A new week …

Monday: clubhouse opens 5.30pm with Jack Hollamby your host

Meetings tonight 7.15pm Managers; 8.15pm Executive

Training at Highworth School for the Under 8s  6-7pm

Been a few birthdays over the last few days: apologies if anyone missed. Cameron E, Matteo D, Keiran B, Ike, Anuj – hope you all had a good birthday.

The elements did not deter the U15s of Smeeth & Brabourne and Bromley Green on Saturday with Kai (2), Lash with a piledriver, and Jordan netting our goals in 4-3 victory after trailing 2-0 at the interval. Next Saturday the boys face High Halden.

Sheber Cup

In the semi-finals, the Green have been drawn away to Lydd Grasshoppers with the date to be arranged. The other semi-final pairs Ashford Galactics against Channel CFC, with that tie scheduled for 8 April.


[updated] Sunday 18 March 2018

Birthday greetings today to Cameron Edwards!

Clubhouse open today from 9am for BGV training only

Reminder: there are no matches on across the club today due to the state of pitches

Results from the Ashford & District Sunday League

Division One
Appledore 1-6 Ashford Dynamo
Ashford Athletic 3-2 Ashford Cavaliers

Division Two
Ashford Cavaliers Reserves 1-6 Red Heathens
South Willesborough 1-1 Aldington
Willesborough Athletic 3-5 Master Brewer

Division Three
Channel Cars 7-2 Ashford Spartans

BGV enjoy friendly despite the atrocious weather

Summary by Pat: I’d like to say a big thank you too Tara and Darren for the brand new kit I donated after yesterday’s friendly against Bromley Green valiants it was a great game in bad conditions with Darren and Toby being man of the match.

Darren celebrates a 4-1 success for our guests

The Green

Kitchen Generator

Well done Toby … PoM … more photos to follow later …

Only one local match in the Kent County League Division Three yesterday with Tenterden Town defeating AFC Ashford Athletic 3-1

U12s slideshow v Charing (friendly) in the blizzard!

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Updates … Geoff Wickens passes away

Geoff Wickens at Bromley Green FC’s awards night 28 June 2013

It is with a heavy heart that we have  to report the death of Geoff Wickens on Thursday 15 March 2018. Geoff, whose connections encompassed his love of both cricket and football, is quite frankly irreplaceable. As a long standing administrator for both the Ashford & District Saturday League and Ashford Charity Trophy, as well as a divisional representative of the Kent County FA, Geoff’s work was unsurpassed. Without doubt, the community of Egerton owe all to Geoff for their fantastic sporting facilities. Football has lost one of its true gentlemen. From all at Bromley Green FC, RIP Geoff Wickens.

Match report from Mark Smith (U7s)

It was an extremely cold snowy morning and we welcomed park farm, We had the minimum 5 players, Well done to all the players from both sides and the supporters that through the blizzard watched a well contested game!

First half was very even and both teams performed with heart that is not often seen in these condition from such young players.

Second half the Bromley green lads performed very well and seem to gel as a team with some great movement and passing throughout the team.

With a goal from Ibrahim and 4 from Ben.
Man of the match was Ibrahim but to be honest all the players deserved the award this week

Freddie, Ethan, Callum, Ibrahim and Ben

Also well done to our Ref Toby who really excels reffing this age group.


Aren’t they angelic! Ibrahim on the right is our PoM today for the U7s

Update from Debby: BGV Adults tournmanr is OFF on Sunday … training at the club 10.30am

Urgent update: U16s game tomorrow is OFF with the pitches totally unplayable

Urgent update 12.30pm

Saturday seniors away game is OFF

Under 15s turn the tide  … losing streak comes to an end
A brilliant second half comeback at snowy Smeeth this morning earned the Under 15s a 4-3 victory to end their long barren spell. Two-nil down at the break, the boys fought back to take the spoils through Kai (2), Lashman and Jordan. Mark Fuller gave the Player of the Match accolade to Olly. Pictures from Mark Smith suggest it was a tad wintry!

Under 7s brave the snow
Goals from Player of the Match Ibrahim and Benjamin (4) were the highlights of a cracking game with Park Farm Rangers this morning. Well done all!

Happy birthday to Anuj … a belated Easter Egg present

Under 13s great turn-out for training in Arctic conditions

Superb attitude by the lads this morning who had no match.

Girls Football Open Morning
We are praying for kinder weather when relaunching girls football project at the club. The date is set for Sunday 8 April and James will give further details nearer the time.  The FA’s Girls’ Football Week is 23 – 29 April 2018.




Into the weekend … with Apex Facades

Clubhouse open Saturday from 7am … please park sensibly … thank you

Birthday greetings today to Kieran Branch!

Friday night urgent update: The U10s match on Saturday is OFF as High Halden cannot raise a side

‘There is no such thing as a former KGB man’ – Vladimir Putin

Happy birthday Friday to Anuj!

A big weekend of football ahead for the club, albeit minus the excitement of the Sunday Cup Final which Hythe Town called off on Thursday. Three points is a must for the Saturday firsts as they travel to basement boys Aylesford; while the U16s will look to get among the goals again against visitors Faversham Strike Force on Sunday (2pm) in the EKYL.

The Under 15s have several missing for the trip to Smeeth & Brabourne. Here is Mark’s squad: Nathan, George, Jack, Frankie, Kai, Jordan, Lashman, Ben, Oliver, David, Jaden, Kieron, Gabriel, Lorenzo, Lennon.

The BG Valiants have a friendly on Saturday morning and the Juniors and U16s take their Fun Penalties on Sunday with Nick and Aaron. Meanwhile the Adults are away on tournament duty, meeting at the club at 8am for their bacon rolls and coffee!

James is now recruiting for the U13s (U14s next season) and new players are welcome to report at 8am on Saturday for a practice session that will begin preparations for the Bognor trip, the summer tournaments and of course next season.

Let them eat cake … big thank you to Brian

What would we do without our fantastic band of helpers? The Danny Hall Foundation is a great local fundraiser for charity and on Saturday they have their Easter Cake Day at Kingsnorth Recreation Field (12.30-3.30pm). Brian Edwards, the current holder of the Supporter of the Year award, has baked and donated a cake on behalf of the club. Brian and Chell are typical of the band of helpers behind the scenes that are always there when needed – a fine example of why we must not let negative vibes get us down. Keep up the good work everyone.

The Tommy Habgood Memorial Day has been moved to a date when hopefully things will be a shade warmer. Discussions are taking place with the family about the exact format but the day will include the presentation of a memorial bench. More details to follow on the Events & Fixtures page.

All managers, youth and senior, please try and make the meeting on Monday (7.15pm) at which we need to have firm plans for training slots at Waterside during the summer; plus, who wants what next winter. It is clear that, other than the very young groups, most managers want to hold their winter training sessions outdoors. If that is the case, then please don’t call off training when the weather turns nasty … we have wasted, literally, hundreds of pounds over the last few weeks with training sessions being cancelled without Executive authorisation. The reason we expend huge sums on CPD is to ensure no player is left without training supervision throughout the year at least once during midweek. If anyone has a problem with this, bring the matter up on Monday. The managers’ meeting will end at 8.15pm to be followed by a short Executive meeting – so what better time to bring up matters that you think are important and in the interests of the club? Thank you DH.

Senior Fixtures for the weekend

Saturday 17 March 2018
Kent County League Div 3 (2.45pm)
Aylesford v Bromley Green
Staplehurst Reserves v University of Kent
Tenterden Town Reserves v AFC Ashford Athletic

Les Leckie Cup (2.15pm)
Tonbridge Invicta v CC Sport

Weald of Kent Charity Cup (2.15pm)
Deal Sports Reserves v Woodchurch

Sunday 18 March 2018
Ashford & District Sunday League (10.30am)
Premier Division
Brewmaster v Locomotive
Mersham v Market Hotel

Division One
Appledore v Ashford Dynamo
Ashford Athletic v Ashford Cavaliers
Cup: Charing v Prince Albert

Division Two
Ashford Cavaliers Reserves v Red Heathens
Ashstone Galacticos v Mersham Reserves
Burton Grove v Lydd Grasshoppers
South Willesborough v Aldington
Willesborough Athletic v Master Brewer

Division Three
Ashford United v Givaudan
Channel Cars v Ashford Spartans

Thursday 15 March 2018

Thursday evening update: the Seniors Cup Final on Sunday is OFF. Hythe Town have called the match off due to the state of the pitch. The rearranged date is 8 April 2018 at Homelands 2.30pm.

Training is as per the schedule this evening (refer to the Events & Fixtures page if in doubt)

BGV Wednesday training will commence at 6pm starting from next week

BGV: Aaron’s group and Nick’s group please note your Fun Penalty Shoot-Outs are this Sunday at the club

Ties: still a couple of people who promised Gary a tie to bring theirs in please

Updates later …

Wednesday 14 March 2018 with Glenn Mackett Construction

External tournaments … managers/admins please act quickly if you wish to enter as I am not chasing around at the last minute! DH

U13s have now entered Paddock Wood, Ramsgate, South Ashford, Dover Rangers and Barming Youth … any more for any more? You enter from the invites I have sent out over two months and you will be immediately reimbursed.

Update 2pm: Carl has called off U16 training tonight … therefore, there is a space at the North on the 3g, 6-7pm if any manager wants to grab it … first come, first served

Birthday greetings to Natasha Carter and Tyler Temple!

Training as per the schedule this evening (refer to the Events & Fixtures page if in doubt)

Gary still needs a few club ties … please try and drop them off at the club tonight if at all possible or, alternatively, give Gary a ring or email (Contacts page)

Thomas Habgood Memorial Bench

We have now hit our target to purchase a memorial bench in memory of the late Thomas Habgood. The finishing line was reached when Sunday seniors manager Gary Gibbs announced that the players’ entry refunds this Sunday will be donated directly to the appeal. A great gesture and one we know the family will really appreciate. The bench, which is planned to be presented at Big Tom’s Memorial Match Day, will feature the BGFC logo and a darts emblem either side of a Buddha … well, that’s what he would want.

Tuesday 13 March 2018: Happy 21st to Connor!

Happy birthday today to Connor Gower, Joe Hollamby, James Peall, Amir Zureiqi and James Cambridge!

Training is on tonight as per the schedule (refer to the Events & Fixtures page if in doubt). U16s that soon move up into adult football are welcome to join in with some of the senior lads at Highworth School (outside) at 6pm as we begin to prepare for next season. Josh Ahmad, Gary Gibbs, Timmy Russell and Sid Hone are keen to support the boys as they make the big step up – so get along there with your mates and make it happen! [Note training returns to Waterside at the end of March].

Thank you to all those who attended last night’s Youth Meeting which resulted in constructive discussions leaving us positive and clear about planning ahead for the summer and indeed next winter’s training. Minutes will be forwarded to all attendees … if anybody else is interested and wants a copy, please email dhomewood@yahoo.com.

Ties for Sunday: several have already responded but Gary needs just a few more please. The clubhouse is open today 1-2pm and Wednesday 5-9pm if you can possibly leave them with DH. Or email or ring Gary (Contacts page).