Sevenoaks Charity Cup

Senior Finals     Junior Finals

Sevenoaks Charity CupWednesday 26th April 1893, Sevenoaks are defeated at Knole Paddock by the first eleven of Royal Arsenal F.C. by the score of 11-0. The match was viewed by over 1,000 spectators who had come to see the only professional club in the South of England. The proceeds from the game going to two local hospitals ............. the Charity Trophy was born!

Woolwich Arsenal defeated Swanscombe 4-1 in the final on 16th April 1898. This match was played on the same day that Nottingham Forest defeated Derby County 3-1 in the English Cup Final at Crystal Palace. Despite this, well over 3,000 spectators gathered at the Manor Ground, Plumstead, home of Woolwich Arsenal F.C. until 1913 when the club moved to Highbury. Due to clubs pulling out at short notice because of County games, it was suggested by The Kentish Mercury that leading professional clubs were to be asked to enter the competition the following season and listed Tottenham Hotspur, Millwall, Luton, Southampton and Chatham as possible candidates. One of the best ever trophies was on offer together with valuable medals for winners and runners-up and a portion of the gates were going back to the competing clubs.

The semi-finals of 1904 produced two unevenly balanced ties, with Sevenoaks beating Shoreham 8-0 and Seal defeating Crayford Utd 7-2. During the Seal and Crayford game the goalkeeper of Crayford, Ernest Purdue was given his marching orders for foul-mouthing the referee. On the same evening he was arrested at Tubs Hill for being drunk and disorderly and assaulting a police officer. He was sentenced to 3 weeks hard labour for the latter offence and fined 2s.6d. with 11s.6d costs for the former offence.

To add further insult to the proceedings, James Smith, the Secretary of Crayford Utd was also charged with assault and sentenced to 1 month's hard labour. Needless to say, no invitation was extended to their club for the following season.

The first appearance in a Charity Cup final for Platt and indeed myself was in the Junior final of 1986 when Platt, after defeating Borough Green 4-3 after extra time in the semi-finals, then lost out to Sevenoaks Reserves in the final 4-3, again after extra time.

The 1989-90 competition still ranks as 'the one that got away', as Platt faced Wilmington in the semi-finals at Dartford. After totally dominating the game and extra time still not producing the breakthrough we went on to perform a penalty shootout that has become synonymous with the National Team .................... converting only 1 out of 5 from the spot. Wilmington went on to lose in the final to Oakwood by 2-0. This was Oakwood's 3rd successive victory, matching the feat of Borough Green in the early sixties.

In 1993 Platt defeated Knockholt in the semi-finals 4-2 after extra time to earn the right for their first appearance in a Senior final against Sevenoaks Town. At Greatness Park on Easter Monday, Platt romped to a 4-0 victory defying the odds against senior opposition.

Charlie Gill Winner1994 was a very successful year for the club, both at league level and in numerous cup competitions. The Reserve team narrowly missed out on a Junior Cup final appearance losing 3-2 to Bearsted Reserves and a protest against an ineligible player for Bearsted was unsuccessful. Platt first eleven made it back to the final again by defeating Knockholt for the second year running in the semi-finals by 2-0. This ironically, also set up a repeat of the previous final against Sevenoaks Town. This was always going to be a hard fought battle, with Sevenoaks seeking revenge for last year's final. Indeed it turned out to be a fast and frantic game with Sevenoaks desperate to clinch the trophy in it's centenary season. Platt were 2-1 up with only a couple of minutes remaining when Sevenoaks grabbed a late equaliser and just when it seemed destined for extra time up steps Charlie Gill to volley an unstoppable shot to the corner of the net. There was barely enough time for the restart when the referee blew up for full time. Again, as underdogs we had kept hold of the magnificent Cup.

1995 saw Platt's main rivals Sevenoaks Town exit in the second round to Knockholt. Platt progressed through to the semi-finals with a notable victory over Ex Blues, who had twice beaten us in the league AND knocked us out of the quarter-final of the West Kent Challenge Shield. Perhaps because of the win over Ex Blues we went into the semi-final against Farnborough OB a touch too casual and soon found ourselves brought back down to earth with a bump. We finally won through 4-3 and we went on to beat Knockholt in the final 3-0 at Stonehouse Field. We became only the 3rd team in it's 100 year history to have achieved the feat of a Hat-Trick of wins in this prestigious competition where the solid silver trophy is valued greater than the FA Cup.

1995 also saw Platt Reserves reach the Junior Cup Final, losing out to Sevenoaks Reserves by two goals to nil. However, they lifted the trophy in the 1996 Junior Cup Final beating Hever 2-0. To read other cup final match reports, please visit the Honours List section.


  Senior      
  1894-95 Shoreham Holmesdale Res league  
  1895-96 Cray Wanderers Res Sevenoaks league  
  1896-97 South Ashford Invicta Westerham 3-0
  1897-98 South Ashford Invicta Westerham league  
  1898-99 No Contest    
  1899-00 Holmesdale 'A' Sevenoaks league  
  1900-01 Sevenoaks Holmesdale 'A' league  
  1901-02 Westerham Sevenoaks School 3-2
  1902-03 Seal Bickley & Widmore Inst. 7-3
  1903-04 Sevenoaks Seal 3-0
  1904-05 Sevenoaks Westerham 3-0
  1905-06 Malling Tonbridge 3-2
  1906-07 Holmesdale Malling 1-0
  1907-08 Malling Holmesdale 3-0
  1908-09 Malling Tonbridge 2-1
  1909-10 Bromley 'A' Snodland Invicta 2-0
  1910-11 Mount Pleasant Snodland Invicta 2-0
  1911-12 Mount Pleasant Halstead 3-2
  1912-13 Halstead Hawley 2-1
  1913-14 Brasted & Sundridge ' District  XI ' 3-1
  1914-18 World War I    
  1919-20 Orpington Seal 3-1
  1920-21 Crayford Albion Sevenoaks 3-1
  1921-22 Snodland Institute Brasted & Sundridge 3-0
  1922-23 Brasted & Sundridge Otford Utd 1-0
  1923-24 Otford Utd Tonbridge 5-0
  1924-25 Black Eagle Halstead 1-0
  1925-26 Dartford Amateurs Sevenoaks Weald 9-2
  1926-27 Foots Cray Westerham 2-1
  1927-28 Otford Utd Bromley National OB 6-1
  1928-29 Borough Green Otford Utd 4-2
  1929-30 Bromley National OB Darenth Training Colony 5-2
  1930-31 Stone Club & Inst. Ide Hill 4-2
  1931-32 Crayford Town Dunton Green 8-2
  1932-33 Bevans Works Dunton Green 6-3
  1933-34 Raglan Rangers Bevan Works 1-0
  1934-35 St John's Sevenoaks Brent School Old Boys 2-1
  1935-36 St John's Sevenoaks Eynsford Sch Old Boys 2-0
  1936-37 Horton Kirby Paper Mills Brasted & Sundridge 4-1
  1937-38 St John's Horton Kirby Paper Mills  8-3
  1938-39 Chelsfield Valley Brasted & Sundridge 3-1
  1939-40 St John's Orpington Palace 4-2
  1940-45 World War II    
  1946-47 Brasted & Sundridge Crockenhill 1-0
  1947-48 Brasted & Sundridge Crockenhill 2-1
  1948-49 Crockenhill Borough Green 2-0
  1949-50 Klinger's Social Swanley WMC 5-1
  1950-51 Borough Green (awarded) Klinger's Social  
  1951-52 Saints Athletic Halstead 4-1
  1952-53 Otford Utd Brasted & Sundridge 3-1
  1953-54 Halstead Borough Green 5-2
  1954-55 Otford Utd Dunton Green 7-0
  1955-56 Borough Green Otford Utd 2-1
  1956-57 Eynsford Cray Social 3-1
  1957-58 Orpington Athletic Borough Green 2-1
  1958-59 Cray Social Eynsford 4-0
  1959-60 Raglan Rangers Town Malling 2-0
  1960-61 Brasted & Sundridge Borough Green 6-1
  1961-62 Borough Green Shipbourne 4-3
  1962-63 Borough Green Otford Utd 5-1
  1963-64 Borough Green Westerham 4-2
  1964-65 Sevenoaks Services Westerham 7-2
  1965-66 Borough Green Hawkenbury 5-3
  1966-67 Westerham Hawkenbury 5-0
  1967-68 Sevenoaks Social Club Sevenoaks Town 1-0
  1968-69 Borough Green Sevenoaks Social 3-1
  1969-70 Seal Brasted & Sundridge 5-3
  1970-71 Sevenoaks Town Hawkenbury 5-2
  1971-72 Ramsden Athletic Brasted & Sundridge 3-2
  1972-73 Sevenoaks Town Greatness Utd 3-1
  1973-74 Sevenoaks Town Brasted & Sundridge 3-2
  1974-75 Brasted & Sundridge Westerham 3-0
  1975-76 Seal Town Malling 1-0
  1976-77 Sevenoaks FC Seal 2-1
  1977-78 Maidstone Rangers Sevenoaks FC 2-0
  1978-79 Sevenoaks FC Hawkenbury 2-0
  1979-80 Oakwood Hospital Maidstone Rangers 2-1
  1980-81 Maidstone Rangers Dunton Green EM 4-1
  1981-82 Oakwood Hospital Brasted & Sundridge 1-0
  1982-83 Sevenoaks FC Bearsted 4-1
  1983-84 Otford Utd Orpington 2-1
  1984-85 Otford Utd Knockholt 1-0
  1985-86 Bearsted Borough Green 2-0
  1986-87 Otford Utd Westerham 2-0
  1987-88 Oakwood Knockholt 2-1
  1988-89 Oakwood Knockholt 2-0
  1989-90 Oakwood Wilmington 2-0
  1990-91 Oakwood Edenstone 4-3
  1991-92 Sevenoaks Town Edenstone 1-0
  1992-93 Platt Utd Sevenoaks Town 4-0
  1993-94 Platt Utd Sevenoaks Town 3-2
  1994-95 Platt Utd Knockholt 3-0
  1995-96 Sevenoaks Town  (pens) Lordswood 2-2
  1996-97 Sevenoaks Town Tonbridge Rangers 2-1
  1997-98 St Georges (Wrotham) Eynsford 2-1
  1998-99 Otford Utd St Georges (Wrotham) 1-0
  1999-00 Sevenoaks Town Edenbridge Utd 3-1
  2000-01 The Rose Otford Utd 3-1
  2001-02 Sevenoaks Town Shoreham Utd 3-2
  2002-03 Eynsford Sevenoaks Town Res. 3-2
  2003-04 Eynsford Westerham 2-0
  2004-05 Farnborough OBG Orpington 1-0
  2005-06 Westerham Otford Utd 2-1
  2006-07 Farnborough OBG Orpington Res 3-0
  2007-08 Westerham Chislehurst 6-3
  2008-09 Otford Utd  (pens) Westerham 1-1
  2009-10 Hildenborough Athletic Chipstead 3-2
  2010-11 Halstead Hildenborough Athletic 2-0
  2011-12 Hildenborough Athletic APM Contrast 3-1
  2012-13 Ightham Ide Hill 4-1
  2013-14 Ide Hill Fleetdown Utd 'B' 3-0
  2014-15 Halstead Ide Hill 2-1
  2015-16 Ide Hill Kemsing Utd 2-1
  2016-17 Southborough Otford Utd 1-0

 


  Junior      
  1923-24 St John's Utd Res Sevenoaks Res 2-0
  1924-25 Westerham Res Sevenoaks Res 2-1
  1925-26 Sevenoaks Res Barming Utd Res 3-1
  1926-27 Barming Utd Res Westerham Res 4-1
  1927-28 St John's Res Sevenoaks Res 5-2
  1928-29 Westerham Res St John's Res 2-1
  1929-30 Stone Club & Inst. Res  Westerham Res 2-0
  1930-31 Stone Club & Inst. Res  Brent School OB Res  2-1
  1931-32 Stone Club & Inst. Res  Dunton Green Res 2-0
  1932-33 Brent School OB Res  Dunton Green Res 1-0
  1933-34 Brent School OB Res  Dunton Green Res 6-1
  1935-36 Brasted & Sundridge Res  Otford Res 1-0
  1936-37 Dunton Green Res Holmesdale Res 11-0
  1937-38 Horton Kirby PM Res Dunton Green Res 4-1
  1940-45 World War II    
  1946-47 Horton Kirby Res Dunton Green Res 1-0
  1947-48 Borough Green Res Dunton Green Res 5-3
  1948-49 Halstead Res Borough Green Res 6-1
  1949-50 Borough Green Res Westerham Res 4-0
  1950-51 Chipstead OB Res Klinger's Social Res 3-2
  1951-52 Otford Res Chipstead OB Res 7-3
  1952-53 Saints Athletic Res Otford Res 3-1
  1953-54 Seal Sevenoaks Res 4-2
  1954-55 Halstead Res Borough Green Res 1-0
  1955-56 Marley Sports Shoreham 1-0
  1956-57 Borough Green Res Farningham Utd 4-3
  1957-58 Cray Social Res Brasted & Sundridge Res 3-2
  1958-59 Cray Social Res Town Malling Res 3-1
  1959-60 Town Malling Res Brasted & Sundridge Res  2-0
  1960-61 Offham Town Malling Res 6-5
  1961-62 Otford Res Westerham Res 5-3
  1962-63 Borough Green Res Chipstead OB 10-1
  1963-64 Halstead Youth Club Westerham Res 3-2
  1964-65 Westerham Res Hawkenbury Res 5-3
  1965-66 Greatness Utd Hawkenbury Res 1-0
  1966-67 Westerham Res Borough Green Res 3-0
  1967-68 Ramsden Athletic Sevenoaks Town Res 7-3
  1968-69 Shoreham Hawkenbury Res 2-1
  1969-70 Sevenoaks Social Res Chislehurst Old Boys 3-0
  1970-71 Ramsden Athletic Sevenoaks Town Res 4-2
  1971-72 Sevenoaks Town Res Ightham 3-1
  1972-73 Town Malling Res Sevenoaks Res 3-0
  1973-74 Westerham Res Otford Res 5-3
  1974-75 Seal Res Ightham 1-0
  1975-76 Wilmington Res Sevenoaks Town Soc. Res 3-1
  1976-77 Wilmington Res Sevenoaks Res 1-0
  1977-78 High Brooms Cas Res Sevenoaks Res 3-0
  1978-79 Sevenoaks Res Maidstone Rangers Res 3-2
  1979-80 Sevenoaks Res Otford Utd Res 3-1
  1980-81 Sevenoaks Res West Malling Club Res 6-0
  1981-82 Sevenoaks Res Borough Green Res 1-0
  1982-83 Sevenoaks Res Knockholt 4-1
  1983-84 Knockholt Riverhead Utd 3-2
  1984-85 Bearsted Res Eynsford Res 3-2
  1985-86 Sevenoaks Res Platt 4-3
  1986-87 Otford Utd Res Sevenoaks Res 2-1
  1987-88 Otford Utd Res Riverhead Utd Res 2-1
  1988-89 Sevenoaks Res Wilmington Res 3-1
  1989-90 Sevenoaks Res Orpington Res 4-1
  1990-91 Bearsted Res Wilmington Res 2-0
  1991-92 Wilmington Res Edenstone Res 1-0
  1992-93 Sevenoaks Res Borough Green Res 2-0
  1993-94 Sevenoaks Res Bearsted Res 1-0
  1994-95 Sevenoaks Res Platt Utd Res 2-0
  1995-96 Platt Utd Res Hever 2-0
  1996-97 Leaves Green Res Sevenoaks Res 5-0
  1997-98 Sevenoaks Res Otford Utd Res 3-1
  1998-99 Sevenoaks Res Otford Utd Res 3-0
  1999-00 Sevenoaks Res Otford Utd Res 2-1
  2000-01 Tonbridge Rangers Res Sevenoaks Res 1-0
  2001-02 Sevenoaks Res Tonbridge Rangers Res 1-0
  2002-03 Otford Utd Res Seal 4-2
  2003-04 Edenbridge Utd Otford Utd Res 2-1
  2004-05 Westerham Res Otford Utd Res 4-0
  2005-06 Sutton Athletic Res Westerham Res 4-1
  2006-07 Sevenoaks 'A' Ide Hill 3-2
  2007-08 Sevenoaks 'A' Hildenborough Athletic 3-2
  2008-09 Sevenoaks 'A' Hildenborough Res 6-0
  2009-10 Old Boars Eynsford Res 4-2
  2010-11 Otford Utd Res Chipstead Res 3-1
  2011-12 Real Mayo Halls AFC Res 3-1
  2012-13 Hildenborough Athletic Res Real Mayo 5-2
  2013-14 Platt Utd Res (pens) Seal 2-2
  2014-15 Seal Crockenhill Res 4-1
  2015-16 AW London Tonbridge Baptist Church 2-0
  2016-17 Otford Utd Res Dowgate 2-1