K.F.C the story so far
Kidlington FC was founded in 1909 & played local village football up to the 2nd world war. Success was slow in coming & records show that the club’s first trophy was achieved in 1929, when Fritwell were defeated 2-1 in the Lord Jersey Cup Final on the Bicester Town ground. The Lord Jersey Cup was a competition highly prized among the villages in the Cherwell valley & rivalry was so keen that players had to prove they were residents of the village for whom they played.
In 1945, Kidlington moved from village football to play in the Oxford City Junior League, where they had a good deal of success in both league & cup. By 1951 they were looking for stronger teams to play & entered the Oxfordshire Senior League, where competition was provided by the likes of Witney Town, Morris Motors, Pressed Steel & Thame United.
In 1953 The Hellenic League was formed. The Oxon Senior League immediately lost some of its stronger clubs to the new league. Kidlington won the Senior League title that season & joined the new league in 1954. Early days in the Hellenic League showed quite clearly the difference in standard but Kidlington settled to finish just above the bottom two places! Regular faces in the Kidlington team of this period were stalwarts like the goalkeeper North, Fred Treble & probably the best centre-half not to have played League football Jim Brennan. Kidlington maintained a Premier Division place for a time, but spent most of the sixties in Division One.
The early seventies saw them back in the Premier Division & two epic battles with a very talented Peppard side in 1974 & ‘75, in the County Intermediate Cup Final. Kidlington had won the cup in 1970, but our matches with Peppard only produced loser’s medals. A squad of good young players in the late seventies produced Kidlington’s best-ever run in an F.A. competition, when in 1976-77 Kidlington reached the last 16 in the FA Vase, bowing out to Gosport Borough having played every round but one away from home. Clubs defeated in this cup run included Didcot Town, Bicester Town, Malvern, Stratford Town & Hemel Hempstead. The nucleus of this side eventually saw Kidlington gain promotion back to the Premier Division in 1979-80.
The eighties saw Kidlington back in Division One, the County Cup [Oxon Senior Cup] had generally produced few consistent performances, other than in 1983-84 when Kidlington were 5 minutes away from a place in the final. Unfortunately, Oxford City were given a lifeline & won comfortably in extra time.
The early nineties were steady, but we never threatened the championship. Season 1994-95 saw some silverware at last, the Reserves managed by Martin Baker did the league & cup double. The next few seasons saw an upturn in the club’s fortunes when Manager Karl Grossmann assembled a formidable tough tackling side that finished in the top 6 of Division One in four successive seasons. During the late nineties we entered a newly formed third team into the Oxford Senior League. This produced some fine players who worked their way into the Reserves & First teams. After a few seasons though, they broke away to set up their own club (Kidlington Old Boys).
The new millennium brought with it a major overhaul to the committee & with it a new Chairman in Geoff Talboys. The 2004-05 season, under the guidance of Kevin Walton saw the first team finish in third place in the League & were promoted back into the Hellenic Premier Division and with the Reserves playing in the top Reserve Division, the club was again competing at a top level. Many facility improvements were carried out to enable the club’s promotion; this was achieved with the assistance of a “Football Foundation” grant & an awful lot of effort from Committee, Managers, Players & Supporters.
In 2005-06 we struggled to come to terms with the considerable difference in the standard of football from Division One to Premier, losing our first twelve games. In amongst the frustration though we also took some noticeable scalps - we were the first team to beat Bishops Cleeve F.C. who were promoted at the end of the season into the Southern League and we also beat a strong Witney Utd side, which at the time were still in the promotion hunt. The season petered out in frustration & needless to say we finished in a relegation position … however a national non-league re-structure saved us from the dreaded drop & we lived to fight another season in the top flight.
Determined not to struggle through season 2006-07, we secured the services of Paul Lee as First Team Manager (a proven manager at a higher level). Paul was assisted by Kelvin Alexis & their skills enabled us to put a competitive team out. Chris Perkins also joined the club as consultant physiotherapist; Chris had also worked for clubs at a higher level & with Steve Kenny provided the match day physiotherapy.
Season 2006-07 saw us enter an under 18’s Youth Team in the "Allied Counties Youth League" for the 1st time. This team was Managed by Steve McMahon, who was assisted by Mick Hickey & Joe Hughes. They had a magnificent season & won the "North" Division Championship at the first time of asking.
So with the reprieve from relegation we had doubled our number of teams & to say we stabilized the club would be an understatement. The First team finished a very respectable 9th in the Premier Division, the Reserves won their league & got to the final of the Oxfordshire Intermediate Cup. The Youth Team & the Veterans won their leagues; the Veterans also captured the County Cup … A fantastic season!
Unbelievably the 2007-08 season surpassed the success of the previous one. Manager Paul Lee became our first 1st team Manager to bring silverware back to Yarnton Road in over 30 years when we beat Ardley United in a two legged final of the HPL Hellenic Floodlit Trophy. The 1st Team also made it to the semi-final of the Oxfordshire Senior Cup again, bowing out only to the eventual winners North Leigh A.E.T. Our Reserve side Won the Hellenic Division One title for a second consecutive season and again finished runners up in the final of the Oxfordshire Intermediate Cup. Our Youth Side struggled in the higher league, but had better luck in the Oxfordshire U18 Youth Cup final beating a strong Thame United side 2 - 1. To cap the season our Veterans side retained their Premier Division crown in an exciting climax to their season they were involved in a 'winner take all' game against Wantage Town Veterans at Alfredine Park. Needless to say a 1 - 0 victory here secured the trophy.
Season 2008-09 was again a good one for all our teams. Our 1st Team finished in a very respectable 9th position in the league and had some good cup runs, the Reserves finished 3rd in their league but unfortunately yet again were runners up in the Oxfordshire Intermediate Cup final. Our Youth and Veterans Teams did bring home some silverware. The Youth Team won the Allied Counties North Division and also boasted the leagues leading scorer in Kieran Sanders. The Veterans won the Oxfordshire Veterans cup beating Bampton Town 4 - 1 in the final.
Season 2009-10 saw success for both our Youth and Veterans sides, but nothing for our 1st or Reserve sides. The youth Team won the U18's County Cup whilst our Veterans won a double. The vet's finished top of the Hellenic Veterans league and Retained the Oxfordshire Veterans Cup.
Last season 2010-11 saw the 1st Team win the Hellenic Supplementary Cup. They beat a gallant Purton side 3- 0 in the final at Abingdon Town's ground. The 1st Team also finished 7th in the table (their highest ever) and were runners up in the Oxfordshire Senior Cup where they lost 4 – 0 to a strong Oxford United side. The final was held at The Kassam Stadium and attended by around 1200 spectators.
Season 2011-12 saw Gordon Geary and his team of assistants Keith Appleton & Paul Harwood retained as 1st team Management. We had a new men in charge of the Reserve team in ex-players Lewis Cuss and John Paul Hannaway. We were very glad to say that the effervescent Mick Trafford continued to run our U18 Youth side in the Allied Counties League. We regrettably had to fold our Veterans side at the end of the 10/11 season season because a manager couldn't be found to run the side. KFC'c committee appointed a New Club Chairman, local business man Gary Johnson who stepped into the position vacated by Lloyd Wray who moved away from the area at the end of the previous season.
Ex-Oxford United striker Paul Berry was appointed manager for season 2012/13, however he resigned after only three matches to pursue alternative opportunities. Gordon Geary was persuaded to come out of retirement and was re-appointed as manager during the second week of the season. The side struggled all season but Geary managed to assemble a squad with the ability to avoid the dreaded drop, eventually achieving a respectable 13th position.
For season 2013-14 Martin Wilkinson and Chris Peacock take control as Manager and Assistant of the first team. John-Paul Hannaway, Graham Savins and Andy Dyer will run the Reserves: Matt Elbro and Chris
Jones the U18’s & our U16’s will be managed by Barry Hiles, assisted by Graham Rice and Andy Dyer.