|Correspondence Address||22 Taylor Road, Snodland, Kent ME6 5HH|
|Fixtures Secretary||Julian Scannell
|Program Editor:||Jamie Houston
|Colours:||Shirts: White/Blue; Shorts: Blue; Socks: Blue; Keeper Shirt: Silver Grey|
|Change strip:||Shirts : Yellow/Blue; Shorts & Socks: Yellow; Keeper Shirt: Orange|
|Manager:|| Kevin Stevens
|Midweek home games||Tuesday (7.30pm K.O)|
|Matchday pass numbers:||Away = 121-126, All = 127-128|
|Directions||From Junction 7 of the M20 follow signs to Bearsted, take second exit into New Cut Road, continue to T Junction (Asford Road) turn left and continue up to second traffic lights. Turn left into Willington Street and carry on to the crown of the road and turn left into Derinwood Road, carry on past parade of shops on left hand side and turn right into Church Road. Carry on until reaching the left hand turn of White Horse Lane. Ground entrance is on the right hand side past the new housing estate.|
Bearsted FC - A History
Bearsted FC was founded in 1895 and is one of the oldest clubs in Kent. Originally playing on Bearsted Green the club moved to Honey Lane, Otham in 1998 to enable the club to compete in the Premier Division of the Kent County League.
We are one of the oldest clubs in the County of Kent. Some early history of the club can be found in the book "A history of Bearsted and Thurnham". The club was reformed after the Second World War and continued its participation in the Maidstone and District Saturday Football League running first and reserve sides. It was in the mid 1970's that the Club emerged as one of the leading local Maidstone teams. After applying to join the Maidstone League`s Premier Division the Club finished runners up for three consecutive seasons and then champions for three successive seasons.
At the same time the youth section of the Club started when we took under our wing a young boys club, Bearsted Hornets, who ran U12 and U14 sides. In 1982 the Club was elected into the Kent County League. Since then the Club has won almost every league and cup competition run by that League.
The Club celebrated its Centenary in 1995 , the occasion being marked by a Dinner at the Great Danes Hotel. Commemorative Certificates were presented by both the Football Association and the Kent County Football Association. The toast to the Club was made by Bob "The Cat" Bevan the well known football raconteur. For its first 100 years the Club played on the Green at Bearsted. However the higher standard of football in which the Club plays requires better facilities. So in 1998/9 we moved to our present ground at Otham. Since then the Club has invested heavily in improving the excellent facilities there.
The peak of the Club`s achievements have been:
In the 1999/00 season we reached the semi final of the Kent Senior Cup (defeating three Kent League sides on the way) before losing to Deal Town who later went on to Wembley to win the FA Vase. In the same season the Times reported on our League achievement in going unbeaten until the first weekend in May. In the season 2002/3 the Kent County League represented England in a EUFA tournament , its representative side being managed by Bearsted's first team manager and coach and with 5 Bearsted players representing England. The Club is very proud of the individuals who have represented their country.
The Club were awarded FA Charter Status in 2005.
Since reaching the finals of the Kent Senior Cup in the 2006/2007 Season, where we were narrowly defeated by Whitstable Town 1-0 from the Kent League, the First Team have had a run of lean years, having won the Kent County Premier League trophy in successive years in 2001/02, 2002/03 Seasons.
Bearsted FC were invited to join the newly formed Step 6 Kent Invicta League for the start of the 2011/2012 Season, with the prize for the Champions being promotion to the Kent League.
The next chapter of the clubs history began in March 2011 when planning permission was finally granted on appeal for a 114-seater stand and floodlights for our Honey Lane ground.
The ambitions of our current Chairman and Committee was to deliver on some final challenges:
- Proceed with the second 57-seater stand
- Proceed with the floodlights
- Proceed with hard standing requirements
- Proceed with changing room improvements
- Proceed with hospitality/refreshment facilities
- Complete the History of Bearsted book
- Earn promotion into the Kent League
All the above ground improvements including the publication of The History of Bearsted FC were achieved in time for the 2015 - 2016 season. The icing on the cake was by becoming 2015 - 2016 League Champions of The Kent Invicta League and in doing so gaining promotion to Premier Division of The Southern Counties East Football League, formally the old Kent Invicta League.
A truly great achievement by everyone associated with Bearsted Football Club.
For the last few Seasons Bearsted have finished in a position of safety within The SCEFL Premier Division. The 2016-17 Campaign saw the side end in 12th place and 2017-18 saw a 14th placed finish as did the following year.
In the 2019/20 Season the Bears were heading for a Top 7 finish after a high scoring campaign. However along came Coronovirus and football was wiped out, then again the next year, so we go into 2021/22 aiming to continue our progress as a Club.
The club runs approximately 20 teams including our development squad at Roseacre School for 5-7 year old's, before joining the Junior Section of 8's - 18's (including girls).
Bearsted FC are proud of our ladder of football, which aims to offer opportunities to players of all levels, including development into our Kent Youth League sides, Senior Reserves and First Team.
For more information on playing, coaching or simply being part of Bearsted Football Club, please contact us.
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