Aylesford Paper Mills Football team 1929-1930
APM have re-formed a football team to compete in the Chairman’s Football Trophy this season. They hope to build up the team to a very high standard in an attempt to emulate the success of the original APM team, formed long before the second world war. The new team will use the familiar black and white strip of the original team.
APM pensioner Jack Cornish played for the team in its heyday. He was also chairman and secretary of the club for many years. Jack remembers: “In 1938 APM were through to the fourth round of the PIA. Amateur Cup, and the team which beat us — Erith and Belvedere — we met soon after in a Kent League match, beating them 6-0. 1938 was also the year that APM were tied at the top of the Kent League, but came second on goal average. Quite an achievement , when we were competing against ‘many professional teams.
In those days we once had a ‘gate’ of 8,000 people for a home match at Cobdown, and 1,000 people was the norm when the team were prominent in Kent football”.
Unfortunately, after the war, many former team members did not return to work at APM, and it became increasingly difficult to ﬁeld a team.
The team dropped so far in the Kent League and began competing in the Kent Amateur League, following a spell in the London League.
When the decision was made to apply for a place nearer home in the Maidstone League, APM were ﬁrst told that they could go into the ﬁrst division, but eventually were only allowed to begin in the lower divisions and from then until the ﬁnal break-up of the team in 1971, sadly the team never did regain its former glory.
Hopefully the new APM team under the direction of Chairman, Roy Cogger, and Manager, Roy Waters, will put APM back on the football map.
APM women’s hockey team
all pictures taken at Reeds Sports Ground Cobdown
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