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Ide Hill FC are a charter standard club who play in the Kent County League and the Sevenoaks & District League. They were formed in 1923 and became an affiliated member of the FA in 1924. The football club's home pitch is located behind The Cock Inn pub in the picturesque village of Ide Hill and is reported to be the highest football pitch in Kent. Read the full background to the club at the bottom of the page.

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Ide Hill win their third game in a row and push up to third in the table. Braces from Craig Jackson and Columb Grant, one a piece for Callum Heath and George Kensell. Up the Hill! ⚫️⚪️
Ide Hill put Peckham town to the sword with a strong performance and a 3-1 win. Goals from Steggle, Jackson and Ryan. Up the Hill. 4 games in 9 days ✅. 2 wins, for 2 draws ✅. Unbeaten so far ✅ Fitting in to non league well ✅✅✅ ⚪️⚫️

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up to date as of 2nd September 2019

First Team Player Stats - 2019-20

updated 2/9/19

Latest Match Reports 2019-20

Saturday 31st August

 

IDE HILL HIT HAWKINGE FOR SIX

 

HAWKINGE TOWN 2-6 IDE HILL

 

Ide Hill made it 3 wins on the spin in the Kent County Premier, by dispatching bottom club Hawkinge Town 6-2 in a scrappy game out on the coast, pushing the visitors up to 3rd in the table in the process.

 

Coming off the back of convincing wins against Peckham and Crockenhill over the Bank Holiday, Ide Hill saw the visit to Hawkinge as a chance to kick on from their unbeaten start and post more vital points on the board against a side who had failed to pick up a point thus far.


The visitors started with customary intensity and looked to prey on the frail confidence of the hosts, George Kensell nodding wide from a corner early on and Barry Ryan seeing a good effort saved when played through. They did take the lead on 10 minutes, Columb Grant lifting a lovely cut back to the penalty spot which the onrushing Craig Jackson dispatched at the second attempt.

 

Ide Hill were beginning to pose threats from all over the pitch and Jackson doubled his tally soon after, Grant again pulling back accurately when through on the left, Jackson rolled his man and curled into the bottom far corner for 2. Ide Hill sensed a chance to open the scoreline further, but the remainder of the half became scrappy and the visitor’s levels noticeably dropped, so much so that a soft penalty was conceded and put away, taking Ide Hill into the break only one up.

 

An angry team talk followed regarding lowered quality and standards and Ide Hill quickly came out in response. Grant added to his brace of assists with a brace of goals; his first put away from close range when a Ben Holder corner was helped on to him at the near post by Charlie James. Grant then slotted his third of the season when a Hawkinge clearance fell to him in the box and he made no mistake in turning the scoreline to 4-1.

 

A freak back pass own goal reduced the lead again on the hour, giving Hawkinge a hope of pulling back in to the game. However, this was quickly settled by George Kensell who bounded through the midfield and slotted beneath the keeper for 5. It was left to Callum Heath to provide the best goal of the day, played in on the left by a clever Shaun Boyle pass, he raced clear and bent a glorious shot in to the top corner to end the scoring.

 

Manager Paul Mcdonagh was quietly pleased with the day’s work: “It was scrappy in parts, but our quality told when it mattered. We gave them more of a look in than I’d have liked, but you have to be happy with 3 wins in a row at this level” and on his goalscorers “it was great to have the quality of Grant back in and amongst the goals, and Jackson controlled the game at important points and took his goals really well”

 

Ide Hill now have a break from the league having taken a strong 11 points from a possible 15 in their first campaign at this level. Next up, Welling park travel to Wrotham in the Inter Regional Cup on Saturday, where the Hill will be looking to put together some strong cup runs to augment an already promising start to the season.

Ide Hill Team: Mckay, Heath, Steggle, James, Holder, Randall, Jackson, Heasman, Kensell, Grant, Ryan. Subs. Piper, Boyle, Driver

 

Man of the Match: Craig Jackson

Monday 26th August

 

IDE HILL DOMINANT IN WIN OVER PECKHAM

 

PECKHAM TOWN 1-3 IDE HILL

Ide Hill turned in an impressive performance to end their sequence of 4 games in 9 days with a convincing 3-1 win at last season’s title challengers Peckham Town, in sizzling 33 degree heat on Bank Holiday Monday.

Having clocked their first win at non-league level against Crockenhill 2 days earlier, Ide Hill came in to the game with a weight removed from their shoulders and ready to challenge themselves against a strong and established club in the division.

The visitors welcomed Callum Heath and Sam Heasman back into the wing back slots to provide dynamism on a huge pitch, whilst George Kensell got an unfamiliar role up front following a few strong cameos in the position in recent games.

And the decision quickly seemed inspired as Ide Hill raced out of the traps, sensing that Kensell and strike partner Barry Ryan had the beating of Peckham over the top, getting in behind regularly and giving Ide Hill early encouragement, Kensell firing straight at the keeper when through and Ryan having a shot blocked in the opening skirmishes.

Ide Hill now also boast a regular and imposing aerial threat from set pieces and made good use of it again here, scoring their first after 15 minutes from this source. Ben Holder floated over a trademark corner, which Barry Ryan headed back into the six-yard box where a grateful Luke Steggle nodded in from close range for his first of the season.

Ide Hill’s tails were up and they smelled blood against a side who were not as strong as expected, Jackson, Edmeads and Holder finding swathes of open space in the midfield, Heath and Heasman driving through from the flanks and causing countless problems.

A deserved second arrived after half an hour; Jackson bending over a cross from the left which Kensell bravely got to before the keeper, nodding over before receiving a punch in the head, with a spot kick given to the visitors. Jackson stepped up and slotted in to the top corner for his first of the season and a fully warranted lead.

Peckham began to get a foothold before the break, springing through the midfield and from the flanks with speed and rapid interchanges which were causing problems, but few chances were carved out here or throughout the whole game, as time and again the attacks met the formidable wall of Charlie James, Luke Steggle and captain Ben Pearson on the edge of the box who gave them nothing, with Mike Mckay marshalling confidently from between the sticks.

All of the games so far have been tight, odd goal affairs, but Ide Hill gave themselves further breathing space after 60 minutes; Sam Heasman winning a free kick out wide through a surging run, then bending the free kick on to Barry Ryan’s head in the six-yard box for a simple header and his third goal in two games.

Peckham did strike back to give themselves a glimmer of hope on 70 minutes, a pot shot from 30 yards from the Peckham left back wrong footing Mckay and sailing into the top corner.

But the visitors showed pleasing maturity to largely close the game out, Josh Howard provided athleticism and strong hold up play and could have made it four when he ran through and his left footed shot was palmed for a corner, as could Josh Holland who went through in the final minutes and saw a left footed volley sail just over the bar.

Manager Paul Mcdonagh is very pleased with the way Ide Hill are rising to the test of non-league football “It was a great result against a strong footballing side. We have really stepped up and don’t look out of place, if anything we should be looking upwards. We were really organised at the back and always dangerous at set plays, which we could have scored 4 more from. The whole team worked hard for the points and the win rounds off nicely a manic first 10 days at the level” and individually Mcdonagh also praised “Craig Jackson who rolled back the years and slotted his penalty well, George Kensell worked tirelessly up front and Ben Pearson was really strong at the back”

Ide Hill now can recharge the batteries and look forward with optimism ahead of the weekend, a long away trip to the Kent Coast to face Hawkinge Town on Saturday, who are yet to pick up a point in the campaign.

Ide Hill Team: Mckay, Heath,  James, Pearson, Steggle, Heasman, Holder, Jackson, Edmeads, Ryan, Kensell. Subs: Howard, Holland, Driver, Wilken, P Dance-Harvey

Man of the Match: Craig Jackson

Saturday 24th August

 

RYAN AIR

 

IDE HILL 3-2 CROCKENHILL

Debutant Barry Ryan wins another header on the way to his crucial brace

Ide Hill’s towering new striker Barry Ryan got off to a flying start on Saturday, netting a brace to down Crockenhill and deliver Ide Hill’s first ever non-league win, fittingly at their Camberwell Lane home ground in front of a Bank Holiday crowd.

Ide Hill began with a few key absentees in Alteirac, Grant and Heath, but such is the increased squad strength the starting 11 was still strong, with Ryan coming straight in up front and Edmeads coming in for his first start in the midfield.

After starting the season unbeaten with two strong draws, the home side understood how important it was to start to turn these single points in to three if they don’t want to find themselves at the wrong end of the table. And Ide Hill started with much the same intensity which had unsettled Otford on Tuesday night, although the opening was patchy for quality as both sides felt their way into the game.

It was the visitors who took the lead after 20 minutes, the excellent Crockenhill forward Michael Fenn capitalising on some hesitation in the Ide Hill backline to steady himself from 10 yards and calmly slot into the corner to give Crockenhill the lead, somewhat against the run of play.

Yet before the goal and certainly after, Ide Hill had begun to find some of their quick passing rhythms and were springing through the midfield, Kensell and Randall beginning to add threats down the side and Howard cleverly and powerfully running the channels.

Club veteran George Kensell put in a strong performancee at wing back, before moving up front and grabbing the winning goal

But it was the unorthodox challenge of Ryan that was really beginning to set panic through the ranks of Crockenhill. A tall, powerful forward who scored 16 goals for South East last season and often tormented Ide Hill last term, was now in the black and white stripes, his excellent link up play and powerful aerial threat causing untold problems for the visitors and providing a vital outlet for the Ide Hill midfield and defence.

And he scored a sumptuous goal to open his account after 30 minutes, Craig Jackson drove from midfield and lofted a high through ball over the top for Ryan, with the big striker doing the rest in startling fashion. 20 yards out he hooked the ball from the sky with his first touch and bent his second in to the top corner to send the home side in to raptures.

Ide Hill kicked on from this and started to run the game, Edmeads and Holder opening up wide spaces in the midfield with their quality and the defence of Pearson, James and Steggle holding firm and providing the foundation.

The second goal came from an adventurous surge from the growing Randall on the flank, foraying forward and firing a shot which the keeper managed to palm wide. Edmeads picked up the rebound, though, and steadying himself, curled a delightful cross to the back post which Ryan, clearly seeing as his bread and butter goal, eased the slight full back out of the way and nodded in his second in 10 minutes.

 The visitors had shown their grit to fight back in to the lead, yet the game had echoes of their previous 2-2 draws and the Hill were determined to push this one through for a win. Ryan almost scored a hat trick with a volley blocked by his own player, and Steggle saw a certain headed goal from a corner miraculously turned over the bar by the Crockenhill keeper.

Unfortunately, after a sloppy passage which encouraged the visitors, Fenn pulled the visitors level after 65 minutes with a piece of magic of his own, taking the ball 25 yards out with his back to goal, turning quickly and bending his own wonder strike in to the top corner.

Ide Hill were hit by the equaliser and perhaps wondering about another 2 points lost, yet they showed mettle to turn the game in their favour again. Kensell had by now been moved up front and was proving a menace to Crockenhill, whilst Heasman provided energy and quality from the bench. And it was this combination which would fashion the historic winner for the club; Heasman breaking down the right and threading a lovely slide rule pass through to the onrushing Kensell who, steadying himself, fired in to the bottom right corner first time and sealed the victory for the club.

Mcdonagh was once again happy with the showing, and this time, the result “another strong performance, but this time we got the win we deserved. We played well in patches and what is encouraging is we can still improve as we get fitter and better, the season is looking bright and we look forward to Peckham on Monday” and on new signing Ryan “He was fantastic, what a debut. He took his goals brilliantly and was a constant threat and gave us a brilliant outlet. Really happy. And Kensell was excellent as well, moved around from wing back to forward, he had a great game and ended up the matchwinner”

Ide Hill need to quickly rest as they go again, visiting a strong Peckham Town side on Monday afternoon. However, the opening three games have shown we have nothing to fear and with Ryan in the ranks, the sky is the limit.

Ide Hill Team: Mckay, Kensell, James, Pearson, Steggle, Randall, Holder, Jackson, Edmeads, Ryan, Howard. Subs: Baker, Holland, Heasman, Driver

Ide Hill Man of the Match: Barry Ryan

Tuesday 20th August

 

BOYLE AT THE DEATH

 

OTFORD UNITED 2-2 IDE HILL

Ide Hill turned in a performance laced with intensity last night in a frenetic 2-2 draw with Otford United, furthering the belief that they truly belong at this level and can thrive in the division.

Ide Hill followed up their opening day draw against Borden with the return of a few more regulars to the squad, the side bearing a closer resemblance to the one which won the league last season. The local derby had been hotly anticipated by the visitors and they duly brought a raucous and vocal crowd to cheer on the newly promoted side on a calm summer evening in Kent.

Ide Hill started brightly, the returning Matt Bunn piercing the back line with encouraging regularity, his running and hassling causing problems and panic all half, whilst Columb Grant dropped in to the hole and threaded pin point balls behind the defence for his strike partner and the rampaging Callum Heath.  Bunn was played clean through on 15 minutes but, tussling with the defender in a possible penalty claim, scuffed his shot under pressure which was smothered.

However It was Otford who took the lead though after 25 minutes, somewhat against the run of play, but the goal was worth the wait; an Otford corner was headed clear by the Ide Hill defence to the edge of the box, finding the waiting Scott Ellison, who arrived and fired an unstoppable rising drive into the top corner to give the home side the lead.

Ide Hill dusted themselves down and picked up where they left off; the back three of Ben Pearson, Charlie James and Phil Alteirac were composed, strong and reduced Otford to half chances. At the other end, Alteirac was proving himself a constant menace at set pieces, coming close on a number of occasions and turning in a rounded Man of the Match performance which has become his standard over the past few seasons.

The Hill deservedly pulled level on 40 minutes; another bright break and quick interchange brought the ball to Grant’s feet in the box, who shuffled, got a shot away and the rebound was slammed home by an ecstatic Heath much to the joy of his teammates and the watching crowd. Heath’s tireless performance was further enhanced by a stunning goal line clearance before the break, using his athleticism to stop a certain goal for the home side.

Manager Mcdonagh was pleased at the break but wanted more; unfortunately it would be Otford who took the lead on the hour, Jackson’s pass intercepted in the midfield and resulting in a lightning fast counter attack, the Otford striker streaming down the left before  squaring to Rory Catt who slotted home; a lesson in the punishment that can be meted out by the quality sides and attackers at this level.

The visitors refused to go into their shells though, pinning Otford back for the final half hour, dominating possession, set pieces and looking for that final chance to get what they deserved from the game. Goalkeeper Mike Mckay made a number of excellent saves throughout to keep the Hill in with a chance, saving impressively from point blank range in the 80th minute with the game in the balance. And Ide Hill did get their deserved equaliser on 85 minutes; A header was won in midfield, cleverly flicked through by the former Otford forward Josh Holland and raced on to by the talismanic Shaun Boyle, who strode clear and fired a volley home which the keeper got a hand to but could not keep out.

Ide Hill even had a manic chance to win it at the death, a final breakaway saw Josh Holland round the goalkeeper and fire into the side netting from a tight angle, denying him a poetic last word against his former club. But all in all, a hard-fought point which keeps Ide Hill unbeaten and more importantly, a strong performance to set the benchmark for tough games to come. Manager Paul Mcdonagh had mixed emotions once more at the whistle “I feel very similar to the Borden game actually, proud of how we played and the fact we should have won having dominated, disappointed we passed up so many chances against a good side. But I was impressed with our intensity and how we fought back from behind” and on the skipper and MOTM Alteirac “He was dominant again today, won everything in the air at the back and in their box and was calm and cool on the ball throughout. Brilliant. And a word for Mike Mckay who made some crucial saves at important points to keep the game alive for us.”

So, 2 points from 2 games is not ideal, but the boys should be proud of their performances and if this level is maintained and improved upon as it should be, Ide Hill will be able to compete well against every side in this league and turn these draws in to wins. Next Up Ide Hill have a busy Bank Holiday, first hosting Crockenhill on Saturday at Camberwell Lane, before travelling to Peckham Town on Monday; please come and show your support if you can.

Ide Hill Team: Mckay, Heath, James, Alteirac, Pearson, Steggle, Holder, Jackson, Kensell, Grant, Bunn. Subs: Edmeads, Boyle, Holland, Heasman, Baker

Man of the Match: Phil Alteirac

Saturday 17th August

 

POINTS ON THE BORD

 

IDE HILL 2-2 BORDEN VILLAGE

Captain and goalscorer Phil Alteirac wins a header

Ide Hill marked their historic entrance to non-league football with a 2-2 draw against Borden Village, having held the lead until the last minutes of the game. The match was befittingly held at their Camberwell Lane pitch, and the team will have every confidence continuing in to the season after a spirited performance.

 

Ide Hill lined up in their familiar 3-5-2 formation that served them well in their title winning run in the previous season. But with an air of nervous excitement amongst the squad, they knew they’d have to be on their game against the physical outfit of Borden who came runners up last season. And the visitors wasted no time in throwing early tests for wing back James Randall down the left side, which he and Alteirac worked well together to suss out and contain.

 

On a small pitch, the tempo of the game was predictably fast, and set pieces would prove to be key. After 10 minutes the newly promoted side were handed an early lesson when Borden striker Joe Sands was alive to convert a low driven corner and put the visitors 1 up.

 

At a moment where it would have been easy for Ide Hill heads to drop, they instead showed the grit and resolve that has become embedded in the club’s ethos. The midfield trio of Ben Holder, Sam Heasman and Tom Wilken started to establish a foot hold in the game, winning their individual battles and with it the team’s confidence grew. Heasman showing the excellent energy levels and tenacity that he’s become known for, and Wilken comfortably stepping up to the first team, aided the Hill’s passing game as their share of the game continued to build.

 

Borden were expected to bring a physical game to Camberwell Lane, a point which had not been missed in the preparations by Manager Paul McDonagh. Their robust, but mostly well spirited style of play inevitably led to a number of set piece opportunities as the powerful running of Callum Heath and interplay with the astute Columb Grant caused problems down the right flank of the home side. Dead-ball specialist Ben Holder was on hand to set up the equaliser by lofting a delivery in from 30 yards where captain Philippe Alteirac outmuscled his marker at the far post to loop a header back across goal and in to the gaping net for the club’s first goal at non-league standard. A timely return for the skipper whose pre season had been marred by injury, although there was no sign of rustiness from the Frenchman today.

 

Alteirac was involved again 10 minutes later, as another set piece orchestrated by Holder wasn’t properly cleared, and after a helpful touch from fellow centre back Charlie James, the bustling strike Josh Howard, who caused problems with his hold up play and running in behind all game, was set free down the left before unselfishly squaring the ball back to Grant who calmly slotted home to open his account for the season, and send the home fans in to raptures. 2-1 to Ide Hill.

 

After some encouraging words at the break from the management duo of McDonagh and Bailey, the point was hammered home that the job was far from done, knowing that Borden Village would not go down easy.

 

And indeed Ide Hill started the second half brightly, with Grant narrowly firing over the bar after centre back Luke Steggle used his height and strength well to cause problems in the opposition box during another Holder set piece play. The chance sailed by, and Borden seemed  to wake up, asserting themselves more on the game and winning the aerial battles that they had been winning in the first 10 minutes. The back line of Steggle, James and Alteirac looked assured and largely untroubled despite the mounting pressure as the energetic full backs Randall and Heath helped to block the visitors out, as well as Ide Hill stalwart Mike McKay commanding his box well to punch, parry and stifle any attacks that did manage to break behind the back 5.

 

As the defence soaked up pressure, the forwards broke quickly on occasions in a counter-attacking style that Ide Hill have become synonymous with. Aside from hitting the bar twice during the same passage of play, the best chances of the game fell to the Ide Hill number 10 Shaun Boyle who squirmed free 1 on 1 in the box only for the keeper to save, and again 10 minutes later sprung the offside trap on the halfway line to set himself up with only the keeper to beat. In a moment’s hesitation as wingback Callum Heath came to support for a square ball, Boyle tried to round the keeper who stood his ground well to save and keep Borden’s hopes alive. The Ide Hill faithful would reflect on the significance of these misses, until in the dying moments of the game when they were painfully realised as  Borden poked home from inside the 6 yard box after the home side failed to clear their lines following a corner, Lewis McCrory stabbing home the crucial equaliser.

 

The full time whistle blew 2 minutes later bringing an agonising end to a game that had seen missed chances and which the Hill may well have thought that they had won.

 

After the game, in his return to Kent Premier football head coach McDonagh was relatively happy “It was a historic game for us, it was very tight all the way through. I thought we were the better team overall, created the better chances, obviously hitting the post hitting the crossbar”. McDonagh was naturally disappointed with the missed chances, knowing that his team are capable of better - “I thought the score could have been 4-1 had we taken our chances. We defended well apart from the corners that they had. I thought we needed to improve on that and certainly need to improve on finishing.” Looking ahead to the next game, the Ide Hill Manager surmised that he was “Pleased to get a point on the board but disappointed it wasn't 3 - we're going to bounce back on Tuesday with 3 points hopefully”.

 

In a bitter sweet game for Ide Hill, they will overall be elated with their solid performance against one of last year’s title contenders and will look to use the momentum gained in their local derby just 3 days later away to Otford FC.

2019-20 Season Preview

BRAVE NEW WORLD

Ide Hill begin their voyage into the uncharted waters of non-league football this weekend, the highest they have ever climbed since they were formed in 1923, and the club are approaching the new season with relish following the landmark success of last year.

The Sevenoaks based club enjoyed their most successful season to date in 2019, winning the Kent County Division One title after a pulsating race involving a number of good quality teams. They ultimately clawed their way back to the top of the league in the Spring and never let go from there, powering to the finishing line and ending 4 points ahead of Sydenham Sports. The season was also punctuated with strong cup runs, going to the semi final of the Kent Intermediate Shield before losing out to eventual winners South East, and also losing a tight Sevenoaks Senior Cup Final to local rivals Chipstead, who also pushed them hard in the league.

Manager Paul Mcdonagh, who guided the team to promotion in his first full season in charge, remembers the league win with fondness “It was a great achievement for the club, I’m so proud of everyone involved. I was also proud to manage the team to this as I started my career at Ide Hill a decade ago.”

They now have the chance to pit their wits at non-league level for the first time in their history, an opportunity that a unified and mature squad have been building together towards for a number of years, pushing the extremely well-run village team towards heights they had previously not thought possible. Mcdonagh is happy with his squad and is urging the team to step up again when the season starts “The pre-season could have gone better, but I’m sure we will hit the ground running when the games starts. We haven’t lost any players, have a strong squad still together and have added a few good young lads to the mix. They will add to a group who will have more games to deal with through the season.”

The step up means an exciting and frantic increase in games, with the newly promoted club facing 5 difficult games in the first two weeks, which will quickly set the tone for the season. They have a daunting opening assignment, hosting last year’s runners up Borden Village on Saturday at Ide Hill, before a mouth-watering midweek local derby against Otford on Tuesday evening, following this up with another local clash against Crockenhill on Bank Holiday Saturday. It will be intense from the off and Ide Hill will have to be ready if they are to make an impression on a challenging league. Mcdonagh is bullish and determined to start the season well “we play so much of our campaign in the first few weeks, we must make a good start. I’m a positive manager and if we do get off on a strong foot, who knows what can happen with our season. I’d like us to be looking at the top half of the league.”

Although the first team usually play in Wrotham, they will be symbolically holding their first ever non-league fixture at the club’s home on Camberwell Lane on Saturday at 3pm, a fitting event bearing in mind the gigantic amount of work put in by the club, overseen by Chairman Keith Mcginn, to renovate the recreational ground and turn it into a footballing hub for the community throughout the age ranges, with Mcginn also overseeing many of the promotions that took Ide Hill towards this level. Mcginn is rightly proud of the club and sees this weekend as a huge occasion “It is a magnificent achievement for such a small club to achieve this status and I am really pleased that our first ever KCFL Premier game will be at the club’s home. I do hope the local residents come along and show their support for what will be an historic moment for us”.

Ide Hill - Club Background

 

Ide Hill FC officially became an affiliated member of the FA in the season 1923-24. However it is widely rumored that football was played in Ide Hill from 1901, when a member of the Boakes family, who had just successfully won the Sevenoaks Charity Cup with Holmesdale FC, decided to bring his friends along to what is now known as the recreation ground in Ide Hill.

The football club’s home pitch has remained the same since and is located behind The Cock Inn pub in the picturesque village of Ide Hill. As per the village church, the football pitch has the distinction of being the highest in Kent and certainly one with the best views.

In the year 2009 Ide Hill FC like many other local clubs was struggling for numbers and the changing facilities were poor to say the least. The clubhouse had been served with a dilapidation order to close and there was a risk of the club folding. There were very few local residents playing for the club and it had lost its relationship with the residents of the village.

The only way for the club to survive was to totally re-organise the club and its objectives. The committee was re-formed with more members and the workload shared. The decision was made that for the club to have a future we needed to introduce Youth Football into the club and this could only be achieved with better facilities.

In 2014 after five years of fundraising and hard work the new clubhouse was built to a step 7 standard. In 2011 a youth section was started with an original U16 side followed by an U7 (now U14).The club badge was redesigned and a new motto added ‘Ludo est to Lucror ‘ meaning ‘to play is winning’.

Ide Hill FC is now a chartered standard club with an adult team currently competing in The Kent County Premier for the first time in its history. They have moved up to Step 7 with a series of promotions in recent years, culminating in the 2019 Division One league win which has given them their first shot at non-league football in a century. We also field an adult reserve side in who have also just been promoted to Division One of the Sevenoaks and District League.

The Club also has a thriving youth section with nearly 100 members playing various age groups from U6 (Kickers) to our U14’s who all compete in the Crowborough and District league.

Each year the club continues to introduce one new age group per season and recruits youngsters from within the village school and surrounding areas.

Ide Hill Football club continues to thrive and is now recognised as one of the largest and well organised clubs in the Sevenoaks area. The aims and objectives remain the same, to ensure that the club provides the opportunity for adults and children of all ages to play football in their local community.

New Players Welcome

 

If you are interested in playing for Ide Hill FC please contact Paul McDonagh.

 

paulmcdonagh001@gmail.com

 

About Ide Hill FC

Ide Hill FC are a charter standard club who play in the Kent County League and the Sevenoaks & District League. They were formed in 1923 and became an affiliated member of the FA in 1924. The football club's home pitch is located behind The Cock Inn pub in the picturesque village of Ide Hill and is reported to be the highest football pitch in Kent. 

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