Ightham set for "incredible" day at Stamford Bridge

Club Website side Ightham FC are getting ready for the highlight of their footballing lives at Stamford Bridge this weekend.

While Chelsea prepare for the UEFA Champions League Final in Munich tomorrow (Saturday), their home ground will play host to the Lucozade Sport Performance Day.

Having won their place in an exclusive Club Website competition, the Kent side are now looking forward to the professional treatment in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

For one day only, the usual grassroots surroundings of the Sevenoaks and District League will be replaced by Chelsea’s world-famous stadium and a chance to play on the same pitch as the stars of the Barclays Premier League.

Using professional coaches, sport scientists and state of the art testing equipment, Lucozade Sport will put the Ightham squad through their paces and teach them all they need to know to improve their speed, strength and endurance and help them go Faster. Stronger. For Longer.

The news was still sinking in for winning entrant Christian Hitchcock, striker and social secretary at Ightham FC.

“I entered the competition without ever thinking that we’d win but when I got the call to say I had, I couldn’t believe it,” Hitchcock told Club Website.

“Those guys who could make it are as excited as I am and those that couldn’t were close to tears. I can’t imagine any of us will get the chance to do this again.

“It’s an incredible opportunity for us all.”

On top of the professional coaching and hydration advice they will receive, Ightham will also play a full 11-a-side game on the Stamford Bridge pitch, complete with a technical breakdown of every player’s performance, outlining who ran fastest, furthest, had most touches and so on – a level of professional treatment that most amateur teams can only dream of.

“Ightham FC won’t ever play on a stage like this again; it’s got to be the highlight of our football ‘careers’!” Hitchcock added.

“I think most of us are looking forward to getting professional advice from the coaches and being able to look at our stats after the game, hopefully they’re positive or I might not be playing next year!”

Club Website will report on how Ightham FC get on at Stamford Bridge in June’s edition of The Clubhouse – our monthly newsletter. Click here to sign up today!

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87 Comments

  1. campbell higgins on July 24, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    What a fantabulous year for the ‘Ites’ – Ightham FC. With new manager Gary McAuliffe, their 1st team not only carried off the Sevenoaks Senior Charity Cup, Sevenoaks Premiership title, Smith’s Senior Charity Cup and the Craske and Wells Memorial Cup – the Reserves also won the Division 3 title! Gary just wanted to get his feet wet this year before even contemplating advancement to the Kent County League. His previous managerial experience was with the Sevenoaks League Elite team and they were undefeated during those games. He’s keeping his fingers crossed that higher ranked teams don’t steal his best players and us Ites fans are praying that Woy’s team picks up their form and England don’t come calling for Gary to replace him. In the next 18 months or so, it looks like the Ightham pitch will be levelled somewhat – it has resembled a quarry since this team started playing there in 1920 (the first team will probably spend a season at the Wrotham School 3G pitch). So what a season after that thrill of a lifetime visit to the home of the great Chelsea FC! I didn’t make the trip, but haven’t stopped thinking about it – as a young boy my favourite footballer was the former ‘Pensioners’ captain and centre forward – the great Roy Bentley. For the ‘younguns’ information (including Ightham FC players) that was the Chelsea FC nickname ‘in my day’. I’m no spring chicken, but the happenings around the Ightham Bowl during the last one plus years, has added quite a spring to my step! Thanks for listening. Cheers!

  2. campbell higgins on July 25, 2013 at 11:35 am

    In case you want to chat with oldsters about Ites players from the early to mid 1950’s, here are a few : Sid Snow was in goal, he was the only bald player on the team (how things change). Bob Arthur was at centre half and John Baker right half, before they moved on to the then-powerhouse Borough Green team. Son of the village butcher, Eric Barkaway, played at inside forward. I remember the first game that I saw the Ites play, and asking a player with the opponents the name of his team. I thought he said ‘Oxford’ and commiserated with him that they had lost the boat race. This was during the 1940’s and I always wanted Cambridge to win because I preferred their name and dark blue to light. Anyway, the Ites lost to Otford United Reserves on this particular day. Otford were another of the 3 dominant teams with Town Malling United and BG at this time. Well I’ll wind this down before I start getting too depressed – I’ve just heard that last season’s 50- goal Ites player, Josh Brown, is to join Maidstone United of the Ryman League. All the best to him though and to all of you – be seeing you. c.h.

  3. campbell higgins on July 26, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Some of the Ites guys who still owe me a drink (George & Dragon pub / Christmas 1959). Arthur Howe (goalkeeper); John Burrluck (right back); Rodney Willingham (left back); Tony Collins (right half);Bob Lee Amies (left half), and Tony Cornwall (outside left). Also, Nobby Broad (linesman); Ben Broad (wise spectator), and Norman Maycock (Referee / helped team at times). And considering the peanuts wages during those times, that should be at least 3 drinks from each of them – and that would still be low interest. Mind you, I would consider 1 drink from those with a nice sister who could get me a date.

  4. campbell higgins on August 4, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    So far, so good about the ‘imminent move’ of 50 – goal scorer Josh Brown from the ‘Ites’ to Maidstone United. Nothing about it on the latter team’s website. (He’s still only 20 by the way). Also, nothing about Hildenborough Athletic’s (Kent County Premier League Champions) interest/move for him. Especially as they do not appear to have perennial goal – scoring machine/centre forward Karl Smith available to them at the moment. I could just about stomach a ‘straight trade’ if Karl was 8 years younger! Hildenborough were said to be interested in Josh, even prior to Ightham annihilating Ide Hill FC (Kent County Leaguers) by 4 goals to 1 in the Final of the Sevenoaks Senior Charity Cup. Woolwich Arsenal were previous holders of this fine trophy, by the way(but way before even my time!). Josh is also one of the leading long jumpers around – If a ball from the Ite’s goallie finds him about the half way line, 3 strides from Josh and the opponent’s goalkeeper is fishing the ball out of the back of his net. I played a few games for Ightham in the late 50’s – I hope some of my former team mates assist me in trying to convince Josh to remain with Ightham. What would be the best way to wake them up – any suggestions?

  5. campbell higgins on August 9, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Well, what with Hull City AFC changing their name to Hull City Tigers, how about us seeking name changes with my first comment in mind. We can approach Roman Abramovich and the Ightham FC Committee with a view to going retro, or as a tryout for some away games. How about ‘Up the Pensioners’ (Chelsea) and ‘Go Bentleys Go’ (Ightham). Sounds OK to me – what do you think?

  6. campbell higgins on August 9, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    If Roman A. and the Ites Committee are gung ho with my last comment – and I win the lottery, I’ll chip in with floodlights to accessorise that upgraded / levelled Ites pitch. And I’ll pay the subs that season for ace marksmen Chris Smith, James Barden and Josh Brown. I mean business.

  7. campbell higgins on August 10, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Another name change idea. I think that a year or so ago, I saw the Ites referred to as the ‘Cobnuts’ on the Ide Hill FC website. Probably the main thing that caused the decline of the cobnuts was the labour intensive cutting of the wands in early autumn. However, the cobnuts are making a comeback – they are larger than the hazelnut and have a better / more moist taste. So to satisfy? some retro fans and some modernists, perhaps Ightham Cobnuts FC will receive some consideration. But I admit, it might take some getting used to!

  8. campbell higgins on August 10, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    A little more history. In the 1934-35 season the Ites were playing in the same 13 team division of the Sevenoaks & District League as Crouch United Reserves, Borough Green Albions, Stone Street and St Mary’s Platt. Mr Pegrum, the landlord of the ‘Star and Garter’ pub at Claygate Cross, Crouch was the leading light of Crouch United FC. His widow later married Joe Ashdown – the uncle of the sorely missed former Ightham goalkeeper, Brian Ashdown.

  9. campbell higgins on August 11, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Wow! Potters FC had the Farmer brothers and Liam Byrne in their team yesterday, while defeating St Lawrence in a friendly. If they can hang on to them, there could be some mighty close games at the Bowl (or Wrotham School 3-G pitch) and Potters Mede. Am I stating the slightly obvious? So keep your fingers crossed – hang on to your hats – and make sure that those pacemakers are working!

  10. campbell higgins on August 11, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    As Hildenborough Athletic were announcing their amalgamation with Artois United (West Kent Sunday League), they were still complaining about not being allowed their full complement of players when facing the Ites in the Sevenoaks Senior Charity Cup. It even seemed to rain on their winning the Haart of Kent County League, Premiership title. As for another change of name – how about Hildenborough Athletic Excuses?

  11. campbell higgins on August 14, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Over the years, football writers in the Sevenoaks newspapers described Ightham FC as the ‘mid-Kent team’ (don’t know which maps they were looking at). Anyway, could that be the reason that Ide Hill FC have made Wrotham School 3G pitch their home venue for pre-season fixtures? They do not seem overjoyed with their recruitment of players this summer – could they be looking at the Ites and Potters and thinking that there might be all sorts of talent available in the ‘mid-Kent area?’ I mean, David Sadler was more ‘mid-Kent’ (from Yalding), and he went on to play for Manchester United and England. I don’t think that the pickings are going to be as great as they at first thought!

  12. campbell higgins on August 16, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I wonder if Hildenborough Athletic have been reading comments here, pertaining to them? And will they ramp up the action tomorrow, in our ‘friendly’ at the Ightham Bowl? Well, we’ll see – I can’t wait!

  13. campbell higgins on August 16, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Sorry to have led you astray regarding tomorrow’s friendly, folks! Ightham say it’s away, and Hildenborough say it’s a neutral venue – they have been using Mascall’s 3G pitch at Paddock Wood as the home venue for their pre-season friendlies. Man, this is almost going to be like ‘behind closed doors’. Perhaps I’m the only one who’s interested!

  14. campbell higgins on August 18, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    I cannot find a spokesperson from either team. That friendly game has vanished from the face of the earth! Well, we didn’t win the War by simply giving up – so I will persevere until I find out what happened. Stay tuned. Cheers!

  15. campbell higgins on August 18, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Cor! Man. Ide Hill haven’t won a pre-season friendly yet. They tied with Leybourne Athletic and lost to Hawkenbury and Hildenborough Athletic (by 6 to 1)!

  16. campbell higgins on August 19, 2013 at 10:17 am

    My humble apologies to both the Mighty Ites and Hildenborough AFC. From Hildenborough : ‘Game cancelled, Ightham fail to get a team.’ Wow! it was not too many months ago that the Ites had too many players. They must be picking cobnuts – it’s also been a great year for cherries and grapes! Yes those Ites will come back fitter than ever – those cobnuts are full of vitamin E and D and fibre!

  17. campbell higgins on August 25, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    What is happening with this cobnut picking, friendly game pre-season? After not being able to raise a team to play Hildenborough, the Mighty Ites yesterday defeated Maidstone Premier Division Leybourne Athletic, by 11 goals to nil. There were hat tricks for ace marksmen Chris Smith, James Barden and Josh Brown. Earlier in pre-season, Leybourne tied 3-3 with Kent County Leaguers, Ide Hill! In the 2nd game of a double header at the ‘Bowl’, Ites Reserves lost to Leybourne Res., by 4-2. It was whispered that, after winning the Sevenoaks League Division 3 title last season, the ‘Ressies’ extended celebrating might slightly affect their pre-season adversely. So come on guys, snap out of this and have another great season!

  18. campbell higgins on August 25, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    There has been much heated discussion regarding which of the Mighty Ite’s Hitchcocks (Christian, Daniel, James or Matthew) looks most like their distant relation, Alfred. If you have had the good fortune (?) to observe them and form an opinion – what do you think?

  19. campbell higgins on August 28, 2013 at 9:40 am

    The Sevenoaks Senior Charity Cup : 2012/i3 winners – The Mighty Ites. “The magnificent silver trophy is reputed to be worth more than the FA Cup!” This statement actually appears on websites in this part of the World!

  20. campbell higgins on August 29, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    The latest ‘unofficial’ news of the Ites main challenger – Potters FC – and their possible acquisition of the Farmer brothers. (a) Giles intended staying with Otford Utd all along, (b) Angus has decided to re-join Otford after a friendly game with Potters, and (c) Fergus has left Otford to play for Potters. Rather like another prolific scorer with Otford – ex-Ites, Mark Lampard – Fergus was said to be ‘off the boil’ for a while last season. Well, I can’t wait for the Ites and Potters first local derby game!

  21. campbell higgins on August 29, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    As a smart, tall, intelligent, dark haired, good looking young man (late teens) , David Shaw was greatly admired by the girls of Ightham.

  22. campbell higgins on August 29, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    Re : Smith’s Senior Cup, 1st Round. The Ites versus Westerham – the GREAT Karl Kinsey is now with Westerham!

  23. campbell higgins on September 1, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Friendly game yesterday. Despite fielding a depleted lineup, the Mighty Ites pounded Kent County Leaguers – Halstead United – by 4 goals to 1. Three of the Ites impressive marksmen found the target : James Barden (2), Josh Brown (1) and Ant Whitehead (1).

  24. campbell higgins on September 1, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Trivia Corner. Do you know how the manager of Sevenoaks Premier Division runners-up – Potters FC – got the nickname of “Prints Harry”? It was during his search for fingerprints, following that infamous arson at Potters Mede.

  25. campbell higgins on September 1, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    My last comment missed there. His name is HENRY of course, not Harold. Potters only defeated Leybourne by 3 to nil yesterday. No Fergus Farmer in their lineup – I wonder where he will finish up?

  26. campbell higgins on September 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Back in the Sevenoaks League again, Dunton Green look to have a useful lineup with Jack Edmeads from Ide Hill and Dave Wood from Kemsing United. Watch out for them as League opposition in 2014/15 you Ites – if you’re not in the Haart of Kent County League by then.

  27. campbell higgins on September 2, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    They come ‘n they go time. After they find out that they have to face top quality Westerham signing – Karl Kinsey – this season, the Mighty Ites learn that last season’s leading Westerham goal scorer – Billy Turner – has left that team. Since Mark Lampard took off to Otford a couple of times, the Ites stability hasn’t been too bad – let’s hope that continues as we approach September 14th!

  28. campbell higgins on September 4, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    I see that Billy Turner has now signed with Westerham again – their list of players totalling 47. I wonder how many arrived from Swan (Edenbridge) FC and Nomads FC?

  29. campbell higgins on September 4, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Re : last comment. Probably not so many players to Westerham, from the Edenbridge area, as I at first thought – with Nomads in the Premier Division and Edenbridge United in the First Division, of the Redhill and District League.

  30. campbell higgins on September 8, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    This Haart of Kent County League sounds like it would be ‘a walk in the park’ for our Mighty Ites. Yesterday Ide Hill beat AFC Sevenoaks by 6 goals to 1 at Wrotham School – Halstead Utd won away at Old Roan by 2 to 1 – and even Platt Utd tied away 2-2 at Tenterden Town. Is Martyn Reardon still looking for players for Larkfield Green Sunday team? Because if he’s got the time, the Sevenoaks & District League are still waiting for the Ite’s player registration forms.

  31. campbell higgins on September 9, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Sevenoaks and District League, Premier Division. Despite having been asked to submit completed player registration forms ASAP, only half of the teams have complied. This does not include the reigning Champions and Runners-up – I wonder if the deducting of points would be an incentive for them?

  32. campbell higgins on September 9, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Saturday, 7th Sept. The Mighty Ites Reserves are out of their pre-season slump, BIG TIME – thumping Ide Hill Res., by 5 goals to 1 at the Ightham Bowl.

  33. campbell higgins on September 10, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Last season’s Sevenoaks Premier Division runners-up, Potters FC, were hammered 4 to nil in a pre-season friendly last Saturday, at Eynsford. Their only newcomer, appears to be the useful Liam Byrne. This season could prove to be the first, that they do not improve on the previous campaign. Eynsford meanwhile, have designs on applying for admission to the Kent County League – and have confidence in battling the Ites all the way for the Premiership title. And then there’s Westerham…..

  34. campbell higgins on September 11, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    A Borough Green-based team mention that they are “run in an exceptional manner with a professional attitude” and of “the club’s professionalism”. How about the help from Borough Green Parish Council with the upgraded facilities at Potters Mede? Meanwhile, the Mighty Ites continue to operate like the FC Bayern Munchen of the ‘Sevenoaks Mid-Kent area.’

  35. campbell higgins on September 11, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Sat., 7th Sept. Ex- Mighty Ites ‘great’, Mark Lampard, scored one of Otford’s goals in their 3-2 loss to Kennington. Fergus Farmer scored Otford Reserves’ lone goal in their 4-1 loss to Deal Town Res. His brother Giles also played for the (not quite as) hot ‘Ots’ – while other brother Angus, was selected as a substitute.

  36. campbell higgins on September 15, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Well, it looks like last season’s 4th leading Sevenoaks Premiership scorer, Matt Bunn, is now with Otford Utd. I’m relieved that they didn’t scoop up any of our 3 aces, who were ahead of Matt in that department. It probably doesn’t bother Potters too much though – they seem to be a club which is mainly about their manager.

  37. campbell higgins on September 15, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Just think what might’ve been – if Potters, and not the Mighty Ites, had been at Stamford Bridge, May 2012. Right now, Henry could be managing at ‘the Bridge’, and Jose at Potters Mede.

  38. campbell higgins on September 18, 2013 at 10:59 am

    The Ites fans are wildly excited about the new players expected to be joining the club this Saturday/ Sept 21st. Gavin Cole and Mark Croucher, centre backs; Chris Talbot, right midfield; and Dan Chawner and Robson Reid; what positions? Are they going to be part of the balance of seasonal improvement, and maintaining the ‘Ighthamness’ of the teams? Well, whatever – we’re all gung-ho to cheer them on to another brilliant season! UP THE MIGHTY ITES! COME ON YOU ITES! GO ITES GO!

  39. campbell higgins on September 20, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Well, I wonder if the ‘great’ Karl Kinsey will be in the Westerham team that faces the Mighty Ites, in Saturday’s season-opening fixture at the Bowl. He wasn’t in last Sat’s pre-season friendly that saw Westerham FC defeat Westerham Vets by 2 goals to 1 – no one told me about it, anyway. The Hammers still have their 2 leading scorers from last season – Billy Turner and Shaun Bakewell. Well, Come on You Mighty Ites! Go Ites Go! UP THE ITES!

  40. campbell higgins on November 17, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Hi! Mighty Ites guys! Here are a few names of former IFC players who might be only too chuffed to lend a hand with the building of that new clubhouse at the Bowl. Arthur Howe (carpenter); Rodney Willingham (bricklayer); Tony Collins (painter); Roger Burrluck (plumber); John Burrluck (electrician); Bob Lee Amies (trench digger); Dick Lee Amies (pitch leveller); Tony Cornwall (tea boy); and Glenn Broad (shopper for cigarettes). BEST of LUCK!

  41. campbell higgins on November 18, 2013 at 5:05 am

    New clubhouse/ continued. Oh! and let’s not forget David Shaw for concrete formwork, rebar, mixing and finishing. And all gyproc/ plastering, tilework and roofing. And especially for the furnishing of an ample supply of beer. Cheers, Big Dave!

  42. campbell higgins on November 20, 2013 at 2:52 am

    SURELY, Gary McAuliffe would have been considered to take over the coaching reins at Potters Mede by now, if Hank Willard wasn’t in that position. What say you, folks?

  43. campbell higgins on November 21, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Is David Shaw, the long-standing chairman of the Mighty Ites FC, related to Tim Shaw (who obtained 961 votes when being elected to Borough Green Parish Council)? That would be a lot of talent in one family – but regarding this, I’m unshaw (sorry)!

  44. campbell higgins on November 21, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Hank Willard, the dynamic gaffer at Potters Mede is taking stretching exercises, so that when he gets his linesman badges, he can install the flags on the corner sticks. And his mum says he’s still only 24!

  45. campbell higgins on November 21, 2013 at 7:58 am

    So the Ites already had Aaron Parsons, and now have striker Jason Parsons – so how come striker Ian Parsons has joined Sevenoaks FC from Hawkenbury? And is Jack Kennard the grandson of former Town Malling Utd and Maidstone Utd right half, ‘Oaky’ Kennard – or the son of Digby Kennard? And is Digby Kennard named after Digby Staples – the former teammate of Oaky at Town Malling Utd? The Ites have players from the Malling/ Larkfield/ Ditton area who should be familiar with these names (don’t they)?

  46. campbell higgins on November 21, 2013 at 8:38 am

    …………And were any of those Ites former Holtwood players with that team when they were managed by Bernie Crawford?

  47. campbell higgins on November 21, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Bernie Crawford also managed the Maidstone and Mid Kent Sunday League, Representative team as well as Holtwood FC. And Digby Kennard was a player with both teams. I hope that Jack is a relation, after all this!

  48. campbell higgins on November 21, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    ……..And Oaky Kennard’s real name was Brian – that’s it!

  49. campbell higgins on November 24, 2013 at 6:51 am

    Gaffer Hank now has 25 players signed with the Potters Mede outfit. Hank says that once they can get 16 of them available on a regular basis and the refs give them a fair shake, that they can still wrest the Premiership title away from the powerhouse Mighty Ites! Hank’s latest signing is RM player Andrew Pitt, who was with M.P.E. FC of the Maidstone & District League – but they seem to have folded. But he must be hoping that Fergus Farmer can recover that scintillating form which enabled him to score that impressive cup final hat trick against Hildenborough Athletic, a few years back. Well, who wouldn’t?

  50. campbell higgins on November 28, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Another memory exercise for the oldsters : In 1959, the Ites won the Sevenoaks & District under-19 Cup Final. “Guest ” players featured prominently for the Mighty Ites : centre forward Mick Taylor of Maidstone United and centre half Ralph Gill of Borough Green FC, and later St Mary’s Platt. The Ites had scraped through against the hot favourites Borough Green, in the semi-final.

  51. campbell higgins on December 1, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Two of the local teams used to be known as St Georges (Wrotham) FC and St Marys Platt FC. During the 1960s, while ‘everyone’ was singing/humming ‘You Were On My Mind’ by Crispian St Peters, there was a strong demand for a name change to St Peters, Ightham FC. The singer was from Swanley, and the song rose to No. 2 in the UK, and the Ightham church dedicated to St Peter. But – as history recalls, it just didn’t happen, ‘not never, not no how’. We still have the Mighty Ites, however – GO ITES GO !!

  52. Gaffer Hank Willard on April 13, 2014 at 3:12 am

    Sat., 12th April, 2014.

    Ightham FC 3 Potters FC 4.

    The pitch at Ightham Rec. was incredulously abysmal – the grass had seemingly not been cut this side of Christmas.
    This quadrupled the number of mini-mountains that slope all over the pitch.
    It is arguably the worst ground in all of southeast England.

  53. Gary McAuliffe on April 17, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Last season, Ightham won all four major trophies in the Sevenoaks area – the first time this has ever been achieved.
    But they seem to be going the way of Manchester United and Barcelona – near neighbours Potters FC, have this season completed the Premier League double over them.

  54. Keefy McGinn on May 10, 2014 at 5:23 am

    Where is Josh Brown, the former Ightham FC goal-scoring machine, hiding?
    We have been scouring the West Kent countryside in search of him – hoping to make him the Ide Hill FC prize acquisition for the 2014 – 2015 season.

  55. Stevie Wowley on May 13, 2014 at 4:19 am

    Ide Hill FC require the cream of other teams players and coaches for the 2014 – 2015 season.
    Try to contact me before commencement of the World Cup.
    Look forward to hearing from you. Cheers!

  56. Daz Fisher on May 14, 2014 at 4:59 am

    Re : Josh Brown / the leading Mighty Ites scorer last season.
    His main sporting activity is still the long jump.
    However, on April 30th he scored 5 goals for APM Contrast versus Platt United.
    Five days later, David Read of Faversham Strike Force scored 6 times against Platt.
    So much for ‘home advantage’ – both games were played at Stonehouse Field, Platt.

  57. Dave Shaw on May 19, 2014 at 1:53 am

    No wonder young Josh Brown, the ex-Mighty Ites sensation, had to start on the subs bench for APM Contrast versus Erith 147 Sports on the 14th of May.
    Caine Smith scored ALL of the games goals in APM’s 5-0 victory!

  58. Robert Zamora on May 22, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Ide Hill FC have won another trophy – for the worst tailored shorts this side of Dublin.
    Congratulations you Hillians!

  59. Joshua Brarn on November 4, 2014 at 4:59 am

    Hearty congratulations are in order to Ightham FC.
    This week they celebrate the 10th anniversary of pathetic, crude, lewd, unfunny, childish jokes on their website.
    GO – Ites – GO. PLEASE!!

  60. Alfie Itchcock on April 20, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    Congratulations to Potters FC of the Sevenoaks and District League, Premier Division!!!

    Bradley Bowman, has been voted the 2014-15 Prettiest Boy in the League. Well done, Brad!!!

  61. Snopper Pete Hopgood on May 3, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Well, by drawing 1-1 with Otford Utd. Res. this weekend, it looks as if the Mighty Ites have lost their chance of becoming Premier Division Champions of the Sevenoaks & District League – and will have to settle for being Runners-up.

    However, seeing as almost all of their 1st team squad are from the Malling/ Larkfield/ Ditton area – and even have different accents to Ightham folk – they shouldn’t feel overly glum.
    [I’m from Larkfield].

  62. Dave Shaw on May 11, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    Potters FC’s, Gaffer Hank Willard, is beaming nowadays – Prince George has a haircut as bad as his!

  63. Mike Baitman on May 14, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Well, following 18 months of heroic exertion with his stretching exercises, Hank Willard has been presented with his linesman badges.

    He can now slide those corner flags truly effortlessly over those sticks – one of the duties of a highly qualified Potters Mede outfit linesman.

    Well done Henry – we are all sincerely proud of you!

  64. Fred Spoons on May 20, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Those stretching exercises helped Henry to control that big double bass which towers over him too.
    Some still don’t realize that he is a famous musician, and sings, and writes songs.

  65. Bill Green on May 22, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Yes, those exercises certainly did Henry the world of good.
    Previously, I could hardly tell if he was playing that double bass – or it, was playing him.

  66. John Carruthers on June 7, 2015 at 2:07 am

    Henry’s appearance sure is confusing people – his stretching exercises have created a variety of what, some call, optical illusions.

    In an unofficial poll, some think that it is his neck that has been lengthened.
    And that during his on-stage musical performances, it blends impressively with his double bass.

    What do you – his many fans – who are reading this, think?

  67. John Carruthers on June 10, 2015 at 3:19 am

    Well, Sutton Athletic have beaten the Mighty Ites by ONE point, to take the 2014-15 Sevenoaks Premier Division title.

    The Ites had a superior GD, and Henry still says that Sutton were the STRONGEST team in the League BY FAR.

    The more Henry exercises, the more creative is his brand of sour grapes.

  68. John Carruthers on June 11, 2015 at 3:50 am

    Ray Willard played at right back for then-powerhouse club, Borough Green, during the late 40s/ early 50s.

    We are trying to determine if he was Henry’s grandfather or great-uncle.

    Most think great-uncle because Ray was similar – but better looking than – former film star and sex-symbol, Victor Mature.

    It’s a waste of time asking Henry – because he would swear black was white, that Ray is his grandfather.

  69. John Carruthers on July 13, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    Well, blast me down gently with a master potter’s blowing contraption – now Henry’s head has stretched.

    From the top of his haircut, to the base of his neatly trimmed beard – the distance now equals that from his Adam’s apple to his belly button.

    I wish I was like that – then maybe I wouldn’t get called Fathead any more.

  70. John Carruthers on July 28, 2015 at 6:45 am

    You know that one of the Potters Mede outfit’s suppliers provides the club with unlimited Lucozade Sport throughout the season, don’t you?

    Well, did you also know that Henry has become an addicted Lucozade-totaller?
    And I’m not kidding you – that he is also considering changing his name to Luke O’Zade?

    In exchange for doing that, they have offered to supply him with free Lucozade throughout the cricket season as well!

  71. Nelly Knell on August 13, 2015 at 6:57 am

    The latest rumour is that Fergus Farmer, the ex – Aylesford, Borough Green United, Sevenoaks League Representative Team, Platt United, Potters, Otford United and Styants Bottom Superstars centre forward, might be moving back to Aylesford (now in Division 3 East of the Haart Kent County League).
    That is, if Kings Hill FC demote him to the Reserves.

  72. Nelly Knell on August 13, 2015 at 7:58 am

    I was waiting for a club to express their unhappiness over being left out!
    Of course, Fergus also played for Tonbridge Angels FC.
    Sorry, Angels!
    And those who say that Fergus was no angel, are jealous!

  73. John Carruthers on September 3, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    When he sobered up, why didn’t that religious-looking guy in the light green ‘whatever it is, clothing’, and with the terribly square haircut, demand that the photo of him on the Ightham FC website be removed?
    No wonder he’s sitting on his own – does he have any friends on the team?
    When I first saw the photo I almost threw up in my cornflakes.
    Is he from Larkfield?

  74. Nelly Knell on September 3, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    I am assured, by his agent, that Fergus Farmer will be playing for Potters FC this upcoming season.
    I believe him, but he told me the same thing a year ago, and I lost a bet about this with David Shaw.

  75. Bob Ladbrook on September 14, 2015 at 3:45 am

    I used to live next door to a ‘David Shaw’ at Fen (also Phen) Pond Road, Ightham, Kent – during the 1950’s.

    His mother’s name was Dolly, and she (quite a few years ago!) attended Ightham Primary School with my mum.

    No more clues at the moment I’m afraid!

  76. Bob Ladbrook on September 14, 2015 at 4:08 am

    I won’t class this as a ‘clue’ – but as a mighty big coincidence!

    See comment of July 30, 2015.
    Mrs. Shaw’s maiden name had also been ‘Meisner’.

  77. Dave Webb on November 27, 2015 at 3:41 am

    My 2 penn’th of detective work to help with all that exciting Shaw stuff.

    Tim Shaw, the famous Borough Green Parish Councillor and former Platt United FC player, was born and raised in Borough Green. However, those he descended from were proud inhabitants of Ightham.

    A Mr. and Mrs. Shaw ran the Wesleyan Chapel and Guild in Ightham.

    Mr, (Alf?) and Dolly Shaw lived in Phen Pond Road, Ightham.
    Their son and daughter were named David and Ann.

    Best of luck with this fascinating mystery!

  78. Brian Wicks on January 29, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Re : The Mighty Ites great rival manager.

    My Mum has a fairly recent photo of Potters FC’s Hank Willard on her make-up table.
    The shape of his head reminds her of Red Rum, the great 1970s Grand National horse.
    She kisses the photo every morning and night.

    His name, now Hank, is in preparation for when he switches to the Excited States MSL – in approximately 10 years time.
    Although he might receive an offer that he cannot refuse, before then.

  79. Brian Wicks on February 1, 2016 at 8:58 pm

    Hope I haven’t interrupted Excited States soccer progress.
    Before Commissioner Garber and Hank get upset with me – of course, that should be MLS.

  80. Brian Wicks on February 26, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Every Little Bit Helps : Profile.

    Club : Ightham F.C.

    Nickname : The Mighty Ites.

    V.I.P./Committee Member : DAVID SHAW

    Title : Chairman.

    Age : N/A [thought to be late-70s].

    Mobile : N/A [is a black painted wood block].

    No. of Girlfriends : N/A [thought to be a good few].

    Hair Colour : Black [when he was about 21].

    Looks : Good [when he was about 21].

    Crazy About Him : My Sister [when he was about 21].

  81. Brian Wicks on March 11, 2016 at 4:17 am

    Does anyone know the whereabouts of the GREAT Campbell Higgins?
    He played a season or 2 with the Mighty Ites during the late 1950s.
    Town Malling United right back, Les Monks, used to say he was just a “big left klonk.” [Campbell, also known as ‘Bill’, used to run rings round him].

    I remember Campbell playing for Borough Green Reserves in the Final of the Smith’s Junior Charity Cup, during the early to mid 1950s.
    He was 13 years old – and weighed 7 stones, soaking wet.
    At that age and weight, you need a bit of skill to play in a men’s final.

  82. Dave Webb on June 4, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Darren Fisher mentions that Ightham Reserves FC participated in a record setting game.

    “In 1938, during a Sevenoaks & District League Division 3 fixture, Platt Res. defeated Ightham Res. 31-1.
    A record which I believe still stands today.”

    I wonder who scored that Mighty Ites goal – let’s hope it wasn’t an own goal.

  83. Dave Webb on July 15, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    For the upcoming 2016-17 season, three teams from the Tonbridge League have joined the Sevenoaks Premier Division.

    Showing the revised table on his website, the Potters FC manager has placed the Mighty Ites at rock bottom.

    Let the rivalry continue!

  84. Roger 'Biz' Burrluck on October 1, 2016 at 1:46 am

    Get ready and prepared to celebrate big time!
    Ightham Parish Councillor, Rodney Willingham, will become an octogenarian next year.
    He was an outstanding defenceman with the Mighty Ites, during the 1950s/60s.
    Some say, when watching John Stones, they are reminded of classy Rod.
    Mind you, that’s after downing a few of those ultra powerful ciders at the ‘Golding Hop’.
    Age is only a number they [now] say – when we were young 80 was ancient!

  85. Roger 'Biz' Burrluck on October 9, 2016 at 2:32 am

    Eric Barkaway was a son of the Ightham village butcher, and outstanding Ites inside forward during the 1950s.
    The top 3 players prior to the 1954-55 season were right half John Baker, centre half Bob Arthur, and Eric.
    At the start of the 54-55 season, John and Bob joined Eric’s brother Ray, who had ‘always’ been with the then-dominant Borough Green FC.
    (Ray had served a gas fitting apprenticeship under/and worked with, Frank Bangay – the well-known Boro’ Green committee member).
    Eric was urged to stay with Ightham – he served players’ and supporter’s wives daily in ‘The Street’ butcher shop. And they made it nigh on impossible for him to leave the Mighty Ites!

  86. Tony Collins on March 1, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Mounting blocks conjure up the age of elegance, the horses and carriages waiting by the lych-gate.
    Elegant feet seldom touch the winter roads.
    The churchyard gate is the most common site, as at St. Peter’s Church, Ightham.

    Ightham FC Chairman David Shaw, lived on the north side of St. Peter’s Church.
    He was a right young gentleman during the mid-1950s.
    Following Church service, a pretty young lady would mount the block, and gallant Dave would give her a piggy-back ride home.
    Although a little jealous, we’re still mighty proud of you Dave!

  87. Tony Collins on March 5, 2017 at 1:31 am

    David Shaw was one of those boys who travelled on the No. 122 Gravesend to Brighton, Southdown bus – from The Square, Ightham to Tonbridge – where he attended The Judd (Grammar) School.
    Their favourite exploit inside the bus, was to unscrew the light bulbs and put metal in the threads, before screwing them back in to short out the lights. Normally reliable sources have informed me that Old Juddian/Chairman Dave, was one of the most skilled operatives.

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