Send United can trace its roots back to 1979 when a group of parents, whose boys were also in the local Cubs, decided to set up a football team. Originally known as Send United Boys Football Club, the ‘Boys’ was eventually dropped in order to become fully inclusive.
Our patron of many years is Lt Col J W Molyneux-Child, Lord of Dedswell and Papworth and an active supporter of local organisations. In 1987 the Colonel’s family heraldic badge was formally adopted as the Club’s emblem. The badge depicts a sword representing justice – appropriate for a club that is committed to fair play. The peacock feathers bound by a crown are a heraldic device employed by the local manors of Dedswell and Papworth, which cover parts of Send, Ripley, West Clandon and Merrow. The logo was updated in 2010 as part of a rebranding exercise to give the Club a more
The Club held its very first tournament in 1992. Hosted at Send Recreation Ground and run over a weekend, 20 clubs took part and Send United won both the U8 and U10 competitions. The Club continued to run the event for a number of years until a dip in membership made it nonviable. In 2011, the tournament was revived and it has proved to be a great success in terms of participation and competition and, importantly, as a fundraising event for the Club.
For some years Send United also participated in an Easter International Indoor Soccer Tournament, organised by Mayford Athletic and held at Woking Leisure Centre. Send United won the Sportsmanship trophy on at least three occasions, as well as a member of the U12s winning the Player of the Tournament award.
Our involvement with international clubs resulted in teams travelling to the Netherlands to compete in a European competition. During the 1994/95 season the U12s competed against 15 other teams from the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium, coming fourth overall, and Ben Brown was awarded Goalkeeper of the Tournament. Such visits were part of an exchange arrangement with two clubs near Rotterdam, GOZ and Heineroord. In return, Send United and Mayford Athletic hosted the two Dutch clubs and their families during the Easter tournament.
Over 40 years old now, Send United still provides an opportunity for the children of Send and surrounding villages to play friendly but competitive football locally to where they live. All of us at the club are proud of our history and enthusiastic about our future.