Hythe Town F.C.

Hythe Town Football Club is a football club based in Hythe, Kent, England. They are currently members of the Isthmian League South East Division and play at the Reachfields Stadium.

Hythe Town
Hythe Town badge
Full nameHythe Town Football Club
Nickname(s)The Cannons
Founded1992
GroundReachfields Stadium, Hythe
Capacity3,000 (350 seated)[1]
ChairmanMark Jenner
ManagerSteve Watt
LeagueIsthmian League South East Division
2020–21Isthmian League South East Division (season curtailed)

HistoryEdit

The original club was established in August 1910.[2] They joined the Folkestone & District League, winning the title four times after World War I.[2] In 1936 the club moved up to the Kent County Amateur League, joining Division Two of the Eastern Section. They won the division at the first attempt, but were not promoted.[3] They won the division again the following season,[3] and this time were promoted to Division One.[4] Following World War II the club was placed in the South Division for the 1946–47 and 1947–48 seasons, before league reorganisation in 1948 saw them return to Division One of the Eastern Section.[4]

Division One was later renamed the Premier Division and Hythe were relegated to Division One. However, after winning the Division One title in 1971–72 they went on to win three consecutive Premier Division titles between 1973–74 and 1975–76.[5] The club were Premier Division runners-up in 1976–77,[5] after which the club moved up to the Kent League. The club were Kent League runners-up in 1978–79, 1982–83 and 1984–85,[6] and after winning the league title in 1988–89, they were promoted to the Southern Division of the Southern League. The following year the club reached the semi-finals of the FA Vase, losing 4–3 to Yeading. After three seasons in the Southern League, they folded in 1992.[6]

Supporters subsequently formed a successor club, Hythe United, which joined Division One East of the Kent County League for the 1992–93 season.[2][7] Despite only finishing sixth in their first season, the club was promoted to the Premier Division.[7] After finishing ninth in the Premier Division in 1994–95,[7] they rejoined the Kent League. In 2001 the name was changed to Hythe Town, and in 2008–09 they finished the season as Kent League runners-up.[6] In 2010–11 the club were Kent League champions, earning promotion to Division One South of the Isthmian League.[6]

The 2010–11 season saw Hythe reach the first round of the FA Cup for the first time, losing 5–1 at Hereford United.[6] They won the Kent Senior Cup for the first time the following season, defeating Dartford 1–0 in the final.[8] A fourth-place finish in the in 2012–13 secured qualification for the promotion play-offs; the club went on to lose 3–0 to Faversham Town in the semi-finals. Another fourth-place finish in 2015–16 led to another play-off campaign, in which they were beaten 7–0 by Worthing in the semi-finals.[6]

GroundEdit

The club moved to its Reachfields ground in 1977, which had previously been an army sports ground next to a firing range.[2] The record attendance of 2,147 was set for the FA Vase semi-final match against Yeading in 1990[1] The ground currently has a capacity of 3,000, of which 350 is seated and 2,400 covered.[1]

Current squadEdit

As of 14 March 2021[9]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
GK   ENG Wil Godmon
DF   ENG Dean Beckwith
DF   ENG Nathan Gordon
DF   ENG Tom Wynter
DF   ENG Liam Smith
MF   ENG James Rogers
MF   ENG Darren Oldaker
MF   ENG Charlie Webster (captain)
MF   ENG Alex Brown
No. Pos. Nation Player
MF   ENG Morgan Williamson
MF   ENG Bradley Ihionvien
MF   ENG Jarred Trespaderne
MF   ENG Ross Ibbertson
MF   ENG Tom Walmsley
FW   ENG Frannie Collin
FW   ENG Alex Flisher
FW   ENG Kara Dembele
FW   ENG Kane Philip

HonoursEdit

  • Kent League
    • Champions 1988–89, 2010–11
  • Kent County League
    • Eastern Section Premier Division champions 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76
    • Eastern Section Division One champions 1971–72
    • Eastern Section Division Two champions 1936–37, 1937–38
    • League Cup winners 1949–50, 1953–54, 1972–73, 1974–75, 1975–76
    • Eastern Section Benevolent Cup winners 1949–50[10]
    • Eastern Section Division Two Benevolent Cup winners 1936–37[10]
  • Kent Senior Cup
    • Winners 2011–12[2]
  • Kent Senior Trophy
    • Winners 1990–91[1]
  • Eastern Professional Floodlight Cup
    • Winners 1989–90, 1990–91[2]

RecordsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Mike Williams & Tony Williams (2016) Non-League Club Directory 2017, Tony Williams Publications, p376 ISBN 978-1869833695
  2. ^ a b c d e f Club History Hythe Town F.C.
  3. ^ a b Kent County Amateur League 1934–1938 Non-League Matters
  4. ^ a b Kent County Amateur League 1938–1951 Non-League Matters
  5. ^ a b Eastern Section Division Champions 1924 to 1992 Kent County League
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Hythe Town at the Football Club History Database
  7. ^ a b c Kent County League 1991–1998 Non-League Matters
  8. ^ Dartford 0 Hythe Town 1 Kent Online, 25 April 2012
  9. ^ "Player Profiles". Hythe Town FC. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  10. ^ a b Eastern Section Cups Kent County League
  11. ^ a b Hythe Town boss Clive Cook praises his son Dave for 'very rare' loyalty Kent Online, 14 September 2017

External linksEdit

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