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FOBG Presentation Evening 2018 - Photos
You can see club photographer Colin Brazier's photos of the awards evening HERE.
As we prepare for the 2018-19 season, let's take a look at the one just gone.
Joint pride of place goes to the Third XI and Sunday Reserves who both won their league titles.
The Thirds won the Bromley and South London Football League Division 2 title exactly 25 years after their first, the SLA Division 4 championship in 1992-93. Well done to Paul Eddleston on his first managerial honour in 21 years of trying.
The Sunday Reserves won the OBDSFL Division 3; congratulations to Matt Ellis and Matt Lenton who managed the team expertly over the season.
It was looking very grim for the First XI who were enduring a very difficult season in the Andreas Carter Joma Kent County League Premier Division, bottom of the table and in danger of being cut off from the rest of the league in February. Luke Johnson then took over from Byron Beard in the manager’s hotseat and after losing by the only goal away to champions-to-be Kennington in his first league game, a run of just three defeats in the last ten matches (all by the odd goal) lifted the team to the safety of 12th. An incredible feat of football escapology.
Cup-wise, their best run was in the Bill Manklow Inter Regional Cup, where they were knocked out on penalties by Club Langley in the quarter-finals. A highlight of the season was the visit of St Peter FC, from Jersey, in the second round of the Kent Reliance Intermediate Challenge Shield. The visitors’ superior fitness told as after a goalless first half they ran out 5-0 victors, going on to win the competition.
It was a season of transition for the Reserves, newly managed by Nick Pitt after James Pyne elected to step down to concentrate on his rehabilitation after injury. A season full of goals (at both ends of the pitch) saw them finish 11th in the Kent County League Division Three West. Their best cup effort was a run to the quarter-finals of the Barry Bundock West Kent Challenge Shield.
As mentioned above, Paul Eddleston's 21st campaign in charge of the Third XI ended with the team winning the league.
They did it in the most dramatic fashion, coming back from 0-3 down at home to Groundhoppers with 30 minutes to go to snatch the crucial point from a 3-3 draw. The Thirds also had a good cup run, reaching the semi-finals of the Sevenoaks Charity Cup (Junior Section).
Playing in the division above the Third XI, the BSLFL Division 1, Jez Allen’s young Fourth XI had a terrific season to finish in a highly creditable fourth place, including wins over the first- and third-placed sides. In the cup competitions, they reached the quarter-finals of the Kent Junior Cup and the semis of the President’s Plate.
Vince Wray’s Sunday XI finished just short of OBDSFL Division 1 honours, in fourth place having been in title contention for much of the season. Lack of an out-and-out goalscorer was an important factor, but they are still hopeful of being awarded promotion to the Premier Division for next season. Their defence of the Jack Standen Cup didn’t survive the first hurdle, but they reached the semi-finals of the Kent Junior Sunday Cup, only to be cruelly denied on penalty kicks. As a club we must practise penalties more!
Honourable mentions to both player/assistant manager Tony Kemp, and long-serving player Colin Judge, who are both standing down.
The Sunday Reserves, newly promoted to OBDSFL Division 3, set about winning the title from the outset, gathering together a strong 22-man squad for the task. Matt Lenton and then Matt Ellis guided the side to the championship by two points after a titanic battle with Beckenham Manor, with whom they drew three times over the season. Cups were less of a priority, but they did reach the quarter-finals of the Kent Junior Sunday Trophy.
Both our Vets teams had enjoyable seasons of friendly yet competitive football.
Mark Harrington took over the younger Vets side and had a successful season, winning 15 of their 23 matches, new signing Alan Fines scoring an amazing 32 of their 56 goals (57%). Highlight of the season, however, belongs to one-club man Paul Tanton who scored an incredible 400th goal for the club on 24 September, the only goal of the home match against Orpington Vets. A typical Tanton goal, we are told, a side-foot home from 8 yards out.
Mick O'Flynn and Patrice Mongelard's Senior Vets played 34 matches, winning 12, drawing 7 and losing 15. The season ended with a successful tour of Lille, France, where the club laid a wreath at the Arras Memorial, which commemorates 34,785 soldiers of the forces of the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand, with no known grave, who died in the Arras sector between the spring of 1916 and 7 August 1918. At least two ancestors of current FOBG members are included in that number.
Also on a sombre note, it was a bad year for injuries, with Mark Johnson and Jack Eddleston suffering leg breaks, and Mason Horne serious knee ligament damage.
Off the pitch, the club continues to be run smoothly by a hard-working committee, meeting the ever-present financial challenges with the help of major sponsors AC Wilgar, Culverhouse Accountants and Premier. We are grateful to them, Shepherd Neame and the many other benefactors of the Guild.
Here's to an even more successful 2018-19 season!
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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. Please keep an eye on the website for when pre-season begins.
FA CHARTER STANDARD
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.