Saltdean United formed in 1966 by seven founding members who were inspired by the victorious England World Cup campaign. The club started life in the local Brighton Saturday League and gradually moved up their divisional structure over the years.

Following the acquisition of their picturesque ground at Hill Park in the suburbs of Brighton, the club joined Division 3 of the Sussex County League in 1984/85, finishing third in their first season. More success followed and a promotion to Division 2 and senior football came in 1988/89 when Saltdean finished as champions. The next seven seasons were spent in this division, with the “Tigers” comfortably winning Division 2 in 1995/96 with games to spare.

Promotion to Division 1 saw the clubhouse completely revamped and floodlights installed, the first Sussex County League club to invest in the impressive Musco system from the USA. The Tigers quickly established themselves as a force in the top division, finishing 4th in their inaugural season and reaching the final of the Sussex Senior Cup only to narrowly lose out to St. Leonards by the odd goal.

In 1998/99 the club finished 2nd, and 3rd in 1999/2000 season when they also lifted the John O’Hara Cup, beating Burgess Hill Town after extra time in a thrilling match at Three Bridges.

In 2002 the club suffered its first ever relegation to Division 2 and in 2007 were relegated again back to Division 3 where they remained for several years until 2011 when the club won the Sussex County League Division 3 Challenge Cup.

A positive run in 2011/12 season saw the Tigers show their true spirit as they began the steady climb back up. As runners up in the league they were promoted back to Division 2 and also lifted the Vernon Wentworth Cup.

A difficult period followed, with several years spent in the lower half of Division 2 until the 2015/16 season when a change a of circumstances, interest and investment in the club brought a new lease of life to the Tigers. Led by a celebrated ex player with the support of local businessmen the club was transformed on and off the pitch. Within a single season Saltdean Utd went from bottom to top of the league gaining promotion back to the top flight of Sussex football in 2017 and in 2018/19 the Tigers were the proud winners of the Peter Bentley League Challenge Cup.

In 2017 the Saltdean United Women’s team were formed under the management of Joe McTiffen. The Women have gone from strength to strength and have enjoyed several promotions in a short period of time. As runners up of the Sussex Women’s league in 2017/18, they were promoted to the South East Counties Premier Division. In 2018/19 as runners up in the league they were promoted to the London and South East Premier Division and were winners of the South East Counties Women’s League Cup.

Into a new decade and the club continues to thrive, with the Men’s First Team enjoying a strong start to the 2020/21 season in the Southern Combination Football League Premier Division under the management of Bryan O’Toole before curtailment. The Women’s team continue to strengthen their position with the addition of a new Development Squad in 2020 and a partnership with Withdean Youth FC to provide a clear pathway for girls into senior Women’s football.

The hard work continues throughout the club, with representation in more leagues and divisions than ever before in the club’s history with Men’s and Women’s First Teams, Women’s Development Squad, Men’s Under 23’s and Under 18’s and Youth Teams from Under 7’s to Under 16’s.

Men’s First Team Honours:

2018 / 2019 Winners Peter Bentley Challenge Cup
2016 / 2017 Champions Southern Combination Division One (promoted)
2011 / 2012 Runner up Sussex County League Division Three (promoted)
1999 / 2000 Winners John O’Hara League Cup
1998 / 1999 Runner up Sussex County League Division One (promoted)
1995 / 1996 Champions Sussex County League Division Two (promoted)
1988 / 1989 Champions Sussex County League Division Three (promoted)
1984 / 1985 Joined Sussex County League Division Three

Women’s First Team Honours:
2018 / 2019 Runner Up South East Counties Women’s League (promoted)
2017 / 2018 Runner Up Sussex Women’s League (promoted)
2017 / 2018 Runner Up Sussex Women’s League Cup