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Platt Invicta - West Kent Sunday League



Blue Anchor FC 1978

Junior Cup Final ProgramIn 1978 Peter Rae, the landlord of the Blue Anchor pub in Platt, Borough Green started a Sunday morning side. This side joined the West Kent Sunday League and went on to win the Division 6 West championship and come runners-up in the Junior Cup Final to Edenbridge E.C.H.O.

During their first season, they scored over 130 goals, 80 of which were credited to the potent pairing of Trevor Whiffen and Merv Broad.

Having conceded their first goal in the Junior Cup at the semi-final stage they eventually won through to the final by defeating Windmill by three goals to two thanks to goals from Trevor Whiffen (2) and Peter Palmer.

Having already beaten their cup final opponents twice in the league, Blue Anchor arrived at the Culverden Stadium, Tunbridge Wells in confident mood. However, after a close and tense final, in which captain Bob Webb had the ball in the Edenbridge net on no fewer than three occasions, but were all ruled out, they were finally undone by two extra-time goals from the Edenbridge striker Dixie Dean.

Blue Anchor gained their second promotion during the 1983-84 season, when they finished Runners-Up in Division 5 by one point to Stanhope Arms.

For the start of the 1984-85 season, Blue Anchor changed their name to Platt Invicta where they competed for a further 12 years in the West Kent Sunday League.

What followed was certainly their most successful period with arguably their best ever team, below is the league record for their following 3 seasons:

P
W
D
L
F
A
62
53
6
3
294
58

Manager Gus Broad took this side to the West Kent Division 4, Division 3 and Division 2 titles in successive years. Due to the teams numerous cup runs to the latter stages however, this was to have a detrimental effect on any chance of securing the coveted Division 1 title. Having to play several mid-week league games, which was unheard of at the time, they eventually fell short and finished third in the top flight.

Platt Invicta FC 1993

Above is one of the last known photos taken of Platt Invicta (at Holland Sports) before the team stopped playing at the end of the 1995 season. Although by this period they had dropped out of the top flight, on their day they could compete with the very best of the West Kent League and in fact had some notable victories over Artois, Rose & Crown, Holland Sports, Goudhurst and The George. They also did very well in cup competitions and although never managed to secure the Kent Cup (finishing runners-up in 1985 to Sittingbourne based side Woodcombe) they took pride in taking Gravesend side The Sun's five year unbeaten record to progress to the quarter-final.

To view a selection of some of the newspaper reports during this successful period click here.

Andrew Newman has written a 300 page hardback book covering every season of the West Kent Sunday Football League since it began in 1967. Click here for further details.