{updated] Sunday 20 August 2017

Updates as it happens …

  • Rob is over the moon as Green U9s into final at Great Chart with three wins out of three … good luck  and enjoy the final
  • Martyn happy with display by U8s in this morning’s friendly
  • Bromley Green’s Harvey Smith wins another accolade from Maidstone United

Some of the girls training with James this morning … to join in the new venture, please contact James on 07850541747 or Lisa on 07713450042

  • Well done Harvey

Clubhouse open today 7.30am

For fixtures and meeting times, please refer to the Events & Fixtures page

Bromley Green Girls training this morning 10.30 … bring your friends

Layton who scored the late winner on Saturday

Hastings United and Bromley Green U15s observe a minutes applause for Thomas Habgood and Irene Stafford

No lack of entertainment at Waterside with the Under 15s sharing six goals with Hastings United and the seniors coming from 5-2 behind to defeat Rye Town 6-5. On target for the Green in the morning kick off were Ilja (2), who ably demonstrated the advantages of being a two-footed player, and Kieron who kept his cool from the spot. Lots to learn still but good displays from Ben, Jordan and Ilja. Special mention for Lorenzo who played up a year but was outstanding in the second half.

Man of the match Connor Gower proved the difference in our exciting last-ditch victory with two goals against Rye with Layton Bryant grabbing the late decider. Also on target for the Green were Jordan Griffin, Tom Armstrong and a visiting defender. Green line-up: Tom M; Liam B, Josh A, Terry, Byron, Lewis, Ryan P, Tom A, Connor, Cameron, Kieran S, Josh T, Andy, Layton, James H-A.

Thanks to Neil Holmes who officiated superbly in both games today.

The weekend is here after a week of differing emotions

Clubhouse open on Saturday from 9am

Get better soon Tyler!

Have a thought for new U8s player Tyler … he hasn’t played a game yet but suffered a fractured wrist at training on Thursday! Get better soon Tyler

What a week!

I cannot recall experiencing seven days of such emotional ups and downs as the week just past. A wonderful day celebrating the life of former Manager and Vice President Mark Stanley contrasted by the deaths of two of our close family, Irene Stafford and Thomas Habgood.

As far as possible, we have carried on as normal … exactly what our departed would have wished. A floral tribute will be laid in Australia for Irene on Tuesday while we are  awaiting details of arrangements from Tom’s family.

So, three families that have given so much to others and we are all the poorer … on behalf of everyone here, I can only say ‘thank you’. The cherished memories remain. Dave Homewood (Patron).

Saturday’s fixtures

This morning our Under 15s stage an attractive match against Hastings United with an 11am kick off. Definitely missing are captain Conan Wyer and defender Charlie Ward who are both on holiday – but the squad just needs games to get our act in order for what will be a busy season.

Also at home are the Under 13s who welcome Hythe for a 9-a-side friendly with both sides desperate for competitive action to get in the swing of things. Again kick off is at 11am. There is still room for a couple more players and anyone that might be interested is invited to ring either James on 07850541747 or Lisa on 07713450042.

The action turns to the seniors after lunch with the visit of Rye Town for a 2.30pm kick off.

On the clubhouse TV today: Swansea v Manchester United (12.30pm)

For more details and arrangements for Sunday, please refer to the Events & Fixtures page

Reminder to all managers: BG teams are to observe a minutes silence or applause for Irene and Thomas this weekend … thank you


Tommy Habgood loses his brave battle with cancer

Sad news as Green Youth Coach Tommy Habgood passes away

Happier days – Tom was a one-off loved by all

It is our duty to report the terrible news that another member of the Green family has passed away. Popular youth coach Thomas Habgood lost his battle with cancer at 3.30am on Thursday 17 August 2017.

Thomas could often be heard yelling instructions at the kids in his own indefatigable way; but they still loved him as it was his passion and enthusiasm for them to do well that will leave an indelible impression. He was not one for political correctness and was a one-off that would help anyone.

The club issued a short statement this afternoon:

“Our thoughts are with Frankie, Dan and young Tom at this awful moment. Life isn’t fair and adults and children alike are devastated. We had feared the worst for Tom for a while but now he has gone there is a huge gap in our club. On behalf of everyone at Tom’s extended family, we send thanks for all his work on behalf of the children, never seeking glory for himself. Activities will continue as normal as that is what Tom himself would have wished and all Bromley Green teams are to observe a minutes applause or silence this weekend.”

Gone but never forgotten – RIP Thomas Habgood

Thursday 17 August 2017

Clubhouse open today from 4.30pm

Training for U6/7s at 5.30pm, U8s at 6pm, U13s at 6pm, U15s at 6pm

Happy birthday today to Tillie!


Wednesday 16 August 2017 with CRS

Clubhouse open today from 4.30pm

Training tonight as per the schedule for the BGV, U16s, U12s, U11s, U10s and U9s (start times are on the Events & Fixtures page)

Coming next weekend on the clubhouse TV: Swansea v Man Utd on Saturday and Spurs v Chelsea on Sunday … special offers … everybody welcome

Bromley Green Girls training now switched to Sunday mornings at 10.30am … please spread the word and bring your friends

Under 13s building useful squad

Despite one or two summer departures, James Porter is building a decent squad of players for the Under 13s with the latest signing being Tenterden-based Owen Penfold [left]. The side have several away on holiday but are able to get some pre-season practice in on Saturday when they entertain Hythe in a 9-a-side contest. Kick off at Waterside is 11am.

Well done Freddie! Our latest McDonalds winner

Young Freddie is lovin’ it

Two home games this coming weekend for the seniors

Green on the attack in Sunday’s emphatic win over Cheriton AFC. For kick off and meet times for this coming weekend, please refer to the Events & Fixtures page.

Tuesday 15 August 2017: Irene Stafford passes away

Clubhouse opens today at 4.30pm

Birthday greetings today to Peter Ripley and Syd Beal!

Note that ALL training, including seniors, is ON this evening at Waterside. U15s 6pm, U13s 6pm, Seniors 7pm.

Under 14s (Charlie’s team) are welcome to join the U15s this evening as so many players are still away on holiday or ill (6pm start)

Urgent message from Debby to Bromley Green Valiants

Still to complete junior registrations ( I know most of you have had a minimum of 4 requests via text/email, not counting the nudges on here, please help me get these completed on time).
(I will not be able to answer or respond to any football queries after Wednesday 16th.  I will be back at the ground on 3rd Sept to help with the friendly tournament and any outstanding adult registrations.  However, by this date, the deadline for junior registrations has passed for September’s tournament,hence the urgency around these and my concern around the waiting for responses)
Juniors still to complete – Alex, Ruben, Timi, Daniel
Adults – I am at training for a couple of Wednesday’s in September before your deadline but still waiting for Aaron S, Chris (photo), Calvin, Craig, Simon, Josh, Cam
I am not at training on Sundays throughout September.

Irene Stafford passes away

We have received news from Jack Stafford of the passing of former Green stalwart Irene Stafford. The club offers its condolences to all our friends in Australia at this sad time. Jack has sent this message:

I attach a few photos of Irene Stafford (Bob’s wife), including a photo taken at Bob’s last match with Bromley Green before emigrating to Australia. The match was an away game against Pluckley – the photo from left to right is my wife Mabs Stafford, Tom Stafford, Irene Stafford, Bob Stafford and Jack Stafford – the little boy at the front is Robbie Stafford who is Bob and Irene’s son – an only child. Bob was the secretary for the club and Irene was his trusty assistant. Bob and Irene kept in touch with Bromley Green FC via his brothers, Tom and Jack. Irene sadly passed away on the 12th August – now reunited with Bob, her beloved husband. The funeral is next Tuesday 22 August 2017.

Irene with only son Robbie Stafford

Bob’s last-ever game for the Green before emigrating Down Under

Lisa relaxes after a busy weekend at Waterside

Some of us are still getting over the weekend!

James and his gloves of many colours prepares for action on Sunday

Raising a glass to Mark are Paul Plumridge, Ian Holloway, Rhino and Alvin Gigg


[updated throughout the day] Monday 14 August 2017

Birthday greetings today to Brendan Finn!

Clubhouse open today from 4.30pm

ALL training is ON as per the schedule

Advance notice for next Sunday: Mini tournament at Great Chart. U9s (Matt) registration 8.30am, U10s (Rob) registration 8.30am and U12s (Sid) registration 1pm. £2 parking. U9s and U10s please meet in the clubhouse 7.45am and U12s please meet in the clubhouse 12 midday.


Our line-up of legends yesterday who paid tribute to Mark Stanley … more photos to follow later

Terrific turn-out yesterday for Mark’s Memorial Day … well done everyone that supported the event both on and off the field. More photos and details later.

Seniors show some good signs in another win … superb performances from the youngsters with new boy Billy Mabb on the scoresheet … more details to follow

Important message for Bromley Green Valiants
This coming Wednesday (16th) is the last BGV training session until our friendly tournament on Sunday 3rd Sept.
We are hoping to be able to include the u16s in this (if other clubs can raise sides). Training with Nick for the younger groups will also recommence on 3rd Sept.
Any junior registrations need to be completed this week please in order to meet deadlines before September’s juniors tournament at Rainham. Thanks Debby
He flies through the air …
More photos from the weekend as soon as time permits …