Worcestershire Senior Cup Winners||2008|
|Worcestershire Senior Cup Runners-Up||2013|
|Worcestershire Senior Cup Winners||2014|
|Worcestershire Senior Cup Runners-Up||2016|
Redditch United has grown to 38 junior teams within five years and has an improving first team. Since a complete re-appraisal of the Junior Playing Section, a proper coaching and management structure is in place to support teams and players. Management has now arranged a support structure for the teams in the order of 100 volunteers and managers. Demand is strong with a substantial amount of new teams being created each year. Redditch United has just attained full FA Community Chartered Standardship. First team improvement has been achieved by taking a long term strategic approach towards the improvement in standards and players which appears to be improving the league position with promotion being a target.
Redditch United is at a very exciting point as it commemorates its 125 years of history.
Working in partnership with Redditch Borough Council, the FA, Football Foundation and the Club Chairman, Chris Swan, Redditch United is working towards implementing a 3G artificial playing surface for the 2016 season, as well as a comprehensive refurbishment of facilities. This nearly £1m programme will see the achievement of the Club’s football development plan with 52 boys, girls and disabled teams, with 832 players, the largest by far in the Midlands. It will also ensure that the Club is competing at the highest level as well as being truly financially sustainable.
Our entire organisation works together as a team to help our community. Our players, coaches, managers, volunteers and directors all take the time to make a difference in the community. We are looking to make an even bigger impact with our new facilities – both on and off the field – and we are excited about the new memories we will create in continuing to help our community.
May the next 125 years be even more exciting than the last!