Formartine United were formed on the 15th of March 1948 after a meeting at the school in Pitmedden and played their home matches at Hotel Park in Udny Station, approximately 3 miles from our current location at North Lodge Park in Pitmedden. The new club was formed after the local team called Pitmedden played in the local Buchan amateur league.
Formartine played in the Aberdeenshire amateur league between 1948 and 1960 when they were voted into the North of Scotland Junior ranks. They continued to play at Hotel Park, Udny Station, moving to their current ground, North Lodge Park on the outskirts of Pitmedden village in 1974.
Formartine played mainly in the second tier of the North Junior Leagues until 1995 when they were promoted after finishing runners up in the league. Their stint in the first division was short lived, as they were relegated the following season, only to be promoted once again in 1997. Despite finishing 3rd in the league they gained promotion after winning a play off, against Aberdeen East End.
After finishing a respectable 8th in 97-98 things, changed dramatically at North Lodge following the appointment of Dave Cormie as Manager. In Cormie’s eight years at Formartine, they became one of the real forces in the North Region Super league, winning the title in 2002 after a final day victory at home to Sunnybank and finishing runners up and third on several other occasions.
In addition, they became a team of cup specialists winning 7 cups in 8 seasons, with one of the most memorable being the Cable cup win at Pittodrie in 1998, defeating local rivals Inverurie Loco Works 3-2.
Formartine applied for SHFL membership in December 2008 and were voted into the Highland League, along with Strathspey Thistle and Turriff United, in February 2009. The Club has made major investment in the North Lodge facilities installing two 150 seat stands, two sections of terrace area, corporate facilities as well as major improvements in the playing surface and floodlighting which were first utilised on the 10th of August 2009 during the Aberdeenshire League match against Fraserburgh. Having finished runners up in the Highland League in 2013, Formartine secured their first senior honour wining the Aberdeenshire Cup in 2013 with a 3-2 victory against local rivals Inverurie Loco Works at a rain soaked Bellslea Part at Fraserburgh, coming back from two down with a Michael Ewen last minute header securing the trophy.
Famous players that have worn the red and white stripes include Aberdeen stalwart of the 60’s All Shewan as well as former Dundee United and Dunfermline Athletic player Hamish French. More recently former Dons players Phil McGuire and Jamie Winter have worn the red and white stripes along with Inverness CT and Dundee stalwart Bobby Mann, Celtic and Dundee United’s David Hannah, former Dundee goalie Derek Souter, former Hearts, Raith Rovers and Livingston midfielder Joe Hamill and most recently former Ross County and Motherwell midfielder Paul Lawson.
The summer of 2015 has seen the next revolution begin at North Lodge with new Manager, Kris Hunter, replacing the departing Steve Paterson and immediately ringing the changes in the playing staff bringing in 13 new signings and only retaining 7 of the 2014-15 squad. The manager also instigated refurbishment of the club dressing rooms in order to provide a more professional surrounding for the new squad as he attempts to bring the success the club is seeking.