RBS ESSA entry from the GKTFC mens team.
GKT stands for Guy's, King's and St Thomas's; a merger of the iconic London hospitals. The football team of these hospitals spawned from a merger in 1998 which had the separate highly respected teams of GKT form a super club. The rich history and culture is unique to this university team where young students uphold traditions that are many generations old. One of those famous traditions is the drinking of gin. There have been many theories to the source of this tradition, some say it sourced from the young men and women who fought in the first world war where they were rationed Gin, others regard it as a culture from 19th century london where Gin was so rife that hospitals were full of people who suffered from alcohol related illnesses. The truth of the matter may lie in something more mundane and far less noble no doubt such as the fact that Guy's and St Thomas's merged before King's hospital and were often referred to as G and T. The issue is still contentious, nevertheless the success of the club is not! GKT continues to be a dominant force amongst the london hospitals in the UH cup as well as in domestic university leagues. They are one of the most successful and decorated medical school university teams in the country.
The natural habitat for the GKT footballer would be one of three fortresses termed the Griffin, Phase or the beloved Guy's bar. Unfortunately Phase has been phased due to financial difficulties but regardless the team still hold an unrivalled solidarity in the practice of social endeavours.
Guy's Hospital was founded in 1721 by Sir Thomas Guy, a rich philanthropist and governor of St. Thomas'. Guy's was initially labelled the 'hospital for incurables' and took on patients that St. Thomas' could not treat. This link between the hospitals has continued ever since.
King's College was founded in 1829 as an Anglican answer to the secular and thus 'godless' institution known as University College London, or UCL. Medical students trained at King's from the beginning but it wasn't until 1840 that King's College Hospital was founded. The merger of Guys and St Thomas' created the United Medical and Dental Schools, or UMDS.
Of the three, St Thomas' is the oldest, having been founded in 1107 as a monastery hospital of St. Mary Priory, next to Southwark Cathedral. This makes St. Thomas' (or Tommy's as it's affectionately called) the second oldest hospital in London. It was rebranded in 1553 with its current title, named after Thomas Becket, by Edward VI, which is why the image of Edward adorns both the GKT Hockey and Football ties. When London Bridge Station was built in the 1850s, St Thomas' was moved from its location on St Thomas' Street to its current location across the river from The Houses of Parliament.