Saturday with Key Auto Trade

Visit Key Trade Auto who are based in the town at Dover Place

Visit Key Auto Trade who are based in the town at Dover Place

Shane: if you can watch, we will have Birmingham v Wolves on the box at lunchtime!

Good luck to our Under 8s who are in cup action this morning

In great form last week, the Under 8s today are away on cup duty ... good luck and most importantly have fun!

In great form last week, the Under 8s today are away on cup duty … good luck and most importantly have fun!

Rumours of our death have been greatly exaggerated!
Kipling wrote some exceedingly good stuff but statements on social media and other websites such as ‘sadly another club in demise folds’ really are hyperbolic in the extreme. In cold terms, the recent withdrawal of a side from the Sunday Premier represents a 5% reduction in our number of teams. There are 19 other sides registered and enjoying their football in various leagues both locally and across the county [senior, youth, disabled, girls] plus Little Ones and others that we cater for as and when demand is there from the community. Whilst that does not make it less painful or embarrassing for those of us that took the club into the League many years ago, it does call for a degree of contextual understanding. As I said in my statement earlier in the week [scroll down if you want to read it] the club has never been more stable and we are confident of being back as a force in senior football before too long. Indeed, if you are reading this and feel you would enjoy having a role in our club, please contact us or pop down one match day for a no-obligation chat. Our increased and inclusive provision across the age spectrum gives opportunities both for administrative and coaching positions at senior and junior level.

Onto this weekend where we stage no less than ten home games [please refer to the Fixtures tab]. The Saturday firsts meanwhile have a difficult away match with East Kent College as they endeavour to climb the table. For the Reserves, the visitors are Lydd Town A while on Sunday morning we seek our first league win of the campaign when Burton Grove visit Waterside. Kurtis Hooper returns from holiday but absentees already include Terry Perk, Connor Gower and Sokol Kristollari. Last Sunday we did not have a single home match but this Sunday everybody is at home … with the Manchester derby on the box at lunchtime, and gammon in the oven, it should be an enjoyable day!

On the youth front, the Under 13 inter-club derby heads the Saturday bill. The Colts have long-term injury problems plus their leading scorer Alex Pallade begins a 3-match suspension; very unjust but perhaps a chance for others to rise to the occasion. John Collen will have to fire his Under 14 boys up for the visit of a Park Farm Rangers side sitting second in the table.

Three massive challenges for the Green lads on Sunday afternoon
Individual portrait Reece Chapman 26.10.2014 U16sThere are three massive games for our EKYL teams on Sunday at Waterside with all needing to win to keep in touch with the league pacesetters.

Any Bromley Green v Folkestone Invicta fixture always whets the appetite but Martyn Dalby is boosted by the return from holiday of James Haylock-Ashdown and Levii Loyza and confident of a positive result.

Following last week’s emphatic cup victory at Dover, where Reece Chapman [photo] hit a hat trick, there is healthy competition for places despite the disappointing departure of striker Brandon Bourne. Dalby has confirmed that the versatile Tyler Montgomery has been added to the squad for his third spell with the club.

Individual portrait Ollie Heard 2014 SeptHerne Bay Youth provide the opposition for our Under 15s while Jack Brown is suspended for the Under 13s tussle with unbeaten Park Farm Rangers. Phelan Stroud is close to returning from injury and Ollie Heard [left] could make his Sunday debut for the Green.

In the morning, the BG Girls tackle last season’s cup finalists Real Gima at Waterside.

Kick off times are all on the Fixtures tab.
Have an enjoyable weekend everybody!
Dave Homewood

Fixtures Sunday 2 November 2014
The FA Vase First Round
Fisher v Crawley Down Gatwick

 Ashford & District Sunday League

Premier Division
Shadoxhurst v Brewmaster

Division One
Beaver v Troggs
Red Heathens v Batchelors SSC

Division Two
Bromley Green v Burton Grove
Grasshoppers v Marsh Athletic Reserves
Sandgate AFC v Shepway Spartans

Division Three
Appledore v Park Farm Rangers
Ashford Spartans v Mersham Sports Reserves
Fox Sunday v Aldington Reserves
Troggs Reserves v Stour Valley

Ashford Charity Trophy First Round
Kingsnorth Pilgrims v Kennington

Ashford Charity Trophy Second Round
Ashford Cavaliers v Prince Albert
Market Hotel v Aldington
Mersham Sports v Ashford Dynamo
Willesborough AFC v Stanhope Rangers

Bodkin Cup First Round
Iden Park v AFC Locomotive

Bodkin Cup Second Round
Albion v Hamstreet

Sheber Cup Second Round
Lolzors v Givaudan

Friday with stac-a-truc: Saturday’s Fixtures

Happy birthday today to Liza Thompson!

Slideshow of the week past …

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Little Ones

Little Ones

Update re The Little Ones: parents who would like their 5/6 year olds to continue training during the winter break are welcome to contact Pat on 07526886895 for details of various training options. Thanks go to Hana for her usual commitment and we look forward to sessions for 3 years and above resuming in the Spring.

Louis: some of them don’t listen!

Louis Burton and Michelle with the U11s at training last night

Louis Burton and Michelle with the U11s at training last night

brailsfordroweThank you to Louis who stepped in yesterday to train the Under 11s with Tom not well. The players had great fun although our Under 16 keeper seemed surprised that some of the players didn’t listen! Um, pot calling the kettle black comes to mind dear Louis! Tomorrow the Under 11s, sponsored by Brailsford Rowe, entertain a Smeeth & Brabourne Eagles side that has won five of its six games to date this season. Kick off at Waterside is at 10am. For all the Green fixtures this weekend, please click on the Fixtures tab.

Fixtures Saturday 1 November 2014

The FA Trophy First Qualifying Round
Cray Wanderers v Faversham Town
Dulwich Hamlet v Chalfont St Peter
Folkestone Invicta v Thurrock
Maidstone United v Walton & Hersham
Margate v Slough Town
Thamesmead Town v Three Bridges
Uxbridge v Hythe Town
VCD Athletic v Tonbridge Angels

The FA Vase First Round
Arundel v Phoenix Sports
Eastbourne Town v Erith & Belvedere
Erith Town v Banstead Athletic
Hassocks v Corinthian
Lingfield v Epsom & Ewell
Lordswood v Knaphill
Greenwich Borough v Hailsham Town
Tunbridge Wells v Rochester United

Sky Bet Championship
Charlton Athletic v Sheffield Wednesday
Watford v Millwall

Sky Bet League One
Fleetwood Town v Gillingham

Vanarama Conference
Grimsby Town v Dartford
Southport v Dover Athletic
Welling United v Barnet

Vanarama Conference South
Eastbourne Borough v Bromley
Staines Town v Ebbsfleet United

Ryman League Division One South
Carshalton Athletic v Ramsgate
Corinthian-Casuals v Whitstable Town
Herne Bay v Tooting & Mitcham United
Sittingbourne v Chipstead

Southern Counties East Football League
Crowborough Athletic v Holmesdale
Croydon v Beckenham Town
Sevenoaks Town v Woodstock Sports

Southern Counties East League Cup First Round
Ashford United v Deal Town

Kent Invicta League
Eltham Palace v Lewisham Borough (2pm)
Glebe v Hollands & Blair
Lydd Town v Seven Acre & Sidcup (2pm)
Meridian VP v Kent Football United (2pm)
Orpington v Bridon Ropes (2pm)
Rusthall v Orpington (2pm)
Sheppey United v Gravesham Borough (2pm)
Sutton Athletic v Bearsted (2pm)

NRG Gym Kent County League Premier (2pm)
APM Contrast v Chipstead
Borden Village v Tudor Sports
Bredhurst Juniors v Guru Nanak
Erith 147 Sports v Fleetdown United
Holland Sports v Hildenborough Athletic
Metrogas v Staplehurst Monarchs United

NRG Gym Kent County League Division One East (2pm)
Deal Community Sports v Park Regis
East Kent College v Bromley Green
Hollands & Blair Reserves v Kennington
Ide Hill v Faversham Strike Force

NRG Gym Kent County League Division One West (2pm)
AFC Mottingham v Bexley
Belvedere v Peckham Town
Bexlians v Phoenix Sports
Forest Hill Park v Farnborough Old Boys Guild
Long Lane v Halstead United

NRG Gym Kent County League Division Two East (2pm)
Bearsted Reserves v Lydd Town Reserves
Larkfield & New Hythe Wanderers v APM Contrast Reserves
Little Sharsted v Sittingbourne Community
South Darenth v Hawkinge Town
Tenterden Town v Sutton Athletic Reserves

NRG Gym Kent County League Division Two West (2pm)
Farnborough Old Boys Guild Reserves v New Park
Oaks & Junior Red v Greenways Reserves
Old Bromleians v Long Lane Reserves

NRG Gym Kent County League Division Three East (2pm)
Guru Nanak Reserves v Borden Village Reserves
Kennington Reserves v Snodland Town Reserves
New Romney Reserves v Sheppey United Reserves
Rolvenden v East Kent College Reserves
Yalding & Laddingford v Kings Hill

NRG Gym Kent County League Division Three West (2pm)
Bexlians Reserves v Kingfisher Glory
Halls AFC Reserves v Seven Acre & Sidcup Reserves
Hildenborough Athletic Reserves v Lewisham Athletic
Johnson & Phillips v Crayford Arrows

Bill Manklow Inter Regional Challenge Cup Second Round (1.30pm)
Greenways v Stansfeld Oxford & Bermondsey Club
Snodland Town v Blackheath United

Barry Bundock West Kent Challenge Shield Second Round (1.30pm)
Fleetdown United Reserves v Old Roan
Metrogas Reserves v Stansfeld Oxford & Bermondsey Club Reserves
Orpington Reserves v Dulwich Village
Tudor Sports Reserves v Club Langley

Kent Intermediate Cup Second Round (12 noon)
Greenwich Borough U21 v  Deal Town Reserve

Ashford & District League (2.15pm)
AFC Ashford Athletic v Smeeth
Bethersden v Aldington
Bromley Green Reserves v Lydd Town A
The Wanderers v Rolvenden Reserves
Willesborough Athletic v Smarden

Thursday with Colin Batt Removals: Great fun at Halloween Party

Birthday greetings today to Colin Batt and Reece Cahalane!

Louis Burton will be taking the U11s training today at Waterside … any help setting up will be welcome. I aim to open the clubhouse by 4.30pm. With no seniors training, we will close early today at 7pm. DH

Message from Gary Penfold: no seniors training tonight

halloween-party1Big thank you to everyone who supported the Halloween Party … great time had by all. Special mention for Denise, Sharon, Jimbo, Levii, Steve J, Martyn and well done to Michelle, Rob S and Charlie F for bringing some of their young players.

Levii entertains the children! Loads more photos to follow

Levii entertains the children! Loads more photos to follow

Leave him there!

Leave him there!

Stuart King leads Bay fight back 

Three goals down and looking way off the pace, Herne Bay came back to gain a valuable point from a 3-3 draw at Worthing in their Ryman South mid-table clash at Worthing last night. Talisman Stuart King gave the Kent boys some hope on the stroke of half time and the former Maidstone United and Folkestone Invicta striker notched twice in the second period as the Bay staged a marvellous comeback to ensure a share of the spoils. Lloyd Darvel, Terry Dodd and former Hastings United hitman Trevor McCreadie had put the Sussex side in control early on but full credit to the Bay who almost carved out a winner at the death. Attendance at Woodside Road: 194.

Wednesday with Wilmoths: Dover secure FA Cup home tie with League 2 Morecambe/Statement re withdrawal

Happy birthday today to Steve Johnsen!

Please scroll down for Patron’s statement on Sunday side withdrawal

Party tonight … all welcome

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Dover through in FA Cup
Happy faces at Crabble as the local side booked a home tie with League 2 Morecambe in the FA Cup by virtue of a 1-0 replay defeat of Eastbourne Borough. A tense tie was settled by former Newcastle United trainee Nick Deverdics who headed home his first goal for the club in the 37th minute. Attendance 1042.

Results Tuesday 28 October 2014

The FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round Replay
Dover Athletic 1-0 Eastbourne Borough

Kent Reliance Cup First Round
Bromley 1-1 Maidstone United [Maidstone win on pens]

Ryman Premier League
Enfield Town 3-1 Margate

Ryman League Division One North
Wroxham 3-0 Thamesmead Town

Ryman League Division One South
Hythe Town 4-1 Redhill
South Park 0-5 Folkestone Invicta
Whitstable Town 1-3 Faversham Town

Southern Counties East Football League
Erith Town 4-2 Lingfield

Fixture Wednesday 29 October 2014
Ryman League Division One South (7.45pm)
Worthing v Herne Bay

Statement re withdrawal of Premier Division side on Sundays

Firstly, the club sends apologies to the League Council and the sides in the Premier Division of the Ashford & District Sunday League. After many years of enjoyable times, those of you that really know the club officials will understand that last week’s decision was not made lightly; but in the end having anything from 9 to 28 registered players unavailable each week [and I am NOT exaggerating!] rendered it impossible to continue, let alone do justice to the League and our opponents. The list of players registered is very impressive, probably as high in quality as any I have known in my half a century with the club … but for a multitude of reasons, including work, family, and university commitments, they are simply not there on match days. In addition, some excellent players left early doors to play in lower divisions as there was ‘more chance of winning something there’. If I am honest, we never recovered from the sad loss of Paul Grindley who was integral to, and committed to, rebuilding our Sunday set-up.

The League has agreed to us following in the footsteps of Kennington who recently had similar problems and happily are now rebuilding from a lower starting point. To those who suggest the seconds, who are struggling at the foot of Division Two, move up into the Premier, I would ask what is to be gained by that? Total hammering of youngsters every week and their interest in playing local football will soon dissolve as there is no enjoyment in being continually steamrollered physically.

Some might not care but I believe that the more objective and erudite among the local football fraternity will be keen to engage in an informed discussion as this is not just about Bromley Green, it is much wider than that. The withdrawal of two recent Premier champions in Bromley Green and Bethersden should surely prompt all of us who genuinely care about grass roots opportunities to ask where Sunday football is heading. As a proud, long-serving Vice President of our League, I have my own views and will gladly share ideas and opinions with anyone who loves to talk football … but not on social media where too many seem to want to score Brownie points without knowing all the facts.

Back to the situation here and the club itself has never been more vibrant with the Saturday sides starting to get their act together and a host of youngsters coming through the ranks. Whilst accepting that our profile has had to become more community-inclusive in recent years, which has contributed to altering the emphasis of provision, any suggestion that the club is not interested in adult football any longer is simply untrue and we look forward to the day when we can again have two sides enjoying their football in our local Sunday league.

Dave Homewood [Honorary Patron]

Tuesday with Dave Harkness Bathrooms: Kent clubs eye FA Cup cash bonanza


Sittingbourne Dogs Evening on Saturday 8 November … have you reserved your seat on the coach? Please contact Debby on 07510523658 … only a few places remaining

Shrewsbury v Chelsea on the box tonight … all welcome …
Happy Hour 8-9pm!

Clubhouse opens today at 5pm

Seniors, U14s, U15s and U16s are at the North School … please arrive early for warm-up from 6.30pm. We are on the 3G from 7-8pm.

Those squads training at Waterside or external venues please check with your team manager if you are not sure of timings or where to report.

Monday’s result in the Ryman Premier
Kingstonian 0-1 VCD Athletic

Kent derby promises to pull in the crowds
FA CupThe draw for the first round proper of the FA Cup has guaranteed at least one Kent club a place in the second round with Bromley and Dartford going head to head at Hayes Lane. Ties take place between Friday 7 and Monday 10 November and the draw involving our local clubs is:
Bromley v Dartford
Eastbourne Borough or Dover Athletic v Morecambe
Gillingham v Bristol City
Stevenage v Maidstone United

Midweek action 

Tuesday 28 October 2014 (7.45pm)

The FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round Replay
Dover Athletic v Eastbourne Borough

Kent Reliance Cup First Round
Bromley v Maidstone United

Ryman Premier League
Enfield Town v Margate

Ryman League Division One North
Wroxham v Thamesmead Town

Ryman League Division One South
Hythe Town v Redhill
South Park v Folkestone Invicta
Whitstable Town v Faversham Town

Southern Counties East Football League
Erith Town v Lingfield

Wednesday 29 October 2014
Ryman League Division One South
Worthing v Herne Bay

Monday with Nat’ural Hair

Please note the clubhouse is NOT open tonight. Only two early sessions [Guido and Charlie] and the coaches have their own equipment … so please use the MUGA. Many thanks.

Happy birthday today to Jack Smith!

H A L L O W E E N … can all helpers contact Sharon Jeffery please

All those that said they would help/contribute towards the kiddies party on Wednesday, please contact Sharon now so she knows what to expect. All adult support welcome. Her number is 07984085298. Thank you.

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Fixture Monday 27 October 2014
Ryman Premier League (7.45pm)
Kingstonian v VCD Athletic

Advance notice from Debby Claber re BGV U13s and U11s
There is no training for U13s on Wednesday 29th October
U11s have the Hallowe’en Party at Bromley Green instead of their usual training, contact Rob Searle if you have any queries.
Thanks, Debby

Sunday Night with Wilmoths: Guido Bulla “It was a vile attack”/Under 16s storm through in Cup/Sunday boys draw but miss chances to win

Please scroll down for all of Sunday’s results

International coach Guido Bulla hits out at treatment of Mannell

15.6.2014 GuidoGuido Bulla has contributed to the discussion surrounding the elbowing of Bromley Green striker Mitchell Mannell yesterday that left his face in a mess. “In 30 years of football I have never witnessed such a vile attack on a player”. To rub salt into the wounds, Mannell was later sent off … not even a booking for the elbower! Patron Dave Homewood expressed sympathy for the Green frontman: “On three occasions this season [twice on a Sunday plus today] I have witnessed deliberate, pre-meditated, elbowing in the face and not once has the referee taken action. To claim he has not seen it, when everybody else in attendance has, is either a cop-out because he feels intimidated or a sheer inability to be aware of what is going on around him”.

No mercy by Green boys as Dover are swept aside in EKYL Cup

The Under 16s who progressed in the Cup this afternoon at River

The Under 16s who progressed in the Cup this afternoon at River

Birthday boy Anjun nets two, Chapman bags a hat trick, and Austen completes the tally as the Green win 6-0 away to Dover Rangers this afternoon … full report from the manager to follow on the Under 16s 2014-2015 page

Let them eat cake! Two-goal birthday boy Anjun with Samir after today's thumping cup win

Let them eat cake! Two-goal birthday boy Anjun (left) with Samir after today’s thumping 6-0 cup win away to Dover Rangers

Points dropped but manager is pleased with performance in 2-2 draw at South Road for the youngsters

Callum Monaghan 13.4.2014With just a bare eleven due to players simply not turning up, manager Dave Andrews praised his kids after an excellent ninety minutes of endeavour at South Road against Shepway Spartans ended all square at 2-2. “We missed a host of chances”, lamented Andrews, ” … but the rebuilding starts now following the withdrawal of the senior side during the week. There were lots of positives to reflect upon, with Ryan Ford and Callum Monaghan (pictured, sponsored by Nat’ural Hair) showing why they are a part of our future; but in all honesty we squandered over a dozen good chances to take maximum points”. The in-form Ford notched twice. Next week the lads welcome Burton Grove to Waterside for a 10.30am kick off in the league.

Just in from Kayleigh … our Under 8s in cup action yesterday

25.10.2014 From Kayleigh 1

25.10.2014 From Kayleigh 2

25.10.2014 From Kayleigh 3

Results Sunday 26 October 2014
The FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round
Worcester City 2-1 Greenwich Borough

Ashford & District Sunday League
Premier Division
Iden Park 4-5 Mersham Sports
Market Hotel 3-2 Brewmaster
Marsh Athletic 1-1 Aldington

Division One
Albion 2-0 Charing Sunday
Batchelors SSC 2-3 AFC Locomotive
Stanhope Rangers 3-3 Troggs

Division Two
Burton Grove 0-1 Givaudan
Charing Sunday Reserves 2-2 Sandgate AFC
Grasshoppers 5-2 Willesborough AFC
Prince Albert 1-2 Marsh Athletic
Shepway Spartans 2-2 Bromley Green

Division Three
Aldington Reserves 2-3 Stour Valley
Ashford Cavaliers 3-2 Fox Sunday
Kingsnorth Pilgrims 2-2 Lolzors
Mersham Sports Reserves 1-2 Appledore
Troggs Reserves 2-2 Park Farm Rangers