Farnborough OBG FC
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AC Wilgar

Welcome to the website of Farnborough Old Boys Guild Football Club, founded in 1932 and affiliated to the Kent County FA.

We hope you enjoy your visit.


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John Mara

For the second time in a few weeks the Guild has lost one of its favourite sons.

John Mara passed away on Friday, sixteen days short of his 93rd birthday.  He had been found at home in a coma earlier that week and could not recover in hospital.

John was involved with the club from when he joined as a player in 1953 right through until his death, fulfilling his role in stocking the Guild's bar, a duty that he performed with diligence since the clubhouse was built in 1985!

He will be sadly missed by many at FOBG.  We did a couple of articles about John for the First XI programme a few years ago, one of which is his Hall of Fame entry, which can be viewed at http://www.fobgfc.org/?page=John_Mara.

The funeral details are as follows (all are welcome):

Friday 21 June at 11.00pm, Kemnal Park Crematorium A20 Sidcup Bypass, Chislehurst BR7 6RR.

FOBG Presentation Evening 2019 - with photos!!

STOP PRESS:  Photos now available on the club website http://www.fobgfc.org/?page=presentations_2019

The club's presentation night on Saturday was, as ever, a hugely enjoyable evening.

Club President Ian Couchman was the master of ceremonies, as usual, for this celebration of the 2018-19 season, with notable success for our Sunday Reserves, Sunday XI and Fourth XI.  There were around 100 people in attendance.  

Club Awards

Ian launched the awards by presenting the President’s Salver to Kent FA's Grassroots Volunteer of the Year Gary Willison.  This is a discretionary prize awarded by the Club President to the member who has best served the club. 

There followed the Eric Shoebridge Trophy for Lee Cross (Sunday XI) for the player deemed the most sporting; and the Wally Freeman Young Player Trophy was awarded to Eddie Figg (Fourth XI), as the most promising young player.  This is the first time that this trophy has been retained.  Eddie scored a record 24 goals for a Fourth XI player, and he has a very bright future.

The Robert Taylor Trophy (presented to the playing member best to have served the club) was awarded to Luke Johnson, not only for guiding the First XI to the highest league placing in the Guild's long history, but for setting up the very successful junior Academy and behind-the-scenes fundraising work.

The Stanley Cole Cup, awarded to the player with the most appearances in the season, was claimed by Harry Tanner (First XI and Sunday XI) who played 58 competitive matches during the season, collecting his 250th appearance along the way.

The Vic Farrow Golden Boot trophy was wrapped up by the Sunday Reserves' goal machine Steve Townsend, with an unbelievable 63 goals in 25 matches.

A Special Appreciation Award was presented to Colin Judge for long and loyal service to the Guild from 2005 to his retirement through injury last year.

Team Awards

Earlier in the day Luke Johnson presented the awards for the Academy.  

Player of the Year is Noah Burchill.

Mini Soccer Player of the Year is Ralph Nethercot.

Luke Johnson also presented the awards for the First XI in the main ceremony.

Players' Player of the Year is Mason Horne.

Manager's Player of the Year is Dekklund Wallace.

Nick Pitt presented the awards for the Reserves.  Nick deserves a mention in his own right for all the work he has done for the club in terms of acquiring sponsorship, new playing strips and works inside and outside the clubhouse to make FOBG a better place to play and enjoy the ambience of the club.

Players' Player of the Year is Charlie Pitt.

Manager's Player of the Year is Ben Delaney.

The Golden Boot was won by Charlie Pitt (12 goals, from midfield).

Goal of the Season was won by Ben Delaney.

Paul Eddleston presented the awards for the Third XI.  

Players' Player of the Year is George Osman.

Manager's Player of the Year is Josh Eastwood.

The Golden Boot was won by George Osman (17 goals).

Jez Allen presented the awards for the Fourth XI who finished as runners-up in the Bromley and South London Football League Division 2, although they will not be promoted as the Third XI already compete in Division 1.

Players' Player of the Year is George Perry.

Manager's Player of the Year is Tom Smart.

The Golden Boot was won by Eddie Figg (24 goals, a Fourth XI record).

Marcus Allen presented the awards for the Vets.  

Players' Player of the Year is Mark Harrington.

Manager's Player of the Year is Paul Tanton.

The Golden Boot was won by Alan Fines (19 goals from 13 appearances).

Patrice Mongelard presented the awards for the Senior Vets.  

Players' Player of the Year is Michael Hills.

Manager's Player of the Year is Gordon Thompson.

The Golden Boot was won by Peter Harvey (39 goals from 38 appearances).

Vince Wray presented the awards for the Sunday XI, who won promotion to the OBDSFL Senior Division by finishing as runners-up in the Premier Division.

Players' Player of the Year is George Belchamber.

Manager's Player of the Year is Harry Tanner.

The Golden Boot was won by Alex Wray (15 goals).

Matt Ellis presented the awards for the Sunday Reserves who won the OBDSFL Division 2 title and gained promotion to Division 1, and won the Kent Sunday Junior Trophy, the first time the Guild has won a Kent Sunday cup.

Players' Player of the Year is Steve Townsend.

Manager's Player of the Year is Connor Blackman.

The Golden Boot was won by Steve Townsend (63 goals from 25 appearances).

In Appreciation for Services to the Club

Ian Couchman closed the awards section of the evening with presentations to Carole Couchman, Sara Viner, Leanne and Sian, and Steve Viner for their services to the club over the season.

Open trials at FOBG

We will be running an open trial for all adult teams (aged 18+, including Vets) at Bishop Justus School, Magpie Hall Lane, Bromley, Kent BR2 8HZ on Wednesday 3 July at 7pm.

For more details please contact Matt on 07799 663642.

Colts win first tournament as FOBG!

Our new Under 12 Colts team won their first trophy as a Guild side when they won a tournament hosted by Glebe FC at the weekend.  Hopefully the first of many!

FOBG Inter-Vets Match - Photos

Thanks to Nick Waller for photos from the recent Vets derby at Farrow Fields, which the younger outfit won by five goals to three.

They can be viewed HERE

New addition to the Hamilton family!

Congratulations to Sunday XI keeper Reece Hamilton and his wife Nikki who gave birth to Teddy on Sunday 2 June, weighing in at 8lbs 9oz.

Congratulations Gary!

Our very own Gary Willison has been awarded the Kent County FA's Grassroots Football Awards 2019 - Supporter of the Year!

Congratulations to Gary for a very well-deserved award.  He will now be entered as Kent's representative for the national awards.

Congratulations Steve and well done Matt!

More congratulations, this time to Steve Townsend who has been included in the OBDSFL's Team of the Year 2018-19, one of only three players out of the 17-man squad who didn't play in the Senior Division.

This has been fully earned: Steve contributed an incredible 63 goals during the Sunday Reserves' double-winning season.

Matt Ellis has also been nominated as the OBDSFL Managers' Manager of the Year for winning the Double.  In our view he fully deserves the accolade but faces some stiff competition for the award including ex-Guild member Neil Barnes.  

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Jazz at the Guild

Friday Night is Jazz Night!

We have high quality live jazz every Friday night at Farrow Fields. Click on the poster to see who's playing.


We regard training as essential; not just for fitness and player progression but for building team spirit, increasing tactical awareness and generally improving chances of on-pitch success.

During the season we have a club training session every Wednesday evening from 8pm-9pm at Bishop Justus School, Magpie Hall Lane, Bromley, Kent BR2 8HZ on a full size 3G pitch. Click HERE for a map.

Prospective new players are welcome to come along.


FA Charter Standard Information FOBG has held FA Charter Standard Adult Club status for several years now. This is official recognition by the Football Association given to non-league clubs that have demonstrated that they are well run and sustainable. It also recognises the club's commitment to coaching, player and coach development, and the raising of standards of behaviour in the game.
The benefits of having Charter Standard status include:

  • Use of the FA Charter Standard Logo
  • Enhancement of funding applications and bids
  • Kit and equipment grants from the Football Foundation
  • Exclusive workshops
  • Starter pack, including posters, codes of conduct, certificates

This represents a major step forward in the development of Farnborough OBG FC and illustrates the ambitions of the club to develop further both on and off the field.

Many thanks to Malcolm Poynter for his hard work in achieving this recognition for the club.

More information regarding FA Charter Standard status.