Potters' 10-year anniversary season preview

10 months ago By Bradley Bowman

A look ahead to the 2016/17 campaign...

Tomorrow's pre-season friendly with Five Oak Green kick-starts Potters' 10th campaign as a football club, having been founded and set-up back in 2007 by (still) manager Henry Willard.

Potters have come a long way since then, and memories of a weak league finish in Division 3 in their debut season seem a very distant reality... from the boggy/uneven Potters Mede pitch and typically worn-out purple pro-star kit; to the lack of changing facilities and external funding - it's quite hard to imagine that this is where the club started from.

However, fast forward to today and the transformation of Potters is truly remarkable for a small local football club; a newly built clubhouse, a fantastic pitch, great kits, dugouts, generous/loyal sponsors, a European summer football tour, healthy finances - it's been an amazing nine-year journey and something Henry should be (and is) very proud of.

On the field the achievements have also been impressive over the previous nine seasons... the Division 3 title and league cup double in only the second season as a club, followed by consecutive 2nd place finishes in Division 2 and Division 1 to take the club to the top division in the Sevenoaks area in no time at all. The club also agonisingly just missed out on playing at Old Trafford having entered a national Lucozade competition... again finishing 2nd place.

Since those days and in more recent times, Potters have held their own in the Premier Division and in the last five seasons the side has finished in a club best position of 2nd, alongside a number of mid-table finishes and a couple of disappointing cup semi-final defeats.

Last season Potters found their way into their first cup final since that memorable day back in the 2008/09 campaign, however they fell to a frustrating 3-0 defeat to St. Lawrence - missing out on the chance of a third piece of silverware.

Despite all of the changes, in and outs, highs and lows - one thing has always remained, and that is the team spirit and love for the club that captivates everyone as soon as they walk through the door. It's hard to describe how it happens... it just does.

This season is no different and with a number of new additions the forthcoming season looks to be a bright one. With over 20 players signed on for the 2016/17 campaign everyone will play their part this season as the club bids to win some further silverware that has eluded the side since the famous 2008/09 season.

The Premier League looks to be an open field this year so maybe, just maybe, this could be the year for Potters to claim top footballing honours around the Sevenoaks area.

Now, what a story that would be to mark their 10-year anniversary...
...that next chapter in the history of Potters starts tomorrow.

COYP

Updated 14:58 - 19 Aug 2016 by Bradley Bowman
Fixtures
Sat 5 Aug
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First Team Borough Green
Friendly 14:00
Sat 12 Aug
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First Team Kingsdown Racers
Friendly 14:00
Sat 19 Aug
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First Team Cliffe Woods
Friendly 14:00

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