Herne Bay F.C.

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Herne Bay
Herne Bay badge
Full name Herne Bay Football Club
Nickname(s) The Bay
Founded 1886
Ground Winch's Field, Herne Bay
Ground Capacity 4,000
Chairman Trevor Kennett
Manager Sam Denly
League Isthmian League
Division One South
2015–16 Isthmian League
Division One South, 8th

Herne Bay Football Club is an English football club based in Herne Bay, Kent. The club is affiliated to the Kent County Football Association.[1] In 1974, they joined the Kent League. They reached the fifth round of the FA Vase in the 1996–97 season and the semi-final in season 2011–12. They have won the Kent League five times in their history and are currently members of Division One South of the Isthmian League. They were promoted to the Isthmian League Division One South for season 2012–13.


Herne Bay FC was formed in 1886 and first played in the East Kent League.[2] In 1896 they stepped up to the Kent League (not the same league that exists today), however this was short lived and by the turn of the century they were again competing in the East Kent League.[2] They dominated this league, winning the title for four successive years, and in 1909 they returned to the Kent League, however within four years the club had folded.[2]

In 1935 the club was reborn, as Herne Bay Invicta took over the Herne Bay F.C. name and entered the Kent Amateur League.[3] In 1953 the club moved to its current home at Winch's Field and soon re-entered the Kent League at the Division 2 level.[3] In 1955 they lifted the Division 2 title, winning promotion to Division 1.[2] Soon afterwards the Kent league disbanded, due to the expansion of the Southern League and the club became founder members of the Aetolian League for the start of the 1959–60 season.[4] At the end of the 1963–64, the Aetolian league merged with the London League into the Greater London League and the club decided to switch to Division Two of the Athenian League instead, and joined where they enjoyed several successful seasons followed by promotion to Division one in the 1970–71 season as champions of Division two.[4][5][6] During their first season in the Athenian League the club made their debut in the FA Cup, reaching the second qualifying round at their first attempt, where they were knocked out by Canterbury City.[7]

After finishing bottom of Division one of the Athenian league at the end of the 1973–74 season, the club left the league to become founder members of the Kent League.[6] In the nineties they were the dominant team in the Kent League, winning the title four times, with the 1996–97 season being their best when they completed a treble by also winning the Kent Senior Trophy and the Kent League Division 1 Cup.[2] Despite these league wins the club was denied promotion due to their ground not meeting the requirements of a higher league. In the 2011–12 season under manager Simon Halsey and with work done on their ground, the club finished champions of the Kent league again and this time earned promotion to the Isthmian League Division One South.[2][8]


Aerial photo of Winch's Field

Herne Bay play their home games at the The Altira Park Stadium, Winch’s Field, Stanley Gardens, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5SG.

The Altira Park Stadium, Winch's Field boasts four stands, floodlights and a well-appointed clubhouse which is regularly hired out for functions. The ground sits on the site of the former Winch's brick yard, a Herne Bay landmark since Victorian times.


League honours[edit]

  • Kent League[7][9]
    • Champions (5): 1991–92, 1992–93, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2011–12
    • Runners-up (5): 1992–93, 2000–01, 2004–05, 2009–10, 2010–11
  • Aetolian League[7]
    • Runners-up (1): 1963–64
  • Athenian League Division Two[7]
    • Champions (1): 1970–71
  • Kent Amateur League[10]
    • Champions (3): 1953–54, 1954–55, 1955–56
  • East Kent League[2]
    • Champions (4): 1902–03, 1903–04, 1904–05, 1905–06

Cup honours[edit]

  • Kent Senior Trophy[10][11]
    • Winners (2): 1978–79, 1996–97
  • Kent League Premier/Division one Cup[12][13]
    • Winners (3): 1996–97, 2009–10, 2010–11
    • Runners-up (3): 1978–79, 1997–98, 2004–05
  • Kent League First & Second Divisions Cup[14]
    • Winners (1): 2011–12
  • Kent League Challenge Shield[10]
    • Winners (4): 1992–93, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2009–10
  • Kent Amateur Cup[10]
    • Winners (1): 1957–58
  • Kent & Medway Combination Cup[10]
    • Winners (1): 1961–62

Club records[edit]

  • Highest League Position:[7] 1st in Kent League 1991–92, 1992–93, 1996–97, 1997–98, 2011–12
  • FA Cup best performance:[7] First qualifying round 1970–71, 1986–87
  • FA Vase best performance:[7] Semi-Final, 2011–12
  • Highest Attendance:[10] 2,303 vs Margate[when?]
  • Record Win:[10] 19–3 Vs Hythe Wanderers February 1900
  • Record Defeat:[10] 11–0 Vs Dragoon Guards October 1907
  • Consecutive League games unbeaten:[10] 35 in 1996–97 season
  • Consecutive League wins:[10] 14 in 1997–98 season
  • Consecutive League Draws:[10] 4 in 1986–87 season
  • Consecutive League Defeats:[10] 8 in the 1986–87 and 1987–88 seasons
  • Consecutive games without a win:[10] 16 in the 1987–88 season
  • Consecutive League clean sheets::[10] 6 in the 1997–98 season

Former players[edit]

  1. Players that have played/managed in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level (i.e. fully professional league).
  2. Players with full international caps or have managed an international Side.

Former coaches[edit]

  1. Managers/Coaches that have played/managed in the football league or any foreign equivalent to this level (i.e. fully professional league).
  2. Managers/Coaches with full international caps.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Kent League Official Website". Kentleague.com. Retrieved 2012-12-29. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Club History – Herne Bay Football Club". Pitchero.com. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  3. ^ a b "Herne Bay". Pyramidpassion.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  4. ^ a b "Aetolian & Seanglian Leagues 1959–1964". Nonleaguematters.net. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  5. ^ "Athenian League 1952–1969". Nonleaguematters.net. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  6. ^ a b "Athenian League 1969–1984". Nonleaguematters.net. 1974-04-20. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g HERNE BAY at the Football Club History Database
  8. ^ "Club says thank you to fans with free tickets". This is Kent. 2012-04-27. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  9. ^ "You can't win the Kent League by playing Barcelona type football, says VCD boss Ricky Bennett". Kentishfootball.co.uk. 2012-07-24. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Club Honours – Herne Bay Football Club". Pitchero.com. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  11. ^ "Football Club History Database – Kent County Cups Summary". Fchd.info. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  12. ^ "Kent League Official Website". Kentleague.com. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  13. ^ "Kent League Official Website". Kentleague.com. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 
  14. ^ "Kent League Official Website". Kentleague.com. Retrieved 2012-11-28. 

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