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Teynham Sports Association


Background to the Association

The Teynham Sports Association was formed in April 2012, to manage the Frognal Lane Playing Fields, on behalf of Teynham Parish Council, after the demise of the Teynham & Lynsted Sports Association due to the withdrawal of support from Lynsted-w-Kingsdown Parish Council. Lynsted-w-Kingsdown Parish Council, who contributed one-third towards the running costs of the field, withdrew its support after 52 years working with Teynham Parish Council on the Joint Committee known as the Teynham and Lynsted Playing Field Management Committee as from 1 April 2012.

After lengthy negotiations a new five year lease with Trenport Investments, the field owners, has been signed by Teynham Parish Council for the Frognal Lane Playing Field at a rental of £1,400 a year. This will allow for the continuation of sport and other recreational pursuits on the field until at least May 2016. The Association has an Agreement with Teynham Parish Council to manage the field until this time.

The present committee comprises:

The football teams currently using the field are:

 

Saturday:

Beechwood 1976

Sunday:

Teynham Gunners - Ladies team
Lynten Athletic - Sheppey Sunday League
Teynham Wanderers - Medway Sunday League

The first paragraph of our new constitution reads :

”The objective of The Association shall be to organise and regulate sporting activities on the playing field at Frognal Lane, Teynham on behalf of those clubs who wish to use the facilities as available and to assist where clubs wish to broaden the scope of the facilities to embody their sporting interest where possible."

The Committee is formed from the three teams using the facilities who are indigenous to the village. We currently have some capacity for local teams and hope in the future to encourage other sports to use this local facility.

Here is a short history for the three Associated Clubs.

Lynten Athletic Football Club

Lynten Athletic was first formed in 1965 by local lads from the villages of Lynsted and Teynham, who just wanted to play football. Having formed themselves into a team they entered the Sheppey Sunday League and became the league’s first winners. After a time the lads left school and went their separate ways. The team became known under another name and went on for several years.

In 2002 Lynten was reformed into a team, again with some local lads, and again entered the Sheppey Sunday League. They were generously sponsored by ‘The Fox’ public house. They were inadvertently put into the top division and struggled enormously, but still managed to keep their morale up and stayed together. This commitment earned them the most sporting team of Division One.

The coming season of 2003-04 will see Lynten Athletic in Division Three, managed by a cousin of one of the original team and encouraged by other family members. Sponsorship for next season will again come from ‘The Fox’ and also Merlyn Industries, a company known to one of the players.

New team members are always welcome and can see Lynten in action on a Sunday morning at the Playing Fields in Frognal Lane.

Teynham Gunners Football Club

Teynham Gunners were formed in 1972 as an under 11 boys team. Local girls asked to join training sessions and then wanted a team of their own.

We were a founder member of the old Kent League and when this folded we joined the Greater London League. This meant travel to Surrey, Essex & London. We later joined the South East Counties League. The dedication of the girls to their game is shown by the travelling needed in this league. The League covered Surrey, Sussex, Kent and Hampshire, including the Isle of Wight. Two years ago we joined the Kent Suburban League.

Over the years the girls have won many trophies including a Fair Play Trophy for an International Tournament in Holland at the end of the 1998 season. Three of the girls have played for the team for over 20 years and we are still going strong.

Teynham Wanderers Football Club

Teynham Wanderers FC have played competitive football on the Playing fields at Frognal Lane since 1968 when they were first formed. They can always be recognised wearing the team colours of Tangerine and Black embellished with a logo bearing the cherries of Teynham. The club was originally formed as a youth team which then formed a junior side the two teams continuing until the mid seventies. By that time there were two other youth teams in the village and the Wanderers disbanded the youth side as there were insufficient players available to form a competitive side.

The Chairman has been with the club in that capacity since its formation and was until the late eighties also the club manager and secretary. His wife ably assisted him, until she passed away in 1998. In memory of her and the support she had given to the club it now holds an annual memorial match between the old players and the present team.

The current manager, David Carpenter is able assisted by Steve Lodge and between they have steered the club to a recent promotion to the Premier Division of the Medway Messenger Sunday Football league. Wanderers are proud of their heritage and do not have to go chasing players as they usually come to us. We encourage youngsters from the village to play and the majority of the players live within a couple of miles from the ground.

Originally a ‘Conyer man’, after moving from his place of birth London, the club’s present Secretary joined as a player in 1979. Although he no longer lives in the area, he refuses to let go and has found a job to justify his constant trips to Frognal Lane by becoming the club’s official secretary and linesman.

The club rarely enjoys the luxury of a sponsor but for the last 5 years have been supported by the SWAN public House in Teynham. The new kit carries the Swan @ Teynham logo in recognition of the help received from Sam and the staff at the Swan.

Currently Teynham Wanderers are participating in their 47th year of competitive football. By today’s standards this is a great achievement as many clubs do not last very long.