About Bearsted Football Club
Bearsted FC were invited to join the newly formed Step 6 Kent Invicta League for the start of the 2011/2012 Season, with the prize for the Champions being promotion to the Kent League.
Bearsted FC was founded in 1895 and is one of the oldest clubs in Kent. Originally playing on Bearsted Green the club moved to Honey Lane, Otham in 1998 to enable the club to compete in the Premier Division of the Kent County League.
The club runs approximately 20 teams including our development squad at Roseacre School for 5-7 year old's, before joining the Junior Section of 8's - 18's (including girls).
Bearsted FC are proud of our ladder of football, which aims to offer opportunities to players of all levels, including development into our Kent Youth League sides, Senior Reserves and First Team.
Bearsted FC is a senior club and has teams representing the Kent Invicta League, Kent County League, Kent Youth League, Maidstone & Mid Kent Sunday League, Maidstone & District Minor Primary League and Invicta Primary League.
Since reaching the finals of the Kent Senior Cup in the 2006/2007 Season, where we were narrowly defeated by Whitstable Town 1-0 from the Kent League, the First Team have had a run of lean years, having won the Kent County Premier League trophy in successive years in 2001/02, 2002/03 Seasons.
Plans for the Future
The next chapter of the clubs history began in March 2011 when planning permission was finally granted on appeal for a 114-seater stand and floodlights for our Honey Lane ground.
The ambitions of our current Chairman and Committee is to deliver on some final challenges:
- Proceed with the second 57-seater stand
- Proceed with the floodlights
- Proceed with hard standing requirements
- Proceed with changing room improvements
- Proceed with hospitality/refreshment facilities
- Complete the History of Bearsted book
- Earn promotion into the Kent League
All the above ground improvements including the publication of The History of Bearsted FC were achieved in time for the 2015 - 2016 season. The icing on the cake came by becoming 2015 - 2016 League Champions of The Kent Invicta League and in doing so gained promotion to Premier Division of The Southern Counties East Football League, formally the old Kent Invicta League.
A truly great achievement by everyone associated with Bearsted Football Club.
For more information on playing, coaching or simply being part of Bearsted Football Club, please contact us.
History of the Club
Bearsted Football Club was founded in 1895. We are one of the oldest clubs in the County of Kent . Some early history of the club can be found in the book "A history of Bearsted and Thurnham". The club was reformed after the Second World War and continued its participation in the Maidstone and District Saturday Football League running first and reserve sides. It was in the mid 1970's that the Club emerged as one of the leading local Maidstone teams. After applying to join the Maidstone League`s Premier Division the Club finished runners up for three consecutive seasons and then champions for three successive seasons.
At the same time the youth section of the Club started when we took under our wing a young boys club, Bearsted Hornets, who ran U12 and U14 sides. In 1982 the Club was elected into the Kent County League. Since then the Club has won almost every league and cup competition run by that League.
The Club celebrated its Centenary in 1995 , the occasion being marked by a Dinner at the Great Danes Hotel. Commemorative Certificates were presented by both the Football Association and the Kent County Football Association. The toast to the Club was made by Bob "The Cat" Bevan the well known football raconteur. For its first 100 years the Club played on the Green at Bearsted. However the higher standard of football in which the Club plays requires better facilities. So in 1998/9 we moved to our present ground at Otham. Since then the Club has invested heavily in improving the excellent facilities there.
The peak of the Club`s achievements have been:
In the 1999/00 season we reached the semi final of the Kent Senior Cup (defeating three Kent League sides on the way) before losing to Deal Town who later went on to Wembley to win the FA Vase. In the same season the Times reported on our League achievement in going unbeaten until the first weekend in May. In the season 2002/3 the Kent County League represented England in a EUFA tournament , its representative side being managed by Bearsted's first team manager and coach and with 5 Bearsted players representing England. The Club is very proud of the individuals who have represented their country.
The Club were awarded FA Charter Status in 2005.
Tribute to Former Players
Bearsted FC have had the honor and privilege of being involved in the early development of many players that have gone on to play at a higher standard with names like Doug Loft, Adam Birchall, Danny Spiller to name but a few.
Ray Hutchins was a player that joined Bearsted after he had played at a level that very few people appreciated.Ray Hutchins joined us during the seventies as a player serving the Club during which time he was involved in many of our successful league and cup campaigns.
After he retired he became our First Team Manager taking up the mantle from Russ May, another ex-player and stalwart, and continued to bring home the trophies. Following his spell in charge Ray remained an active member of the Club striving towards its further development and enhanced reputation in Kent Club football.
Sadly Ray died suddenly on a golf course in 1999 leaving us all quite shell-shocked at the time. However, even after 14 years he is still fondly remembered and missed and it is for this reason that ever since his death his former team mates and friends have held a lunch in early December to commemorate his life.
This event, to this day, is still well attended by these acquaintances coming together to both remember Ray and at the same time, through him, enjoy many fond memories together. In addition to this the Club holds an annual golf day during the Summer where his memory lives on.
As mentioned previously Ray first played for us, during which time it was apparent what a fine player with such an elegant style that we had. However, during all the years we knew him, none of us really appreciated as to what high standard he had played at.
Of course, why should we because he always remained so modest about it and very rarely would be mention it. It was therefore interesting for us to have received this article, forwarded to us by one of his daughters, which she had recently received.
This piece was written by one of this old friends and team-mate Andy Wheeler during his time playing at Redhill FC.
Ray Hutchins (Andy Wheeler)
'Over the years I have been asked many times about former great players that represented the Club with distinction. This article, or ones similar, has been published before and it's well overdue an update as we were friends and played many times together. He was one of the highest quality players ever produced by Redhill.
One of the most remarkable players ever to have played for Redhill was Ray Hutchins. A product of Roan Grammar School, Blackheath. Nearly every club in the country was chasing his signature but he chose to sign for Redhill under manager Eric Nicholls.
After gaining two England Youth caps against Wales and Scotland in the 1963/64 season as a non-league player, Ray sent the professional club scouting system into overdrive. It is quite probable that Ray was the last player from non-league to not just get selected, but play for his country from this very famous squad listed below:
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Football become secondary to Ray as he pursued a career in accountancy and through the London Chartered Institute I was able to contact his family, only to be told that he had sadly died in December 1999.
A framed photo of Ray Hutchins, a wonderful player in action against Scotland at Ayresome Park, Middlesborough, is proudly on display in the clubhouse at Redhill.
Bearsted FC Honors
Kent Invicta League
Challenge Shield Winners 2016
Runners up 2014/15
Challenge Cup Runners up 2014/15
Challenge Shield Runners up 2015
Kent County League
Senior Division Champions 1987/88
Old Premier Division Champions 1986/7
Division 1 Champions 1996/7
Division 2 Champions 1982/83
Premier Division Champions 2000/01 and 01/02
Reserves Division 1 West Champions 2003/04
Reserves Division 1 West Champions 2004/05
Reserves Division 1 East Champions 2006/07
Kent Senior Cup Runners Up 2006/07
Inter Regional Cup Runner Up 2006/07
Maidstone and District League
Premier Division Champions 1979/80 , 80/81, 81/82
Division 1 Champions 1977/78
Division 2 Champions 1974/75
Division 3 Champions 1973/74
Division 6 Champions 1961/62
Maidstone and Mid Kent Sunday Football League
Challenge Trophy Winners 2006/07
Youth League Honours
U14 Champions 1998/99, League and Cup winners 1999/00
U16 League Champions 1998/99
U18 KYL Champions 2001/02 and Cup winners
U18 KYL South Champions 2003/2004
U18 Minor League Runners up 2005/06
U16 Minor League Div 2 Winners 2007/08
U14 KYL South Champions 2009/10
U18 KYL South Champions 2014/15
Youth Cup Honours
Inter Regional Challenge Cup 1990/91, 1993/94, 1996/97
Junior Cup 1982/83
Division 1 Challenge Cup 1992/93
Senior Division Challenge Cup 1987/88
John Ullman Cup Winners 2003/04
Junior League Honours
Invicta League Under 8 South Winners 2001/02
Invicta League Under 8 South Winners 2002/03
Maidstone Primary League Under 12 Winners 2002/03
Invicta League Under 8 West Runners Up 2003/04
Invicta League Under 11 Division 1 Winners 2003/04
Invicta League Under 9 Division 2 Winners 2004/05
Maidstone Primary League Under 13 Division 3 Runners up 2004/05
Maidstone Primary League Under 14 Division 1 Runners up 2004/05
Maidstone Primary League Under 15 Division 1 Runners up 2005/06
Invicta League Under 8 Winners 2006/07
Maidstone Primary League under 12 Division 4 Runners Up 2006/07
Invicta League Under 8 North Winners 2007/08
Invicta League Under 9 Premier Winners 2007/08
Invicta League Under 8 Central Winners 2007/08
Junior Cup Honours
Under 8 Consolation Cup Winners 2003/04
Under 12 Consolation Cup Runners up 2003/04
Under 11 Consolation Cup Winners 2004/05
Under 13 Consolation Cup Winners 2004/05
Under 10 Consolation Runners up 2005/06
Under 10 Challenge Runners up 2005/06
Under 13 Challenge Cup Runners up 2005/06
Under 8 Challenge Cup Runners up 2006/07
Under 14 Challenge Cup Runners Up 2006/07
Under 12 Consolation Cup Runners up 2007/08
Under 9 Challenge Cup Winners 2007/08
Hot Shot Trophy Winners
Ben Wombwell U11 2004/05
Dan Skinner U18 2005/06
Harrison Wood U8 2006/07
Alessia Russo U10 Girls 2007/08
Ian 'Larry' Lambert