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As far as it can be ascertained Pembury Football Club began life in 1907. Over the years the team has generally been a force to be reckoned with in the local leagues on Saturdays. Over the course of time a reserve side was formed and continues to this day.
Unfortunately little is known of our history prior to the last 30 years or so. But, one tale has survived. At the end of the second world war the team's stronger and fitter players carried the goal posts and crossbars back from Lamberhurst, a neighbouring village about 6 miles away, where they had been used during the hostilities. The tale goes that in the afternoon they played and won! As you can see from our Honours page we do not have records prior to the 1962/63 season. We think it extremely unlikely that neither team won anything prior to this date. HELP! If any reader has any knowledge of earlier honours, team news, players, tales etc please contact the club Chairman, whose address is below, so that we can update our records and maybe this page.
The origins of the Sunday side canb e found in the Black Horse team that entered the West kent sunday Football League in Season 1971/1972 At the turn of that decade the name was changed again to Pembury Rovers. In 1994 a Reserve side was formed, with the majority of players coming from the Juniors previous season's U17s. To cater with the demand from more youngsters joining the club and older players dropping down from other sides, a third team was formed in 1998.
The 2nd June 1996 was a momentous day in the life of football in the village. The two senior clubs merged from positions of strength to form an even stronger united club for senior football in the village. For many years the two clubs had been getting closer. What with sharing players, annual dinners and presentation dances, fund raising events etc., it became increasingly obvious that the logical step would be to form a new club to encompass both previous organizations. This was agreed by both the constituent clubs at their respective AGMs held on that date. The new club was to go by the name of Pembury FC. However, for administrative purpose only, the Sunday teams play under the name of Pembury Sunday FC.
In January 1998, when we had four teams, each of them was top of their respective divisions. We believe this to be if not unique, certainly a rare occurrence. Does anybody know better? Three of them went on to win their championships by the end of the season.
1998 also saw the completion of our new changing pavilion which was built by the Association of Pembury Football Clubs. Whilst they raised in excess of 10% of the cost the balance came from the Lottery Fund, Pembury Parish Council, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and the Football Association. The pavilion together with our two pitches, which are well maintained by the Pembury Parish Council, make for good facilities.
Since our merger we have enjoyed a fair share of success for all the teams. These successes put the icing on our cake. Our teams work hard on the pitch to win - but not at all costs - whilst our officials and managers work hard off it. When matches are over then we all socialise just as hard at The Black Horse P.H and Restaurant, in the village. Also since the merger we have enjoyed the patronage of several sponsors from the local business community to whom we are extremely grateful.