History of Snodland Town Football Club

One of the earliest photos of a Snodland Football Club team

Snodland Football Club enjoyed life in the top flight of the Kent County League from 1992 until 2016. But it all started back in the early 1900s when Snodland’s first recorded match was against West Malling. In the early years, right up to 1992, the club played its football in the Maidstone League where we were winners of the Premier Division on many occasions along with the coveted Kent Junior Cup.

Our journey through the Kent County League started in season 1992-93 when the club joined Western Division Three, finishing mid table in our first season, before winning promotion to Division Two in the 1994-5 season. The very next season the success was continued when winning Division Two at the very first attempt.

After a mediocre first season in Division One our step to the top division was secured during a nail biting final game of the 1997-8 season and the club’s most successful season then came in 1999-2000 when again we left it to the last game of the season, which drew a 300 strong crowd, to seal the title against eventual runners-up Bearsted. The table was turned the following season when the roles were reversed and we finished runners-up to Bearsted.

Snodland Football Club 2011/12

The club continued to play in the Premier Division of the Kent County League and in 2012 the main adult and youth teams of Snodland amalgamated under one club name, Snodland Town Football Club. This has seen many improvements in the way football in the town is run and organised. The club now has its own ground, leased from the council, and has added perimeter fencing, spectator rails, hard standings, floodlights and a grandstand, with further development to follow.

These ground improvements allowed promotion to the Southern Counties East Football League First Division for season 2016/17, when we finished in a very creditable 8th position. This is the highest level of football ever played in Snodland and we see this as a great achievement for both the club and the town. For season 2017/18 we have taken another historic step and entered the FA Vase for the first time ever.

Snodland Town Football Club is an ambitious “Community Club”.  It is the largest of any organisation in the town and has been structured with a specific aim to give players from Under 6s through to senior level the opportunity to play a higher grade football in their home town.

 

Brief History of Snodland Nomads FC

Snodland Nomads Football Club was formed in 1969.

Original Snodland Nomads badge design from which the current club badge was adapted.

We are one of the largest voluntary organisations in the area, catering for the football needs of nearly 200 children, from 6 years to adults. We are currently working very closely with other local organisations, including Snodland Sports Association, the Football Alliance, the Town Council, the Community Association, Snodland Primary School and Holmesdale Technology College, to ensure that as many children as possible are able to participate in their chosen sport.

Snodland Nomads FC continually strives to improve standards and provide an increasingly safe environment for children to play football in, free from bullying and anti-social behaviour. To maintain this improvement the club has already achieved the FA Charter Standard, which is a target set by the FA and which all clubs are required to acquire in the future.

Our managers have attended Child Safety, First Aid and Level 1 Coaching courses, together with Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks, all of which will benefit the community.

In a bid to improve the standard of coaching at the club, some managers have also completed the FA Youth Award Modules 1 and 2 courses which looks at the development of the children in a football environment as well as the Level 1 goalkeeping course.

Together with other football clubs in Snodland we are developing a football pyramid system for which we hope to provide the foundation level for players who will then have the opportunity to progress to higher standards.

We are the largest organisation in the town and regularly arrange social activities in the town for our players and parents and local community, including our famous Father Christmas delivery run.

The 2012-13 football season was an historic event in our town when all the senior and junior clubs amalgamated to join as one club. The existing clubs will become known as:
Snodland Town FC
Snodland Town Reserves FC
Snodland Town Sunday FC
Snodland Town Nomads FC.

At this time we will be fielding around 14 teams each week with the intention of introducing teams into new age groups to play in local and county leagues.