New Crockenhill boss Liam Kelly, who watched his side slip to a 5-2 home defeat to a Sittingbourne XI in their opening pre-season game, is looking to strengthen his squad. He is particularly looking at bringing in two centre-backs while a midfielder and forward are also on the list.

He is hoping that any young player, currently on trial at higher ranked clubs, SCEFL or above, or looking to go out on loan, maybe for the entire season, but mainly interested in first-team football, will get in touch on either of the following - or 07825997598.

The next training session at Wested Meadow is on Wednesday at 7.15pm. 


The Kent Invicta League will be represented by two clubs, Glebe and Seven Acre & Sidcup, in the Emirates FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round and both face tricky ties away to Southern Counties East Football League opponents.
Simon Copley's Glebe visit recent finalists Tunbridge Wells and, should they come up trumps at the Culverden Stadium, they would entertain Ryman League Division One South Sittingbourne at their new home in Foxbury Avenue.
Meanwhile Seven Acre & Sidcup travel to meet Sevenoaks Town at Greatness Park and if they are victorious they would host either Croydon or Sutton Common Rovers. Both Extra Preliminary Round ties are set for Saturday 15 August.  

Meanwhile we have seven clubs featuring in the opening rounds of the FA Vase, four of these, FC Elmstead, Seven Acre & Sidcup, Glebe and Bridon Ropes face First QualifyingRound which will be played on 5 Sept .

Then Meridian VP, Sheppey United and Gravesham Borough enter at the Second Qualifying Round stage with the latter two meeting. Just to add some more needle to the occasion, former Ites boss Kevin Hake is the new manager of Boro. The two sides have previously been drawn together in the Kent Invicta Challenge Trophy.

First Qualifying Round
Horsham YMCA v FC Elmstead
Banstead Athletic v Seven Acre & Sidcup
Glebe v Eastbourne United
Bridon Ropes v Holmesdale

Second Qualifying Round
Raynes Park Vale or Croydon v Horsham YMCA or FC Elmstead
Banstead Athletic or Seven Acre & Sidcup v Cray Valley (PM)
Glebe or Eastbourne United v Deal Town or Dorking

Chichester City or Erith Town v Bridon Ropes v Holmesdale
St Francis Rangers v Meridian VP
Sheppey United v Gravesham Borough




Eltham Palace FC is looking for the following club coaching staff -


Assistant Manager

Ideally this position will attract a mature, qualified coach with experience. The successful candidate will preferably hold a Level 3 qualification. However, experienced and mature Level 2 coaches will also be considered. The Assistant manager will be an integral part in delivering the clubs coaching development plan and philosophy.  The successful candidate will need to be available every Wednesday evening for training sessions throughout the season.

The Assistant Manager will also work closely with the Club Manager in planning and organising our match day squads.  The successful candidate will need to be available every Saturday and some midweek fixtures throughout the season.

This position may suit an established coach looking to gain ‘dug-out’ experience and bridge the gap between team coaching and club management.


Goalkeeping Coach

This position will suit a qualified Level 2 goalkeeping coach, preferably with experience. The Goalkeeping Coach will be responsible for delivering coaching sessions specifically designed for the club goalkeepers (both senior and U21).  The successful candidate will need to be available every Wednesday evening throughout the season.

The Goalkeeping Coach will work closely with the Club Manager and Assistant Manager in planning and organising our match day squads, specifically mentoring the selected goalkeeper(s). The successful candidate will need to be available every Saturday and some midweek fixtures throughout the season.


If you are interested in either of the above coaching positions, please phone or text Neil on 07796 698666.





Eltham Palace FC is seeking talented players in all position.  Especially goalkeepers and defenders!  Our preseason schedule starts on Wednesday 1st July.


Location -

CAFC Training Ground

Sparrows Lane

New Eltham

7.30pm Start – 9pm Finish


If you are interested in having a trial, please phone or text Neil on 07796 698666, so we can direct you to our allocated pitch!





Eltham Palace FC is looking for the following volunteer roles -


Match Day Assistant

This position involves many duties. Initially managing the turnstile and distributing the match programmes before our matches. Other match day duties will revolve around general site security, health and safety.

This role would suit a mature person who can ‘think on their feet’ and work independently. You will be required to attend all EPFC home matches. Home matches are approximately once a fortnight (subject to fixtures), away matches are optional. Some evenings matches throughout the season.


Programme Editor

This role will involve planning and preparing our home match day programme. The ability to manage and meet deadlines is a key competence. Editorial experience would be desirable, but not essential.


Community Development Manager

Eltham Palace FC is looking for a person to elevate our presence within the wider community and foster links with local businesses. This would suit someone with a marketing and/or project management background.


All the above positions are vital for the development and progression of Eltham Palace FC. 

We see these positions as just as important as our ‘top striker’!


If you would like to be part of our winning team, please contact Neil on 07796 698666.


Lewisham Borough (Community) FC have appointed Annette Stead to the role of Vice - Chair & Director of Strategy. Annette who was the Head of Sport & Recreation at the London Borough of Lewisham brings with her significant experience and expertise which will enhance the Club.
Chairman Ray Simpson has expressed his delight at this appointment saying: "I am overwhelmed Annette has agreed to come on board. She has been an instrumental player in the development of the Club over the last 12 years helping to achieve its current status. She will have a pivotal role in progressing the Club further."


Photos: Jules Hoare 

The Fourth Annual General Meeting of the Kent Invicta Football League took place on Saturday27 June 2015 at Glebe Football Club's new setting at the Old Elthamians Sports Ground in Foxbury Avenue, Chislehurst.

All five new clubs, AC London, APM Contrast, FC Elmstead, Forest Hill Park and Phoenix Sports Reserves were voted in eventually after some objections were raised about the latters participation.  

Hollands & Blair almost made a clean sweep, by adding the Managerof the Year (Paul Piggott) and Leading Goalscorer (James McDonald) awards, to their KIL title and KIL Challenge Trophy triumph's.

But while Bearsted, Blair and Glebe took the recent monthly awards in the Fair Play/Sportsmanship marks it was Rusthall that won this one overall and received a cheque for £500.  

With the constitution agreed, it was announced that the fixtures for the forthcoming 2015-16 campaign would not be released until the weekcommencing July 20.


At the A.G.M, the opening rounds of the Kent Invicta Football League Challenge Trophy took place, drawn by Chair Denise Richmond, and with 20 teams set to compete, the First Round draw involved eight clubs which was followed by Round Two involving the remaining sides. Dates for both rounds will follow at a later date.

Meridian VP v Sutton Athletic
Bearsted v Kent Football United
Rusthall v Lydd Town
Seven Acre & Sidcup v Lewisham Borough

Bridon Ropes v FC Elmstead
Gravesham Borough v Sheppey United
AC London v Rusthall or Lydd Town
Crockenhill v Glebe
Forest Hill Park v Meridian VP or Sutton Athletic
APM Contrast v Seven Acre & Sidcup or Lewisham Borough
Eltham Palace v Bearsted or Kent Football United
Orpington v Phoenix Sports Reserves


Bearsted Football Club have been boosted by the news that they are to receive a £61,337 grant from the Premier League, through the Football Stadia Improvement Fund(FSIF), in order to carry to a wide range of ground improvement works at their Otham Sports Club home.


Fundingfrom the Premier League has enabled Bearsted FC, who play in the Kent Invicta League, to begin extensive improvement works on their facilities and will ensure they meet the necessary ground requirements to continue to play at their current level and above. Specifically, the funding will be used towards the instillation of a new floodlight system, a 100-seater covered stand, hard-standing areas around all four sides of the pitch and improved spectator access points.


The works at Otham Sports Club, expected to be complete by August 2015, will benefit not just players and officials, but by improving fans’ safety and comfort and enhancing the match-day experience, will also help ensure that the club can remain financiallysustainable over the coming years.


Bearsted FC, who are currently celebrating their 120th anniversary, raised £27,000 themselves and have also secured a 20-year site lease thanks to the work of the club’s Management and Fundraising Committee, and Julian Scannell (Vice-President) in particular. The project will be managed by Roy Benton (Club Secretary) together with Duncan Andrews (Chairman) and John Mace (President).


Fundedwith £5.2m each year from the Premier League, the FSIF is the country’s largest provider of grants towards projects that help improve the comfort and safety of lower league football grounds in both the professional and amateur game. These improvements range from new football stands and turnstiles to floodlighting and improved provision for disabled supporters.


Duncan Andrews, the Bears Chairman, praised the work of the FSIF, commenting: “Following delays in Bearsted completing our new lease, our application was not submitted until the end of May but with fantastic support from the FSIF team, they were able to push the application through quickly, as all our estimates, planning consent and 30% capital sum, were all in place and they knew we were ready to proceed immediately, and demonstrates fantastic support to grassroots football.”

Peter McCormick OBE, Chairman of the Football Stadia Improvement Fundsaid: “Bearsted Football Club is one of the oldest in Kent and I would like to congratulate all club members for their hard work and ensuring that the club continues to grow. The Premier League is committed to providing financialsupport to clubs at all levels of the National League System, through the FSIF, and this is another excellent example of this continued investment. The ground improvements will provide a massive boost to Bearsted FC and will enable football in the area to go from strength to strength over coming years.”


Gravesham Borough, who play their home matches at Rede Court Road in Strood (ME2 3TU) are looking to appoint a new club secretary.

Anyone interested in fulfilling the role, or for further information, should contact the Gravesend based club's Chairman, Peter Snelling, on the following e-mail address -


Seven Acre & Sidcup under 21’s are looking for players in all positions to join the club. Home games in the NRG Gyms Kent County Under 21’s League will be played on the 4G pitch at the state of the art set up at Sporting Club Thamesmead.

Interested players should contact manager Evran on 07950284197.


Following recent appeals to the F.A, the Kent Invicta Football League is now delighted to release details of its proposed Constitution for season 2015-16.

The League at Step-6 in the F.A National Leagues will increase from the current 16 clubs to 20 Member Clubs for the new season with APM Contrast promoted from the Kent County League and four new Member Clubs joining from outside the F.A National Leagues, AC London, FC Elmstead, Forest Hill Park and Phoenix Sports Reserves.

The strength of the league and progress over the past 4 years of the Member Clubs has demonstrated the justification of forming a Step-6 league in Kent which now provides a full link to the National Leagues with this seasons champions Hollands & Blair promoted to Step 5, the Southern Counties East Football League, and previous winnersPhoenix Sports promoted to Step 4, the Ryman League, for next season.

The Member Clubs will meet on Saturday 27 June at Glebe F C's new ground to hold its Annual General Meeting and Presentation Lunch and confirm it's constitution.

The updated list for 2015-16 is as follows -

AC London FC
APM Contrast FC

Bearsted FC

Bridon Ropes FC

Crockenhill FC

Eltham Palace FC
FC Elmstead FC
Forest Hill Park FC

Glebe FC

Gravesham Borough FC

Kent Football United FC

Lewisham Borough (Community) FC

Lydd Town FC

Meridian VP FC

Orpington FC

Phoenix Sports Reserves FC

Rusthall FC

Seven Acre & Sidcup FC

Sheppey United FC

Sutton Athletic FC


Phoenix Sports FC are looking for players to compete in the Kent Invicta League for the 2015-16 season.

They are holding a trial day at Princes Park 3G (Dartford FC) on Saturday 27th June at 10am.

If you have played Kent Youth League, Kent County League or a higher level then please contact:-

Gary Andrews: 07469 727998 or Paul Bryon: 07766 821354


Woodchurch based Freddie Rogers is a qualified coach, originally from East London, where he coached FC Hamlets in East London winning all five trophies that they were entered for, including the London Cup, in his first season.

He has now been living in Kent for about a year now and have been first team coach and first team manager with Tenterden Town FC of the Kent County League where I also took plenty of training sessions with the youth set up.
His day profession is a Graphic Designer which means he has been able to design and print all the clubs posters, programmes and any other printing requirements.

I am interested in coaching youth teams as I like to work on player development having been coaching/managing adult sides for many years now and feel it is time for a change so would be looking for a side within reasonable distance to there.

Please contact Freddie via e-mail on and he will send over his C.V. He is looking forward to hearing from you.


Ahead of the 2015-16 season Lydd Town are seeking a matchday physio.

Anyone interested should contact manager David Smith via e-mail -


Meridian VP are now recruiting the following personnel:
Club Physio
The ideal candidate must have FA First Aid Certificate plus any other suitable qualifications. This position would possibly suit the right individual who would like to increase their hours and gain much valued work experience. You must be available for match days normally on Saturdays and the occasional midweek fixture.
Goalkeeping Coach
This vacancy has recently become available. The position requires the right individual to be available to start for June pre-season, the forthcoming season 2015-16 and attend all match day fixtures. Qualification for this position is a must and will need to be presented to club. Coaching will be given to senior teams goalkeepers including U18's.
Club Communication/Liaison Officer - Media, Photographer & Website 
This would ideally suit an individual who is currently studying in their qualifications (not necessary) or an enthusiastic person who has good knowledge of website and media communication. Responsibilities will include control of the clubs website, media relations, other club communications, match day photography etc.
Match Day Volunteers (Home Fixtures Only)
Now the club has established its infastructure in the past season, we are now looking for club orientated individuals who wish to be part of a fast growing senior club with a very good youth development structure. Help is required in various roles such as ticket office, match day stewards, head steward, ball boys and match day hospitality officer. Information on roles will be discussed on applications of posts.
Kit Manager
This would ideally suit an enthusiastic person who wishes to be part of a senior club set up. Age is irrelevant as we do not discriminate. You must be available for all match day fixtures home & away. Duties include all aspects of clubs senior team kit, equipment, match day administration liaising with first team management, away team management and match day officials and possibly with head steward.
We at the club strive hard to push our directives and beliefs for the youth of today and give a platform for all people involved to excel in all areas of the club!
All the above vacancies are immediately available, all interested candidates should contact the club on or call 07977 274179. 


Bridon Ropes are keen to start recruiting players for their U21's squad for the coming season. Players are required for all positions, but need to be 16 on or before the 31st August of this year.

The U21's league is a very competitive and technical league, therefore we are looking for players of the highest calibre with drive and ambition to push on to our First Team who currently will have five players from last seasons U21's squad. 

Pre Season and Trials will begin on Wednesday 24th June in Charlton.

For more information regarding these positions in the first instance please contact Club Secretary Clive Smith on his mobile 07795966110 or email


Seven Acre & Sidcup have sponsorship packages available for the 2015-16 season. Any companies or individuals interested should email


Crockenhill FC have announced that they are looking for sponsors for next season. Please get in touch should you be interested. Kit, balls, programme and pitch side available.

Interested parties should contact Chairman Steve Cullen on either of the following -
Mobile: 07702 886966


Orpington FC are looking for first team players for their Kent Invicta League side for season 2015-16 - anyone interested should contact first-team boss Byron Beard at

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