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Wednesday 5 December 2018

Update 2.45pm BGV Adults at Waterside cancelled

Update: U13s cancelled tonight … sorry! The few that are available to train are welcome to join in with Grant.

Birthday greetings today to Vice President Mark Day!

Clubhouse open this morning 8.30am – 10.30am if anyone wants to call in for a coffee and/or chat and pick up garments, bags etc

Training is all ON tonight at Waterside and external venues … BGV Adults –  request from Grant Turner, please keep off the playing pitches … thank you.
Both U10 squads at the North School 6-7pm; U12s and U13s 6-7pm at the North School 6-7pm; U11s indoors at Norton Knatchbull 6-7pm

Over the next few days, the Executive will be reviewing external commitments for training as far too many sessions are being cancelled. Total waste of a huge amount of money. Details will be published here after consultation with managers.

From David Mappledoram to the BGFC Under 8s
“Great to see yourself and team last Saturday at Headcorn.
Several of the parents commented on how nice both the players and parents were after the game.  A great credit to yourself and all at Bromley Green FC.”
Well done Bobbie, parents and players!

Black jackets (Butlins style) in stock
Sold to the first with the cash at trade price of £20
Xl youth x2 (1 reserved for Candy)
Small adult x4
Large adult x3
Xl adults x3

The following club jackets have been in the clubhouse for over a month now … probably because people are not reading the website. Please collect asap. Thank you.

1465 Bobby Welsh-Close
493 J Joseph
494 Isaac Joseph
524 Mel Matiyanganga
518 Joe Croxon
495 Danny Shaw
481 Alex Barr

T-shirts and polos
479 Tyler Quarrie
432 Tommy Jenkins
487 Lewis Jenkins
491 Kai Nelson
490 Rudi Friday
480 Ben Read
478 Tyler
394 Lenny Buss
475 Harvey Hatcher
377 Thomas Hawkins
464 Gracie-Mae Fuller
1409 Aiden Tree

BGFC Hats … just two left (apart from those reserved)

BGFC Hoodies … those that have reserved, please come and collect and pay

BGFC Club bags … loads still waiting for collection from the clubhouse (please refer to previously published lists)


[updated] Welfare notice from ADYFL: Player of the match for U14s on Saturday

Tuesday: 6.30pm Children’s Christmas Party planning meeting … all welcome, especially parents of each team (U7 through to U11)

Tuesday 7.30pm Under 16s meeting

Tuesday training as per the schedule

Clubhouse open Tuesday 4pm – 9pm

Clubhouse open Monday 4pm – 7.30pm

Scroll down for U14s Monday night update …

Please note the following that Lisa has asked to be published:

Code of Conduct on the use of Social Networking Websites

The Football Association (“the FA”) has issued clarification to Participants relating to the use of social networking sites, including, but not limited to Twitter, Facebook and internet blogs.

Please note that ALL Participants should be aware that comments made on such social networking sites may be considered and seen as public comment, any comments which are deemed improper, bringing the game into disrepute, or are deemed as threatening, abusive, indecent and/or insulting may lead to disciplinary action by the Ashford & District Youth Football League (“ADYFL”) and the Kent County Football Association (“KCFA”).

Comments made by ALL Participants which are personal in nature or could be construed as offensive to one or many person(s), the use of foul language or to contain direct or indirect threats aimed at other participants or language which is deemed to infer unfair or inappropriate behaviour by another participant are likely to be considered improper and will be dealt with by the ADYFL and/or the KCFA.

Participants are required to act in the best interests of the game and all those involved with the game at all times. All Participants should be aware of the contents of this Code on Social Networking when using ALL social networking websites. Furthermore, Participants are reminded that postings on social networking sites which they believe to be visible to a limited number of selected people may still result in this posting ending up in the public domain and consequently, therefore, it is imperative that care should be exercised in relation to ALL of the contents to such postings by ALL participants.

Finally, the ADYFL and the KCFA would remind ALL Participants that social networking postings could also lead to civil proceedings being brought by affected parties towards the ADYFL and/or the individual responsible.

Important things to note:-

  • No player’s name is to be printed next to a corresponding picture identifying the player. This is in accordance with the K.C.F.A. Child Welfare Policy
  • No results are to be published for non-competitive fixtures (Under 7’s, 8’s, 9’s, 10s & U11s) excluding U11 Cup fixtures.
  • Results for teams are not to be published until they are released by the league.
  • All club members and associates are reminded that they must abide by the Ashford & District Youth Football League’s Code of Conduct on the use of Social Networking Websites at all times.

Under 14s good turn out on another miserable night

Well done Alfie … but look at the camera mate next time lol

Thirteen out of a squad of seventeen attended training on Monday evening at Waterside. The player of the match from Saturday’s gutsy victory away to West Farleigh was Alfie … but all twelve were superb on the day to ensure a win that keeps us in touch with the leaders.

The MUGA is not perfect but it keeps the lads ticking over

U14s at training on Monday night

Youngsters do us proud! Weekend round-up … into Monday

Monday: training as normal for U9s at Pitchside (6pm) and U14s (6pm) at Waterside

In addition to some terrific displays on the pitch, we as a club applaud the spirit and achievements of our youngsters who never cease to amaze. Jae-Jae, Cameron, Toby, James and the younger Valiants have this weekend epitomised what we are all about. Indeed, they set an example to us adults that striving to create a positive environment, harmony and working together is the way to reap future dividends. With three of our teams hosted by McDonalds on Saturday, and everybody fulfilling their fixture commitments despite the weather, there is so much of which we can be proud. Keep up the good work everyone!

Super proud of Jae-Jae for passing his Green Belt grading today

Bromley Green boy Jae-Jae also excels in other disciplines … congratulations!

Cam done us all proud with his bible reading today
Unto us a Child is born (Isaiah 9:6-7) at the Salvation army carol service. 👍

Well done Cam! Our reader at the Swan Community Carol Service today on behalf of Bromley Green FC

Toby’s success … thanks to all who voted for him!
We are delighted to announce that Toby Furner has been elected as a deputy member on the Kent Youth County Council and his first meeting will be at County Hall on 16 December 2018.

Closing Sunday 11.45am … no football, so depressing!

No rest for the wicked on the Sabbath!

Early Sunday morning tidy-up for James

James: “it’s time for a damn good sort out – can everybody make an effort to keep things tidy in future please?”

Some sorting out for James to do this morning!

Bit of a muddle!

A job well done James!

The BGV Juniors enjoying training this morning at Waterside

Fantastic turn-out by the BGV Juniors this morning with everyone learning and having a great time

Lovely atmosphere in the clubhouse … this is what it is all about!

Sunday brunch … with chips of course!

Looking forward to another week … updates to follow later …

Saturday night updates … McDonalds treats for three of our sides

Closing Sunday 11.45am … no football, so depressing!

Clubhouse open Sunday 9.30am for the BG Junior Valiants to train in the MUGA with a 10am start

Firstly tonight, a big thank you to all the players, parents, managers, admins and referees who braved the elements to make sure all games went ahead today (with the exception of the U8 Colts whose away game with Grasshoppers was called off early doors by the Hoppers). I do hope the children appreciate the effort you all put in to provide them with enjoyment.

Latest update: BGV Adults tournament scheduled for Sunday at the Abbey School, Faversham has been cancelled due to safety concerns

Bromley Green Valiants Juniors: training on Sunday morning is in the MUGA – please bring trainers

BIG games on the clubhouse box Sunday afternoon … details on here if all the boys are coming to support

Sunday first team game at Mersham is OFF due to waterlogged pitch

Waiting to be fed … the U13s at Eureka today … please scroll down for more photos

Aaron preparing to announce the McDonalds PoM winner

U16s great comeback from 3-0 down to draw 4-4 at Waterside
Our day was one of the wettest this year, but despite the inclement weather both BG and Weald Wolves Red managed to field full squads.
The game saw quite a few changes to our usual line up due to several players being unavailable.
The game got off to a good start and for at least 15 mins of the first half it was deadlock.
In an attempt to break this deadlock we shuffled our team around, which unfortunately did not work for us and we soon went behind. Several chances fell kindly for our opposition and within 5 mins before half time we were 3-0 down. Just before half time Ilja managed to get us on the score sheet. Half time BG 1 Weald Wolves Red 3.
Another re-shuffle at half time seemed to work well and we got off to a great start when Jack crossed the ball in that found Conan, which was headed in for 2-3.
We seem to have much better possession and our defending during the second half was top quality especially Frankie’s critical sliding tackling in our area to clear the ball.
Seeing that the game was still within reach spurred the team on and another chance was created and we scored with Lash claiming the goal – 3-3. For the next 10 minutes we seemed to be under constant attack from Wield Wolves Red but we managed to defend these situations. A kick out from our keeper fell kindly to Wield Wolves which saw us fall a goal behind. 3-4. Finding ourselves trailing again the lads did not drop their heads and were rewarded with a well-earned goal from Ilja. Match ended 4 all which was a fair result on the day.
A true testament to our lads for never giving up. A special note goes to Freddie for not showing his nerves and making sure all his passes found a Green player. Full marks from both camps for referee Ben Marshall … well done Ben! Report from Cameron Spencer.

Other U16 game played today: East Peckham 18-0 Weald Wolves Blue

U14s conquer the conditions to gain maximum points at Linton
Overnight our large playing squad dwindled to just twelve lads and they all wore their Green shirt with pride to carve out a vital victory in atrocious conditions at the Cornwallis Academy on the outskirts of Maidstone. A goal down against the driving rain, we showed terrific spirit to draw level before the break with a defence-splitting pass from skipper Igor [left] putting Freddie through to drive home hard and low.

At the interval, it was made clear we needed to keep patient, ‘listen’, and turn the influential wind to our favour and, with Elliot D switching to full back and Ollie N Bell slotting alongside Alfie and Elliot G in the middle of the park, we gradually assumed control of a most sporting match.

Although sometimes overhitting the forward pass, it was only a matter of time before we started to wear down the home defence. Battling away, I thought some of the lads grew up a bit today and hopefully the penny is beginning to drop that, when travelling to play decent sides like West Farleigh in the depths of winter, the job as they become older is to work together, dig deep, and bring home the points.

Goals from the industrious Alfie, Aleks on his debut, Freddie with his right foot and substitute Charlie sent us home happy. Bobby deserves praise for keeping goal in a huge puddle, Jake and Igor have the potential to become a dominant partnership if they keep their discipline and positions while I felt Josh and Toby showed great determination when the chips were down.

Player of the Match will be announced on Monday after training if ok with Nicole/James … it really could go to any one of the dozen who stuck to their tasks today.

Thanks to our friendly hosts West Farleigh who deserve the plaudits for even staging the match – the pitch was decidedly boggy but the same for both sides! Thank you to Brian and the parents for their support and a big shout for Keira the referee –  she was superb and applied common sense throughout.
Green: Bobby; Josh, Igor, Jake, Ollie N B; Toby, Elliot G, Alfie, Aleks; Freddie, Elliot D, Charlie

Other U14 game that went ahead today: Biddenden Mean Machine 3-1 Wye

U13s fantastic game with our friends from Hythe Town (3-2 win after being 2-0 behind)
Brilliant performance today considering awful weather. You all played brilliant today by coming back from 2-0 down to win 3-2. Great hat-rick from Alfie Gramson who received Player  of the Match. Many thanks to Aaron from McDonald’s Eureka for hospitality and superb food 👍 Sid Hone (manager)

Alfie flanked by manager Sid Hone and former BGFC Youth Clubman Aaron Davis at Eureka today

U11s delight manager Rob Finn with sensational comeback
[Sorry not allowed to give the score or scorers]

U11s McDonalds Player of the Match today was Timmy … congratulations

Wet, cold – but a credit to the club this morning

Today we made the trip to Headcorn in atrocious conditions but fair play to the boys as they didn’t let the rain bother them and got stuck in from the start. All gave 100% and well done to those who got on the scoresheet and to Timmy getting McDonalds PoTM today. Happy with that performance boys well done!

Matt happy with the progress of the Under 10s

Wow. A fantastic effort today in very wet conditions. Every week is an improvement on the last and today was no exception.  The players are learning and starting to play some really good football.  Thank you everyone.
Oliver, Liam, Louis, Harry, Riley, Ellis, Max, Harvey (McDonalds PoM)
Previous winners from earlier in the season: Riley, Oliver, Liam

Emmeline and the U10s at McDonalds Orbital today

Harvey … U10s McDonalds PoM today

Our Oliver is lovin’ it!


Well done Liam!

Nice one Riley!

More photos from all the junior games to follow …

Update Saturday 8am: Grasshoppers have called off the U8 Colts match

For all the weekend’s fixtures and training times, please refer to the Events & Fixtures page

Garments etc to be collected from the clubhouse on Saturday (please see Leah-Ann): 479 Tyler Quarrie, 432 Tommy Jenkins, 487 Lewis Jenkins, 491 Kai Nelson, 490 Rudi Friday, 480 Ben Reed, 478 Tyler Morgan, 394 Lenny Buss, 475 Harvey Hatcher, 377 Thomas Hawkins, 464 Gracie-Mae Fulker, 1409 Aiden Tree, 436 Freddie Janes

Club bags still waiting to be collected from the clubhouse
1465 Bobby Welsh-Close; 379 Olly Rump; 486 Kieran Jenkins: your club bags have been in the clubhouse for a while now … managers of these players – can you suggest they come inside the clubhouse and collect please … thank you

More club bags waiting for collection
360 Faltinski Adrian
345 Galton Toby
522 Judge Ronnie
523 Judge Alfie
524 Matiyangang Mel
525 Olsen Leo
526 Ifeakor Sam
527 Spiers William
528 Price Archie
530 Smith Frankie
531 Robinson Braydon
533 Downing Leo
534 Haines Sam
535 Brown Jake
536 Furnell Cayden

Saturday times for McDonalds visits

Under 13s Eureka 12.30pm
Under 10s/Under 10 Colts Orbital 11.30am


Clubhouse will be open from 1.30pm to 2.30pm on Friday for anyone that wants to collect bags/garments or buy Christmas Party tickets

Pitches are playable at the moment … but don’t like the look of the forecast for early morning! Fingers crossed!

Pitch inspection Friday afternoon when a decision will be made on the state of our playing surfaces for this weekend’s matches

Thursday at 7pm Brian found the pitches fine and the lines ok … three hours later it was dropping down and the forecast for Saturday morning is grim … we can only hope!

Children’s Christmas Party planning meeting on Tuesday 6.30pm … everybody welcome to join in … especially parents of the younger age groups


Thursday: clarifying what remains ON this evening

U11s squad for Saturday’s trip to Headcorn

Preston, Alfie, Josh, Charlie, Harrison, Thomas, Sam, Ben,
William, Matteo, Timmy
Kieron B not available due to injury
Kieron J, Amin & Aralis not available

Time for some hot food methinks!

Dave’s special London Hot Pot for all the players after training … and it is FREE! And … specially for Nancy … Pot Noodles!

To clarify what is ON this evening (conditions are fine, and the MUGA is dry):
U9sDVS 6-7pm in the MUGA
U14s 7-8pm in the MUGA
U16s 7-8pm Pitchside
Clubhouse open 2pm to 9pam for those who want to collect bags, garments etc

Towards the end of a somewhat wet week with Key Auto Trade

Clubhouse open Thursday from 2pm – 9pm with Dave Homewood

Update: Bobbie (U8s) and Pat (U8 Colts) have both cancelled training for tonight – sorry for the disappointment and any inconvenience caused

Update: Alex (U7s) has cancelled training at Repton tonight (Lisa can you let the school know please … cheers)

Update message from Grant Turner: Those training at the club but not on the MUGA to stay off the pitches in an attempt to keep them playable that includes the BG Valiants.  Thank you Grant

Sometimes, perhaps we need to reflect …

Rarely on this website does commentary venture outside of the football world – and efforts are made towards adhering closely to our policy of desisting partisanship concerning religion or politics.

Indeed, we have a proud, and I would suggest unrivalled, record of promoting inclusion and harmony between many cultures, religions, colours, ages, genders and ethnic origins.

However, on occasions, perhaps it is incumbent upon us all to consider the bigger picture within our wider society; especially concerning young people who are, and always have been, the primary foundation stone of our club’s raison d’etre. In sport, there is no room for discrimination and/or ugly prejudice and, all the time I am your Patron, they will not manifest their malevolent seeds amongst our membership.

So, where is this leading? Quite simply some ‘acts’ transcend all our personal beliefs. Reference here is to the sickening bullying of a vulnerable Syrian refugee boy at school in Huddersfield. Most of you will have watched it by now I guess on the news or You Tube. It doesn’t matter what his religion, culture, colour etc are – he is a human being and it made me feel ashamed to be British. Of course, money is pouring in to help the family to sue the school and so forth. That isn’t the answer … feeding the greedy lawyers will solve nothing as the school by default will now have to reform. The boy, his sisters, need love and a feeling of safety and being wanted. He didn’t create his awful background. Somehow, we all have to educate ourselves in humanistic fashion – and I would lay odds that the boy that bullied was a victim himself.

It is several decades past that my predecessor Bill Mickelborough passed away … he gave so much of his life to this club and what he taught many of us, in his own inimitable manner, was not in vain. He offered everybody wisdom, a rolled fag, a cup of tea, a kick up the backside if warranted and a straight answer. He was not overly into political correctness! But we respected his down-to-earth approach. I was a young schoolboy when I first joined BGFC and was lucky to have real men like Bob Mummery, Tommy Stafford, Tony Marshall, John Kelly and Roger Sim amongst others to look after me. You learn so much from people with real life experiences and we are blessed to have the legendary Jack Stafford, an honourable man, proudly wearing his club tie, still supporting us at matches and awards days after all this time.

Bill used to say “All the time I have hole in my a*** the youngest child will be treated with the same respect as the oldest member”. That resonates in my head even to this day and, while I may sometimes shout and nag the kids, they know it is because they are cared for and I want them to succeed, feel safe and most importantly belong. A modern-day example of course is our dearly departed Tommy Habgood … he yelled at the children, he certainly did not mince his words. Was he a bully? Of course not, the little ones knew he was passionate and offered unconditional love to them all. As Shakespeare would say “Aye, there’s the rub”.

It is an honour and privilege to be at the helm of a long-established organisation that has provided support for literally thousands of children and adults from diverse backgrounds over 88 years. Let’s pray that, in time, the victims in Huddersfield (yes, the bully and the bullied are both victims) find a peaceful world of co-existence in the name of humanity.

Dave Homewood (Honorary Patron, BGFC)

Editor’s note:any opinions are entirely my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Executive Management Committee





Training for U16s at Pitchside 7-8pm
Training for U7s at Repton 6-7pm
Training for U8s/U8 Colts at Waterside 5-6pm
Training for U9DVS at Waterside 6-7pm
Training for U14s at Waterside 7-8pm

Please bring appropriate footwear to use on the MUGA at Waterside as the ground is waterlogged

Weather watch

Pretty depressing time of the year this for those of us who have football as their drug. Waterside is extremely wet at the moment and the weather forecast hardly raises the prospect of a full programme at the ground this weekend.

We can but hope that an exciting fixture schedule goes ahead and Friday will be the day of reckoning with an early inspection. We can but hope for kindness from above. A big concern for Grant and Brian is that the surface is too wet to mark out!




Domestic messages re garments and club bags
With most training away from the club during the winter and the weather causing havoc, things tend to drift along. However, the show must go on and can parents please try and attend to the messages below.

Sizes please
Oliver Cole: to order your new jacket, I require the size please.
Garment sizes also needed for: Kieran Jenkins, Adrian Faltinski, Ronnie Judge, Alfie Judge, Sam Ifeakor, Leo Downing, Sam Haines, Rylan Brazier, Jacob Rosier, Kodi Theobald, Ali, Amin, Arilus, Thomas Johnson, Tommy Taylor. If any of these members are not currently playing, please let DH know immediately.

BGFC Hoodies and Hats
Tyler Quarrie, Lulu (Tyler, Lance), Harley White, Henry Barnes, William Spiers, Daniel Cook: hoodies and hats are still in the clubhouse … please collect today if at all possible (I will be open until 9pm)

Club bags still waiting to be collected from the clubhouse
1465 Bobby Welsh-Close; 379 Olly Rump; 486 Kieran Jenkins: your club bags have been in the clubhouse for a while now … managers of these players – can you suggest they come inside the clubhouse and collect please … thank you

More club bags waiting for collection
360 Faltinski Adrian
345 Galton Toby
443 Tappenden Alfie
522 Judge Ronnie
523 Judge Alfie
524 Matiyangang Mel
525 Olsen Leo
526 Ifeakor Sam
527 Spiers William
528 Price Archie
529 Roji Alex
530 Smith Frankie
531 Robinson Braydon
532 Griffiths Jae-Jae
533 Downing Leo
534 Haines Sam
535 Brown Jake
536 Furnell Cayden

Midweek as it happens: youngsters defy the deluge

Happy birthday Wednesday to Sarah Bell, Jamie Allan, Stuart Taylor and Kai Sutton!

Message from Rob: Under 11s training at Waterside is OFF tonight for safety reasons

BGV Adults Valiants: sorry ground is waterlogged … training tonight is OFF

Weather watch: all on at the North outdoors / U11s on the MUGA tonight 6-7pm / BGV Adults decision down to Dave Spencer but it is hopelessly wet out there … updates later …

Bromley Green Under 9s brighten up a dark, dank evening

It takes more than a drop of rain (well a downpour actually!) to deter the Green youngsters and a big well done to all those who defied the elements on Tuesday night at aptly named Waterside.

Trevor Strand, Dean Mansfield and Lee McRobert lead the training of our enthusiastic children … scroll down for slideshow

Alfie sets a fine example to all

Sweets are a well earned treat for Alfie … terrific dedication in awful conditions

Clubman of the Year Grant Turner with Alfie Tomkins after goalkeeper practice

U9DVS slideshow from Tuesday’s training

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Update: Club bags now in … clubhouse open Tuesday 11am until 8pm

360 Faltyn

345 Galton

443 Tappenden




522 Judge Ronnie
523 Judge Alfie
524 Matiyangang Mel
525 Olsen Leo
526 Ifeakor Sam
527 Spiers William
528 Price Archie
529 Roji Alex
530 Smith Frankie
531 Robinson Braydon
532 Griffiths Jae-Jae
533 Downing Leo
534 Haines Sam
535 Brown Jake
536 Furnell Cayden
537 Bishop Callum
538 Randall Max

Birthday greetings today to David Warde and Sam Phelan!

Clubhouse open Tuesday 11am – 8pm (garments can be collected, paid for, ordered)

Hoodies to be collected/paid for from the clubhouse please asap: Tyler Quarrie, Bam, Tyler U9, Lance, William Spiers, Harley White, Henry Barnes

We have ‘sold out’ of hoodies except for 1x 5-6yr, 1x 7-8yr, a few medium adults and large adults. There is just one xxx large adult remaining.

BGFC Hats: only 10 left now … strictly first come, first served

Tuesday 27 November 2018
Garment sorting Dave H and Maria B from 11am – 1pm so please pop in to collect or give us the sizes (many are still waiting simply because garment sizes are not being put onto the membership form and we can’t guess … thank you)
U9s DVS training at Waterside 6-7pm as normal
North indoor hall not available tonight due to examsU9 Colts please train with Ilir at Waterside 6-7pm using our own lights

This is an ‘odd’ midweek due to schools holding exams in their sports halls; so please ensure all of your players are aware of amended training arrangements for this week only. Cut and pasted from the Events and Fixtures page:

Wednesday 28 November 2018
Norton Knatchbull indoor hall not available tonight due to exams … please train at Waterside 6-7pm using MUGA
Training at the North School as per the schedule

Thursday 29 November 2018
Under 16s training as usual 7-8pm at Pitchside with Dave Spencer
Under 7s training as usual 6-7pm at Repton with Alex Hebbes
Norton Knatchbull indoor hall not available tonight due to examsWaterside and clubhouse will be open from 4pm for use of the MUGA and the field using our own lights … managers please cooperate among yourselves and all of the children can enjoy training … thank you (U8s and U8 Colts 5-6pm; U9sDVS 6-7pm; U14s 7-8pm). I will be laying on some food for everybody after each session. DH
Sunday seniors meeting 6pm [D Homewood, S Hone, T Russell, M Day, G Gibbs] … all interested are welcome to join in

Big thank you to Brian and Jamie who have repaired the senior goals … much appreciated