Bearsted 120th Anniversary Match
14th October 2015 against Maidstone United
A view from the Chairman
A fantastic evening which was a credit to the progress two Kent clubs have made over the past 10 years.
Maidstone United are now 4 leagues higher than Bearsted, who have moved up 1 league to the step 6 Kent Invicta league, since the days both teams played each other regularly in the Kent County League.
Bearsted FC, having put the necessary ground improvements in place, are now pushing for promotion to the Southern Counties East League.
We wanted to showcase our new improved facilities, including our floodlights, and organise an event befitting our 120th anniversary, with minimum disruption to the local residence of Otham, who have been sceptical about our recent ground improvements and licensed bar.
To put things into perspective, we had 320 spectators at the match, which is 8 times our average gate and our club members and committee did a great job of organising the event with a resource of 30 people.
Jay Saunders and Maidstone United did us proud with their support of the match, bringing their usual strong following of supporters.
Maidstone United put out a very strong side of first team players in the first half and scored early.
At times it did look like semi-pro’s against good amateurs, with their extra quality, movement and fitness there to be seen, but Bearsted equipped themselves well, eventually going down 2-1, but with central defender Rob Lyall, a former Maidstone United player, a contender for Man of the Match.
Their early goal was bitter sweet for me, as Adam Birchall was a youth player in the side I managed for Bearsted before he was scouted by Arsenal FC.
The evening began with Bearsted FC receiving the Kent Invicta League fair play award for September from the league management committee, which was an added boost to the evening.
A big thank you is appropriate for the hard work of our club general secretary Roy Benton for his supervision of all the clubs ground improvements over the last 5 months and the support of Ricky Carcary, Kevin and Lesley Stevens and Jamie Houston for levelling the parking area.
The evening was also successful financially with takings of over £1,000 from the gate, programme and book sales and income of £650 from the bar and café.
Congratulations and thank you to everyone that supported an important event in the clubs history.
The highlights of the match and interviews are now available on the you tube links below