Staplehurst Monarchs Football Club was founded in 1970. The Club's objectives are to promote and develop association football amongst boys and girls between the ages of 7 & 18, by means of competitive and friendly matches, social and discussion sessions.
Our home games are played at the Jubilee sports field and the Diagrit sports field. Our training sessions utilise the facilities at Angleyl, Bethany, Cranbrook, and Cornwallis schools, plus the all weather pitch at Marden.
Initially the club was funded by running their own lottery and fund raising events. More recently we have relied on sponsorship from businesses within the Staplehurst area. At present our major sponsors are Bridgehurst Homes, Redwood Joinery, WCS Contractors, Anywaste Management, Cam-Tech, Maidstone Volvo, DK Holdings, The Mortgage Shop, Acorn Hire, Iden Signs, Highgrove, Independant Transport Associates Staplehurst Roofing, Staplehurst Transits, Kent IT and Homeleigh Timber.
The future of the Club is secured by our successful development group team. This group leads the players on to the Under 8's and sees them progressing through the teams, giving them 10 years of competitive youth football.
In our 30 plus years history, numerous cups and league titles have been won. For the best part of 20 years an annual end of season match is played between our under 16's team and Staplehurst & Monarchs United for the "Mark Kingsford Cup", who was tragically killed in a road traffic accident.
In 2009, the Club achieved FA Charter Standard status with designated officials being responsible for child protection. Many more of our officials are FA qualified coaches, first aiders & referees.
In June 2005 Staplehurst FC merged with local rivals Monarchs FC to form Staplehurst & Monarchs United. In the inaugural season the 1st Team won Kent County League Eastern Section Division 2. The Reserves and A team struggled with consistancy in the Maidstone League Divisions 1 and 3.
Staplehurst FC were formed in 1893 and until 2001 competed in local league football. In season 2001/02 the first team stepped up to the Kent County League whilst the Reserves and A team continued in the Maidstone and District League. Monarchs were formed in 1987 as an off shoot from Staplehurst, they were originally called Staplehurst Monarchs FC. They achieved 5 promotions in 7 seasons and finally reached the Maidstone Premier League as Knoxbridge Monarchs in 1994. A reserve team was created in 1993.
The amalgamation of the 2 clubs was agreed in 2005 when it was clear that the village could not sustain two clubs with 4 sides.
1st Team win KCL Div 2 East
Club achieves Charter Standard and Intermediate status
1st Team finish 5th in Div 1 east
Reserves finish Runners Up in M&D Div 2
1st Team win Weald of Kent Charity Cup Senior Section
Reserves are elected to KCL Reserves Div East
1st Team struggle but remain in Division 1 East
Reserve finish mid table in their first season in KCL
SMUFC KCL teams return home to The Jubilee Field after 7 seasons on the road.
Charter Standard is renewed until 2012
1st Team record best ever finish - 4th Div 1 east
Reserves record best ever finish - 4th Reserves Div east
Vets Team formed
A Team leave Maidstone League and are admitted to Tonbridge League
1st Team finish 4th again - Div 1 east
Reserves finish 10th - Res Div east
A Team finish 6th - T&D league Div 2
A Team resign from T&D league - re apply to M&D League.
Senior & Junior club merge to form Staplehurst Monarchs United
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