Map & Directions

Ground: Petersham Lane, Gaunts Common, Holt, Wimborne. BH21 4JR.

Tel: 01258 840 379

Colours: Red Shirts, Black Shorts, Black Socks

Alternative Colours: Navy/Lime Green Shirts, Navy Shorts, Navy Socks

Nickname: The Bulls

Chairman: Mr Terry Bradford

Secretary: Andrew Gilbert

Address: 107 Pilsdon Drive, Canford Heath, Poole, BH17 9HT

Home:

Mobile: 07866 584069

E-mail: agilbert@slca.co.uk

 

League Honours

League Champions: 2005/06

League Runners-up: 1980/81, 2006/07

League Cup Winners: 2002/03, 2005/06, 2012/13

League Cup Runners-up: 2004/05

Charity Shield Runners-up: 2003/04

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Ground Directions

From Wimborne take the Cranborne road. About a mile out there is a sign for a right turn to the Council Offices, Furzehill. Take this turn, go past the Council Offices.

 

Club History

Holt United actually play on the edge of the village of Gaunts Common at their rural Petersham Lane ground. The ‘Bulls’ were formed in 1966 and originally joined the Dorset Combination in 1978, following successes in the Dorset League, remaining for 18 seasons. During this period the current Chairman, Terry Bradford, was instrumental in the Club’s successes both on and off the field of play. In 1980/81, only their third season in the Dorset Combination League, Holt finished as Runners-up to a strong Dorchester Town FC Reserves side.

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However after struggling over a number of years, the club were relegated at the end of the 1995-96 season and consolidated by taking over their reserve's berth in Dorset Division 3 North & East.

But the club’s fortunes changed in 1998 when Steve Norman was appointed manager, and with the help of Keith Habgood, assembled a team to bring success to the Club with a remarkable run of three straight league championships, which saw them lift the Dorset Division 3 N&E, the Division Two title and in 2000/01 the Dorset League Division One Championship was won after narrowly beating Poole Borough to the title, gaining promotion to the Dorset Combination League. During those three seasons Holt lost just 4 league games out of 82 and as well success in the League the Club lifted the Dorset Junior Cup in 1997/98 and League Cups in both 1997/98 and 1998/99.

The club achieved a very creditable fourth place in their first season back in the County top flight and have established themselves within the leading group of DPL clubs, having remained in the top half of the league ever since. The Club lifted their first Dorset Premier League silverware in 2002/03, beating Hamworthy Recreation by 4 goals to nil in the League Cup Final and reached the final again in 2004/05, losing 2-1 to Poole Borough FC at the Avenue Stadium, Dorchester.

However the following season whilst celebrating their 30th anniversary, the Bullls secured the League and Cup ‘double’, winning the Championship with an 11-point margin over runners-up Sherborne Town, and beating Dorchester United 2-1 in the League Cup Final, while the following season they were runners up in the league to Westland Sports.

Over the last few years Holt have invested in extensive ground improvements at their Petersham Lane ground, providing covered accommodation and beginning to enclose the ground.