UniS Old Boys Football Club was formed in 1999 from former members of the University of Surrey Football Club (U.S.F.C) and therefore the history of both institutions are tightly
bound. U.S.F.C was formed in 1966 when Battersea Polytechnic relocated to Guildford and the University of Surrey was formed. Until recent years, the University Clubs most
successful period was in the late 1980's and early 1990's during which the 1st XI was a major force in the Woking and District League and made consecutive appearances in the
Surrey County Cup Finals. This period also saw the University's greatest successes in the Universities Athletics Union (UAU) Championships which eventually became known as the
British University Sports Association (BUSA) competition. The pinnacle of this success was reaching the National semi-final, only to lose in a replay to Loughborough University,
the most accomplished sports university in the UK. Two players involved in those games were to later make the professional scene; Julian Hails from Surrey (Fulham and Southend)
and Rob Matthews of Loughborough (Notts County and Leicester). Both continued to play in the Nationwide League throughout the late 90's.
Graduate members have been a part of the University of Surrey Football Club set up for many years and were initially integrated with undergraduate players throughout the Clubs many teams.
Indeed, the side (captained by Matthew Seaman) that clinched the Guildford and Woking Alliance Premiership title in May 1997 contained 5 graduate members and several undergraduates who have
gone on to form the core of the UniS Old Boys set up. The title secured promotion to the Surrey County Western Intermediate League for the first time in the Clubs history
The integration of the graduates into the University's team was not without its problems. The working contingent were unavailable to play in Wednesday afternoon BUSA matches and the
lack of consistency from week to week had predictable effects on the Clubs dealings in the University competition. As a result of this lack of consistency, the Graduates and Industrial year
side was added to the U.S.F.C portfolio of teams in the 1997-98 season. These were the embryonic 'Old Boys' and they capped their inaugural season by lifting the Surrey County Lower Junior
Cup and finishing 2nd in the Guildford and Woking Alliance Premier.
However, promotion was not possible due to the University First and Reserve XI's occupying the 2 spaces in the Intermediate ranks. This success saw the addition of a reserve side the
following year as the number of registered 'GIs' swelled but the popularity of the new arrangement caught the attention of the University management and questions were raised regarding the
student based funding of 'affiliated' players. With both sides performing well in their respective Guildford and Woking Alliance Divisions, questions were also raised regarding the missed
opportunities for students to play at this standard and the resulting lack of progression through the University sides. Many GI's expressed additionally that they were eager to enjoy the
spoils of playing at a higher standard, having played a major part in making U.S.F.C an Intermediate League Club.
As a result, UniS Old Boys Football Club was formed in June 1999 and entered two sides into the Guildford and Woking Alliance League the following season. In a dramatic first season,
both sides reached the latter stages of the Junior and Lower Junior County Cups, the firsts won the Premier Cup Final with the reserves making the semi-final of the Junior Cup and both
sides were crowned League Champions and duly promoted to the Intermediate League. The long term objective of an ambitious management committee was achieved within 10 months of formation!
The Club has enjoyed many achievements in the years that followed, briefly boasting a 3rd side, and retained a strong membership throughout. Undoubtedly, the key to the continuing
success of the Club as it passes its first decade of existence, is the bond that unites the players having been a part of the history of the University Football Club. The mission
statement of the Old Boys since that first moment has always remained. 'To provide a standard of football for all former players and affiliates of the University of Surrey, at the
fortress Varsity, in our famous yellow and blue'.
Long may it continue.
Paul Cliff, President.