Whitstable Town Football Club History & Memories

Whitstable FC in Kent's Golden Years: 1946-59

Whitstable Town FC - New Stand in 1949 


Why the Golden Years? What was the Kent League? How did it start? How did social circumstance play a part? Why was it so relevant to East Kent? How and why did it end? Where did Whitstable fit in?

Kent League Division 1 Tables 1946-1959

Kent League Div 1 Tables 1946-59

The full league tables from the 1946/47 season through to 1958/59. A chance to trace Whitstable's progress from 1950 to the end of the decade.

Kent League Trophy Stats 1946-1959

Overall Performance of the Clubs

A trip through the stats. Who were the most successful and consistent Kent League clubs?. How did Whitstable rate amongst the county's elite? How did Town cope in the FA Cup?

Kent League Attendances 1946-1959


A look at some of the staggering attendance figures for Kent League clubs during the period 1946-59..... including records that are unlikely ever to be surpassed. What was the biggest attendance at Whitstable's Belmont ground... and who was playing?

Whitstable Town FC: Crowd attendance records

Record Crowd at The Belmont

Ian Johnson looks back at Whitstable v Gravesend in the FA Cup of 1957... and raises some doubts. Was it really the biggest crowd?

Kent League Clubs 1946-1959; Where are they now?

Where are they now?

A look at the varying fortunes of the clubs of the old Kent League. Whilst one club made it all the way to the Football League, another may now be playing in the Canterbury & District League!

Whitstable Town FC Programs of the 1950s

Programme Collection

A look through the pages of Whitstable's official match day programme of the Golden Years... with thanks to Ian Johnson.

Whitstable Town FC: Best Player? John Conley of the 1950s

John Conley... The Most Celebrated?

Who was the best player ever to wear the red and white of Whitstable? Arguments may rage between fans of different eras but amongst the senior citizens of the Gas Works End, one name will spring to mind... that of John Conley. On this page, we feature an article by Norman Fox that appeared in the Independent on Sunday shortly after John died in January 1991. It was passed to us by Ian Johnson and reproduced here with kind permission of The Independent.

Whittstable Town FC: John 'Bonny Archer - Goalkeeper 1950s

'Ten Matches for Grimsby'

Who was the most popular player to play for the town? Again, the question will cause some friendly arguments. However, amongst the suggestions you will find the name of goalkeeper John 'Bonny' Archer. Bonny might also have been the most successful player to emerge from the Belmont.

This article by Ian Johnson documents Bonny's Football League career at Grimsby and explains why, at just eighteen years old, it was all too brief.

Whitstable Town FC Supporters' memories of the 1950s

Memories of Local Supporters

A page devoted to the memories of our readership.

Whitstble Town FC: The legacy of the 1950s

The 1950s Legacy

A look at the legacy of the 1950s and how it may yet contribute to a new golden era for Whitstable.