The DFDS Kent Senior Cup
About the DFDS Kent Senior Cup
The Kent County Football Association (Kent FA) began life in 1881 and created its first competition, the Kent Badge in 1885. In the 133 years that have passed, the Kent Badge has evolved into the Kent Senior Cup.
The Kent Senior Cup has been at the heart of competitive football in Kent throughout the years and it’s identity has evolved with the development of the game, reflected by the fact the format of the competition has changed several times over its 133-year history. The first ever round of the Kent Senior Cup took place in 1888 at the Sun Hotel in Chatham. The Kent Senior Cup didn’t take place from 1914- 1918 because of the First World War. Until recently, there’s only ever been one other season when the Kent Senior Cup has not been competed for and that was in 1941 but the Covid-19 outbreak saw the Competition put on hold for the 2019-20 season.
The competition’s unique history means the Blue Ribbon of Kent football has been bestowed on a variety of clubs over the years, not to mention giving bragging rights for the winner over all their county rivals. Maidstone United has won the Kent Senior Cup more than any other team, lifting the cup on an outstanding total of 18 occasions. Meanwhile, Northfleet United, better known today as Ebbsfleet United, achieved a record five successive victories in the 1920s.
The competition has welcomed well-established teams from all over the county, including Woolwich Arsenal (better known nowadays as Arsenal FC), Charlton Athletic and Gillingham FC.
Margate are the current holders of the Cup having defeated Chatham Town on penalties in last season’s Final held at Gillingham’s Priestfield Stadium.
Download the Rules of the DFDS Kent FA Senior Cup 2023/24 here.
Teams entering in season 2023-24
|Ashford United||Ebbsfleet United||Phoenix Sports|
|Beckenham Town||Erith & Belvedere||Punjab United
|Chatham Town||Gillingham||Sevenoaks Town|
|Cray Valley||Herne Bay||Sheppey United|
|Cray Wanderers||Hythe Town||Sittingbourne|
|Dartford||Maidstone United||Tonbridge Angels|
|Dover Athletic||Margate||Welling United|
DFDS Dover is one of the busiest channel crossings in the UK, with up to 54 daily channel crossings and employs over 200 people in Kent. DFDS has a longstanding love of the game and of their colleagues already participate in grassroots football, either as players, volunteers or spectators. They understand the power of football to support their communities. This shared vision is what makes this partnership so exciting.
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