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Kent Senior Cup Finals

Ashford in Kent Senior Cup Finals
Ashford have reached the Kent Senior Cup final on 7 occassions, lifting the trophy 4 times (1959, 1963, 1993, 1996).
Each final is listed below with a brief summary of the match included. Click on the programme image to view the match details. More information and detail will be added to this page in time, if you have and reports, photos or memorabilia items that could enhance this page (or the site) please get in touch.


1959

30/03/1959, Ashford 2-1 Tonbridge (at Priestfield, Gillingham)
Ashford won their first Kent Senior Cup by beating Southern League Tonbridge in what was described as one of the most exciting finals in the 80 years history of the competition.
Ashford went ahead in the 34th minute, when Jimmy Jenkins (TBC) scored from a short corner. Tonbridge piled on the pressure in the second half,
but against the run of play, leading goal-scorer Ron Vigar let fly from close range after a pass from Don Rossiter to make it 2-0 to the Town.
Tonbridge were awareded a lifeline in the 74th minute when Ashford fullback John Hamblin brought down Angels Joe Ball in the area and a penalty awarded.
Penaly missed! Austin Dunne hits the post and Ashford are reprived, but only for a minute as John Walsh pulls a goal back in the 75th minute, this was the only goal Ashford conceded in the entire competition.
Ashford held out in front of the 5061 crowd to lift the Cup for the first time in their history.

1962 1st Leg

23/04/1962, Dover 1-1 Ashford
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1962 2nd Leg

12/05/1962, Ashford 1-1 Dover
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1962 Replay

20/08/1962, Ashford 1-4 Dover (at ???)
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1963

11/05/1963, Ashford 1-0 Margate (at Priestfield, Gillingham)
Ashford reached their 3rd final in 5 years, and beat their Thanet opponents to lift the Trophy for the second time.
The omens were not good for the Town, they had faced Margate on 5 previous occassions during the 1962/63 season, losing all 5! Surely this game was just a formality for Margate?
It was reported that the majority of the 2500 crowd were cheering for the blue of Margate, but the atmosphere was lacking due to the small crowd comparered to its' capacity. The Priestfield could hold over 25,000 at the time!
The first 25 minutes were all Margate as expected, but slowly but surely Ashford worked their way into the game whilst keeping Margate at bay. The Thanet Times reports that forward Lawrie Thompson was outstanding for Ashford, causing Margate's famous defender Bob Harrop all sorts of problems.
Ashford's only goal, and winning goal came 8 minutes from time, the Margate defence only partially cleared an Ashford corner and it fell to Brian Dellar on the edge of the area who controlled the ball superbly before firing into the bottom corner. Margate created little after the goal and Ashford became cup winners again.

1981

20/04/1981, Gravesnd and Northfleet 2-0 Ashford (at Maidstone Stadium)
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1982

12/04/1982, Maidstone United 3-0 Ashford (at Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham)
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1993

03/05/1993, Ashford 3-2 Bromley (at Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham)
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1996

06/05/1996, Ashford 3-0 Charlton Athletic (at Central Park, Sittingbourne)
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