About Ide Hill
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.
Ide Hill Latest News 2018-19
Saturday 16th March
Long Lane 0-2 Ide Hill
Up The Hill
Ide Hill climbed to the summit of the league on Saturday afternoon with a gritty win over Long Lane in blustery conditions.
The visitors knew, with Sydenham and Chipstead not playing, that a win would take them a point clear in the race for the title, but the victory was far from straightforward against a side trying to rebuild following a huge exodus of players mid-season.
With a near full strength squad, Ide Hill started with real intent and swarmed the anxious hosts, carving chance after chance in a frenetic opening 15 minutes when Ide Hill threatened to run riot.
The first came after 5 minutes and relentless pressure, the impressive Sam Heasman wriggling in the box and drawing the penalty from the stretched defender. Craig Jackson stepped up and slid his 14th of the season in for what seemed would be the first of many.
Playing with the swirling wind at their backs, Ide Hill continued to dominate against a callow Long Lane side; Matt Bunn racing clear shortly after only to see his one on one well saved by the legs of the goalkeeper. Columb Grant was operating with his usual class and also came close in the opening period, with nice interplay resulting in him firing goalward and drawing a good save.
Ide Hill deservedly doubled the lead after 10 minutes, Ben Holder throwing in to the box and Jackson stabbing a close range finish in to the far right corner. Bunn saw another good chance saved after 20 minutes before the Ide Hill blitz subsided and Long Lane began to get a foothold in the game. The game thereafter seemed to succumb to the conditions, becoming more even with Long Lane threatening to get back in to the game looking forward to their own wind assisted half to come.
Man of the Match Mike Mckay was to thank for a precious clean sheet, pulling off an outstanding save after 40 minutes from a swirling piledriver which meant Ide Hill went in to the break 2 goals clear having played well for a portion of the half.
The second half, in to the wind, was predictably a grind for Ide Hill, defending stoically with Kensell, Alteirac, Pearson and Mckay holding firm in the face of patches of intense pressure. A series of corners and set pieces caused havoc in the visitors’ box, needing goal line clearances and last ditch tackles in an increasingly fraught last half an hour.
Ide Hill still had chances to pull further clear in the final 15 minutes though; substitute Shaun Boyle using his nimble footwork to carve out a chance which he fired wide, then missing a close range header with 10 to play. Jack Edmeads also fired one wide with his left when he perhaps expected to score.
But Ide Hill saw out the remainder of the game in a gutsy if not brilliant performance to reclaim top spot with 3 games to play. Manager Paul Mcdonagh was pleased with the result “The conditions were tough again, a strong wind and a tight pitch weren’t the best for flowing football. But on the whole we had enough good chances to score loads more.” And on MOTM Mckay “ He made a couple of key saves at crucial times and had to sweep and kick so much with the wind, we needed him today and he delivered.”
Ide Hill know that if they win their remaining three games they will win the league but, as Saturday proved, there will be no easy victories in a competitive league and with strong teams chasing. Next Up, Ide Hill replay their Sevenoaks Quarter Final against Southborough on Wednesday evening before returning to league action on the 30th against Sutton Athletic Reserves.
Ide Hill Team: Mckay, Heasman, Kensell, Pearson, Alteirac, Holder, Jackson, Edmeads, Grant, Bunn. Subs: Boyle, Piper, Driver
Man of the Match: Mike Mckay
First Team Player of the Month February - George Kensell
For his goals from midfield and his colossal performance at centre half against Southborough. George is the only ever present this season with 22 appearances. Has chipped in with 6 goals including a hat trick which sunk Ightham, 2 assists and 3 Man of the Matches....
All hail King Kensell!
73% George Kensell
27% Jack Edmeads
Reserves Team Player of the Month February - Tom Wilken
Tom notched his 10th goal of the season against St Lawrence at the weekend...here’s his player profile from the website:
Tommy is technically our most talented footballer. He’s cool, calm and composed. Playing just behind the strikers he’s often the one who makes things happen and also finds himself on the score sheet regularly...
37% Tommy Wilken
17% Rob Hawkins and Billy Hawkins
11% Craig Holder
6% Paul Scott, Peter Dance-Harvey, Will Martin
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 20014 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 Division one west in the Kent County Football league. We also field an adult reserve side in Division three of the Sevenoaks and District football 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.
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.