Former Green players, officials and supporters are literally sprinkled across all parts of the globe. Many keep in touch, many have just retired locally, some have fascinating stories to tell. This section is being created and will grow as the information arrives. Do let us know where you are and what you are up to. This is also a page for all football lovers generally with connections in Kent.
Ashford South Secondary School U13 team 1963-64
Photos from Tony Green of former Frogs Island teams
Impressive Bromley Green youngster Peter Missing is currently learning the ropes with the Saturday Thirds but he has a long way to go to match his grandfather! Tony Green has supplied these two photos, the bottom one being the Ashford & District Saturday League champions of 1970-71.
Thanks to Dee and Malcolm Collins with help from Paul and Laurie Prior in identifying these past legends from the Island. Back row: Charlie Alford, Peter Brundell, Colin Wallace, Ronnie Owen, Colin ‘Nobby’ Hopkins, Alan Humphries, Frankie Burns, Charlie Keats (in his regalia). Front row: Mick ‘Potter’ Hills, Tony Green, Jimmy Mayhew, Peter ‘Sid’ Godden, Paul Prior, Paddy Lyons.
Back row: John Mitchell, Alan Ades, Charlie Alford, Nobby Hopkins, Bobby White, Barry Sheather, Terry Knight, Tony Green, Squat Crouch; while in front Sid again, Keith Thomas, Johnny Milton, Lou Stone, and far right Billy Charlton.
A picture from c1948. The late but never forgotten Tommy Stafford with Reg Underdown and Jack Stafford. Tom and Reg were 12 years old at the time and Jack 14 years old. Reg and Jack returned to their roots after over half a century to share in the club’s 80th anniversary celebrations. Reg said “I have so many memories of Bromley Green FC. I still miss Tom now, I can’t believe he’s gone.”
Editor’s note: sadly Reg passed away in October 2011 just a week after visiting the ground to watch a match and have a beer. Reg was buried wearing his Bromley Green club tie at Great Chart with the funeral attended by Jack Stafford, Bob Mummery, John Kelly, Dave Homewood, Chris Dorsett, Stan Donald and Terry Perk.
Steve Johnsen, former Green goalscorer supreme, now living in Walton. The following is taken from his 35 birthday greeting on this website in October 2010.
Johnsen: “The most natural finisher to wear a Green shirt”
“He had the ability to turn on a sixpence and tuck the ball home”
For many years Brian was the Sports Editor of the Kentish Express, following Ashford Town around and reporting on local sport generally. He was a regular visitor to Bromley Green awards nights and covered the local cup finals. He now does a great deal of work for charities such as taking coaching at the Rare Breeds Centre and running with his wife Daisy the Invicta Valiants Football Club (which plays in a league for those with special needs and disabilities). As I write, Brian is in the throes of setting up a monthly online Under 18 football magazine entitled Football Junior which has two publications, one in Kent and the other in Sussex. We wish Brian’s ventures well in his semi-retirement.