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‘Big Tom’ would be proud of our youngsters

Monday was an emotionally-charged day and, in typical Bromley Green tradition, contained all of the ups and downs that life throws at each and every one of us.

A fitting tribute at midday to our dearly departed Thomas Habgood, followed by a dignified wake at The Albion and a few drinks to remember ‘Big Tom’ at the club in the evening. The humble clubhouse was buzzing with happy children and what better legacy could there be? Never forget, it’s people that make great clubs – not flash buildings or glory hunters.

As your Honorary Patron, this has been one of the most difficult past few weeks I have experienced since joining the Green 53 years ago; mourning mixed with celebration of life for Mark Stanley, Irene Stafford and, today, Thomas Habgood. You see, these were three very ‘special’ people who gave their time for others without ever seeking thanks or personal accolades.

When they are older, some of the children will remember their manager Tom. He shouted at them because he was passionate; he was Old School and had little time for the nonsense of today’s political correctness. He spent hours planning and trying to do his best for them. A one-off. Thank you Tom for never saying ‘no’ when the chips were down and I needed help. When you look down at your family club, I know you will be proud of our youngsters. Never forgotten. Rest in peace mate.

Dave Homewood



Monday 11 September 2017

Today we say our final farewells to Thomas Habgood. The service is at Charing at midday and all friends are welcome to attend.

Happy birthday to Evie! Cake for Evie and Harvey Freelove tonight!

Clubhouse open today from 4.30pm with training as per the schedule on the Events & Fixtures page

We have a good squad building up for the Vets game with Whitstable on Saturday 7 October 2017. Anyone else interested is invited to contact Sid. So far we have these Old Boys but are awaiting answers from a several others:

Sid Hone, Mark Fuller, James Branch, Ian Mace, Leigh Crocker, Kevin Hollamby, Pat Penfold, Matthew Twyman, Gary Penfold, Grant Turner, Pip Castle, Tony Osborne, Timmy Russell, Andy Bower. Still to be asked during the week are Trevor Strand, Harry Hills, Mark Mason, Mark ‘Spud’ Smith, Matt Stanley, Mickey Smith, Gary Holloway, Gary Gibbs, Lee Williams … just spread the word as all are welcome!

Sunday 10 September 2017

Clubhouse open today from 7.30am

Seniors results
Bromley Green 6-1 Charing Sunday Reserves
Channel Cars 11-1 Kingsnorth Pilgrims
Fox Sunday 2-1 Sellindge SSC
Givaudan 2-7 Ashford Spartans

Under 16s report from Carl
Today we hosted a strong Kennington Juniors side. With the league being delayed it was crucial to get the boys game time with so many new players in the squad this year.
The result was irrelevant we needed to try things before points were up for grabs. Ultimately we lost the game 5-1 but that wasn’t a fair reflection on the boys work rate and at times quality they displayed. We have a much clearer idea after this game about how we will approach the season. Special mention goes to Jordan who was immense at the back on his debut and to another debutant Josh who kept working all game. He got his rewards with a well taken goal after being slipped through from midfield. We got things to work on in training this Wednesday boys and then we go again for next Sunday’s friendly with Ashford United.
Keep your heads up boys! Carl

BG Valiants at Rainham

Well done Owen!

A moment to remember for Alex

6-1 win for seniors

Tom Moon (2), Joe Valler (2), Layton Bryant and Billy Mabb were on target this morning as the seniors overcame a Charing Sunday Reserves side well led by Kevin Friend.

Double Trouble! Sponsor needed for our Under 9s

Lily and Phoebe smiling despite a defeat yesterday … still need a sponsor for this season .. anyone interested please contact Dave Homewood

Fixtures (10.30am)
Bromley Green v Charing Sunday Reserves
Channel Cars v Kingsnorth Pilgrims
Fox Sunday v Sellindge SSC
Givaudan v Ashford Spartans

BGV Juniors travel to their tournament at Rainham while the BG Girls have training at 10.30am. At 2pm the U16s are at home to Kennington Juniors in a friendly.

BGV Adults training with Dave Spencer this morning

For all details of tournaments, training and matches, please refer to the Events & Fixtures page

It’s Burnley v Palace (1.30pm) on the clubhouse TV with HAPPY HOUR from 1pm to 2pm [cash only, and to be consumed on the premises]. Special offers for members and guests will be on display in the clubhouse.

Thank you!
To all those who once again toiled to make sure we put on a good show yesterday for all our guests … too many to mention but sincere thanks. Terrific club spirit – well done!

[updated] Saturday as it happens U7s and U8s are our stars tonight … into Sunday 10 September 2017

Fabulous day of football at Waterside … updates as it happens … great results … but seniors slip up
The EKYL Festival, plenty of exciting youth football but a setback for the Saturday seniors who went down 2-1 in a feisty encounter with away specialists Deal Sports Reserves. The visitors took the lead but Connor Gower levelled. However Deal grabbed a late winner as the Green paid the price for missed chances.
Kent County League Div 3 results
Aylesford 2-5 AFC Ashford Athletic
Bromley Green 1-2 Deal Sports Reserves
CC Sport 3-3 Staplehurst Reserves
Tenterden Town 4-6 AEI Sports
Woodnesborough 4-2  Faversham Town Reserves

Goalmouth action again Deal today

Under 15s report
A winning start for the Under 15s today with Lash, Ilja with a header, Kieron and Kai on target in a 4-2 defeat of Biddenden Juniors. Lots of positives after the usual slow start as we gradually dominated possession with Conan and Charlie good at the back and Ben battling in midfield. Two other matches in the U15 section today: Headcorn 3 Grasshopper 4; High Halden 3 Weald Wolves Red 5. Next week the squad are away to Weald Wolves Red in the league.

Ben is our Player of the Match against Biddenden

Action from the U15s home victory

Under 13s

Well done Owen – PoM today for the U13s

Not a good day at the office but our U13s are always smiling … you will come good boys and girls!

Player of the Match for the U13s today was Owen Penfold seen here receiving his BGFC voucher from Brian Edwards

Under 12s … our opponents pulled out this morning … so it was training for the boys and girls
Under 11s report
The Under 11s played a strong Park Farm team in a friendly today at Waterside.
Bromley Green were very strong passing the ball and keeping possession. As the game went on the passes became quicker with many one-two passes cutting open the opposition defence.
Bromley were very good on the counter attack with players working hard to get up and support the attackers.
Special mention to the Park Farm goalkeeper who had a very good game and kept the score line down.
Bromley did concede a late goal from a good long range shot.
Scorers today were Tom 2, Anton 2, Leo 1 and Jay 1.
Jamie (gk) did score a wonderful goal chipping the away keeper from the edge of the box but it was ruled out with a late offside flag.
Player of the match went to this season’s team captain LEO, he ruled the midfield with most of the play going through him.
A big well done to the whole team they all played well. Very proud manager today. Cheers Grant.

The U11s who shone today

Under 10s impress … report from Rob

The winning Under 10s today

Today we made the trip to the Marsh where the boys got off to a great start taking an early lead through Kieran they past the ball around nicely and created chance after chance and were soon rewarded with a second when Matteo fired home. The defence were solid and Riley was excellent in goal when called upon and just before the break Matteo got his second goal HT 0-3. Second half started again well and 10 minutes in some great play from the boys saw them get a fourth goal 0-4. In the last 15 minutes they began to tire and conceeded 3 silly goals but held on for the victory. PoTM today was Alfie for some all round play and hitting the bar twice with good headers. Well done all who took part. Cheers Rob.

Under 8s brilliant display
And we’re off to a flyer – 10 out of 10 for the boys today for a great effort and concentration. Everyone worked hard and we were 5-0 winners against Wye. Clean sheet for Brad, a brace for Jake and a hat trick for Player of the Match Lucas. Well in boys … Greeeeeeen Army! Martyn Smith

Well done the U8s who shone at Wye today

U7s superb start

Mark ‘Spud’ Smith and five of the U7s were who were brilliant this morning in their first-ever match in the ADYL

Today marked the first league game of the new U7 team against Biddenden Juniors and I’m sure everyone that was there enjoyed  a very thrilling and entertaining game.

The whole game was evenly matched, however Biddenden went into the break 0-1 up and we were unlucky to have not scored ourselves
However after the Half Time team talk they went out for the 2nd half ready for action.
The team were unlucky to concede another goal but from 0-2 down the Green boys soon replied with a great goal from Ben Buckowski. Which seemed to inspire the teams performance and give them the boost of confidence they needed. Another goal soon followed and this goal came through  great team work and was put in the net by the 2 goal eventual Man Of The Match Ben.
The  team looked like they were learning all the time and they had a few chances to go ahead and win the game but just could get it past posts due to some good goal keeping! Our keeper Henry Crocker also made some really great saves to keep us in the game.

The final whistle went at  2-2 the whole team showed the famous Green spirit and for their first ever league game performed really well; the parents and football club should be very proud of this young team.

Green: Henry Crocker, Ethan Webb, Callum World, Stephen Houghton, Harvey Freelove, Ben Buckowski
Thank you to Pat Penfold for setting up the pitch and being our ref for the game.
Well done and Well played boys !
Mark ‘Spud’ Smith

Happy birthday this Sunday to one of our latest recruits, Harvey Freelove!

Well done Jake!

For his contribution over the past few months Jake is presented with a club voucher by Vice-Chairman Shane Cowley

Bromley Green Vets … first game is against The Oystermen
Time we really got this going as the quality amongst our ‘Old Boys’ is phenomenal. Whitstable Vets are our first opponents on Saturday 7 October with a 1.30pm kick off at Waterside. Sid (07391902851) is putting the squad together. Sid is also looking at starting a Bat & Trap side to play Friday evenings … give him a call or better still have a chat with him in the clubhouse.

Two home games to whet the appetite plus SKY football
Gary Gibbs and co welcome Charing Reserves this morning (10.30am) and the value of a large squad comes into play even this early in the campaign with Kieran Shrimpton, Josh Ahmad and Ashley Webster amongst the absentees. But the boys have a tantalising blend of youth and experience and must start as favourites.

Fixtures (10.30am)
Bromley Green v Charing Sunday Reserves
Channel Cars v Kingsnorth Pilgrims
Fox Sunday v Sellindge SSC
Givaudan v Ashford Spartans

It’s Burnley v Palace (1.30pm) on the clubhouse TV with HAPPY HOUR from 1pm to 2pm [cash only, and to be consumed on the premises]. Special offers for members and guests will be on display in the clubhouse.

After lunch, Carl and Shane will relish the chance of another look at their charges when Kennington Juniors visit for a friendly (2pm). Alex Allan and Lenny Russell have returned to the fold which is great news while Saturday lads Jordan Osborne, Ilja Seleznovs and Kai Sutton have all signed forms both days. The nonsense of the league being put back a few weeks may actually work in our favour as a really strong squad is being assembled. Free refreshments will be supplied afterwards for both teams. A £5 voucher to the BG player of the match will be presented and this season all vouchers must be redeemed on the day.

[updated] Into the weekend with McDonalds

Please refer to the Events & Fixtures page for weekend fixtures, kick off and meet times

HAPPY HOUR TODAY on selected products 1pm to 2pm with Manchester City v Liverpool on the clubhouse box (12.30pm) Cash only and all drinks to be opened and consumed on the premises. Offers on display in the clubhouse.

Birthday greetings today (Saturday) to Daniel Searle!

Saturday’s Kent County League Div 3 fixtures (2.45pm)
Aylesford v AFC Ashford Athletic
Bromley Green v Deal Sports Reserves
CC Sport v Staplehurst Reserves
Tenterden Town v AEI Sports
Woodnesborough v  Faversham Town Reserves

(Sunday’s preview will follow later)

Birthday greetings today (Friday) to Cameron Lumsden and Billy Harkness!

McDonalds continue partnership with the Green
Fantastic news with our major sponsors continuing to pledge their backing of our community club with kits, trophies, free meal vouchers and use of their conference suite. More details to follow but the teams to benefit directly are run by Martyn, Grant and Sid. Our other youth sides will also have perks.

Under 7s excited for first-ever game
Have fun! The new Under 7s are at home tomorrow with a 9.30am kick off. Don’t worry about the score – just enjoy your game! Pat will set up the goals and referee while Mark ‘Spud’ Smith will oversee the squad which is as follows:
Ben Buczkowski
Henry Crocker
Stephen Houghton
Freddie Nicholson
Ethan Webb
Callum World
Aarjen Tamang
Harvey Freelove

Under 10s squad away to Grasshoppers
Joshua Bailey
Keiran Branch
Alfie Collier
Matteo Dookjun
Herkuli Dundo
Riley Gilbey
David Ibeh
Harrison Petken
Timmy Russell
Preston Webb
Jevin Tamang
Kacper Haniewicz

Under 12 squad at home to Biddenden Juniors

Under 15s squad at home to Biddenden Juniors (arrive by 10.30am or be on the bench). We have a full squad tomorrow and will be adding some of the former U14s to our ranks next week once the registration formalities are completed. Competition is good and particularly impressive in training have been David, Lennon and Lorenzo. Mark and myself will try and keep everybody happy during what is going to be a busy season with a fixture almost every week. DH.
Nathan McHugh
George Slater
Charlie Ward
Ben Fuller
Jack Cridland
Jordan Osborne
Ilja Seleznovs
Lashman Ramanadas
Oliver Stevens
Conon Wyer
Keiron Smith
Kai Sutton
Alex Quinn
Brendan Finn
Jaden Bourne
Sonny Jacobs

Saturday also sees us stage the EKYL U8s Festival at Waterside and we extend a warm welcome to Canterbury Eagles, Chartham Sports Juniors, Kennington Junior Colts and Rising Stars Youth. Neil Holmes is the referee, Debbie Sutton the registrations secretary and the action starts at 11am. The quality is expected to be of a high standard so do have a look and encourage all our guests.

After the Man City v Liverpool match, shown on the clubhouse TV (12.30pm), our seniors entertain Deal Town Sports Reserves in the Kent County League and nothing less than maximum points will suffice after last week’s setback at Sharsted. Kick off is at 2.45pm.

Loyal youngsters are rewarded

Clubhouse opens on Thursday at 4.30pm

What price loyalty?

Anton and Leo with Executive member Leah-Ann last night

It is often said that there is no loyalty in football any more and, sometimes, I recognise where this sentiment comes from. However, when the crunch came during last season’s ill-fated U10s EKYL campaign, four lads remained loyal to their family club and they have been rewarded with medals. Last night Leo and Anton were praised by the Patron while Keiran Barns and Adam Zureiqi also have medals waiting to be presented. In the long run, you will be the winners as the grass is not greener elsewhere!

Training tonight for the U6/7s, U8s, U13s and U15s … please all be on time as the nights are drawing in! We will, of course, get the floodlights out when it is absolutely necessary but for now let’s use the light!

We are getting geared up for Saturday’s opening ADYL fixtures so – PLEASE parents – make sure you have all the information you need before you leave tonight. Especially the new U7s team. Thank you.

What a lovely hat James!

A friendly reminder that it is a condition of membership that ALL adult and junior players, mainstream and disability, must have submitted a BGFC Membership Form prior to training/playing. Anyone not on standing orders should not be taking part in any club activities. Any queries, please talk to D Homewood at the club. Thank you.

Wednesday 6 September 2017: It’s Green v Albert in the Charity Trophy

Statement from the EKYL received 9.15am

“After many hours spent by members of your League Committee over recent weeks, it is with regret that owing to technical issues with Full-Time and the Whole Game System not of our making your League Committee have no alternative but to postpone the start of Season 2017/18. At this time we remain unsure of the timescales required by the FA to rectify the position and to allow sufficient time we will now commence League fixtures from the weekend of 30 Sept/1 Oct.
Please note all Festivals will continue as scheduled by Jon Barrett.
I would thank you for your understanding at this time and please advise our 5,000 players & their parents we are doing everything we can to resolve this.”

Clubhouse open today from 4.30pm

Well, as is customary, it piddled hard on a Tuesday night! But credit to the 20+ lads who attended training for the U15s and it was great to see some of the U14s joining our ranks. Well done to my mate Michael Lee for keeping control! See you all again on Thursday for a prompt 6pm start. You can’t all play on Saturday but let’s go forward together and make it an enjoyable season.

Also a mention for the seniors who braved the elements … well done boys and thanks to Ian and Gary for a great session. Big games at the weekend … come on boys let’s make it a win double.

Training is on this evening for our Adult and U16 Valiants and the U9s, U10s, U11s (friendly home to Pilgrims) and U12s plus Carl and his EKYL U16s. The nights are starting to draw in, so can we all please be on time … thank you.

Ashford Charity Trophy

Two fascinating draws for the Green in the Ashford Charity Trophy. Fred represented us last night at their meeting and we have been paired at home with Towersview in the Saturday competition and entertain Prince Albert in the Sunday section. Should make for great entertainment.

We send our best wishes to long-serving official Geoff Wickens whom we understand is very ill … a great servant to football and hopefully you will soon be on the mend Geoff.