A team from the village of Onchan originally entered the Isle of Man Football League at around the turn of the twentieth century, but that early club was not very successful and withdrew from the League.
However, in 1912, Onchan Football Club was re-established and entered into the Second League. This league was for the second teams of the big clubs, but also for the first teams of clubs who felt they weren’t strong enough for the First League.
Following World War One, Onchan stepped up to the First League and remained in the top flight until the suspension of football in 1939 due to the outbreak of World War Two. In this last season before the war, Onchan secured the Railway Cup when they upset all the odds by defeating hot favourites Braddan, who at the time had been league champions in the two previous years
When football resumed after the war, Onchan registered their greatest achievement in 1947 when they were First League champions, winning 14 of their 18 games and drawing one, scoring 66 goals and conceding 29.
Since then the club has been predominantly in the Second Division, interspersed with brief spells in the First Division.
The club were promoted as champions in 1965, scoring 102 goals in 20 matches, and in the same season also won the Woods Cup for the first time in the club’s history beating Ronaldsway with a remarkable 7-4 scoreline.
Onchan then obtained their highest position in Manx Football in the last 50 years, achieving 4th position in the First Division in 1966.
The club was relegated back to Division Two ten years later in 1976, but in 1979 achieved a 2-1 victory against Union Mills in the Wood’s Cup Final, to win the trophy for a second time.
A mini renaissance occurred in the late 80’s and early 90’s, as the club reached the Wood’s Cup Final in 1989 and secured promotion to Division One as runners up to Braddan in 1991, but were relegated the following season as the gulf in divisions told heavily on the club.
However, the core of good players remained with the club and went on to reach the Wood’s Cup Final 1992 & 1993, the latter being the last trophy the club has won to date, beating Michael Utd 3-1 at Peel’s Ground , with McMurray, Blackburn (pen) and an OG securing victory for the Yellows