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Club update - Monday 1 December, 2014

Just a quick update for you to let you know what is going on at the club.

 

As some of you will already know, we are selling Ide Hill FC beanie hats for Christmas for £5.00 each. This is a non-profit event, so if you would like a beanie hat with the Ide Hill FC logo on please let us know. We have already sold 29, so it’s first come first served on the remainder.

 

It was with great pleasure that I was able to attend the latest Magpie matches at Ide Hill recreation ground last Saturday, and the players did not disappoint with a couple of performances to put the senior teams to shame, including a quite wonderful piece of skill from Master Young. You can read up on the latest Magpie news here:

 

 

The first team have been on a cup roll recently, however their league form has dipped in the past few weeks. You can read about their latest match below:

 

 

If you like your senior football, then make an effort to head to Gravesend this Saturday afternoon where the first team will be taking on Kent County Premier League side Guru Nanak in the quarter-finals of the Kent Intermediate Challenge Shield, free entry and kick off at 1.30pm.

 

Also, on Saturday 27 December, the first team will be playing at home to Woodlands in the second round of the Sevenoaks Senior Charity Cup at 1.30pm. This is the trophy the lads won last season, so any support would be grateful. We hope to see you there.

 

The reserves have been going through a very tough period recently with numbers down on past seasons, but there is always light at the end of the tunnel. If you know of anyone wanting to play football and they are over 18 and under 75, then please let us know.

 

Kind regards,

 

Steve Rowley | Media & Fixtures secretary - steve@idehillfc.co.uk

A message from your club secretary

Sunday 17 August, 2014

Fortunately this season I only have three roles in the club rather than the five last year. Two of those are secretary and first team manager and I always try to approach both from a different view. I would however like to clarify a few simple points as I believe a few players were disappointed not to get a game this week. At this year’s AGM Wally and I were re-elected as first team managers. With no offer of a reserve manager, Baz reluctantly but kindly stepped up to co ordinate the reserves until a manager was found.

 

As the Kent County League can start as early as the 26th August we quickly identified 4 or 5 first team opposition to get match fit for the start of the season. Our opposition being both premier league sides and two KCL opposition from our own level. In the past due to holidays the reserves have always started their friendly matches later but I have included where possible a few reserve players who have requested to play.

 

Baz has done well so far to recruit a number of good new players to the club and because of this the amount of potential reserves players putting themselves forward has increased. Saying that the last two weeks has not been enough to field a full reserve side. Nine this week on the list and seven the previous.

 

Myself and Wally have of course tried to include as many reserve players as possible but this has now become detrimental to the first team squad who are not getting enough time on the field some having travelled from London.

 

This week I was only able to select four out of the nine reserves who made themselves available. I chose those four on the basis that they had indicated to wanting to play first team football or who were new to the club or had not played in the previous two games as had some others. I thought this fair. We still ended up with 19 players and in hindsight I should have just selected the 15 or16 first team potentials. That sadly was my secretary head interfering with my management head and to my own players apologies it will not happen again .

 

Thank you to Peter Dance Harvey and Dave Lansley who on seeing the teams predicament kindly stood down on the day but still leaving me seven subs to get on .

 

As secretary I have now intervened with the reserve situation and on Friday requested that Steve Rowley send out a three week availability request to enable Baz and Steve to arrange a reserve friendly for next weekend. There is already a game planned for the following Saturday. The reply to this request must be returned by Monday at 6.00pm to allow Steve to arrange a fixture.

 

I hope this explains the situation and please do not contact Steve Rowley over selection issues as it should be directed at the manager of whichever team you play for.

 

I still think the reserve’s situation is very good and once the season starts and all the reserve players can commit on a regular weekly basis, I do believe the numbers will be high.

 

Let's hope both teams have a game next week but everybody must respond by Monday.

 

The position of reserve manger is also still vacant. Please e-mail myself if you would like to put yourselves forward.

 

Kind regards,

 

Keith McGinn | Club secretary - keith@idehillfc.co.uk

Kent County Football League press release

The Kent County Football have announced that they have been named as a national winner in the FA Respect Awards, receiving the Gold Award

Press Release – 7th August 2014

The Kent County Football is extremely proud to announce that they have been named as a national winner in the FA Respect Awards receiving the Gold Award in the category of National League System League Steps 5-7. This follows on from the Silver Award received in 2012.

 

In a letter from the FA Chairman, Greg Dyke, he states “This award recognises your exceptional work to offer an experience of football which is fair, safe and enjoyable. This award recognises the standards that you have set and maintained in your competition and I am delighted that The FA has had an opportunity to reward you for your commitment and energy”.

 

The League will formally receive the award at Wembley Stadium at the Community Shield match on Sunday, 10th August 2014.

 

Although the League have fully embraced the Respect programme they initiated their own Fair Play Awards back in 1990 and adopted the motto “Fair Play – We Lead the Way”! The Fair Play Trophy has proved a great success and University of Kent FC have won the trophy on six occasions, they were also one of the founder members of the Under 21 League.

 

The latest Fair Play winners are Faversham Strike Force FC who received the trophy and prize money totalling £700.00 at the League’s AGM. Their delighted team manager, John Goodwin said “We are over the moon and this demonstrates the structure and processes the club have in place to ensure players and officials conduct themselves in an acceptable manner on and off the pitch".

 

All Kent County Football League matches commence with the Respect Handshake and our Referees undertake Respect training. Among recent comments from referees after matches are “What a superb game. Great advert for Kent County League Division 2 football” and “A really good game of football, played in a very sporting manner”.

 

Prior to receiving the award a team from the League visited the Best Western Hotel in Watford recently to meet up with a film crew from the FA’s media department. Some time was spent with them to film a segment for the FA’s respect awards ceremony. The results of this work will go out on the big screen at Wembley. We also hope to gain a copy of the finished piece to play on the website.

 

Those attending were League Chairman, Cyril Windiate, League Secretary and League Photographer Gavin & Julie Hoare. Referees were represented by Keith Wenham and our Clubs were represented by Fabio Rossi from FC Elmstead. We thank them for their time and thespian efforts in front of the camera!

 

For further information on the 2014 FA Respect Awards click here.

Latest News

Friday 18 July, 2014

The club’s AGM was held on Saturday 5 July at the Halfway House in Sevenoaks. Please use the link below to view the minutes of the meeting, incorporating the Officers' reports for 2013/14.

 

The new club committee now consists of the following: Life President: Dennis Couchman; Club Chairman: Wally Paxton; Club Secretary: Keith McGinn; Treasurer: Gary Wright; Youth Sevretary: David Thomas; Deputy Youth Secretary: Clair Thackray; Fixtures Secretary: Steve Rowley; Media Secretary: Steve Rowley; Registrations Secretary: Karen McGinn; Club Welfare Officer: Lorraine Seal; Club Captain: Craig Holder; Committee Members: Baz Pennells and Suzanne Smith.

 

And the new club management now consists of the following: First team Managers: Keith McGinn and Wally Paxton; Reserve Team Manager: TBC (Baz Pennells is co-ordinating training); Under 10's Manager: Peter Dance-Harvey; Under 9's Manager: TBC (club are actively looking for volunteers); Under 8's Manager: Jaymes Randall; Under 7's Manager: Wayne Thornton.

 

AGM 2014 minutes

You can download this year's minutes of Saturday's AGM below.

Ide Hill FC AGM Minutes, July 2014
AGM_MINUTES_2014_SR.pdf
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Friday 23 May, 2014

This May bank holiday (26th) will once again see the beautiful village of Ide Hill host its annual village fete, famous for always starting the summer fete season with the perfect bank holiday formula.


The event is a must for families in the region who are looking for a fun, quintessentially English day out. With everything from bouncy castles to football skills and cheese rolling to tug of war, not forgetting numerous food stalls, face painting and coconut shies, there is something for everyone.


Operating on traditional Village lines, with a fabulous tea tent and scrumptious cakes, the ever popular roller ride has a constant queue of children from even before opening time at 1.00pm.

 

Ide Hill FC will be running the football skills stall in the Glebe Field, we hope to see you there!

Friday 23 May, 2014

This May bank holiday (26th) will once again see the beautiful village of Ide Hill host its annual village fete, famous for always starting the summer fete season with the perfect bank holiday formula.


The event is a must for families in the region who are looking for a fun, quintessentially English day out. With everything from bouncy castles to football skills and cheese rolling to tug of war, not forgetting numerous food stalls, face painting and coconut shies, there is something for everyone.


Operating on traditional Village lines, with a fabulous tea tent and scrumptious cakes, the ever popular roller ride has a constant queue of children from even before opening time at 1.00pm.

 

Ide Hill FC will be running the football skills stall in the Glebe Field, we hope to see you there!

Fleetdown United FC B 0 Ide Hill 3

Final-Sevenoaks Senior Charity Cup

(Played at Greatness Park, Mill Lane, Sevenoaks on Friday 18 April, 2013)

For the first time in their history Ide Hill FC won the Sevenoaks Senior Charity Cup in a competition that began in 1894. The 3-0 scoreline suggests a comfortable margin of victory but it was not until the final third of the match that Ide Hill imposed their authority over Fleetdown United FC B and played with their customary fluency and driving football.

 

In front of a two hundred strong crowd both teams got off to a nervous start. Ide Hills 4-5-1 formation was designed to strangle Fleetdowns attempt to dominate the midfield and player of the match Craig Jackson kicked into gear from the start ably supported by solid performances from George Kensell and Craig Holder but a feature of their first half was a collective failure to push forward in support of striker Tom Wright who was too isolated at times.

 

Read the rest of the match report here and check out all the photos from the final here

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. Read more

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