Sandy Football Club: History of Sandy Albion FC

Read about the history of Sandy Football Club from when the club was formed in 1909 to the present day.

Sandy Football Club was originally founded in 1909 and was known as Sandy Albion Football Club. The club played all of their early years in the local leagues mainly coming to prominence during the mid-nineteen fifties whilst members of the Bedford and District League, as before the Second World War they were only really the third club of the town behind Girtford Rovers and Beeston, however they gained the number one spot after Rovers folded in 1952.

Early successes of the club were therfore restricted to a Bedfordshire Junior Cup win in 1919-20 and two North Beds Charity Cup wins in 1920-21 and 1935-36. The main part of the 1950's were spent in the Bedford and District League until they joined the South Midlands League at the start of the 1958-59 season finishing that season in thrid place behind Stewartby Works and Napier English Electric. Twelve months later however they won the South Midlands League Division One Championship to gain promotion to the Premier Division for the 1960-61 season.

The sixties saw the club hold onto it's Premier Division status yet they really only enjoyed two good seasons; finishing 5th in 1961-62 and then in 1966-67 they were runners up to Leighton Town as well as winning the South Midlands League Knockout Shield with a two-legged final win over Arlesey Town, losing 0-2 at Arlesey but winning 6-1 at home. The only other cup success coming with a Bedfordshire Intermediate Cup win in 1959-60.

The 1970's were all spent in the South MIdlands League Premier Division with the best placings being achieved in 1975-76 when 6th and in 1979-80 when they finished 3rd behind Pirton and Royston Town. The Hinchingbrooke Cup was won twice in three seasons lifting the trophy in 1974-75 and 1976-77. During the seventies the North Beds Charity Cup was won in 1978-79 with a 4-1 win in the final against Potton United.

The 1980's began well with the winning of the South Midlands League Challenge Trophy in 1980-81 plus a sixth place finish in the league, but at the end of the 1982-83 season they were relegated to Division One after finishing 15th wiht only Biggleswade Town below them. Spending the next sis seasons in Division One without once managing to place higher than tenth and the only cup success coming with a final appearance in the North Beds Charity Cup in 1986-87 when beaten by Langford 1-0.

The nineties started with the need for the club to apply for re-election to the South Midlands League for the opening two seasons but the 1992-93 season saw the club finish 13th during which the landmark of a thousand SML league games was passed.

The turn of the century saw Sandy Albion become Sandy FC as two clubs joined to make one. Running three teams for much of the decade on a Saturday in the Bedfordshire and District League. Sandy FC currently have teams in Division One and Division Three of the Bedfordshire County Football League and has one team in the Bedfordshire and District Sunday Premier League. The Saturday side have had limited success during the last few years, with a 5th place finish in the Bedfordshire and District Premier League in 2006-07 their best finish. The Reserve side did win promotion to Division One in the 2006-07 season after finishing Runners up in Division Two behind Westoning Rec Club Reserves.  Cup Successes were also limited as Sandy Reserves finished runners up in both the 2005-06 and 2006-07 Bedfordshire F.A Junior County Cup Final.

Most notable has been the recent success of the Sandy Sunday side, which have managed to win the Bedford and District Sunday Premier League in each of the last three seasons (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09) and are challenging for a record breaking fourth successive title during the 2009-10 season.   



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