FC Elmstead Football Club
Sutton Athletic FC, London Hire Ground, Lower Road, Hextable, Kent BR8 7RZ
Affiliated to the London FA
|Matchday pass numbers:||811-816 + 2x all games |
|Chairman:||Paul Brook |
|Secretary, Fixtures Secretary ||Beverley Carpenter |
|Programme Editor:||Beverley Carpenter |
|Correspondence address:||236 The Avenue, West Wickham, Kent BR4 0EB |
|Colours:||Shirts: Sky Blue/Red; Shorts: Red; Socks: Red; Keeper Shirt: Orange |
|Change strip:||Shirts: Blue/Yellow Stripe; Shorts: Blue; Socks: Yellow; Keeper Shirt: Green |
|Manager:||Marc Bentz |
|Club website:||www.fcelmstead.co.uk |
|Midweek Home Games:||Tuesday/Wednesday |
|Ground Name:||London Hire Ground|
Brief History of FC Elmstead
In the 2014/2015 season, FC Elmstead was runners-up the Kent County League (West) Div 2 and gained promotion to the Kent Invicta League for the 2015 / 2016, which meant Senior Football for the first time. In that season we managed to achieve 50 points from 38 games and finish 11th in a 20 team league.
For 2016 / 2017 the Kent Invicta League merged with the Southern Counties East Football League (SCEFL) and FC Elmstead was placed in the First Division (with a Premier Division above). Again FC Elmstead finished 11th and had some success in both the FA Vase and London Senior Trophy. The club runs 3 other adult teams in the Kent County and Metropolitan Sunday leagues and youth sides at most age groups in the Selkent or Tandridge junior leagues. Around 60 adult and 150 young footballers from the local community are involved in these activities each week.
The SCEFL is the bottom rung of the “Football Pyramid”, with 9 levels to the Premiership (and Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs, Liverpool and the Manchester clubs!). To meet League regulations, FC Elmstead 1st XI currently play at FC Holmesdale’s ground (where floodlights are available). However, FC Elmstead’s main ground is Walden Recreation Ground, in Chislehurst.
FC Elmstead began life on Monday 13th Oct 1958 as Elmstead Rovers, changed its name to FC Elmstead in 1964 with 1 adult side. The club grew quickly and soon added reserves and a junior section. From the very first Elmstead Colts team, Ivan Farman went on to play professional football for Reading FC.
By the 1970's the adult section had expanded to 8 adult teams playing under various names; Elmstead Rovers, Strollers or FC Elmstead. Elmstead Colts also expanded, fielding 12 teams in the Mercury Junior Football Leagues.
FC Elmstead continued to grow throughout the 80's with many of the teams
successful in winning their respective leagues and getting to cup finals.
Club colours of scarlet & sky blue evolved when our original colours of
claret and sky blue were accidentally boil washed and the claret faded! The club badge is a Minorca cockerel and the motto is "NIL DESPERANDUM".
Probably the most famous player to wear an Elmstead shirt is Colin Foster who went on to play for Leyton Orient, Nottingham Forest under Brian Clough, West Ham and Watford. Other notable players that have come through the Elmstead club are Mickey Pay (Charlton), Andrew Brown with 3 England FA Futsall caps, Lee Martin, (Manchester United, Charlton, Ipswich, Millwall), and Grant Basey (Charlton).
FC Elmstead’s Committee are very active in seeking their own ground in the immediate area and discussions continue regarding possible locations.
FC Elmstead is fortunate to have the support of a number of local businesses and our objective is to become a SCEFL Premiership side.
For the last few years the Club have shard a ground with Holmesdale at Oakley Raod in Bromley. This has resulted in an 11th placed finish in 2016-17 and 8th place in 2017-18. For this Season Elmstead make the move to Hextable to share with Sutton Athletic and are hopeful of making an improvement again.