Who are K Sports?

Based at Cobdown, near Ditton, K Sports FC are this year celebrating the centenary of the foundation of the club that was established as Aylesford Paper Mills in 1919. That, of course, is where the nickname the Paperboys is derived and they were one of numerous works teams around the country who, before the Second…

Johann Cruyff: how a former Fleet man kick-started his career

Following the sad news of Johann Cruyff’s death from cancer earlier today, we thought it might be interesting to Fleet fans to discover how a former Northfleet player was instrumental in the rise to prominence of the Dutch master (this article originally appeared in our matchday programme earlier this season). Admittedly it might be something of…

Northfleet book now available for pick-up

The history of Northfleet United Football Club book, Set In Concrete, is now in stock in the club shop and anyone who opted to pick their copy up may do so on week days, during office hours, and on match days. For those who paid for delivery, the books will be mailed out from tomorrow….

Survivors: Charlie Buchan, Andy Wilson

One of Northfleet’s pre-war heroes was a teenager who would go on to become a giant of the game. Charles (Charlie) Buchan was born in Plumstead in 1891. A trainee teacher of botany upon leaving school, he joined Woolwich Arsenal in 1909 and played four reserve games, being selected as back-up for the first team’s…

Pvts Roland Thorndike / Albert Hibbin

Gravesend United, like its local rival Northfleet, also lost players in the First World War. We remember two (though there were likely more) who paid the ultimate sacrifice Firstly, there was Roland (sometimes quoted as Richard) Thorndike (pictured), who lived in Cliffe and was employed as a ‘domestic coachman’. Described by the South Eastern Gazette…

L Cpl William Kennedy, 1890-1915

One of the more resonant legacies of the First World War is that of the unknown soldier, the collective term for those unidentified bodies “known unto God”. William Kennedy, another star of the Northfleet United treble-winning side of 1909-10, who lost his life at the Battle of Loos in October 1915, was one such ‘unknown…

Corporal Edwin Myers, 1888-1916

A whole century after the event, it seems scarcely imaginable that a few generations previously, footballers – like millions of other ordinary people in everyday jobs and walks of life – fought and died on the bloody battlegrounds of France and Belgium. One such Northfleet United player was Edwin Myers. Pictured here in 1910 after Northfleet…