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Larkfield & New Hythe FC



CLUB NAME Larkfield & New Hythe
CHAIRMAN John Michel


u23s MANAGER Kian Wilkins
u23s FIXTURES Thursday
HOME KIT Yellow and Black
GOALKEEPER HOME Pink / Silver / Green
AWAY KIT All Maroon
GOALKEEPER AWAY Dark Blue / Silver / Green
CLUB PASSES 401-406 and 407-408

Ground Name and Directions

Eden Estates Stadium, 251a New Hythe Lane, Larkfield, Kent, ME20 6PU

Just off the M20

Larkfield & New Hythe – A History

The club purchased its ground in 1967 and still plays on the same site today. Originally, the club had men’s teams playing in the Maidstone and District Saturday and Sunday leagues until 2012 when the club merged with Larkfield FC, established since 1976, which had focused on youth and ladies. John Michel, the Chairman of the men, and Adam Handy, the then Youth Chairman, were instrumental in pulling the two clubs together for the mutual benefit of all the teams. The youth section has over 30 teams consisting of youth teams of both boys and girls between the age of 5 and 18, and also a Ladies team. There was now a pathway for the youth players to play adult football.

The club was awarded the FA Charter Community standard status in 2015 and has an ethos to grow and support the club in the local community whilst promoting the success of all the teams. The club originally played in the Maidstone & District Saturday league for many seasons with mixed success until in 1997 they gained acceptance into the Kent County League. The club was in Division 2 East for many seasons, and a very strong team in 2016 just missed out on promotion but was successful in winning their first silverware in the Les Leckie Cup, beating Rolvenden FC 3-2.

In 2020 the club was promoted to Division 1 of the Kent County League, and a new sponsor, committee, and management team were put in place to push the club for further promotion and ultimately into SCEFL. The plan was going very well with the team 7 points clear at the top of the league when, unfortunately, COVID-19 brought the season to an end. However, the club was undeterred and continued to upgrade the stadium to the level required for SCEFL Division 1.

In 2021, the club’s hard work paid off with the announcement of its acceptance into the Southern Counties East Football League Division 1 at Step 6 of the non-league pyramid. In its first season, the club had a tremendous effort, finishing third in the league and reaching the playoff final, after beating Snodland in the first play-off game 1-0 in front of a record crowd of 501. Unfortunately, the final was lost 2-1 to Sutton Athletic, who had finished second. This was an outstanding achievement in the first year. Season 2022/23 started well and for much of the time the ‘Larks’ were head to head with Snodland at the top of the table, but unfortunately, the form dipped towards the end of the season and ended up finishing 5th and in the playoffs once again. The semi-final tie was played away to Tooting Bec, and a closely contested match finished 0-0 and Tooting went through on penalties. The club also had its best season ever in the FA Vase, reaching the third round proper.

In parallel, the club built a new extension to the clubhouse, which was officially opened by Tracey Crouch in February 2023. Once again, significant partner funding by the Football Stadia funds, KCC, and Kent FA enabled this to be possible.

A new management team of Danny Lye and Michael Philips came in at the end of the season and will be pushing the team to win promotion this season. With new management at the end of the 2024 season, we have now been promoted to the SCEFL Premier Division after winning 1-0 against Staplehurst in the playoff final.

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