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Best wishes Vince!

Our best wishes for a speedy recovery go to Vince Wray, Sunday XI manager, who was admitted to King's College Hospital on Saturday with a heart condition. He was frustrated that he couldn't be with his team on Sunday!

We will keep you posted with any further news.

Sunday's Open Launch Day was a great success!

Our event to officially open the refurbished dressing rooms and pitch renovation went off very well on Sunday, with the weather being kind to us.

Photos of the event are now in the club's gallery HERE.

The day also marked our thanks to our new main sponsor, A. C. Wilgar Plumbing and Heating, and to all those that have played a part in the transformation of the club's facilities over the summer, whether through financial help or the donation of time and hard work, or a combination of the above!

To kick the day off (literally!) our younger Vets team took on a Sun Chemicals XI and unsurprisingly were too strong for the visitors, but the match was played in an excellent spirit, refereed by Jim St John.

Thanks to Sun for their contribution to the renovation works. Here Martin Johnson of Sun Chemical is handing over a cheque for £320 to Guild Chairman Steve Viner and President Ian CouchmanPresentation

Our thanks go to:

  • Martin Johnson of Sun Chemical for their kind donations and playing the match in such a good spirit
  • Karen Saines and Sally Wilgar for running the Pimms / soft drinks tent
  • Kirsty Redman for running the cake stall
  • Sunil Phandey and Jon Gasson for helping out on the barbecue
  • The band Frayed (Luke, 13, on guitar and vocals; Tom, 13, on guitar; Louis, 14 on bass, and Will, also 14, on drums).  Not forgetting their road crew, a.k.a. The Dads!
  • Roger French, Mick O'Flynn and Sara Viner for organising the prize draw
  • Jon Redman who helped out all day
  • Ian Couchman, Vicky Tanner and Pete Harvey for running the bar
  • Steve Viner for preparing the pitch on Saturday
  • Roger, Ian and Sara for taking some photos

but most of all to Danny Saines who organised the whole caboodle while still finding time to design and print the day's programme at Scarlett Bell Print!

The result of the prize draw was:

1st prize No 21 - £100 to Jordan Glen

2nd prize No 63 - £30 to Matt Ellis

3rd prize No 93 - £20 to Steve Gill of AC Wilgar

4th prize No 76 - Paint Balling Experience donated by Sun Chemical to Barry Grainger
5th prize No 84 – small case of wine donated by Sun Chemical to Jim St John

Thanks Tom!

Our thanks go to Tom Delaney who carried out the first grass cut on our newly renovated top pitch in order to get the pitch ready for the inaugural game that was played on 25th September between FOBG Vets and a Sun Chemical XI.

Tom has also offered to cut the grass on the main pitch down to playing level which in our current situation regarding pitch maintenance equipment is very much appreciated.


First game on the new pitch on Sunday!

Sunday marked the inaugural game on our newly renovated top pitch when FOBG Vets took on a Sun Chemical XI to start proceedings for our Open Day Launch event. The playing surface on the top pitch was fully renovated to improve surface drainage by Bourne Amenity at the beginning of the summer thanks to funding of £15,000 provided by Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust.  

Sun Chemical were invited to provide the opposition in recognition of their contribution to the new dressing room refurbishment at Farrow Fields.

Angela Haymonds, Secretary of Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust said: “ICET is delighted to have provided funding to keep this football pitch playable throughout the season. We hope that many exciting and enjoyable matches are played here and that FOBG FC goes from strength to strength as it attracts more people to come and play the beautiful game.” 

Angela continued: “This is just one of the many community projects Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust has funded through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). The scheme offers funding to projects that benefit communities living within 10 miles of a landfill site. Groups interested in submitting projects should visit our website to find out more.”

Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust (ICET) was established in February 2001, in conjunction with Ibstock Brick Limited and Cory Environmental Ltd and funded through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). To date it has supported over 400 projects and funding totalling over £6.9 million has been approved. ICET mainly supports projects in Dudley, South Gloucestershire and Sevenoaks, where Cory Environmental has operational sites with links to Ibstock Brickworks. 

Their web address is:

To see the full press release click HERE.

Sunday round-up

The Open Launch Day event was a big success and was enjoyed by a decent attendance.  Many thanks to Danny Saines and the many helpers, too many to name here.

The Guild's Vets were too strong for the Sun Chemical XI, not surprising as FOBG play every week.  The scorers in the 7-1 win were Barry Grainger (3), Matt Gardiner 2, Jez Mooney and Dean Murphy.

The Sunday XI lost 6-2 at home to Woolwich Arsenal in Vince's absence.  

The Sunday Reserves scored their first win of the season, 4-1 away to FC Selsdon.

The Senior Vets were beaten 3-2 down at West Farleigh Vets.  Kypros Michael and Pete Harvey were on target.

Saturday round-up

The First XI turned in their best performance of the season, winning 3-1 away to Borden Village, who had a 100% record from their previous 5 league matches.  Dan Rose, Dec Wallace and Chris Hassan were on target for the Guild.

The Reserves were knocked out of the Kent Cup, 3-1 at home to AEI SportsTommy Noad scored for FOBG.

The Third XI exited the Queen Mary Cup, 4-1 away to Tudor Sports. Daan da Costa scored for Paul Eddleston's side.

The Fourth XI were beaten 5-2 away to Equinoccial in a league match.  Ben Sailing and George Osman scored for FOBG.

Players Wanted

We are looking for players capable of playing Kent County Premier League standard for our first team; if you are interested please drop an email to

Keeper required

We are looking to sign a committed goalkeeper for our Third XI, who play in division 1 of the South London Alliance.

If you are interested please email the club.

FOBG Club Clothing

The Club in conjunction with Winston Sports have commissioned a range of FOBG clothing incorporating the club badge and optional name or initials. The price range is as shown below and if you are interested in purchasing any item please contact Roger French, Senior Vets co-manager, or email the club giving details of item required, size and initials to be added if desired.

Following the outcome of BREXIT and the subsequent slide of sterling wholesalers have increased their prices and as a result the revised prices effective 10th August 2016 are as follows:

FOBG Club Clothing
Scarves (NEW - 2 designs available) £10.00
Sweatshirts £18.00
Hoodies £21.00
Full zip hoodies £23.00
Rain jackets £27.00
Rain trousers £19.00
Polo Shirts £17.00
Beanie £9.00
T-shirts £12.00
Add initials £4.00
Add name £6.00
Size Guide XS S M L XL
Sweatshirts, hoodies, polo shirts 36 38 40 42-44 46
Rain jackets - 34-36 38-40 42-44 46-48


Games played
Sunday 25th September 2016

Division 1
Sunday XI
Mitchell Rowe, Chris Johal
2 - 6 Woolwich Arsenal

Division 4
FC Selsdon
1 - 4 Sunday Res.

Vets XI
Barry Grainger 3, Matt Gardiner 2, Jez Mooney, Dean Murphy
7 - 1 Sun Chemicals XI

West Farleigh Vets
3 - 2 Senior Vets XI
Kypros Michael, Pete Harvey
Match report

Games played
Saturday 24th September 2016

Kent County League
Premier Division
Borden Village
1 - 3 First XI
Dan Rose, Dekklund Wallace, Chris Hassan
Match report

Kent Cup
Prelim. round
Tommy Noad
1 - 3 AEI Sports

Queen Mary Cup
1st round
Tudor Sports
4 - 1 Third XI
Daan da Costa

Bromley League
John Cooper Premier Division
5 - 2 Fourth XI
Ben Sailing, George Osman

Fixtures for
Saturday 1st October 2016

First XI v.
Lydd Town Reserves
Home at: 
Farnborough Sports Club
Comp:  Kent County League
Premier Division
Kick off:  2:45pm Meet:   1:30pm
Referee: Tom Burman

Reserves v.
Bridon Ropes Reserves
Away at: 
Meridian Sports and Social Club, Charlton Park Lane, SE7 8QS
Comp:  Kent County League
Division 3 West
Kick off:  2:45pm Meet:   1:15pm

Third XI v.
Johnson & Phillips Reserves
Home at: 
Farnborough Sports Club
Comp:  South London Alliance
Division One
Kick off:  3:00pm Meet:   1:45pm
Referee: Clive Christian

Fourth XI v.
Real Mayo
Away at: 
Bowring Sports Ground, Hamlea Close, Lee Green, London SE12 8EU
Comp:  Bromley League
John Cooper Premier Division
Kick off:  2:00pm Meet:   12:30pm
Referee: Brian Harvey

Fixtures for
Sunday 2nd October 2016

Sunday XI v.
Home at: 
Farnborough Sports Club
Comp:  President's Charity Cup
1st round
Kick off:  10:45am Meet:   9:30am
Referee: Ashley Barnes

Sunday Res. v.
Ex-Blues Hurricanes
Away at: 
Ex Blues FC, Pickhurst Rise, Hayes, Kent BR4 0DA
Comp:  President's Charity Cup
1st round
Kick off:  10:30am Meet:   9:00am
Referee: Colin Misselbrook

Vets XI v.
No fixture

Senior Vets XI v.
Belvedere Vets
Away at: 
The Memorial Ground, 101a Woolwich Road, Abbey Wood, London SE2 0DY
Comp:  Friendly
Kick off:  10:30am Meet:   9:00am

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