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Bradley Charity Cup - football knock-out cup competition

Discussion in 'Sevenoaks History' started by Tony Brown, Oct 24, 2016. Replies: 0 | Views: 1078

  1. Tony Brown

    Tony Brown New Member

    I am researching local football in Sevenoaks and Dartford and their surrounding areas. Much of this research involves the many village teams plus works teams (such as paper mills) that contested the various leagues and cup competitions. In this regard, I would like to hear from anyone who may have memories and/or memorabilia such as team photographs, newspaper snippets and medals etc.

    In particular I am keen to find out more about the BRADLEY CHARITY CUP that was run from a committee of enthusiasts who held their meetings, mainly in the GAMECOCK INN, Kingsdown, but also in the Portobello Arms, Kingsdown; now of course, both in West Kingsdown.

    The donor of the silver cup, that was presented to the winners of the final-tie, was Mr Arthur Granville Bradley, the topographical writer who came to live in Kingsdown in the early years of the 20th century. The Bradley Charity Cup was founded in 1904 and continued up to the Second World War.

    Obviously these years are very much in the distant past, however there was an attempt in the early 1960's by footballers in the West Kingsdown area to revive the competition. However I do not think this was successful, although I am still trying to verify this point. Perhaps some of those players may be able to assist in this story!
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2016

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