Shelf United was formed in 1952 with a small group of children and one aim: - "To give the children of our village a worthwhile after-school interest, where they could make friends, play the national game that we all love, and develop a culture of teamwork". The club was originally the brainchild of local dad Nigel Wood, who soon enlisted the help of Mathew Barnes and Paul Waggett. From these humble beginnings the club has grown over the years and currently in excess of 120 children train with the club each week, with teams from Under 7 to Under 16 represented in various local leagues.
The organising committee presently numbers 19 adults who co-ordinate the day-to day running of the club, as well as planning events for fundraising and sponsorship etc.
Shelf United was proud to be awarded the Football Association Charter Mark Standard in 2002. Nigel Wood has still retained a keen interest in the well-being of "his club" and retains the title of Honorary Life President.
The Committee meet in the Stone Chair Club, Shelf at 8.00 p.m. usually on the 4th Monday of every month. New Committee members are always welcome please come along & get involved. The club emblem is a windmill, taken from the Windmill Inn, Shelf Moor, where the original meetings were held when the club was founded.
There was a working windmill in the Shelf Moor area of Shelf, giving it's name to the local inn and farm. The windmill eventually became disused and became derelict. It was subsequently demolished in only 1969. The history of the village of Shelf can be researched through various Internet web sites.