A dramatic evening in 2013 in the Hospital Charity Cup Final, saw the now Vice-Chairman David Stevens put us 1-0 up after 7 minutes, followed by a wonder-strike from our beloved, and sorely missed #11 Christon Sookoo before half time. The match went 2-2 in the second half and then 2-3 in the 30 minutes extra time – rescued by a last minute equaliser from Lee Wright, when our battling side was reduced to 9 men through injuries.
And the drama went all the way to the last penalty kick, with Phoenix Sports taking the win. Our Captain that day Steve Vanstone, is now our Chairman and is playing his 24th season with the Club.
Our depth of Senior Club legends does not stop there… Matt Skopila celebrates 14 years with the Club this summer, and player-manager Billy Judd, Adam Whitnall, Ryan, Joe and Lewis Tristram, James Lee, Dylan manning, are all now in their Testimonial season.
Since that night in 2013, the Club’s ambitions have grown on and off the pitch and we now have a new £3million Sports Estate on the cusp of approval, and hopefully under construction by the Spring of next year, 2020.
Getting the ‘Club Halls’ Sports Estate over the line this year is the perfect way to commemorate our 100th Year, and to refocus the Club fully back on the pitch in our ambitions to achieve Step 6 and then Step 5 senior football.
Our Youth and Junior teams are now the heart of our Club, albeit slightly over-shadowed by our recent development aspirations, and they have continued to impress again this season.
Retired senior player Nick Hulance has developed his Under 11s side since Under 7s, and was rewarded last Christmas with promotion to the A-division; our Under 10s headed by Rob Deegan and Alex Hall were also promoted last Christmas, and enjoyed the exciting prospect of a tournament in the Nou Camp in the summer.
Our Head Coach Billy Judd completes his 9th season with his youth team, now Under 15s, and our Senior Coach George Michaelas competes in his 10th season with his youth team, now Under 16s. The Club is extremely grateful for both of their long, and continued service.
Our biggest Youth story to date however, goes to our Under 21s team headed by Dave Tristram and Nigel Ramsammy last season (18/19). Dave has led the team since Under 7s, moving to Halls at Under 10s, and in his 10th season with us, scooped the League Title of the top Under 21s division with an undefeated record of 16 played, 14 wins and 2 draws… a stunning end to a long Youth Team career at Halls.
And it is the Under 21s that now provides the bedrock to our Senior sides. With at least five Youth graduates in the First Team regularly this season, promoted from our Reserve side that is dominated by Youth players progressing through our Club, fielding an average age of just 20 years old, and gaining a winning reputation in the Sevenaoks League with 3 cup finals, 2 cup wins and a promotion in just 18 months #Youth
As always, special mentions go to all our Club Volunteers, Managers and Coaches, our fantastic committee currently fronted by Stephen Trevor and Alison Manning on a daily basis in their roles, Billy Judd and Chris Michaelas too, and our valuable Club Presidents, Steve Poile who has been involved with the Club since 1968, his daughter Victoria, and Harry Martin.
2019/2020 is going to be the biggest yet