Lordswood Football Club
Martyn Grove, North Dane Way, Chatham, Kent ME5 8YE
Affiliated to The Kent County FA
|Matchday pass numbers:||331-336 + 2x all games |
|Chairman:||Terry Hussey |
|Secretary:||Steve Lewis |
|Correspondence address:||Sunnybrook, Gorsewood Road, Hartley, Longfield, Kent DA3 7DF |
|Fixtures Secretary:||John O'Halloran |
|Program Editor:||Paul Caulfield |
|Colours:||Shirts: Orange/Black; Shorts: Orange; Socks: Orange Keeper Shirt: Purple |
|Change strip:||Shirts, Sky Blue / Navy Blue Shorts, Socks: Sky Blue ; Keeper Shirt: Pink |
|Manager:||Richard Styles |
|Club website:||www.lordswoodfc.co.uk |
|Midweek home games||Tuesday|
|Ground Name:||Martyn Grove|
|Brief Directions:||From M2 Junction 3 follow signs to Walderslade and the Lordswood Leisure Centre|
LORDSWOOD - CLUB HISTORY
Lordswood FC were formed in 1968 and joined the Rochester and District League, where they won successive Divisions and Cups before finally ending up in the Premier Division. The club then applied, and was successful, in gaining entry into the Kent County League in 1981/82. The Lords soon made their mark at a higher standard of football and, within 5 years of joining, they again found themselves in the Senior Division. In June 1996, officials of Lordswood FC attended the Kent League AGM and made a successful application to join the Winstonlead Kent League (as it was known then).
Lordswood is situated in the Medway Towns where the club own their own ground and have continually improved their facilities over the years. The facilities include; Floodlights, a 123 seater stand, and hard standing/terracing around 3 sides of the ground. A brand new Boardroom was opened by Andy Hessenthaler when he brought his Gillingham side for a friendly in July 2003. This game brought a record gate of 600, and although Lordswood lost 5-0, two weeks later Gillingham beat Preston by the same scoreline, and so are in good company.
Lordswood's highest league position is 8th which was achieved in 2005/06. They have reached the Semi-Final of the Kent Senior Trophy 3 times, and the League Cup once. They have entered the FA Cup and FA Vase for the last 8 years, but have yet to get past the 1st Qualifying Round of the FA Cup and 1st Round of the Vase.
Lordswood's biggest win was against Erith Town with a 7-0 scoreline. The biggest defeat came against Folkestone Invicta away , 8-1.
Lordswood were Runners-Up in the Midweek League in 1998/99 when they lost 2-0 to St. Leonards, and the Reserve Team won the Floodlight Trophy in 2006/07
The 2012/13 season was Lordswood’s most successful ever, reaching the 4th round of the Carlsberg FA Vase (losing to the winners Spennymoor Town), and the semi-final of the Macron Premier Division Cup. Lordswood also finished runners-up of the Kent Senior Trophy narrowly losing 2-1 to Tunbridge Wells and finished a club best 5th place in the league.
The end of that season saw Jason Lillis depart to Whitstable Town along with a number of key players and the club was forced to rebuild once again.
James Collins came in to steady the ship at the end of the 2014/15 season and took the role permanently for the following season leading the Lords to their highest ever league finish of 4th.His achievement didn’t go unnoticed and he departed for Cray Valley.
Former player Richard Styles is now the current manager as Lordswood look to rebuild and push on once more.
2016/17 saw the club finish in 16th place but things were much better the following yeat when the Lords ended the Campaign in 8th.