Grupo Desportivo Fabril is a Portuguesesports club established as Grupo Desportivo CUF do Barreiro (commonly known as CUF Barreiro, with CUF standing for the company Companhia União Fabril). A multisports club best known for its football section, it was founded as a works team in the city of Barreiro, District of Setúbal, on 27 January 1937. CUF Barreiro's greatest achievement was a third place in the 1964-65 Portuguese Liga season. The club's football home ground is the Complexo Desportivo Alfredo da Silva, which was inaugurated in June 1965 and named after Alfredo da Silva, an entrepreneur who was the founder of CUF.
Established as Grupo Desportivo da CUF (G.D. CUF, with CUF standing for the company Companhia União Fabril) in 1937, it also was known as CUF Barreiro, it was one of three football clubs created by the parent company, whose players were also workers (the other clubs were CUF Lisboa, founded in 1936 and now know as Unidos de Lisboa, and the short-lived CUF Porto, that existed between 1945 and 1950). In 1940, the Estado Novo forced the club to change its name, as it didn't allow sports teams with corporate names. Thus the club changed its name to Unidos Futebol Clube or Unidos do Barreiro (CUF Lisboa, meanwhile changed to Clube de Futebol Os Unidos or Unidos de Lisboa). The original name returned in 1944. After the military coup in April 1974 the club was renamed Grupo Desportivo Quimigal .
The club changed its name several times during its history:
1937 : The club was founded under the name Grupo Desportivo CUF do Barreiro
1940 : The club is renamed as the Unidos Futebol Clube do Barreiro
1944 : The club is renamed again as the Grupo Desportivo CUF do Barreiro
1978 : The club is renamed as the Grupo Desportivo Quimigal do Barreiro
2000 : The club is renamed as the Grupo Desportivo Fabril do Barreiro
1942-43 - The senior football team participates for first time in the first division, only managing to stay one season. Also that year, Alfredo da Silva dies.
1953-54 - The football team wins the second division and is promoted to the first division again, ushering a golden era for the club. The most important players were Barriga, Vasques, Luís, Sérgio, Aureliano, André, Carreira (captain), Orlando, Matos, Vale and Velhinho and the coach was João Mário. The club would remain in the first division for the next 22 years. That same year, the junior team became vice-champions of the first division losing in the final against Academica Coimbra.
1964-65 - The football team achieved its highest position to date in the first division reaching the third place among 14 teams, qualifying for a European competition, the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (now UEFA Cup), the first time. The rink hockey would perform even better, becoming national champions.
1965-66 - The Alfredo da Silva stadium is inaugurated leaving their former stadium, Santa Bárbara. In the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, after a walkover in the first round, the team is eliminated by A.C. Milan after three games (2-0, 0-2, 0-1). The team would make two more appearances in the competition in 67/68 (1R) and in 72/73 (2R). The rink hockey team was eliminated from the Champions League in the first round by Reus Deportiu with a 1-4, 0-3 score.
1968-69 - Football team reach the semifinals of the Taça de Portugal, only to lose 7–2 on aggregate to eventual champions Benfica.
1972 - Víctor Domingos, the CUF and rink hockey national team goalkeeper, is considered the best player in the world in that position.
1972-73 - Football team reaches the Taça de Portugal semifinals again, only to lose to the other big Lisbon team, Sporting, 0–1 at home. Again, Sporting goes on to win the entire competition.
1975-76 - After 22 consecutive years in the first division, G.D. CUF is relegated to the second division after finishing in the 16th and last position. From then on, the football club would disappear into the lower divisions, never returning to the first division.
1980-81 - The club changes its name to Grupo Desportivo da Quimigal.
1991-92 - After decades in the professional divisions, the club fell into the Setúbal District Division.
1999-00 - Quimigal wins the Setúbal District Championship, but would be relegated again in the next year. At the end of the season the club's name changed to its current name, Grupo Desportivo Fabril.
2002-03 - The club wins the Setúbal District Championship again, only to be relegated again.
2006-07 - The club once again wins the Setúbal District Championship.
2012-13 - Tercera Divisão is disbanded, sending most of the clubs (excepting those promoted to the new Campeonato Nacional de Seniores) including Fabril, back to their district championships.
2013-14 - The club once again wins the Setúbal District Championship and is promoted to the Campeonato Nacional.