Welcome to our Saltdean United FC Archive where we will be sharing a collection of photographs, programmes and memories from the clubs history. If you played for The Tigers or have any memories of the club to share we would love to hear from you. Please contact us at communications@saltdeanunitedfc.co.uk

1966 A year to remember…

Our Inaugural Saltdean United Men’s XI in 1966

1970 West Germany Trip


Saltdean Utd squad that travelled to West Germany in 1970

Thanks to Dave Wilkins for sharing this photo of the Saltdean United squad that travelled to West Germany in 1970. The matches were part of an exchange trip whereby the German club came and stayed with families in Saltdean and this was reciprocated with our team travelling to the German town of Datteln.

Dave recalls “The photograph sums up a time when we all used to gather down at the Oval on Sunday mornings in the summer and we’d end up with a full eleven-a-side kick about in the days before Hill Park – our home games would be played at Wright’s Farm near Brighton racecourse at the top of Wilson Avenue.”

We hope this photo will evoke some great memories for those that were involved in that fantastic 3 week trip, albeit 54 years ago. We know that some of the players have sadly passed away since, but will always be etched in the clubs history. Once a Tiger…Always a Tiger!

1970 Saltdean United Under 18’s

What an absolute treat to have be given this Cine camera footage of the Saltdean U18’s from 1970, kindly provided by Matthew Dunkerley and filmed by his late father.

Saltdean are playing in Blue and the opposition was SV Germania from Datteln, in what was then West Germany. The match took place at Easter 1970 and was played at Braypool, north of Patcham, as this was before Saltdean had their own pitch to play on.

All of the German players stayed in Saltdean and were hosted by the families of the Saltdean players. Following this game, Saltdean travelled to and stayed in Datteln for two weeks in August 1970. Most of the players on that trip were from Saltdean, except Steve Piper who didn’t normally play for the club, and who went on to play for Brighton & Hove Albion two years later.

Matthew recalls “We played a team called SV Germania in the first game and lost 2-0.  Piper as our best player was kicked remorselessly and eventually got sent off for retaliation. We also played a team called Meckinghoven. I didn’t appreciate at the time what an achievement this trip was for the club. A lot of teams tour nowadays but then it was unheard of, and shows I think, what sort of people were establishing what was then a very young club. I’m so glad that their efforts were not wasted and that the club is still thriving and their legacy is today, there to be seen.”

Did you play for Saltdean in 1970? We’d love to hear from anyone else that was on that trip to Germany, you can drop us an email at communications@saltdeanunitedfc.co.uk

1978/79 Season  – Div 1 Runners Up

Saltdean United 1978/79 Team

Phil Goodwin (top row, second from right) kindly brought this photograph down to the club recently. The 78/79 team finished the season as Div 1 runners up following an impressive run from Div 10 to Div with back to back promotion in their first ten seasons.