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20 Mar 17: MFC Summer Ball 2017

Tickets are now available for this years Summer Ball which will be held at the Village Hotel.  Last year's ball was a roaring success so if you would like to join us for another great night then please contact either Neil or Sharon Cole on 07709 443245 (Neil) or 07795 491892 (Sharon) or alternativelu by email (click here).






14 Apr 17: Maidstone Rugby - Club Golf Day, Thurs 13th July

Following the successful reappearance last year of a club Golf Day on the calendar, the club is delighted to announce that this year’s event will take place on Thursday 13th July at Bearsted Golf Club.

The day is anticipated to start at 1:00pm with coffee and bacon rolls prior to the golf, with tee off times from 2:00pm.  There will be a dinner in the evening at 7:00pm to accompany the prize giving.

The day will be run with teams of 4 on a full handicap ‘Stapleford’ format; best three scores from four.

Dress for the event is normal golfing attire on the course and smart casual in the evening.

The day provides a great opportunity from both a business and social perspective for teams from some of our sponsors along with their clients, as well as club members to mix and enjoy a day’s golf at what is a lovely venue in Bearsted.

The cost for the day is £55 per head (£220 per team of four), If you want to play but don't have a team then the event organiser can find a team for you.

In addition to participants we are also looking for sponsors for the event and whilst there will be some of the usual golfing competitions (longest drive etc) at various points within the round; we are also looking for companies or individuals prepared to sponsor each hole and I will announce more details on that in due course although the cost is not likely to exceed £50+VAT.

In respect of the event organisation and coordination, this is being led by our immediate Past President, Bob Beney and if you wish to be involved in the event, either as an individual or entering a team, communication should be directed towards him.  Those of you who are golfers will know that events such as this prove extremely popular and there are likely to be limited places for teams and individuals, so a prompt indication of interest to Bob would be appreciated.

In closing it is quite some time since a club golf day was on the agenda and what could be better than to spend a summer afternoon on the golf course.  We look forward to seeing you there.

For details and entry forms click here to contact Bob Beney

19 May 17: 500 Club - Winners

Congratulations to those listed below who have won prizes in the latest 500 club draws conducted for April and May:


£100 Mike Lawrenson

£50 Shaun Neaves

£50 James Findlay

£30 Bob Beney


£100 Des Diamond

£50 James Findlay

£50 Brian Lovelidge

£30 James Findlay

Congratulation and thank you for supporting the 500 Club.  You've got to be in it, to win it!!

19 May 17: Maidstone Rugby are Recruiting


Maidstone Rugby are recruiting players for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

The club's 1st XV currently play in London Division 1 (South).

Currently the club runs 4 Senior sides and caters for players of all standards.  If you are a player looking to test yourself at a higher level in competitive rugby, or even just interested in club rugby in a more social and corinthian environment, then you are just the player we are looking for and we will have a team in which you can flourish.

For more information please contact Head Coach, Mike Hebden (click here)


08 May 17: Ups & Downs (A Season's Summary)

In National 1 Blackheath never really showed the form and consistency of the last couple of seasons, finishing 7th in the table.  In a division where many regarded the promotion battle as a ‘one horse race’ Hartpury College took the title and promotion place by a massive 30 point margin from nearest challengers Plymouth Albion.  At the foot of the table Macclesfield drop straight back down to Nat 2(N) after a torrid season, along with Blaydon and Hull Ionians; and with all three relegated sides going into Nat 2 (N) this has created some promotion anomalies further down the league structure.

National 2 (S) started as a battle between four of five clubs, in the end being whittled down to just three.  Taunton; the early season pace setters fell off the pace in mid-season to finish fourth, whilst Bishops Stortford timed their run in to perfection, moving to the top in the last third of the season to take the title.  The playoff place became a battle between O Elthamians and Chinnor with both always having been in title contention until a mid-season wobble saw Stortford move into pole position.  Both went into the last day of the season locked together with Elthamians holding their nerve to take the playoff place, as Chinnor fell to a surprising defeat.  Elthamians then travelled to Manchester to take on a Sale side that finished runners-up in Nat 2(N) and in a tight encounter with a 14-19 scoreline took the prized promotion to Nat 1, and will lock horns next season with Blackheath.  For the county’s other representative, Canterbury finished the season comfortably in mid-table (8th) although they got off to a very shaky start, and it wasn’t until a morale boosting 51-17 win over Henley at the end of October that they began to assemble a consistent string of results. At the bottom, relegation wasn’t fully decided until late in the day, with Exmouth and Barnes being relegated and Barnstaple consigned to the third relegation place on the last day of the season but reprieved by the geographical implications of relegation from Nat 1.

National 3(SE) Having been contenders in most of the recent seasons, and losing out in the playoff last season Tonbridge Juddians were expected to be amongst the main challengers this time around.  So it proved; as in a promotion battle that involved a handful of clubs gradually whittled down to two contenders with Wimbledon the other leading challenger. TJs clinched the title and the promotion with a couple of weeks to spare whilst Wimbledon took the playoff place and went on to beat Dings Crusaders to also achieve promotion.  Westcombe Pk finished fourth, having fallen off the pace in mid-season along with Hertford who were the other early season challengers. At the bottom, Amersham& Chiltern who were promoted last season having scored over a thousand points were consigned to relegation after a single season having conceded the same.  Colchester also drop back down after two seasons in the division and Chichester’s three season stay at Level 5 also comes to an end.

In London 1 (S) after several seasons as the division’s ‘nearly men’ Sidcup took their opportunity for league honours as they secured the title in late March, the challenge for the playoff position involved five clubs but eventually it was pared down to a battle between Havant and Tunbridge Wells which was only decided on the last day of the season; with Tunbridge Wells then going on to defeat Chingford in the playoff in a nailbiting encounter that went into extra time.  At the foot of the table Gosport & Fareham’s reprieve last season did them no favours as they were anchored to the foot of the table from the outset, they were joined in the drop zone by Dover who after narrow escapes for the past two seasons eventually succumbed to relegation, as did Chiswick who return to playing their fixtures north of the Thames.  Sevenoaks, Gravesend and Maidstone all wallowed in mid-table mediocrity, never really able to achieve the consistency to challenge the leading places .

In London 2 (SE) It was apparent from the outset that the leading contender would be Medway and they secured the league title and promotion in early March.  The battle for the playoff position saw four Kent clubs in contention; although O Colfeians always appeared to be in control and went on to take the position and subsequent promotion by defeating Ldn 2(SW) club Camberley.  Dartfordians, Beckenham and Charlton Pk all challenged but it was the late season clashes between the leading group that eventually finalised the order as the county dominated the upper echelon of the division.  At the bottom Crowborough drop back to Sussex 1 as do Bromley to Kent 1 after only one season in the division where they struggled throughout.  Deal & Betteshanger finished in lower mid-table but had flirted with the relegation zone alongside all the bottom half clubs throughout the campaign.

The battle at the top of London 3(SE) was always tight and Thanet Wdrs led the way for a significant part of the season, but a dip in form in the final third of the campaign took the matter out of their hands going into the last couple of fixtures as Sussex clubs Pulborough and Haywards Heath took the promotion places.  There was keen interest in the bottom half of the table, with any one of half a dozen clubs that could have been drawn into the relegation battle alongside bottom club Ashford, who endured a torrid campaign.  In the end the likes of Aylesford, Dunstonians and Park Hse managed to haul themselves clear leaving Eastbourne and Gillingham Anchorians who throughout the campaign had never quite managed to secure mid-table sanctuary, to drop to their respective county leagues.

As was the case last season the Kent 1 battle for promotion proved to be very interesting with three or four sides battling it out at the season’s mid-point.  In the end Cranbrook and Beccehamians challenge faded, although the Wealden club were still just in contention in the final weeks when it had really become a battle between two contenders.  Hastings & Bexhill always held the whip hand, and despite tripping up unexpectedly in the closing weeks to struggling Sittingbourne, they had enough breathing space to take the title with a week to spare from O Williamsonians  whop subsequently went on to defeat Sussex club Uckfield in the promotion playoff.  At the foot of the table it was apparent very early on the Snowdown were struggling and ended up anchoring the table, the battle to avoid the second relegation place wasn’t decided until the final weekend and involved three clubs, as New Ash Green (NAG), Sittingbourne and Brockleians all struggled.  It was a run of three consecutive wins in the last three weeks for both NAG and Sittingbourne against three heavy defeats that saw Brocks drop to Kent 2 on the final day of the season.

The battle in Kent 2 saw four clubs fighting for the two promotion places as O Gravesendians took the title and return to Kent 1 at the first attempt with Royal Bank of Scotland taking the runners up place after a tight battle with Whitstable and also Foots Cray, although their challenge faded in the closing stages and they finished in third and fourth places respectively.  At the bottom Erith, who had re-joined the league this season, and Shooters Hill propped up the division with even the RFU points deductions not affecting their league standings.  It was also evident that some clubs struggled for a variety of reasons, with a total of 19 match concessions recorded in the division. In mid-table there was little to choose between the sides with just 8-points separating 6th to 9th places, with Dartford valley posting their highest league finish so far.

RFU Knockout Competitions

In the RFU Intermediate Cup Charlton Park made it three years in succession for one of the county’s sides to reach Twickenham in this competition, unfortunately just coming up short on the day against a West Leeds outfit that were making their third consecutive visit to HQ.  Beckenham and Colfes fell in the third round with Beckenham falling to Charlton Pk, whilst Deal & Betteshanger went out in Round 2, with Bromley and Dartfordians falling at the first hurdle.

In the RFU Senior Vase it was Thanet Wdrs who got the furthest as they exited the competition in the 3rd round, going out to the regional Runners-Up in O Cranleighians.  Aylesford Bulls fell in the 2nd round to eventual Twickenham finalists Farnham, with Sheppey exiting in the first round with a heavy defeat to Sussex club Pulborough.

The RFU Junior Vase none of the county’s clubs were drawn in the first round, although Vigo were the first to leave the competition as they fell to a defeat by fellow Kent club Snowdown CW, in Round 2 with what was probably their best result of the season.  Both they and Sittingbourne fell in Round 2 leaving Cranbrook and Beccehamians to carry the county’s flag, although Kent 1 club Hastings & Bexhill were still very much in the competition and were to take Beccehamians scalp in the next round.  Cranbrook also went out in 3rd round, falling to O Whitgiftians who were to go on to the national semi-finals.

Shepherd Neame Kent Cup Competitions

Most of the competitions this season progressed without as many withdrawals as in previous seasons. Unfortunately this season’s finals threw up a series of one sided contests, with only the lowest tier Salver final between Greenwich and Snowdown being a real contest.  A tightly contested first half saw Greenwich to a 14-7 half-time advantage, and with addition of only a single penalty in the second period they took the trophy 17-7

In the Vase it was really one-way traffic as Kings College Hosp, whose form had deteriorated since the end of February were on the receiving end of an 82-0 thrashing by Beccehamians.

The Shield final was contested by Medway and Charlton Pk, with Medway adding the trophy to their league title with an 83-7 victory against a Charlton Pk side that had a number of players away on tour and one eye on the following week’s Twickenham Intermediate Cup final.

The Plate final was a local derby between two sides whose fortunes had differed since their last meeting two seasons ago.  In the end the county town club from Maidstone had too much firepower & experience for the near neighbours Aylesford, running out to a comfortable 58-14 victory to retain the trophy they won last season.

The main Cup final saw Nat 3(SE) champions Tonbridge Juddians pitted against London 1(S) champions Sidcup in what was expected to be a competitive encounter.  In fact it was quite the opposite and despite the endeavour of Sidcup’s play their opposition proved to be too well organised for them.  Whilst the first half was competitive with TJs holding a 19-3 advantage at the interval, their superior power and pace proved the difference in the second half as they added 43 unanswered points to romp to a 62-3 final score to take the trophy for the second time in 3 seasons.

London & SE Promotion & Relegation Summary

National 1

 Promoted: Hartpury College

Relegated: Macclesfield, Blaydon and Cambridge

National 2 (S)

Promoted: Bishops Stortford and O Elthamians (Playoff v Sale Nat 2N)

Relegated: Exmouth, Barnes, Barnstaple* (*- reprieved)

National 3 (SE)

Promoted: Tonbridge Juddian and Wimbledon (Playoff v Dings Crusaders Nat 3SW)

Relegated: Amersham & Chiltern, Colchester and Chichester

London 1 (N)

Promoted: Tring (Playoff: Chingford)

Relegated: Sudbury, Chelmsford and Barking

London 1 (S)

Promoted: Sidcup and Tunbridge Wells

Relegated: Gosport & Fareham, Dover and Chiswick

London 2 (SE)

Promoted: Medway and O Colfeians

Relegated: Crowborough and Bromley

London 2 (SW)

Promoted: Ldn Cornish, (Playoff: Camberley)

Relegated: Warlingham and Portsmouth

London 3 (SE)

Promoted: Pulborough and Haywards Heath

Relegated: Ashford, Eastbourne and Gillingham Anchorians

London 3 (SW)

Promoted: Farnham and Eastleigh

Relegated: Bognor, Millbrook and US Portsmouth

Shepherd Neame Kent Division 1

Promoted:  Hastings & Bexhill and O Williamsonians

Relegated: Snowdown CW and Brockleians

Shepherd Neame Kent Division 2

Promoted: O Gravesendians and Royal Bank of Scotland

Sussex 1

Promoted: Crawley, (Playoff: Uckfield)

Shepherd Neame Kent Cup

Winners:   Tonbridge Juddians

Runners Up: Sidcup

Shepherd Neame Kent Shield

Winners:  Medway

Runners Up: Charlton Park

Shepherd Neame Kent Plate

Winners: Maidstone

Runners Up: Aylesford

Shepherd Neame Kent Vase

Winners:  Beccehamians

Runners Up:  Kings College Hospital

Shepherd Neame Kent Salver

Winners:  Greenwich

Runners Up: Snowdown


09 May 17: Annual Awards Dinner

Maidstone brought the 2016-17 season to a close with the traditional annual awards dinner held this year at Cobtree Manor Golf Club.  The evening recognises the contributions made during the season, both on and off the pitch with the presentation of both team and club awards.

This season’s team & individual award winners were as follows:

Head Coach's Award – Josh Pankhurst

Veterans XV (Mike Shaples Plate) – Peter Jones

Barbarians XV (Captains Shield) – Lee Morrison

Mustangs XV – Matt Cooper

1st XV – Ben Kn1ght

The Club awards recipients were:

David Arnold Young Player Award – Harry Cole

Bernard Hinks Award (Non Player) – Richard Weston

Bernard Hinks Award (Senior Player) – Ian Lee

Bernard Hinks Award (1st XV Player) – Nathan Simpson

Millenium Cup (Team of the Year) – 1st XV

02 May 17: Millwood Designer Homes Sign Up As One Of The Lead Sponsors

Award-winning developer Millwood Designer Homes has proven to be a good sport, by signing up as one of the lead sponsors of Maidstone F.C, the rugby club at the heart of Kent’s County Town. Formed in 1880, the club is amongst the oldest in the country and has for many years played rugby at the picturesque Mote Ground, in the centre of Maidstone.

As Platinum sponsors, Millwood’s company logo will be printed onto the first team’s new shirts for the upcoming season. A true community team, Maidstone run five senior men’s sides every Saturday during the season and a highly successful Youth and Minis section, meaning the club has an impressive membership of over 500.

Philip Brown, Sales Director at Millwood Designer Homes comments: “We are delighted to start a two year sponsorship with Maidstone Rugby Club and get involved with this fantastic local team. We care about the communities we develop in and have recently launched a collection of new homes at Brambledown, which is just two miles from the club’s home ground. We hope that our sponsorship will help enhance the morale and performance of the team and wish them every success for the rest of this season.”

Bob Hayton, Sponsorship Manager of Maidstone F.C comments: “I would like to express my thanks to Millwood Designer Homes for their generous sponsorship. As a local club we like to develop long standing relationships with businesses in the area. We are confident that Millwood’s generosity will benefit the club and players over the next two years.”

Located just a short drive from The Mote, the home of Maidstone Rugby Club, Brambledown is a selection of 36 houses, including 2 and 3 bedroom semi-detached homes and detached chalet bungalows as well as 3, 4 and 5 bedroom detached homes. Set amongst picturesque surroundings and situated on the edge of Loose Valley, each home has been carefully designed to suit the needs of modern buyers.

As part of ‘The Kent Collection,’ a variety of new homes are also available at Windsor Meadow in Marden and The Old Orchard in Sutton Valence. As with all Millwood homes specification is high and have been designed in keeping with the architectural style of Kent. Some of the homes having traditional feather edge weatherboarding and reclaimed bricks. Modern kitchens feature a comprehensive range of units, ceramic floor tiles, worktops and fully integrated appliances, and bathrooms feature contemporary white suites with chrome fittings.

An excellent commuter location, Maidstone East and West Stations both offer good rail links into central London. By road, the M20 is close and leads directly to M26 and M25, providing easy access to Gatwick and Heathrow Airport, for international travel.

Prices start from £315,000 for at Brambledown. For more information please visit

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That's all for this season, see you all again in August when we start it all over again.


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Club Trade Directory
posted: November 30 2016

For a number of season’s the club has operated a Trade Directory page on the website and will continue to do so.  The aim of the directory is to provide a useful source for club members of professional and trades people within, or connected to the club.  After all, most of the time we all put greater trust in those that we know, rather than complete strangers.  In broad terms the directory is primarily a service for small businesses and the self-employed, although larger businesses won’t be excluded should they express an interest.

Entries on the directory are free for club members or a nominal £25 fee for non-members. All you have to do is provide the content in terms of text, any photos and your logo.  For further details please go to the Trade Directory page, you can also view current entries which will also provide a helpful template for the type of information to provide.

In addition, could those members who currently have entries in the directory please check as to whether they need updating and provide updated information as required.

The 500 CLUB
posted: November 13 2016

'Fancy winning £800*** for Christmas as well as loads of cash prizes during the season?

Then JOIN THE 500 CLUB now and don't miss out!!
It costs £60 this buys you 6 x £10 shares.

These numbers are entered into a draw which we have throughout the season. Half the total proceeds come back to you in cash prizes, Half help pays for our pitch upkeep.

For more information and application form  Click link
Don't delay join today!
Bob Beney

Volunteers Required
posted: September 25 2016

As soon as the infrastructure is in place entry to all 1st XV matches will be by programme at a charge of £3 ea. A structure is due to be contructed at the metal gate that allows access up to the pitch area and the club is looking for a team of volunteers to man the entrance to conduct programme sales during then period prior to KO; it is anticipated that this will be for no longer than 1-1.5hrs.  Obviously this is much less of an onerous task if shared between a group of people doing half an hour each.

If you are prepared to give some time on match days to help share the burden then please contact a member of the committee.



Situations Vacant - Ground Chairman
posted: August 13 2016

The club is looking for a violunteer to take on the role of Ground Chairman.

The key responsibility of the role is to  manage the maintenance club grounds/facilities throughout the year to ensure that matches can take place. To ensure that the rules and regulations regarding club pitches are respected and observed.

this is not intended to be a groundsman role although the ability to provide hands on assistance is beneficial, the role is primarily seen as recruiting & managing volunteers, and providing direction to the club on the requirements in terms of pitch & facility management and reparations as required.

For a full description of the role click here, members interested in volunteering for the role and making a direct contribution to the success of the club should contact Hon Sec Craig Tuffrey ivia the website Contacts page in the first instance.

Situations Vacant - Perimeter Board Sponsor Sales
posted: August 17 2016


This season’s Sponsorship & Advertising campaign is progressing well but assistance is required to maximise perimeter board sales. The success of the club in being able to generate perimeter board sales in recent seasons has meant that the Sponsorship Manager's role has outgrown what can be achieved and fulfilled by one person. As a consequence the club is looking for a volunteer, or team of volunteers to take on the responsibility for perimeter board sales as a standalone role.

The role could be fulfilled by either a single person, or ideally a small team of volunteers. Whilst the period of the closed season is the busiest period as the club targets funding for the new season and looks to generate sales accordingly; this is a year round role with no defined deadline for achieving sales. Those interested in what is an extremely rewarding role should be proactive in generating and exploring opportunities and display a degree of dynamism and tenacity in pursuing potential leads.

Volunteers are requested to contact Bob Hayton via the Contacts page of the website

For a full description of the role click here.

Shirt No & Matchball Sponsorship Opportunities
posted: July 12 2016

Shirt Number Sponsorship

All now Sold

Matchball Sponsorship

Matchball Sponsorship opportunities @ £50ea are also available for all home league fixtures; the Kent Cup fixture v Dover or Blackheath is also available but the date  for this is yet to be confirmed.  If you or your company would be interested in being the matchball sponsor for one of these fixtures then please contact Bob Hayton in the first instance:

3rd Sept v Tunbridge Wells (Sold)

10th Sept v Dover (Sold)

24th Sept v Tottonians (Sold)

8th Oct v Gravesend (Sold)

29th Oct v CS Rugby (Sold)

19th Nov v Chobham(Sold)

3rd Dec v Brighton (Sold)

7th Jan v Sevenoaks (Sold)

21st Jan v Havant (Sold)

11th Feb v Chiswick

4th Mar v Cobham (Sold)

25thMar v Sidcup

8th Apr v Gosport & Fareham


Previous Seasons

2013-2014 Archive
2012-2013 Archive
2011-2012 Archive

Supporters Man of the Match

2016-17 London Division 1 South (Top 6)

  Team Pl Pts
1 Sidcup 26 121
2 Tunbridge Wells 26 100
3 Havant 26 99
4 Tottonians 26 91
5 CS Rugby 26 84
6 Cobham 26 83

last updated 22/04/17

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Kent Plate 2016
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Club Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor
Hospitality Finder
Millwood Designer Homes
Firmin Xpress
Firmin Recruit
Gold Sponsors
Crowe Clark Whitehill
Oakley Capital
Linton Fuel
Community Partners
Bovis Homes
Fitness Partner
Topnotch Health Club
Silver Sponsors
Shepherd Neame
Designer Contracts
FG Barnes
Sibley Pares
Ye Olde Thirsty Pig
Bronze Sponsor
The Fencing Partnership
S & B
Earl St
Maidstone Scaffolding
express cars
Digital Partner
Vivid Associates
Physio Partners
The Oxygen Clinic

Perimeter Board

McVeigh Parker
Sentry Executive
Cranbrook School
Kent Fruit Services
R E Knight Ltd
SJ Milward
Bentens Autocare
NFU Mutual
CAPS Limited
Invest & fund
Big Ben's
JRB Roofing
Knight Freeman
KM Group
The Safety Effect

Youth Sponsors

TopBond PLC
PMC Soil Solutions
PBSol Ltd
Topps Tiles
Designer Contracts

Partner Schools

Cornwallis Academy
Invicta GS
St Simon Stock
Tiger Primary
Valley Pk
Mid Kent College

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