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A Rich History

About Gorchester United

Everything you need to know about Gorchester United - otherwise known as The Butterflies

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Club History

Gorchester United was formed in 1887 as Gorchester Rovers playing in the South West Hills and Rivers League.

In 1972 the club made the significant decision to play their football on Saturday's and joined the South West Rivers and Hills League. Success on the playing field coincided with the arrival of Bobby Catt as manager in 1978. In Bobby’s first full season he led the team to a 5th in the league; this was the prelude to even more success as the club came 4th the following year.

Gorchester Rovers moved into their own ground at the Butterfly Park Stadium in 1982 and, a year later, changed their name to Gorchester United.

The club is famous for its legendary foreign tours, having played 96 games (or 97 if you count our visit to play FC Isle of Man) in 14 different counties in front of over 5127 fans in total and scoring 111 goals. Playing under their tour name, Gorchie Utd, they have played against SEVEN teams from Somerset and once played in front of 3000 people in Herefordshire. Their epic journeys have taken them just over 7000 miles all over the country


In 1996 the club was promoted to the First Division. Sadly, relegation back to the second tier occurred in 2001.

In 1993, the world-famous Brazilian player, Jairzinho’s brother, hosted a Soccer School at the Butterfly Park Stadium.

Floodlights were installed in 1995 and Thinton Warrors provided the opposition for the official ‘switch-on’ when, on a memorable evening, the Warriors beat United’s youngsters, 3-2 in front of almost 700 fans.

The biggest gate to watch Gorchester United on domestic soil came against Wash City in 1998. A bumper 984 in attendance witnessing a pulsating 2-2 draw.


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The club celebrated its 120th birthday in 2007 and, if the next 120 years are anything like the first, then there is a lot of excitement to come. It was at this time that Gorchester United made the decision to change their kit colours from blue and yellow to green and grey which commemorated the colours worn by Gorchester Rovers 120 years ago.

In 2018 a new future for the club was heralded when it became part of the Little Big Woman Group, owned by ex-Gorchester United player Phil Bodderby.

In May 2019 we were awarded a £10,000 improvement bursary from Homebase that enabled us to realise our vision to improve the matchday experience and develop footballing facilities for the surrounding area.


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Find out more about each member of The Butterflies first team below.

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The Board

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Coaching Staff

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Backroom Staff

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