Garden Hotspurs Football Club
The Garden Cricket and now Football Club were established on 15th of August 1962 by Charlie Gumbs and the boys who played cricket at that time. Charlie Gumbs was also the first club President. The first captain of the club was Clement Hicks. Eventually, Garden Hotspurs Football Club registered with the St. Kitts – Nevis Football Association in 1963. The club got it’s Hotspurs from the English football team Tottenham Hotspurs, and coming from an area called The Garden’s, thus the name Garden Hotspurs Football Club.
From 1963 – to date the Garden Hotspurs Football Club have participated in every annual competition of the St. Kitts Football Association.
From 1963 – 1985 the club won eight (8) Second Division Championships.
From 1986 – 2004 the club have also won four (4) National Championships, 1986, 1991, 1994, 2000 and also finished second to the champions on 10 occasions.
The club changed its name to Garden Hotspurs Sports Club in 1999. This change was to accommodate the other sports under the umbrella of the club. The club participated in several water sports like kayaking, swimming and diving competitions during the Tourism Week Activities.
The club is based in Central Basseterre and is Community oriented with a population of 8000 people. The community received their first stadium through their Political Representative Honorable Dwyer Astaphan in 2001.
This stadium was named Garden’s Stadium and was officially opened on 30th July 2001 by former Manchester United and England player Sir Bobby Charlton.
The club once produced ten (10) players on the St. Kitts National Football Team and eight (8) were starters. Three players have represented the Caribbean All-Star Team, Elvis “Pepe” Isaac, Austin “Dico” Huggins and Dwight “Rumpus” Allers.
The club is run by the Executive Body namely, David Penny – President, Sheridane Warner – Secretary, Lennielle Warner – Treasurer and Selwyn Liburd – Public Relation Officer.
The club has a Premier Team, Junior League and Youth Development Programme.
The Junior Division (J-League) team is the breeding ground for the Premier team. In this division players ages range from 15 years to 23 years. They are developed to compete in the top division.
The Youth Development Programme is from the ages eight (8) years to seventeen (17) years. The programme is run by present and former players of the club. The aim is to develop the youths from a tender age and instill Discipline, Values, Respect, Hard Work, Team Work, Honor and living to our motto “Make The Best Better.”