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Formed in 1930, the Green still hold the distinction of being the only club in the area to win the coveted senior section of the Kent Junior Cup (in 1985). Another proud achievement is that the club were the last ever winners of the old Kent Amateur League before reorganisation when they became a founder member of the Kent County League. We go into the current season as Premier Division champions of the Kent County League. In addition, the club has also twice reached the final of the Kent Sunday Premier Cup, the only major honour that has so far proved elusive; while on the youth front, the club has represented England on a number of occasions at home and abroad and actually won the Under 14 International Youth Tournament in what was then West Germany.
The club fields 5 senior teams (haart of Kent County League Firsts and Reserves on Saturdays, with a third team in the Ashford Saturday League; plus firsts and reserves in the Ashford Sunday League). As partners in the Swan Ground project with Sure Start, the Salvation Army and the Community Hall group, the Green have widened participation with the introduction of eight youth teams. With many of our youngsters now coming of age and integrated into senior football, there are drives towards forming Under 21 and girls teams to provide for the club’s future.
The club has known both good and bad times; during the war years having links with Leyton Orient and Arsenal, while being on the brink of extinction in 1970. In fact, notice to withdraw our only team had been submitted to the local Ashford Saturday League with a lack of players, half a kit and no money! However, out of the ashes… as they say, and the rest is history as a thriving youth policy laid the foundations not solely for unprecedented success at the club’s spiritual home, Carters Field, but also the confidence to overcome many obstacles, including planning/finance, to rebuild and attempt to recapture former glories at our present Waterside venue.
The club has established itself as the town’s leading intermediate outfit, with success on both days over a sustained period, and is actively seeking the opportunity to progress towards Kent League status.