The Kent County Football Association, also simply known as the Kent F.A., is the governing body of football in the county of Kent, England, and was formed in 1881. The Kent FA run 20 County Cups at different levels of football for affiliated teams across Kent.
The Kent County FA was formed in October 1881 by two friends – M.P, Betts (Secretary) and G.W. Prall (Treasurer).
Over the next few years matters became more formalised. Mr A.G.O Kennedy was appointed secretary in 1888 and he made a great difference in creating a proper structure for football. He was taken ill in 1892 and died in December of that year.
From Mr. Kennedy’s base P.J. Leckie became secretary and served until 1986 and was succeeded by J Albert who served until 1905. During that time the Association made great strides forward reaching a total of 297 clubs and 41 leagues. In 1905 the gate receipts from the Kent Senior Cup Final amounted £233.
In 1905 J. Albert relinquished his position as Secretary through pressure of outside commitments. The Council later that year resolved that position of Secretary become a full-time post at maximum salary of £80 per annum for 3 years. It was also resolved that the Secretary must reside in Chatham. Frank Lockwood was appointed as the first full-time Secretary and served until his death in 1914. By that time the number of affiliated clubs had risen to 600.
After the First World War had ended, Captain J. Rigden assumed the role of Secretary and served until 1926 when he was replaced by much revered Stanley Brown.
Stanley became the longest serving Secretary occupying the position until 1964. It was Stanley’s foresight which enabled the Association to acquire 69 Maidstone Road, Chatham which remained the headquarters for 62 years until 2009 when the Association relocated to Cobdown, Ditton.
Brown retired in 1964 and was replaced by Dick Speake. He in turn reached retirement age in 1978 when Keith Masters had the "honour and privilege" of taking over the role of Secretary which became Chief Executive on Incorporation in November 2000.
The Association has grown into a moderate business employing almost 20 members of staff providing football for leagues, clubs, players, referees and anyone that wants to be involved or just loves the game.
The Kent County Football Association (KCFA) aims to establish safe and structured football opportunities for the benefit of all concerned irrespective of age, colour, gender and disability. The KCFA aim to provide the appropriate structures and systems to enable the association to control, manage, regulate and promote the game within the County.
The KCFA was formed in 1881 and has governed the game of football, under the aegis of The Football Association since that date. The Kent County Football Association became a Company Limited by Guarantee on November 1, 2000. Kent is the fifth largest County affiliated to The Football Association and is divided into four geographical divisions for administration purposes.
There are 66 KCFA Council Members and 48 of these are elected to serve within the area that they live.
Leagues that were affiliated to the Kent County FA but have disbanded or amalgamated with other leagues include:Beckenham League
Dartford and District League
East Kent League
Folkestone Junior League
New Brompton League
North East Kent League
Southern Suburban League
Thames and Medway Combination
Thanet Works League
Tunbridge Wells League
Weald of Kent League
West Kent League
Among the notable clubs that are (or at one time were) affiliated to the Kent County FA are:
In 1946 Gravesend United merged with Northfleet United to form Gravesend & Northfleet who are now known as Ebbsfleet United.
The Kent County FA run 20 County Cup Competitions:
The Kent Senior Cup is a county cup competition involving senior teams affiliated to the Kent County Football Association.