History of Snodland Football Club
Snodland Football Club enjoyed life in the top flight of the Kent County League since 1992. 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. We had a very young reserve side who comprehensively won Division Four of the Maidstone League, prompting the club to consider an application to compete at a higher status. The application was successful and the club joined Western Division Three, finishing mid table in our first season.
Our Maidstone League Premier Division team then took on the role of Snodland Reserves and saw a new crop of young players coming through. These players joined the first team in the 1994-5 season to win promotion to Division Two of the Kent County League. 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 when we won 1-0 against TEN EM BE in front of 150 supporters.
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.
Unfortunately we have since failed to achieve the standards set during that successful period. However, with the amalgamation in 2012 of the main adult and youth teams in the town under one club name, Snodland Town Football Club, we are constantly striving to improve both the quality of our play and our ground.
Promotion to the First Division of the Southern Counties East Football League this season sees the club play at its highest level of football ever.
Brief History of Snodland Nomads FC
Snodland Nomads Football Club was formed in 1969.
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.