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Tonbridge Angels

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Tonbridge Football Club was formed a few years after the Seond World War and joined The Southern League for the 1948-1949 season with Chingford Town, Hastings United and Kidderminster Harriers bringing membership up to twenty two. The champions that year were Gillingham and Tonbridge finished in twentieth position.

The club haven’t enjoyed F.A.Cup success in recent years but in the three first seasons in the fifties they reached the First Round Proper in each campaign, losing each time in replays to Chelmsford City, Aldershot and Norwich City

Initially middle of the table finishes were enjoyed in the Southern League, but in 1961-62 Tonbridge dropped into Divison One for a couple of seasons. and after bouncing back for another two campaigns a second relegation in 1965-66 signalled a really bad slump in fortunes and ‘the sixties’ ended with the Kent club rock bottom of Southern Divison One for two seasons.

The 1988-1989 campaign saw the end of the Tonbridge club’s battle to establish themselves as a successful Southern League club. Relegation to the Kent League brought more success on the field but a return to the Southern League four seasons later didn’t bring any great success.

However, a change of name to Tonbridge Angels in 1998, was followed by four top ten finishes culminating with promotion and a change of League to join The Isthmians in 2004. After an initial struggle to settle in new surroundings,Tonbridge under managerial guidance from Tony Dolby and latterly Tommy Warrilow, became an Isthmian power and deservedly won promotion to Blue Square South in 2012.

 

Club Factfile

Ground:
Longmead Stadium, Darenth Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN10 3JF
Telephone:
01732 352 417
Directions:
From M25. Take A21 turning at Junction 5 to junction with A225/b245 (signposted Hildenborough). After passing Langley Hotel on left thake slightly hidden left turn into Dry Hill Park Road. Left again at mini roundabout into Shipbourne Road (A227) and then left again at next roundabout into Darenth Avenue' Longmead stadium can be found at the bottom of the hill at the far end of the car park.
Capacity:
2500
Seats:
707
Covered:
Yes
Clubhouse:
Yes
Shop:
Yes
 

Club History

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 YearLeaguePositionManager
1978-1979 Southern Div 1S14thErnie Morgan
1979-1980 Southern Div 1S24thErnie Morgan
1980-1981 Southern Div 1S17thTony Burns
1981-1982 Southern Div 1S15thTony Burns
1982-1983 Southern Div 1S9thTony Burns
1983-1984 Southern Div 1S4thTony Burns
1984-1985 Southern Div 1S12thJohn Keirs
1985-1986 Southern Div 1S6thPhil Emblen
1986-1987 Southern Div 1S7thPhil Emblen
1987-1988 Southern Div 1S13thPhil Emblen
1988-1989 Southern Div 1S21stTerry NaylorRelegation
1989-1990 Kent Senior 3rdTony Burns
1990-1991 Kent Senior 4thPhil Emblen
1991-1992 Kent Senior 5thPhil Emblen
1992-1993 Kent Senior 1stPhil EmblenChampions & Promotion
1993-1994 Southern S.Div.11thPhil Emblen
1994-1995 Southern S.Div.12thPhil Emblen
1995-1996 Southern S.Div.18thPhil Emblen
1996-1997 Southern S.Div.8thBill Roffey
1997-1998 Southern S.Div.14thBill Roffey/Colin Blewden
1998-1999 Southern S.Div.16thColin Blewden
1999-2000 Southern E.Div.7thColin Blewden
2000-2001 Southern E.Div.8thColin Blewden
2001-2002 Southern E.Div.19thColin Blewden/Tony Burns
2002-2003 Southern E.Div.9thAlan Walker
2003-2004 Southern Div.1E3rdAlan WalkerPromotion and change of league
2004-2005 Isthmian Premier20thTony DolbyRelegation
2005-2006 Isthmian Division 13rdTony DolbyPromoted via Play-Offs
2006-2007 Isthmian Premier11thTony Dolby
2007-2008 Isthmian Premier8thTony Dolby
2008-2009 Isthmian Premier3rdTommy WarrilowPlay-Off Semi-Finalists
2009-2010 Isthmian Premier8thTommy Warrilow
2010-2011 Isthmian Premier2ndTommy WarrilowPromotion from Play-Offs
2011-2012 Blue Square South9thTommy Warrilow
2012-2013Blue Square South16th Tommy Warrilow
2013-2014Blue Square South

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