Tuesday 8 January 2019

Happy birthday to former Green stalwarts Jim Kelly and Alan Paggett!

Clubhouse open today from 12 midday to 7.30pm

Training at Waterside in the MUGA tonight for the U9sDVS 6-7pm

Training at the North School tonight for the U9 Colts 6-7pm


Into the new week with Sims Milling Services Ltd

Clubhouse is open but we shut at 7.30pm today

Birthday greetings Monday to Toby Furner!

Training tonight for the U9s at Pitchside 6-7pm

Training tonight for the U14s at Waterside (in the MUGA) 6-7pm

Training for all youth teams is back to normal this week following the seasonal break.

For details of your team, please refer to the Events & Fixtures page.


Under 7s

Great news for the U7s … you have an away match against Faversham Strike Force next Saturday. It will be on 3g with an 11am kick off. Meeting time is 9.30am in the clubhouse so let’s have everybody there this time please … see you all at training on Thursday at Repton.

Ashford & District Sunday League results

Premier Division
Ashford Dynamo 0-5 Mersham
Prince Albert 2-7 Kennington

Division One
Cheriton 3-8 Troggs
Hythe RBL 0-2 Appledore
Lydd Grasshoppers w/o v Ashstone Galacticos
Nailbox 2-2 Charing
Red Heathens 3-1 Lolzors

Division Two
Aldington P-P Fox Sunday
Ashford Cavaliers 0-2 Bromley Green
Mersham Reserves 0-4 Guildhall
South Willesborough 2-2 Sellindge SSC

Division Three
Ashford Spartans 2-1 Lolzors
Ashford Utd 2-2 Lydd Grasshoppers Reserves 2
Bromley Green Reserves 2-3 Charing Reserves
Park Farm Rangers 1-1 Singleton Barn
Pilgrims 1-6 Biddenden

Premier Div Cup Group Stage
Market 2-4 Brewmaster

Sunday Brunch!

Firsts win … cruel luck on reserves … U14s great show

Sunday night last knockings …

To round up, overall, a most satisfying weekend – not just for results but also for attitude and effort – well done everyone!

As things slowly grind back into action following a boring three-week break, there were plenty of positives to draw from today with the seniors winning at the Goldwyn 2-0 against Ashford Cavaliers, the depleted and injury hit reserves cruelly going down in a five-goal nailbiter with Charing Reserves and the Under 14s holding highly-rated Bredhurst Juniors to a single goal defeat in their midday friendly. Scroll down for more comments and photos.

The U16s were not particularly pleased with their performance in a 3-1 loss against Egerton at Rock Hill. Jordan Osborne [left] netted the Green’s consolation. Best wishes go to Tony Osborne after his op – let’s hope everything goes well. For the lads, it is training on Thursday at Pitchside and at the moment a vacant date next Saturday.

The lunchtime match between Bromley Green and Bredhurst Juniors at U14 level was a really worthwhile exercise and crucial as a gap-filler with no training or games for several weeks. The visitors, impressive with their inter-passing and movement, provided just the test the team needed with the league programme resuming next Saturday. Oliver Bell was rewarded with the Player of the Match award  but this was a splendid all-round squad effort, demonstrating just what can be achieved with belief and commitment. Well played boys! Nicole’s report to follow.

Oliver is our PoM against Bredhurst Juniors today

Sunday firsts return with a win summary by Gary Gibbs

Today was the first game for a month so the boys felt the effect on a boggy pitch. With no goalkeeper available in the whole club, we needed to call in an outfield player to go in between the sticks. Had 3 to 4 missing due to holidays and suspension. Started really well and should have been up 2/3 in the first 10 minutes. Eventually breaking the deadlock on half hour when BJ smashed the bar for Ryan Ford to follow up with a tap in. Rest of the game was much the same with us not putting away our chances. With 15 minutes left Shrimpton broke down the right before laying it across to Gower who slotted home to wrap up the points. Thanks to Sam smith for going in goal. And Player of the Match went to Matt Wedge who was solid throughout.

Football can be so cruel …

At Waterside on Sunday morning, manager Sid Hone was disappointed, not in the effort of his players, but in the fact that several others simply failed to turn up. As seems to be all-to-common these days, not even the courtesy of a text message. Starting with eleven men, and some of those crocked, the seconds took the lead via Cameron Bruce, went 2-1 behind but came back to level through Harry Birchall. Playing out the final ten minutes with 8 fit men, the Green finally succumbed as Charing grabbed a decider. Mark Fuller and Sid at the back, Brad Osbourne in midfield and hard-working Jack Hollamby were the pick but it wasn’t to be on the day.

Some more images from Saturday

Our U9s PoM … well done!

U10s PoM … well done!

U9 Colts PoM … congratulations

You can guess the result … the U9 Colts are starting to buzz as their hard work reaps dividends

Harrison, our U11s PoM, and grandad

Sunday … we open at 8.30am … plenty of action today … all welcome

Firsts away Ashford Cavaliers, Reserves home Charing Reserves, U14s home Bredhurst Juniors and training for the BG Valiants

Updates … more photos to follow …

Congratulations Jack … our U13s McDonalds PoM today at Waterside

Report from U10s manager Matt Church

Under 10s patience, hard work and fantastic character pays off. This game had everything in it, strong tackles, short and long range passing, taking on players and goals.  It was a free-flowing game and credit to the ref (Grant) and was played in good spirit. A fantastic result. WELL DONE EVERYONE. Green: Oliver, Liam, Max, Harry, Lilly, Harvey. Riley 1 x goal, Ellis 2 x goals and today’s POM chosen by ref.

Report from U9sDVS manager Dean Mansfield

First game in 2019 for Bromley Green DVS U9s and we had the pleasure of welcoming Ashford United. This game was probably the best match I have seen from this age group and maybe a few years older. We played like a premier league team lol the passing / tackling / movement on and off the ball was wonderful. This is by far the best each kid has played individually and most important to me is they played as a team, all working for each other and helping their team mates.

I would like to say a big thank you to Ashford United as it was played in the right way both teams were amazing and I did not see one parent not smiling at the end of the game. Please see Aedan getting the man of the match award today from me. Thanks Dean

DVS star player today … well done mate!

Report from U11s manager Rob Finn

Today we travelled to Charing for our first game of the year. The 9 players that showed up didn’t disappoint and played some lovely flowing football, causing the opposition problems as they were solid at the back the midfield and up front. Happy with that performance and you all done as I asked without arguing – and a big well done to Harrison for getting PoTM today. Regards Rob.

Under 8 Colts report from Pat Penfold

U8s Colts were away to Charing. It was very cold and the boys done well for coming from behind and Stevens score with a stunning goal what could be goal of the season. Great team effort and see you all on Thursday for  training.

The U8 Colts in happy mood this morning

Under 10 Colts … brilliant today with just 6 players

Under 10 Colts

Well done our U10 Colts McDonalds PoM

Clubhouse open from 8am on Saturday with DH/LM

Have fun everyone … fixtures and ko times are on the Events & Fixtures page

Plenty of action this weekend so let’s hope for kind weather, good fortune and all those colds, coughs and flus clearing off! Also can we all park sensibly please (not in the Swan Centre car park) … thank you.

Christmas 1989

Heard a few murmurs that the ‘Christmas spirit wasn’t there this year’. True perhaps – but then most people nowadays don’t make the effort to train and gel during the holidays, organise fun things as in the past. Boxing Day was always a football day but that tradition has gone. Yes, I know, one must stop living in the past! Here is an example from 1989 when the ladies of Bromley Green played at Carters Field against (… well, I can’t remember who but it doesn’t matter, it was a laugh).

Back: Jenny Homewood, Yvonne Hover, Joan Heather, Janet Brockway, Clair Brockway, Clair Swaffer. Front: Nicola Southern, Judy Andrews, Milly Heather, Rebecca Lambert, Debbie Homewood


Into Friday … updates

Birthday greetings Friday to Lisa Smith!

Update: Under 8s away game tomorrow is OFF

Under 16s prepare to return to league duty …

Sixteen of the squad at training on Thursday night … the boys return to league action this Saturday away to Egerton

Message from Leah-Ann re U9 Colts kit
Out of 14 green kits and 1 goal keeper kit we have the following :
12 x green tops
6 x green shorts
3 x green socks
Goal keeper top and shorts
Players please return any kit you may have at home and remember kits go into the kit-bag at the club after matches. Thank you Leah-Ann Mooney

Thursday training sessions for two squads
U9sDVS 6-7pm at Waterside in the MUGA
U16s 7-8pm at Ashford Prep School, Great Chart

Under 11s to face Charing on Saturday
Preston, Alfie, Josh, Harrison, Charlie, Sam, Keiran B, William, Matteo, Ben

Well done to the nine lads who trained Wednesday morning for the Under 13s at Waterside … considering the number with colds and ailments, a good effort

Clubhouse open Wednesday from 8.30am – 11.30am

Training for the U13s starting at 9am sharp please … finish approx 10.30am


Message from Dave Spencer

Training will be on THURSDAY at 7pm sharp at ASHFORD PREP SCHOOL, Great Chart, Ashford TN23 3DJ. Can we have all the squad in attendance please as there is a league match on Saturday. Remember no studs, so wear astros or trainers and bring shin pads please.

The random pictures from the past have attracted a great response … I will dig some more out shortly

Tuesday 1 January 2019

“May all your troubles last as long as your New Year’s resolutions!”

Well, now that’s out of the way, perhaps we can return to what really matters … football! Nothing today but Sid has training on Wednesday 9am – 10.30am.

St George’s: just the three age groups going: U11, U10 and U9

Birthday greetings today to Yonas Tesfay!

Bob Watson

Bob Watson in his younger days

The recent sad news of the passing of Green legend Bob Watson puts matters into perspective; and our thoughts are with his daughter Zoe who is understandably very down at the moment as she seeks information about her father’s playing career. Dominating defender Bob, who starred in the 1988/89 and 1989/90 seasons, scored the last of his 7 goals for the club on 23 September 1989 in a 5-3 Ashford Charity Trophy reserves victory over Houchins at Bybrook. The Green squad that day: Julian Back, Andrew Charlton, Bob Watson, Matt Coniam, Paul Plumridge, Nicky Uttley, John Webster, Mark Day, Scott Brooks, Matt Hadlum. Subs: Dave Knight and Lance Grist.

Bob often captained the side whilst playing alongside the late player-manager Mark Stanley but was always keen to help the youngsters as can be seen from the photo below taken at Brookland on 18 March 1990. Bob, who joined us after a distinguished playing record at a higher level, also played for local Sunday side Denmark Sunday alongside another Green stalwart Phil Swinard. He did like a fag … and, typical Old School, shook hands and had a few pints afterwards.

Bob Watson, far right standing, with some of the younger element of March 1990. From back Jon Andrews, Steve Quinn, Justin Hammond, Julian Back, Wayne Hall, Graham Carter, Bob; front Paul Goericke, Andrew Charlton, Michael Wylie, David Forrest, Matthew Stanley

All our yesterdays … two random photos of happy days

U14 South East Regional Reebok Fives ‘Spirit of the Street’ tournament at Gillingham June 1996

Once upon a time, they were good little boys! En route to the Reebok finals staged in Bolton later in 1996. Danny Hodges, John Gibbs, Kev Barrett, Sean Gibbs, Dave Cook, Matt Gomez and Ross Turner.

Kev asked me for a copy of this photo years ago! Lost his contact details so, anyone reading this who sees him, please give him the nod and my regards … cheers DH

Christmas six years ago Luke and Alfie … happy memories!

Happy New Year to everyone: Monday NYE

We are closed New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day unless any players would like extra training at the club during daytime hours

Re-open Wednesday at 9am for U13s training

Happy New Year to everyone

St George’s Tournament: Tonight is the deadline (yes or no)
U9s with Martyn yes for 29 June 7v7 10am first game
U10s with Pip and Andrew yes for 27 July 9v9 10am first game
U11s with Rob and Timmy yes for 28 July 9v9 2pm first game

(Note players from both U10 groups can be invited with discretion of managers)

[updated] End of the weekend: Sunday 30 December 2018

Congratulations to Sarah and Scot on their wedding … and well done for not doing it on a match day!

St George’s Tournament: Monday evening is deadline (yes or no)

U9s with Martyn yes for 29 June 7v7 10am first game

U11s with Rob and Timmy yes for 28 July 9v9 2pm first game

U10s with Pip and Andrew yes for 27 July 9v9 10am first game

I have admin enquiries and this is the last chance to hear from other groups with a yes or no. Those wanting an overnight stay will need to appoint a delegate to sort the accommodation which works out about £8 per person (pretty simple, Philippe can advise). I am not being rude, but I really am too busy to keep chasing people. No obligation for anybody but Monday evening will be the cut off point. Thank you DH

Birthday greetings today to Jaime Littlejohn!

Well done to the Under 7s yesterday in their first-ever match despite fielding just a bare 5 players.

Thanks to Trev and Brian for engaging the mixed U9s on Saturday morning … these sessions are very worthwhile for learning and club gelling and, if any players, of any teams, want daytime training at the club during this crazy break, let me know and you will be catered for. DH

St George’s Tournament: last shout now as I am not going to keep asking your managers and admin. Interest from the U10s (27 July 9v9) but I need answers please. It’s yes or no time. Definitely going are the Under 11s (28 July 9v9) and the Under 9s (29 June 7v7).

The clubhouse is not open normal hours in the run-up to the New Year but if anyone wants training or to collect bags/garments etc please let me know.