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Aylesford Paper Mills Football team 1929-1930

Aylesford Paper Mills Football team 1929-1930Rebirth of a team

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”.
Footbal team 2Unfortunately, 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

Hockey 1  (1) Playing in a women’s hockey competition at Herne Bay mid-fifties
(2) Playing in a match at Cobdown again mid-fifties. Hockey 2

At the Ramsgate Hockey Festival 1953

Aylesford Paper Mills Hockey Team 1953

L to R Back Row
Phyl McGrath, Sylvia Hills, Jenny Izzard?, Mary Capon, Shirley Eastern?, Gretna Hills, J Brooker.

Front Row
Betty Smith, Hazel Johnson, Cyntia Lewis, Margaret Humphreys, Joan Bass, Iris Sprigmore


all pictures taken at Reeds Sports Ground Cobdown

Unknown Name










Unknown Name

Les Jewess










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? Apps

A Fitch

B Ware







L to R: B Brigolen, B Lane, Unknown

L to R: 1 Les Jewess, 2 ?  3? 4? 5?

Reeds Team 1 known names







L to R
Back Row
1 ? 2 ? 3 ? 4 George Jewess 5 ? 6 ? 7 ? 8 ?
Middle Row
1? 2? 3? 4? 5? 6? 7 Les Jewess 8? 9? 10? 11? 12? 13?
Front Row
1? 2? 3? 4? 5 Col Sheldon 6? 7? 8 George Webb




Reeds Team 2 known names
L to R
Standing 1  ?   2  ?   3 Les Jewess   4 ?  5 ?  6 Roger Walker  7 George Jewess 8 Herbert Webb  9?
Seated   1 ?  2 ?   3 ?  4 Col Sheldon    5 ?   6 George Webb   7 ?


If you can add any names to the faces please let me know below giving Team Name, Row and Number – Thank you

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Updated: 12th May 2017 — 12:16 pm

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