Popular Tudors defender Kyle Connolly played his 200th game for Hemel Hempstead Town FC on Saturday. the Tudors Supporters Club were proud to mark the occasion in association with the football club.

Kyle’s first role at Hemel was as an unused sub in our Herts Charity Cup tie versus St Albans City in August 2013, the opening game that season; a fortnight later he made his debut in a 2-1 win at home to Hungerford, and went on to make 46 appearances in all competitions as The Tudors won the Southern League Premier Division.

Kyle was a key part of the Tudors side in our first season at the current level, the Conference South as it was then, and scored his first Hemel goal in that 2015/16 season – a worldy of a deft volley two minutes in to stoppage time as Hemel won 3-1 at home to Chelmsford on 17th March.

On 30th January 2016, Kyle’s 2016/17 season was interrupted with a nasty facial injury sustained in competative 5-5 draw at home to Weston Super Mare, however he still finished that game and despite a lengthy lay off he returned to the team in April, ahead of schedule. Kyle also became the longest serving member of the squad that season, which he remains to this day (Jordan Parkes has played more games for The Tudors but this has been over two spells).

“Quagmire”, as Kyle described himself whilst out of action with a nasty injury in 2016.

Kyle patiently waited his opportunity to impact Hemel’s season during the opening stages of this 2017/18 campaign, but once he returned to the line up he produced three consecutive Man of the Match performances and was voted the Tudors Supporters Club’s Player or the Month for September.

Kyle was presented with a commemorative Tudors shirt marking his 200th appearance by Sir Mike Penning, ahead of our home win against Chippenham last weekend. Thanks to Hemel FC Chairman Dave Boggins and TSC committee member Danny Green for facilitating and arranging the commemorative shirt and subsequent presentation.

Sir Mike and Kyle, Photo by Terry Rickeard.