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Sittingbourne v South Park
FA Saturday Cup 1st 11th Qualifying October Round Replay
Sittingbourne v Metropolitan Police
Tuesday 15th September 2015
The DMA Stadium, Woodstock Park, Broadoak Road,
Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 8AG
Tel: 01795 410777 www.sittingbournefc.co.uk
Sittingbourne FC is a members club
President: Allan Crowshaw
Vice Presidents: Tania Spice, & Andy Spice
Chairman: Maurice Dunk
Vice Chairman: Ken Medwyn
Secretary/Treasurer: John Pitts
OTHER COMMITTEE MEMBERS
John Cooper (Commercial).
Peter Pitts (Media, Web site, Programme
editor, stadium announcer,) Alan Barty, David
Brown (Youth development), Barry
Goodsell (Match Sec)
Board Room Hospitality: Sandra Pitts &
Carol Cooper, Penny Appleton
Lottery Secretary: Hilary Joines.
Club Historian: Dudley Hird.
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Club Welfare Officer: Lee Tappenden
Match Reporter: Tony Rickson
Groundsman: Derek Wakeling
Club Photographer: Ken Medwyn
Club Shop: Ann Morrison & Clive Phillips
Manager: Nick Davis
Assist Manager: Tony Cornwell
Coaches: Barry Crimmen, Warren Chambers,
Hicham Akhazzan and Jono Richardson.
Team Assistant: Harry Chambers
Physio: Tom Martin
WOODSTOCK GROUND REGULA-
1. All persons entering the ground are subject to
the rules and regulations of The Football Association.
2. The club reserves the right to eject or prosecute
any person who within the club premises is considered
by the club committee or its employees to
be or have been behaving in the following ways:
a) Entering the field of play before or during
the course of the game.
b) Using obscene, abusive or racist language
or persistently swearing.
c) Being intoxicated by drink or drugs.
Further, persons will not be allowed entry to
Woodstock Park if in the opinion of the gatemen,
stewards or any members of the management
committee they are intoxicated.
3. NO bottles or metal cans, glasses or weapons of
any kind are allowed in the ground. The stewards
have the right to search a spectator if they have
grounds to believe that the person is in possession
of any item that is deemed to be a danger to other
4. Alcohol must only be consumed within the confines
of the club house.
5. The climbing of fences or floodlight pylons and
all buildings within the ground is strictly forbidden.
6. All vehicles parked within the boundaries of the
club’s car park must be parked within a designated
space unless otherwise directed by a steward.
No responsibility is accepted for any mishap that
Welcome to Woodstock Park from The Club Secretary
Good evening everyone, welcome to Woodstock
Park for this Emirates FA Cup 1 st Qualifying
Round replay against Ryman Premier
Division side, Metropolitan Police. Welcome to
their Players, Officials and supporters and this
evenings match officials.
Saturdays match was a very even affair with
both sides having their chances. We probably
finished the stronger with only really good
saves from The Met’s young keeper Alex Kokakis
preventing us from snatching a win right
at the death. Everyone did their bit but I must
mention my Sittingbourne Man Of The Match,
Hicham Akhazzan. This was Hichams 375 th
appearance for Sittingbourne (Starts and sub
appearances) and he is still doing it!
Our last home match was against a team we
had not beaten since they joined the Ryman
League, Guernsey. Guernsey started off well
and went into half time with a 2-0 lead. Whatever
Nick said to our players at half time certainly
worked! Guernsey were never in the
second half and goals from Hicham
Akhazzan, Harry Smith and Fred Obassa ensured
we won our fourth match in a row.
Then came one of those games that our supporters
love, a local derby at Whitstable.
This was Simon Halseys first game in charge
of the Oystermen and after the 90 minutes he
must think he has a lot to do. Five nil and it
could have been many more.
So a run of five victories which came to an
end on Saturday but it is still a run of six
matches unbeaten going into todays match.
Ryman South clubs did fairly well on Saturday
in the FA Cup 1 st Qualifying Round. Chatham
Town beat Ryman North side Cray Wanderers
(1-0), Hastings United beat Southern League
Division One South side Thatcham Town (1-
0). Herne Bay beat SCEL side Rochester
United (3-1). Herne Bay had two players sent
off and Rochester United one in this match.
Tooting & Mitcham beat Combined Counties
League Farnham Town (2-1}. Carshalton Athletic
beat Pagham of the Southern Combination
League and Worthing beat Ryman North
Thamesmead Town (2-1). There were a few
Ryman South sides other than ourselves, who
drew with higher league opposition. Faversham
were 2-0 up at Staines but Staines
came back to make it 2-2. Whitstable Town
were 1-0 up against SCEL Deal Town for 87
minutes but Deal made it 1-1 with three
minutes to go. Folkestone Invicta scored first
at Tonbridge Angels but only led for eight
minutes before the Angels equalised. South
Park and Leatherhead drew 1-1. One result
that caught my eye was Horsham YMCA’s 2-1
win over Burgess Hill Town.
Only two games played in the Ryman South.
Ramsgate lost 2-0 at Three Bridges and Corinthian
Casuals beat Peacehaven &
Telscombe at home 3-1.
There have been a few fixture changes because
of cup matches. Tuesday 6 th October
we play our home Kent Senior Cup match
against Whitstable Town. Tuesday 13 th October
we are away in the League cup at Chatham
Town. Tuesday 3 rd November we play a
league match at Dorking Wanderers. Tuesday
10 th November we are at home in the League
to Walton Casuals.
Next Saturday we play at Whyteleafe. The
next home match is on Tuesday 22 nd September
to high flying Dorking Wanderers.
Enjoy the game!
A (not so) brief history
On 6th July 1829, Sir Robert Peel formed the
Metropolitan Police, the first organised Police
Force in the world, with an office overlooking
the Thames at Whitehall known as Scotland
Yard, a name that has become famous
throughout the world, and also became synonymous
with the Metropolitan Police.
Ninety years later, in 1919, the Metropolitan Police
Football Club was formed, playing friendly
matches until joining the Spartan League in
1928. Apart from the war years (1939-45), the
club remained in that competition until 1960.
During that time the Blues were League Champions
eight times, runners-up once and League
Cup winners once. In 1960 the Blues joined the
Metropolitan League, winning the League Cup
In 1971 the Blues were accepted into the
Southern League and played in Division South
until 1977, under Team Manager Vic Rouse,
the former Wales and Crystal Palace goalkeeper.
In 1977, the Blues moved to the Isthmian
League, becoming one of the founder members
of the restructured Division Two. A successful
first season (1977/78) resulted in the club finishing
runners-up to Epsom & Ewell and being
promoted to Division One. In Season 1981/82
the club finished 3rd in Division One, missing
promotion by just two points.
However, fortunes changed and in 1984/5, as a
result of finishing third from the bottom, the
Blues were relegated to Division Two (South).
Ironically, in that 1984/5 season the Blues enjoyed
their best run in the F.A. Cup, reaching
the First Round Proper. The home tie against
Dartford was subsequently featured on the
BBC's "Match of the Day" programme. Defeat
against Dartford was followed by a run of defeats
in the league, which saw the Blues drop
into one of the four relegation places introduced
On returning to Division Two (South) the Blues
finished 7th in both 1985/6 and 1986/7. During
1987/88 the Blues led the Division Two (South)
table in January by seven points but they were
overhauled by Chalfont St Peter, who won their
last two games of season and became champions
by just one point. The Blues were runnersup
by virtue of a one-goal difference over Dorking.
It was a nail-biting finish to a season in
which the Blues lost just two league matches,
The next two seasons saw the club finish in mid
-table in Division One but in 1990/1 the club finished
second from bottom and were relegated
into the newly formed Division Two of the restructured
Diadora (Isthmian) League. The club
remained in Division Two for several years, always
finishing in the top half but just outside the
promotion positions. In 1993/4 the Blues again
reached the First Round Proper of the F.A.
Cup, losing 2:0 to Crawley Town.
Season 1994/5 saw the club celebrate its 75th
Anniversary with a game against the Army and
the opening of a new grandstand at Imber
Court. The Blues finished in 5th position in Division
Two and ended the season with a thrilling
victory in the Carlsberg Trophy, defeating Collier
Row in a penalty shoot-out following a 1:1
draw after extra-time.
During the next few seasons the club continued
to finish in the top half of Division Two and in
1999/2000 reached the 5 th Round of the F.A.
Vase (last 8), losing to the eventual winners
In 2002/3 the Ryman League was restructured
and the Blues were placed in Division One
South. That season the club finished second
from bottom and faced the prospect of relegation.
By a stroke of good fortune, only three
teams were relegated from Divisions One North
and South, therefore, we found ourselves in a
relegation play-off against Wembley who finished
second from bottom in Division One
North. Fortunately, we won both legs of the
play-off and retained our place in Division One
South. Another poor season in 2003/4 saw us
finished just above the relegation places in 20 th
Following the F.A. restructuring of the nonleague
pyramid, in 2004/5 we found ourselves
in the Ryman League Division One.
Continued on page 26
Whilst Adam did not have to make any outstanding saves Saturday there were
two occasions when our hosts should have at least brought him in to action.
However my lasting memory of the match will always bee the two saves their
keeper made at the end to deny us a win.
Before the game I told everyone that I would be very happy with a draw and
home advantage tonight would then give us an even chance.
We are on a great run at the moment thanks to everyone who is a Brickie.
We received a warm welcome Saturday and we hope to return that to our visitors
tonight but the only disappointment was the crowd of 66 for an FA Cup match.
There were at least 40 brickies there if you include fans and committee and as
usual we made the most noise.
It must be a great feeling as a player at an away game to see our fans behind the
goal they are kicking to cheering them on.
Let's hope we get a good crowd tonight and they cheer us on to a much needed
The Respect handshakes before Saturday’s cup tie—Pic by Ken Medwyn
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From the Programme editor
Its been the best start to a season that I can remember for some time with some
great football being played by the team But the team also includes you, the supporters
who have also been magnificent and the committee thank you for that.
The only dampener on the proceedings is that we still struggle to attract the
support that the club deserves and that’s why a good cup run (not to mention
the valuable prize money it brings) is so important.
Great also to see us doing better in the league than most of our near neighbours!!
Its been a long time since I’ve seen such a togetherness in the team
and this is solely due to our dedicated management team.
Talking about management teams its refreshing to see that some clubs and
managers stay loyal to their team, none more so than Jim Cooper. Metropolitan
Police manager, who became their manager some 12 years ago.
Finally another apology if you find mistakes in this programme but having just
two days to produce it isn’t easy!
Today’s mascot is Joe Broad. He is 11 years today,
so a very happy birthday!
He goes to Minterne school, loves Manchester
Utd! and his favourite Man U player is Memphis
His favourite Sittingbourne players are Hich,
Jono and Adam.
He loves football and playing on his xbox 360,
and he also plays football for Milton & Fulston
FC at left back and back up goalie!
Bank Holiday Monday 31st August 2015,
Ryman League Div 1 South,
Ramsgate 1 Sittingbourne 3, att 190
Match Reports by
A cracking Sittingbourne performance gave their
loyal fans the win they wanted above all others.
Once former Sittingbourne managers Jim and Danny
Ward returned to Ramsgate in the summer and
took several ex-Brickies with them, it became a
date that loomed large in the diary for supporters.
Ramsgate’s players must have felt like they were
playing away listening to the noise from the terraces,
and on the pitch they were demolished by a
disciplined, determined and imaginative Sittingbourne.
On a soggy Bank Holiday Monday, the only regret
Sittingbourne were left with was that they could
have easily won by a considerably bigger margin.
And they were disappointed to concede a goal in a
game they were by then totally dominating.
Going into the match with four wins from their five
previous games, Sittingbourne made three changes
from the team that knocked Seven Acre &
Sidcup out of the FA Cup on Friday night.
The reliable Jono Richardson made his first start of
the season after returning from holiday and Stef
Wright and Friday’s match-winner Hicham
Akhazzan came into the starting line-up. Jack Steventon
and Adam Williams stepped down to subs
and Ollie Brown was away on holiday.
Positional changes saw Tom Brunt return to rightback
and Richardson take up a midfield position in
front of the back four, while Miles Cornwell played
further forward to support Harry Smith up front.
Ramsgate included ex-Sittingbourne players Joe
Taylor, Luke Girt and Nick Treadwell – their new
signing who played against the Brickies last week
for Whitstable – but Tom Loynes was relegated to
It looked to me as if Cornwell was fouled when
clean through in the 14th minute only for the referee
to wave play on, but Sittingbourne took the lead
anyway a few minutes later. When Treadwell conceded
a corner, Akhazzan accurately sent it to the
far post where Richardson powerfully headed
home. That meant nine different players had
scored Sittingbourne’s first 10 goals of the season.
Sittingbourne looked to have the edge throughout a
competitive first half but needed Brunt to make two
excellent well-timed tackles to save the day at the
They thought they’d gone two-up in first half injury
time with a Smith header from a corner that fans
around the goal – not to mention the players - said
was over the line when a Ramsgate defender
Sittingbourne were so much stronger right from the
start of the second half that demoralised Ramsgate
virtually fell apart, as the Brickies sauntered to a
fourth successive win on this ground.
Goalkeeper Adam Molloy had little to do but was in
just the right place to save a Treadwell header before
Sittingbourne went two-up. Akhazzan shrewdly
played a free-kick wide to Conrad Lee and when
his low cross came in, George Crimmen got to it
first at the near post to divert it past the keeper.
Ramsgate’s problems deepened as Wheatley committed
an identical foul to one he’d got booked for
in the first half and was inevitably sent off with
more than half-an-hour left to play.
Sittingbourne went close through Wright, Cornwell
and Smith as they continually swept forward, but
Ramsgate grabbed an unexpected lifeline on 75
minutes when Taylor claimed a headed goal
though it seemed to come off a visiting defender
Surely Sittingbourne weren’t going to throw it away
from here, and they didn’t, piling forward to create
a hatful of chances in the remaining time.
They only converted one, but it was a triumph for
the substitutions, as Steventon, Connor Leon and
the lively Fred Obasa combined down the right to
set up Smith with a simple tap-in, joyfully taken at
the far post.
The goal proved the strength in depth of the Sittingbourne
squad at this moment as they rounded
off an August in which they’ve improved immeasurably
with this convincing and much-enjoyed win.
Joint Ramsgate manager Danny Ward showed
class by shaking hands with virtually every Sittingbourne
travelling fan at the end of the game but
generally for the home club it was a day to forget.
Delighted Sittingbourne manager Nick Davis said
after the game: “I’m over the moon. What with the
two previous wins, that’s completed quite a week
for the club. We’re a good side, there’s no doubt
about it, and I felt we showed it with excellent performances
throughout the team.”
Sittingbourne: Molloy, Brunt, Lee, Davis
(Steventon 79 mins), Crimmen, Bankole, Wright
(Leon 73 mins), Richardson, Smith, Cornwell
(Obasa 69 mins), Akhazzan.
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Metropolitan Police —Pen Pics
IM COOPER. Manager for the past 12 seasons
and led the Met to the Ryman League Division 1
South Championship in the 2010/11 season after
4 defeats in play offs. Also, success in the 2010
London Senior Cup, beating AFC Wimbledon in
the final. More recently Jim has steered the club
through 4 seasons in the Ryman Premier Division,
finishing in 5th position in 2014/15 although we
lost the semi final playoff against Hendon. However,
the club some consolation by winning the
2015 Surrey Senior Cup. In his playing career,
Jim played for Leytonstone and Ilford, Dagenham,
Barking and the Met Police.
GAVIN MACPHERSON. Assistant Manager /
coach for the past 12 years. Previously played for
the Met Police, Barnet, Carlisle, Wealdstone and
Windsor & Eton.
PHIL CRAMP. Played for the Met. for 2 years
and was player / manager of the Met Reserve
team for 3 years. Joined Jim’s 1st team coaching
staff at the start of the 2012 / 13 season. Also
played for Walton & Hersham and Tonbridge Angels.
CHARLIE COLLINS. A versatile player who can
play anywhere across the front line and in midfield.
Aged 24 who joined the Met in January
2013. Was a member of the Surrey Senior Cup
winning team, calmly scoring a penalty at a crucial
stage to give us a 2:0 lead which proved to be the
final score. Represented the Republic of Ireland
at under 21 level whilst a professional at Milton
Keynes Dons and played Conference football with
CHAD SMITH. Became the club’s physiotherapist
at the start of the 2014 / 15 Season. Chad started
his physiotherapy career at Harrow Borough
F.C. and then went to the Wycombe Wanderers
Centre of Excellence where he worked initially
with the Youth team, before progressing to the
Reserve team and assisting with the 1st team. He
took a year away from football to work at the London
Olympics. He then went to Northwood, followed
by Wingate & Finchley, before joining the
BILLY CROOK. Billy is a 25 year old central midfielder.
He is very comfortable in possession of
the ball, likes to link up play between defence and
attack. He returned to the Met for the 2014/5 season
after a season with Dulwich Hamlet. The won
the 2014/5 Players of the Year award and was
joint winner of the Players Player of the Year
award, which he shared with Rob Bartley. Billy
has been appointed captain of the 1st team for the
2015/16 season. Previous clubs also include, Peterborough
United, Tooting & Mitcham United and
NIKKI AHAMED. A central midfielder aged 23
who signed for the Met in October 2014 from
Wealdstone. Nikki formed an impressive midfield
partnership with Billy Crook. Previously with Chelsea
at youth level.
JOE TURNER. A centre forward aged 22 who
signed for the Met in January 2015 from Wealdstone.
Previous clubs include Hampton and
JON NURSE. Forward. Jon signed for the Met at
the start of the 2015/16 season from Vanarama
National Champions Barnet F.C. He also played
for Dagenham and Redbridge and scored the winner
at Wembley in the League 2 play off final in
A central defender who is
very comfortable on the ball. Harry joined the Met
at the start of the 2015/16 season having previously
played for Luton Town. Due to injury problems
he was not offered a contract this season
and hopes to prove he is now over his injury problems.
RONAYNE MARSH-BROWN. A strong / quick
ELLIOT TAYLOR. A right back, aged 23, who left back who joined the Met towards the end of
broke into the first team squad in March 2010. the 2014/15 season. Previous clubs include,
Was an important member of the 2010 / 11 Division
1 South Championship winning team, a ley.
Crawley Town, Gillingham and Wingate & Finch-
member of the Met team which beat AFC Wimbledon
in the London Senior Cup Final in 2010 and
MEKHAIL MCLAUGHLIN. A versatile player,
aged 18, who is equally comfortable at centre half
the team which won the Surrey Senior Cup in
and left back. Mekhail has played for the Met
2015. Elliot was the Club’s Player of the Year for
youth team for 2 years and recently signed a contract
with MPFC. He made several appearances
the 2013 /14 season. Previously with Raynes
in the 1st team during the 2014/5 season and is
regarded as a precocious talent.
ALEX KOZAKIS. A goal keeper and another
product of our successful youth team. Alex spent
much of last season on a gentleman’s agreed
loan to Tooting & Mitcham United to gain 1st team
experience. A bright future is predicted for him.
A fantastic effort from the lads on Saturday and even though the game was very
tight with limited chances Id think it is fair to say that we edged it. The two chances
we created in the last 10 minutes were probably the best of the game and
their keeper must take huge credit for his team still being in the hat for Monday
and earning a replay on Tuesday. The game unfortunately never passed without
us having a couple of casualties and George Crimmen and Ollie Bankole will be
huge doubts to be fit in time for Tuesday. This will stretch my squad and show
the strength we have in depth currently and with the timely addition to our playmaker
Jake Beecroft returning from work Commitments, this will give us a huge
boost. We find ourselves unbeaten now in 6 with one loss at home in 12 and
stretching back to mid-January and we will need to be at our very best to beat
the Met and progress to the next round. Again I want to thank the supporters who
made up 75% of the crowd on Saturday and sung their hearts out for the lads, it
really does make a difference.
Adam Molloy—sponsored by
George Crimmen (photo to follow) —
Sponsored by John Cooper
Stefan Wright (photo to follow) —
sponsored by Alan Crowshaw
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DATE OPPOSITION COMP Sc ATT 1 2 3 4
Sat 8 Aug
Tue 11 Aug
Sat 15 Aug
Tue 18 Aug
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Tue 25 Aug
Fri 28 Aug
Mon 31 Aug
Sat 5 Sept
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Sat 12 Sept
Tue 15 Sept
Sat 19 Sept
Tue 22 Sept
Sat 26 Sept
Tue 29 Sept
Sun 4 Oct
Tue 6 Oct
Sat 10 Oct
Tues 13 Oct
Sat 17 Oct
Sat 24 Oct
Tue 27 Oct
Sat 31 Oct
Tue 3 Nov
Sat 7 Nov
Tue 10 Nov
Sat 14 Nov
Tue 17 Nov
Sat 21 Nov
Sat 28 Nov
Sat 5 Dec
Sat 12 Dec
Sat 19 Dec
Mon 28 Dec
Sat 2 Jan
Sat 9 Jan
Sat 16 Jan
Sat 23 Jan
Sat 30 Jan
Sat 6 Feb
Sat 13 Feb
Sat 20 Feb
Sat 27 Feb
Sat 5 Mar
Sat 12 Mar
Sat 19 Mar
Sat 26 Mar
Mon 28 Mar
Sat 2 Apr
Sat 9 Apr
Sat 16 Apr
Sat 23 Apr
Seven Acre & Sidup
Walton & Hersham
Corinthian - Casuals
Peacehaven & Tels
East Grinstead Twn
Tooting & Mitcham
Walton & Hersham
Tooting & Mitcham
East Grinstead Twn
Peacehaven & Tels
Kent Snr Cup
North * French
Davis * Crimmen 1
Davis * Crimmen
Davis * Crimmen 1
Davis * Crimmen
Richardson Crimmen *
SITTINGBOURNE FOOTBALL CLUB
KEY to above grid:
Home matches in Bold Capitals.
@ = After Extra Time
+ = Own Goal
# = Sent Off
1,2,3, etc after players name = goals scored
* = Subs used and players substituted
** = Sub was Substituted
KSC = Kent Senior Cup
Lge Cup = Isthmian League Cup
League = Ryman Isthmian Lge Div 1 South
FAT = FA Challenge Trophy
FAC = FA Challenge Cup
KSC = Kent Senior Cup
6 7 8 9 10 11 12 14 15 16 17
Wright * 1
Cornwell 1 *
*Steventon Gonnella *
Pilcher * Gonnella *
Pilcher Cornwell *
Bankole 1 * Williams *
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Away Travel details
Ryman League Tuesday 19th September, Whyteleafe, KO 3.00PM
Ground address: Whyteleafe Football Club, Church Road, Whyteleafe, Surrey, CR3 0AR
From Junction 6 of the M25 head north along the A22 (signposted to London, Croydon and
At Wapses Lodge Roundabout, the Ann Summers building is clearly visible opposite, take
the third exit.
Take the first left adjacent to Whyteleafe South railway station and cross the level crossing.
Fork right after 200 yards into Church Road.
The ground is a quarter of a mile down the road on the right
Nearest Station: Whyteleafe South
10 min walk. Up Salmons Lane then right into Church Road, ground is on the right.
Other matches today involving Ryman
Deal Town v Whitstable Town—FA Cup Replay
Faversham Town v Staines Town—FA Cup replay
Folkestone Invicta v Tonbridge Angels—FA Cup replay
Hythe Town v Molesey—League
Whyteleafe v Tooting & Mitcham Utd—League
Worthing v Dorking Wanderers—League
Tom Brunt and Fred Obasa in action against Metropolitan Police—Pics by Ken Medwyn
Match Reports by
Saturday 5th September 2015
Ryman League South
Sittingbourne 3 Guernsey 2
These are exciting times to be following Sittingbourne
as they stormed back from twodown
to record a first ever win over bogey
That’s four wins in a row for Sittingbourne,
the best such run for five years, with a performance
that showed guts and determination
to turn it around.
Guernsey beat them twice last season and
looked sure to go on and do it again as they
built up an early two-goal lead.
But Sittingbourne, revived by what was obviously
a dressing room dressing-down at halftime,
thrillingly fought back and Fred Obasa
got his first ever goal for the club to clinch a
You had to feel sorry for Guernsey, who were
playing their fifth game on the mainland in a
fortnight, with their tiredness showing through
before a late rally almost brought them an
Sittingbourne made two changes from the
team that won well at Ramsgate on Bank
Holiday Monday. With Nick Davis and Ollie
Bankole out, teenager Jack Steventon returned
in defence and Obasa’s impressive
substitute appearances rewarded him with a
On a drizzly, chilly sort of day, Sittingbourne
started well and Harry Smith twice went close
early on, the second time with a header from
close-in that he somehow sent straight into
the keeper’s arms.
Guernsey took the lead out of the blue after
nine minutes, McGrath’s shot from a low leftwing
cross taking a deflection to wrongfoot
keeper Adam Molloy.
The transformation brought about by the goal
was amazing. Sittingbourne seemed to immediately
lose their verve and purpose, while
Guernsey, who have been struggling for results
recently, were suddenly full of confidence
as they stroked the ball around.
And it was no surprise their domination gave
them a second goal just after the half-hour
when another left-wing cross was anticipated
at the near post by Heaume, who dashed in
to score from close range.
Sittingbourne needed to get one back before
half-time and that’s just what they did when
Tom Brunt received a return pass from the
excellent Jono Richardson and the ever-alert
Hicham Akhazzan met his near post pass to
It was a different Sittingbourne who came out
for the second half, playing with pace and
positivity and simply sweeping Guernsey
They soon got on level terms, Smith using
the back of his head to score from
Akhazzan’s well-flighted corner, Sittingbourne
looking a threat at all set pieces
with their extra height.
A winner looked on the cards so well were
Sittingbourne playing and they got it halfway
through the half when Akhazzan showed all
his experience and trickery to jink his way into
the area before crossing to the far post
where Obasa’s hard work was rewarded by
scuffing in his first goal for the club.
Sittingbourne could easily have added further
goals, so on top were they throughout the
second half, but Guernsey threw caution to
the wind in the last few minutes.
Molloy made two excellent saves but by far
the closest they got was in the 89th minute
when Richardson’s attempted clearance flew
the wrong way and thudded back off the join
of bar and post.
So Sittingbourne were through to a first ever
win over Guernsey, at the fifth attempt, and
an encouraging fourth win on the trot.
Sittingbourne: Molloy, Brunt, Lee, Steventon,
Crimmen, Richardson, Wright (Williams
78 mins), Cornwell, Smith, Obasa, Akhazzan
That’s three wins out of four games for Sittingbourne
now as they begin their climb up
the table after a slow start to the season
A (not so) brief history—cont
In their first full season in charge, the new management team of Jim Cooper, assisted by Gavin
MacPherson and John Nicholson, had an immediate impact and we finished 5 th in the Division
One, thus qualifying for the play-offs (introduced as part of the F.A. restructuring) where we
played Bromley. An evenly balanced encounter ended with the scores 1:1 after extra time but
we lost 4:3 in the penalty shoot-out.
In 2005/6 we finished in 4 th position in the Ryman Division One but again fell at the play-off semi
-final stage, losing 1:0 to Dover Athletic.
Further F. A. restructuring resulted in a Ryman League Division 1 North and Division 1 South in
2006/7 and the club finished in sixth position in the Division 1 South. With only one club promoted
automatically, the club narrowly missed out on a play-off place. However, the club reached
the final of the Surrey Senior Cup for the first time since 1933 but was beaten 4-1 after extra
time by Tooting & Mitcham United, the score after 90 minutes was 1-1.
In 2007/8 the Blues finished 4th in the Ryman League Division 1 South but for the third time in
four years was beaten in the play-off semi final, this time 2-0 by Cray Wanderers.
In 2008/9 the club again finished in 4th position in the Ryman Division One South, thus qualifying
for the play offs for the 4th time in 5 seasons, winning the semi final play off match 1:0
against Fleet Town, but losing 0:1 to Cray Wanderers in the final.
In 2009/10 MPFC had a disappointing Ryman Division 1 South league campaign. After a poor
start the club was never in a position to mount a serious challenge for a play off position and finished
in 10th position in the London Cup.
The 2014/15 Season ended with us reaching the Ryman League Premier Division playoffs, albeit,
via an unusually set of circumstances. We actually finished in 6th position in the Premier
Division but after a protracted series of appeals, Enfield Town were deducted 3 points and we
ended up in 5th position. Unfortunately, we lost the playoff semi final 2:1 to Hendon. However,
we enjoyed success in the Surrey Senior Cup, beating Merstham 2:0 in the final.
The Blues home ground at Imber Court, East Molesey, Surrey, is about one and a half miles
from the historic Hampton Court. The grounds were acquired by the Metropolitan Police for use
as a sports club in 1919 and the main clubhouse, which has been vastly extended, was opened
in 1920. Facilities at the Football Ground have been improved significantly over the past 20
years. Funding for the improvements are generated from a service-wide lottery set up by the
football club in 1964. This lottery also provides funding for the 50 sports sections which make
up the Metropolitan Police Athletic Association.
The two wonder saves by the Met Police keeper Alex Kokakis that kept them in the cup—Pics by Ken Medwyn
Our core business is to provide cost management services
to the construction industry. Our client base includes
subcontractors, contractors, corporates, private
businesses and public sector organisations. We adopt
industry accepted approaches to cost management/
procurement. We apply these diligently and conscientiously
to each project.
Our staff regularly undertake CPD training and university
studies in order to keep abreast of developments
in the industry. In addition to our collective experience
and expertise, Our software systems enable us to deliver
efficient services to our clients. We are also currently
looking at ways in which we can further benefit
our clients using Building Information Model [BIM].
Many of QS Consults’ clients are already involved in the construction industry with
our services complementing their own. By way of example with public sector clients
we can prepare cost studies (including market testing) to enable them to make
more informed decisions regarding proposed projects and estates strategies.
On the other hand for contractors and sub-contractor’s we provide estimating and
tendering services allowing them to focus on their core business of delivering construction
projects. Just some of our projects are shown below:
Some clients we work with may have never been involved in construction before
and may be considering a one-off construction project. As quantity surveyors we
can provide guidance on managing costs and how to minimise costs risks associated
with construction projects. Some clients we work with may have never been involved
in construction before and may be considering a one-off construction project.
As quantity surveyors we can provide guidance on managing costs and how to
minimise costs risks associated with construction projects.
Player Stats to and including 12th Sept 2015
SPONSOR A PLAYERS KIT
Sponsor a player will be up and running soon as we get pics of
all the squad. In the meantime pleaswe register your interest in
sponsoring a complete player of just kit with a committee member.
Your name will be in the programme for a complete season!
Sponsorship costs are:
“Sponsorship is the lifeblood of the club”
Match Day Sponsor - this gives the sponsor and guests (Up to four) access to
the boardroom to enjoy half time and post match food and drink. Costs of this is
a very reasonable £175
Matchball Sponsor - £50
Mascot - An ideal present for a football mad youngster = £50 Includes mascot
plus three guests plus Hospitality.
Man of the Match - Your chance to be the official "Man of the Match" awarder
Sponsor a Brickie and have your name in the programme as a sponsor for the
entire season, rates are:
Web site advertising—An exciting opportunity to advertise on a web site that
has a verifiable 3000 plus hits a month.
Box Advert.......£75 All enquiries for web site advertising to Peter Pitts via
email@example.com or call 07785 906627
Size 8 feet x 3 feet = £200, then £100 per year re-
Ground Perimeter Boards:
Other sizes negotiable
For any of the above opportunities see John Cooper or any other committee
Winners Receive £40
Sponsors of the Woodstock stadium—www.dma-group.co.uk
Division 1 South Table
Table is up to and including Saturday 12th September 2015
RESPECT - Ryman Statement: The Ryman Football League and Sittingbourne
Football Club strongly supports the FA statement that the
should be a zero tolerance approach against racism and all forms of discrimination.
Accordingly any form of discriminatory abuse whether it be based on race
or ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, faith age, ability or any other form
of abuse will be reported to the Football Association for action by that Association.
Manager: Nick Davis
Assistant: Tony Cornwell
Coaches: Jono Richardson, Hicham
Akhazzan, Warren Chambers, Barry Crimmen.
Physio: Tom Martin
Matchday Assistant Harry Chambers
Referee: Mr Stuart Cheek (Ilford)
Assistants: Mr Isaac Searle, Mr Jack Owen
Manager: Jim Cooper
Assistant Manager: Gavin Macpherson
Coach: Phil Cramp
Goalkeeper Coach: Scott Carr
Physio: Chad Smith
Red & Black Stripes Shirts,
Black Shorts, Black Socks
Blue shirts, shorts & socks
1. Adam MOLLOY
2. Tom BRUNT (C)
3. Conrad LEE
4. Jono RICHARDSON
5. George CRIMMEN
6. Ollie BROWN
7. Stefan WRIGHT
8 Ollie BANKOLE
9. Harry SMITH
10. Fred OBASA
11. Hicham AKHAZZAN
12. Miles CORNWELL
14. Nick DAVIS
15 Jack STEVENTON
16. Jake BEECROFT
17 Adam WILLIAMS
1 Alex Kokakis
2. Elliott TAYLOR
3. Mekhail McLAUGHLIN
4. Billy CROOK
5. Harry TAMPLIN
6 Steve SUTHERLAND (C)
7. Charlie COLLINS
8. Joe TURNER
9. Jon NURSE
10. Ryan CASE
11. Taurean ROBERTS
12. Ronayne MARSH_BROWN
14. Nikki AHAMED
15. Alistair GORDON
16. Tom COLLINS
17 Scott TARR (GK)
18 Anotonio GONELLA