Founded as Norton Sports Football Club in 1927, the club moved to the W.E.Manin Stadium at Woodstock Park in October 2010 and changed its name to Woodstock Sports in June 2011.
Norton Sports were established in 1927, after being given permission to use Norton Park as their base. Prior to this, there is some history of a club playing as Norton on a pitch behind The Plough Inn at Lewson Street, Sittingbourne. From 1927 until season 1998/1999, Norton Sports competed as a junior club in local leagues, mainly in the now defunct Sittingbourne & District Football League and then the Canterbury & District Football League. During this time the First Division championship was won in seasons 1989/90 and 1996/97 as well as the Faversham Charity Cup in seasons 1986/87 and 1996/97.
Prior to the start of season 1998/1999, Norton Sports amalgamated with local rivals Teynham & Lynsted, who had been founder members of the Kent County League Premier Division and won the championship in season 1993/1994 as well as the Inter Regional Cup in season 1995/1996. Although Teynham & Lynsted were the senior side, as the side were to be playing at Norton Park, the amalgamation was undertaken in the name of Norton Sports with the club continuing in the Kent County League.
Season 1999/2000 saw Norton Sports winning the Kent County League Division One gaining promotion to the Kent County League Premier Division. After a bright start, the club was relegated. The next few seasons saw a rebuilding exercise, Kevin James, who had guided Teynham & Lynsted to the Premier Division title returned and performances improved.
The side finished as First Division runners up in season 2003/04. Season 2004/2005 looked ominous as the side lost their first 4 league games, but a run of 18 wins and 2 draws clinched the title with a game to spare and brought a return to the Kent County League Premier Division.
Season 2005/2006 was one of establishment in the Kent County League Premier Division, with Renny Gardner taking over the managers roll, but the side did manage to pick up the Inter-Regional Challenge Cup beating Holmesdale in the final. The following seasons aspirations of winning the league were foiled by dropping to many points against teams in the bottom half of the table.
At the start of season 2007/2008, ex Sittingbourne and Fisher captain Ben Taylor took over the reins at Norton Sports with a determination and enthusiasm that rubbed off on all of the squad. The Kent County League Premier Division championship was clinched in March, in a season that saw 23 wins out of a possible 26, with just one game lost. Promotion to the Kent League Premier Division was achieved.
Season 2008/2009, Norton Sports first season in the Kent League Premier Division was spent ground sharing with Herne Bay Football Club, as the facilities at Norton Park did not meet the FA criteria for the Kent League. The first season in the Kent League saw Norton Sports finish 11th with 40 points.
October 2010 was a major landmark for Norton Sports as the club relocated to Woodstock Park. Despite Woodstock Park lacking some required facilities, the League Management Committee gave the club the opportunity to play there whilst the stadium was developed.
In June 2011 Norton Sports officially completed their name change and started the 2011/12 Kent League season as Woodstock Sports Football Club. The name change reflects the clubs permanent re-location back to Sittingbourne.
For the 2011/12 season, Woodstock Sports expanded their playing section by entering a reserve side into the Kent League Second Division. This season also saw Woodstock Park renamed to The W.E.Manin Stadium following the sponsorship given by W.E.Manin in helping to install the stadium’s floodlights. On 08 August 2011 the floodlights were commissioned for use with the first match taking place under the lights on 17 August 2011 versus Canterbury City. Woodstock Sports won the match 4 – 1.
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