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U15s update/Last Thursday training before we return to the club

Under 15s update 3.30pm: we are looking at playing at home to Rye Bay this Saturday now (11.30am kick off) … confirmation very shortly with any luck

All training tonight is ON … for those at Norton Knatchbull, it is your last week in the hall before training returns to Waterside. All new arrangements that we know of are clearly  published on the Events & Fixtures page. Note: the Under 8s have one more session at Highworth on Monday 26 March 2018 at 6pm.

Tonight: Youth Forum with James @ 7.15pm … all welcome


Wednesday 21 March 2018

Happy birthday today to Pawel Baron!

All training is on tonight at Waterside, the North School and Knatchbull (Bromley Green Valiants reminder that training starts at the earlier time of 6pm throughout the summer months).

For the benefit of those managers/admin who haven’t been represented at recent meetings, training resumes at Waterside next TUESDAY. Martyn and the U8s have one more Monday at Highworth before switching to the club.

Henceforth, training will be as per the Events & Fixtures page which will be updated as soon as information is received.


Tuesday 20 March 2018 with Glenn Mackett Construction

Happy birthday today to Oliver Bell and Ellis Church-Mills!

Training tonight for seniors and U16s at Highworth 6pm … new players always welcome

Training tonight for the Under 10s indoors at the North School 6pm

Thank you to Alex Hebbes (U6s), Gary Gibbs (Sun seniors), Grant Turner (U11s) and Rob Finn (U10s) who attended the Managers’ Meeting last night together with Executive members James Porter (U13s) and Leah-Ann Mooney (U12s), Shane Cowley, Lisa Copham and Dave Homewood. Training slots decided for the summer and winter for those present. Plenty of views expressed which is always an encouraging sign.

Executive Committee: like most clubs we are always keen to welcome new members to the Executive. If you would like to become involved in our exciting future plans, please contact Shane (07980786421) or email

Kits: we will do our annual review on Monday 4 June 2018. Can all kit bags be left in the clubhouse please with a clear list of contents and sizes. Thank you.

Youth Forum: next meeting will be chaired by James on Thursday (7.15pm) all welcome.

Bognor trip: still some money to come in – can everyone settle asap please … thank you

Race Night: due to the cold and lousy weather, we are going to reschedule this for the warmer months combined with a bbq and family evening

Under 6s: At the moment, this group is non-competitive and Alex is seeking to boost numbers when training returns to Waterside. New faces welcome … please contact Alex on 07740363519.

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