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HAVE MESSRS POLLARD & JONES REPLACED BATMAN & ROBIN

WESTERN COASTS OF KENT! I’m beginning to feel I may have an identity crisis looming, I’m certain it won’t be long before I metamorphosise as a weather forecaster. Usually the Kent League’s fixtures for the weekend are my main focus, but again this week I’m starting my...

Beckenham Town Football Club

Beckenham Town Football Club began life in 1971, metamorphosing out of the chrysalis that had been Stanhope Rovers, a local junior club operating most successfully in South East London Amateur league. Previously, the old Beckenham Town had become affiliated to The...

HAVE MESSRS POLLARD & JONES REPLACED BATMAN & ROBIN

HAVE MESSRS POLLARD & JONES REPLACED BATMAN & ROBIN

WESTERN COASTS OF KENT!

I’m beginning to feel I may have an identity crisis looming, I’m certain it won’t be long before I metamorphosise as a weather forecaster. Usually the Kent League’s fixtures for the weekend are my main focus, but again this week I’m starting my preview by looking at the Met Office web site. Its not looking good: “Showers spreading southwards giving a covering of snow in places, though falling mainly as rain or sleet near western coasts”. Whilst my paranoia doesn’t stretch to believing they are referring to the western coasts of Kent, nevertheless my newly developing identity persuades me to forecast “gloomy weather prospects for the Kent League clubs imminent”.

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There certainly wasn’t any gloom attached to last weekend with both the big games at Thamesmead Town and Deal Town living up to their pre-match hype. I’m not sure whether you can draw too much from either result; I think it’s more a case of each club being able to walk away from the matches without any dents to their aspirations or confidence. What does emerge is if the Kent League were in search of any ideas for an advertising campaign, both these games could figure prominently.

WOULD WARDY SWAP WINS?

This weekend centre stage is taken by the quarter finals of the Premier Division Cup. It’s impossible not to allow the Maidstone Utd v Cray Wanderers tie to overshadow the other games. This really is the “tie of the round” and I’m expecting it to be every bit as good as the “big games” last weekend. The sides have already met this season at Central Park on the opening Saturday with the Stones recording a 2-1 victory. I’m in no doubt that Maidstone Utd boss, Jim Ward, has the greatest respect for the visitors and his side will need to be at their very best. Would Maidstone swap a victory at Hayes Lane in the forthcoming league encounter in a couple of weeks for a victory on Saturday – I think they would – but I expect them to get both.

NEW DYNAMIC DUO

The Deal Town Chairman is reported to have issued the same “cut the wage bill” statement as Paul Bowen-Brown at Maidstone Utd. Whether that instigated the departure of Mark Seagers to Whitstable Town, one can only guess. I’m more interested in whether Deal have overcome their recent “horror shows” and are now back on track. Whether Messrs Pollard & Jones have replaced Batman & Robin as the new dynamic duo, only history will tell, but in the meantime time expect them to grab Saturdays Kent League Cup headlines.

THE OUTSIDERS TIE

In the other two ties – VCD Athletic seem to have forgotten how to lose and I would be surprised if Erith Town were able to jog their memory. The match at the Culverden Stadium between Tunbridge Wells and Herne Bay must be the “outsiders” tie of the round. Would I be wrong in thinking that if Maidstone/Cray, VCD and Deal get through they will all be looking forward at 5.30 on Saturday afternoon to getting the winners of this tie in the semi final.

WEATHER IN BECKENHAM – HELP NEEDED

With the big boys in Cup action, a lot of the glamour is missing from the remaining League fixtures. If I’m able to complete my anticipated change into a metrological genius I hope I’m able to influence the weather in Beckenham. The mounting problems with the pitch at Eden Park Avenue are no doubt at the centre of the disquieting rumours about this popular club. Lets all hope that prevailing winds will help dry both pitch and tears.

THE DOUBLE -THE STORY OF MAIDSTONE UNITED’S  STUNNING 2001-2002 SEASON

THE DOUBLE -THE STORY OF MAIDSTONE UNITED’S STUNNING 2001-2002 SEASON

As a fan of Maidstone United, I found this a book that was difficult to put down. The memories of The Stones’ glorious return to senior non league football has been told in the inimitably entertaining style of local Kent Messenger journalist Fred Atkins.

Maidstone Utd winning KL CupAtkins writes from the unashamed viewpoint of the rabid Maidstone supporter, with no apology given for for his black and amber leanings throughout the entire 84 pages. (He started following the club as a ball boy in the late 70’s at Maidstone’s old London Road Stadium). The etiquette that he is required to observe when writing for his employer is tossed away with abandon, as he reverts to a style reminiscent of the late (and lamented by some) Maidstone United fanzine “Shafted!” which he used to produce back in the dark days of The Stones’ hiatus in the British Energy Kent County League.
Double Clinched at Cheriton Road
The result for any Maidstone fan reading this book, is that you get the feeling that you are reminiscing about the whole season with your mates down at your local (as you do.) It’s fun and the time just flies by.

The fact that the season was so stunningly successful for Maidstone obviously made the task of putting together this publication so much more enjoyable for the author. A little rough around the edges in places, (this is Atkins’ first attempt at such a venture) it can be accepted by the reader, that the time constraints of getting the book to publication have caused some of the (very) minor production errors contained within.

EvMUFC supporters at Eden Park Avenueery match played during season 2001-2002, right from the first pre-season friendly at Faversham Town, through to the season’s finale in late May at Folkestone, is covered by a detailed synopsis of events. Each match report has been re-written to include the author’s own perspective on a rollercoaster year, (so no cut and paste jobs from websites – official or otherwise – or newspapers, have been entertained). Statistics relating to attendances, scorers, team line-ups and match star ratings are included, together with a “Did you know?” feature relevant to each game. Also, over 120 photographs have been included, supplied from official club photographer Peter Norris and official club website editor Jonathan

Beckenham Town Football Club

Beckenham Town Football Club

Beckenham Town Football Club began life in 1971, metamorphosing out of the chrysalis that had been Stanhope Rovers, a local junior club operating most successfully in South East London Amateur league. Previously, the old Beckenham Town had become affiliated to The Kent FA in 1887. Records also show the club had played in the London league from 1923 to 1933 and 1951 to 1961, The Aetolian League from 1961 to 1964, and the Greater London League from 1964 to 1969. At one stage the Rt. Hon Harold Macmillan MP. was president. Honours include the London League Championship in 1927-28 and runners-up in 1930-31. During the 1950s the team was a feeder club for Crystal Palace FC. In 1969 the old club folded, and the modern Beckenham Town became the town’s only senior club. Joining the London Spartan League in 1975, the club then began to enjoy some success. Runners-up to Fisher Athletic in the Senior Division in 1977-78, Town also reached two league cup finals, getting beat on both occasions, by Welling United and Farnham Town.

In July 1980 Beckenham moved to their present ground in Eden Park Avenue. By 1982-83 Beckenham had joined The Kent League. During that era former owner of Crystal Palace FC Mark Goldberg played and managed the club. Another player at that time was Gerry Dolke who is presently Chairman of Ryman League Club Bromley FC. At one time Jason Euell presently of Charlton, Ray Potter who played over 220 games for West Brom and Dot Morris who played over 70 games for Crystal Palace FC were on Towns books. In the 50s former Beckenham player Pat Saward played for Aston Villa and captained The Republic of Ireland.

Beckenham reached 2 more Kent League Cup finals in 1984-85 and 1992-93 finishing runners-up on both occasions.
The club have a tradition of long serving officials, some of whom have been with the club for over 15 years. Howard Smith and Geoff Ward have been with the club both, as players and officials for 50 years. Peter Palmer Club secretary has clocked up some 15 years, while Ian Muir has followed the club since the 60s. Former 1940s player Alf Silver can still be found at Eden Park Avenue every Saturday.

Beckenham’s’ best home crowd is 1,562, against a Celebrity XI in
June 2009.

In 2003 Beckenham were awarded £100,000 by the Football Foundation for ground improvements. In the summer of 2004 a new pitch with improved drainage was laid along with hard standing all round. It was also decided to invest in perimeter fencing around the ground to deter vandals. There are plans in the pipe-line for further improvements. 

Beckenham Having A Nice Easter?

Beckenham Having A Nice Easter?

HAVE A NICE EASTER ?

Whilst Becks have been focused on the possibility of securing a third place finish, suddenly – and unexpectedly – the runners-up spot now looks within their grasp! Second placed Herne Bay’s midweek draw at Erith Town leaves Becks just three points adrift, and whilst Herne Bay have a game in hand they have still to visit Eden Park Avenue on the last day of the season.

There is another twist in what is proving an intriguing end to the Kent League Championship race. Faversham Town are clearly “over the hill and far away” so far as the Championship crown is concerned. However, if recent rumours are to be believed there appears some doubt surrounding their ground grading approval. Speculation about who qualifies for promotion, or not, is notoriously rife at this time of the season. The Who’s Who of which clubs are coming and going is a seasonal game of prediction that seldom proves to be very accurate.

There still exists the question of ‘what happens?’ if in the unlikely event of Faversham not getting the expected “ground grading nod of approval” from the FA. Does that open the promotional door for Herne Bay – providing they secure the runners-up spot? If that is the case, could Herne Bay need a win in their last game against Becks to secure promotion and could a Becks victory rob them of a Ryman League place ????

A lot of the conjecture could be put to rest, unless Becks manage to get something from what looks like a difficult Easter Bank Holiday weekend. A Good Friday visit to Champions elect, Faversham Town, (and before there is a chance to digest more than a handful of chocolate eggs) it’s off to an Easter Monday seaside trip to face faltering Hythe Town.