Capel had Yalding Imperial Club as visitors on Saturday. The match was played in a downpour of rain, but on the whole it was a very good game. Capel, winning the toss, set the visitors to face the wind and rain. Bearing down on the visitors' goal, and from a centre by B. Powley, W. Huggins found the net with a first-time, low shot.

Capel should have easily increased their score, A. Powley missing by inches when close in. Capel were later awarded a penalty, but the shot struck the keeper and rebounded into play. A goal still seemed certain, but O. Avis slipped when about to shoot. Halftime arrived with the score I-l.

After the "breather" The Imperial soon took the lead, but Capel were awarded another penalty for a foul. The home centre took the kick and netted with ease. Soon after Capel took the lead but then The Imperial forced a corner, from which they scored and were soon awarded a penalty but their captain shot feebly by the post. Final score: Capel 3; Yalding Imperial 3

APRIL 1932


A football match of considerable interest was played on the Moat Farm ground in Five Oak Green on Saturday, the proceeds being in aid of the new playing field. The teams were the present Capel XI and an XI composed of former Capel players who went under the title of "The Old Crocks."

The players took a little time to settle down but the "Crocks" showed they had not lost all their playing skill for they pressed hard in the first half while playing with the wind in their favour.

The first goal was scored by F. Bishop for Capel but just before halftime A. Powley replied for the "Crocks." The rain then made playing conditions unpleasant and after a scramble F. Bishop again scored.

After the change-over the vigour of the younger players gave them the advantage and with the wind behind they had most of the play. Further goals were added by F. Bishop to complete his hat-trick and S. Avis (2), making the final score 5-1.

APRIL 1939


The West Kent Hunt annual point-to-point meeting at Sherenden Farm, Tudeley, was a huge success. Occupants of over 3,500 cars made their way from miles around along with many locals who had walked there enjoying free admission to the course.

It was a bad day betting-wise for the estimated 10,000-strong crowd with only one favourite winning from the five races.

Unhappily one horse, called Patricktown, died after breaking its back when landing across a fence in the Nomination Chase which featured 29 runners.

Another, Master of Arts, owned by Mr T.D. Harris, the farmer on whose land the racing was staged, won its race as the even-money favourite only to be put down that evening because of an internal injury

There was drama when a horse called Impressionist threw his rider in the opening race, bolted away from the course and was eventually caught at a garage in Pembury five miles away.

In another mishap a man walking to the races was knocked down by a car, but recovered after treatment for head injuries by two members of the St John Ambulance Brigade.

Before racing no fewer than 500 farmers and landowners had been entertained to lunch by the Hunt and were later given the chance to see the thoroughbred stallion Fitz-Tricks then travelling through Kent.

Peter Cazalet, who was to achieve fame post-war as trainer for the Queen Mother, was Hunt chairman at the time and told guests much of the Hunt's success was due to its master, Captain Garle.