The year it all started!
The Tonbridge Tigers folded in 1989, but from their ashes the Exiles were formed, so it's only right we remember their history as well.
The Tigers were formed when five friends (Derek Foley, Hugh Furness, Martin Filby, Jeremy Ford and Roger Plummer) decided that it was time Tonbridge had a team, and broke away from the Orpington Owls.
After placing some adverts the team held a recruitment evening in the Angel Centre, Tonbridge on Friday 28th February 1986 which was a great success with over 40 prospective players attending, the first 'on field' session was the following Sunday with a similar number.
|Some action from the Angel Centre|
|The first ever session|
The plan was to recruit and play friendlies in 1986, and then join the fledgling league in 1987, playing games at Longmead Stadium.
The Tigers played their first game on the 22nd June 1986, and got a good result drawing 6-6 versus the more experienced Grays Saxons.