SITTINGBOURNE FOOTBALL CLUB
Woodstock Park, Broadoak Road.
Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 8AG
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Sittingbourne FC is a members Club
Affiliated to the Kent County Football Association
Members of the Bostik League Division One South and the Kent County League
PRESIDENT: Alan Crowshaw
VICE PRESIDENTS: Andy Spice, Tania Spice, Alan Barty and John Cooper
OFFICERS OF THE CLUB
Chairman: Maurice Dunk
Vice Chairman: Ken Medwyn
Secretary/ Treasurer: John Pitts
COMMITTEE MEMBERS AND HELPERS
Youth team Chairman, Media: Glen Parkes
Youth team Secretary: Mike Sayce
Press, Website, Programme editor, Stadium announcer: Peter Pitts
Fixtures Secretary, Youth treasurer, Club assistant treasurer: Colin Page
Turnstile manager: Danny Appleton
Coach Liaison: Chris Daisy
Sandra Pitts and Carol Cooper: Board room hospitality
Turnstile: Faye Goatham
Programme sales: Jackie Goatham
Match reporter: Tony Rickson
Groundsman: Roger Pudner
Club shop: Clive Phillips
Club historians: Tony Rickson and Dudley Hird
Head steward: Roger Wilkins
First team manager: Nick Davis
First team assistant manager: Tony Cornwell
Physio: Tom Martin
Kit manager/ Goalkeeper coach: Warren Chambers
Coach: Aslan Odev. Team assistant: Harry Chambers
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Buildbase FA Trophy 1st Qual Rnd
SATURDAY 28th October 2017
SITTINGBOURNE V MERSTHAM
Manager: Nick Davis
Assistant: Tony Cornwell
Physio: Tom Martin
Coach Aslan Odev
Coach / Kit Manager: Warren Chambers
Referee Scott Wiliams (Hackney),
Manager: Hayden Bird
Assistant Manager: Tutu Henriques
First Team Coach: Gary Pascoe
Goalkeeping Coach: Jordan Bradley
Physio: Katie Davey
Physio: Nyesha Chapman
Assistants: Farai Hallam (Ilford)
Charlie Acton (Chingford)
Red & Black Stripes Shirts,
Black Shorts, Black Socks
1, Harry BROOKS
1. Chris HAIGH
2. Michael ABNETT
3. Chris ELLIO
3. Ben HARRISON
4. Ollie BROWN
4. Simon COOPER
5. Laurence BALL
5. Jelan JONES
6. John COKER
6. Stephan HAMILTON-FORBES
7. Tom LOYNES
7. Dan BENNETT
8. Mobolaji DAWODU
8. Kershaney SAMUELS
9. Kane ROWLAND
9. Richard PINGLING
10. Miles CORNWELL (C)
10. Ryan HALL
11. Gill CARVALHO
11. Reece HALL
12. Kane PHILIP
12. Alex ADDAI
14. David SMITH
14. Sean BONNETT-JOHNSON
15. Lex ALLAN
15. Sahr KABBA
16. Tyrone GUTHRIE
16. Sonny BLACK
17. Chris HAWKES
17. Tom NYAMA
The Secretary’s Jottings
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to Woodstock for this 1 st Qualifying Round of the Buildbase FA Trophy.
Our visitors for the second time in two weeks are Merstham from the Bostik League Premier Division.
Welcome to their players, officials and supporters and also the match officials. Our last meeting, also
here, ended in a 1-0 win for The Brickies in the Velocity (league cup) trophy. Both teams had a few
changes from their usual line up so expect another very close contest today.
Apologies for the restrictions at the ground today. Some areas will not be open as they usually are.
When the league fixtures were issued we were due to be playing away. Unfortunately, we did not take
into consideration the fact that we might have a trophy home match. There is a function in the main bar
and the Broadoak room so that is why we are using the small bar today. This bar will not be open after
Please remember that under FA cup competition rules it is not allowed to take alcoholics drinks outside
of the bar area, we have no say in this.
We have toilets at the far side of the ground. The lady’s toilet is reached by the gate on the right. The
Gents toilet is accessed by the side door on the left. The club house toilets are also available for use as
Our last match here ended in an unfortunate way. Cray Wanderers are a big powerful side. They possibly
just shaded the first half but we were clearly the better side in the second half. Their frustration got
the better of them and ended with one of their players punching Chris Elliott after he didn’t get a decision
from the referee that he obviously felt he should have got. Chris Elliott, understandably, reacted to this
assault. The referee showed a red card to both players. This should have been the end of the matter but
as both players trundled off the pitch the Cray player punched Chris again. This caused a confrontation
from both teams. It’s easy to be wise after an event but perhaps the referee should have made both
players go off separately. It was a shame that the match ended is this way because it (up to that point)
was a great advert for Bostik League football.
In the Velocity trophy last 16 we have been drawn away to another Ryman Premier club, Wingate &
Finchley. This has to be played by January 7 th . I would expect though, this to be played well before then
though so keep an eye open for an announcement on this.
I know it’s a bit early for this notification but it may help in planning your Christmas football because I
know you would not want to miss a Brickies game. Our Boxing day match at Ashford will kick off at
Next Tuesday (assuming there is a result to today’s game) we visit Molesey for a 7:45pm league match.
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The Programme Editor
Welcome again to Merstham, it seems like only a couple of weeks since we played you last! .
I hope you find this programme informative. I have included details of the Buidbase FA Trophy
1st qualifying matches involving Bostik League clubs that are being played today . There are
also a few Bostik South league games so I have included those as well, note that Guernsey,
who opted this season not to enter either the Emirates FA cup or the Buildbase FA Trophy,
have a 12.45 Kick off at Ramsgate. I have also included pen pictures of the Brickies squad.
The Buildbase FA Trophy is a perfect opportunity to improve the finances although there is not
always as much money made in these games as you might think, especially if you lose!. I
heard of a club (in the Bostik Premier) who put down expenses of over £900 for security alone,
putting a huge dent in any money to be made as that
club won and got the prize money whilst the other club
made a very small amount (not enough to cover travel
and players fees). We suffered from this a bit when we
played Dover Athletic early on in the season in the
Kent Senior Cup and they claimed £200 plus for security
staff – this though was a bit different as unlike ourselves,
being in the National League Dover use a Security
provider and don’t rely on volunteers. Merstham
need not worry as we wont’ be putting down an exorbitant
amount for security!
Talking about security I was reading in the Metro how
the Stevenage security staff were reported to have
asked several Grimsby female supporters to lift their
tops to show their bras to female stewards while also
fully body searching children as young as 5. Note to
our stewards – this is not a requirement of Sittingbourne
I read the Metro article about Stevenage whilst on the
way to a client in New Addington (Near Croydon) and
on that same journey I saw a great sign that said
“Please do not block the drive or you may be threatened
The home games are coming thick and fast which
means that there is a fair old strain on myself and the
secretary in getting the programme produced and
printed. However I must thank all of you who buy a programme and remind you that 100% of
the cover price goes to the club at present..
Finally don’t you think that the team are playing exciting football ? lets hope that today is no exception.
Merstham—A Brief History
Matches were first played at the old Merstham
Lime Works known as Limeworks Meadow.
Changing facilities were non-existent and the
players had to make do with the hedgerows to
shield their modesty. After some time, accommodation
was made available at the Jolliffe
Arms (now the Vojan Indian Restaurant). In
1897 the club were founder members of the
Redhill & District League and elected as an affiliate
of the Surrey FA in the previous September.
They were playing in the Redhill & District
League Division Two in the 1905/06 season.
The club moved to its present location in Albury
Road in the 1920’s.
The club’s first major success was winning the
league in 1927 and in 1930. Off the field
through the devotion and hard work of club officials
and members in 1960, in partnership with
the local authority, the changing room and tearoom
were constructed and training lights were
erected. This was followed some years later in
1974 by the construction of a small stand with
a modest capacity of some 90 people.
Senior status was gained in 1964 joining the
Surrey Senior League. The title was won once
in the 1971/72 season. In 1978 they again
switched leagues joining the London Spartan
By the 1984/85 season Merstham had joined
the Combined Counties League. 1984 saw the
completion of the new club house. Merstham
were runners-up in the Combined Counties
League in the 1987/88 season and the following
year proved to be the club’s best season in
senior football by reaching the fourth round of
the FA Vase losing, to Billericay Town at home
The 1990/91 season saw the erection of floodlights
at the Weldon Way ground and an official
‘Floodlight Opener’ against Crystal Palace. The
next few seasons saw Merstham generally settle
for mid-table anonymity. The FA Cup of
1996/97 saw, historically, Merstham’s biggest
defeat losing 8-1 to Aldershot Town.
The 2002/03 season brought AFC Wimbledon
into the league and their visit to Merstham attracted
1,582 fans, the club's record home attendance.
A successful application to the FA
Stadia Fund enabled the club to build the new
changing rooms and add a perimeter fence.
The 2005/06 was their best all round season
for twenty years however there was disappointment
when they were denied promotion to the
Ryman League because their stand was delivered
two weeks late.
For the 2006/07 season manager, Mick Sullivan,
had to form a new line up for the team.
However, 2ns spot in the league was attained.
In t5he 2007/08 season, Mick Sullivan’s seventh
year in charge, brought the Club into a
new era with a treble winning side, a fantastic
run in the FA Vase and promotion to the Ryman
sponsored Isthmian League South Division
as they finally finished top of the league
after two seasons as runners up.
Merstham reached the Quarter Final of the FA
Vase when they lost at home to Needham Market
2-3 in extra time in a game watched by a
crowd of 841.
The icing on the cake that season came when
Merstham were re-instated into the Surrey
Senior Cup after Tooting & Mitcham and Kingstonian
were removed for fielding ineligible
players. In the semi-final they were pitched
against local rivals Redhill, who had been winners
on two previous occasions, at Moatside
where they won 4-3 with the help of a hat-trick
from Mark Simmons. The final was played at
Imber Court, home of the Metropolitan Police
FC, against Ryman League side Whyteleafe.
On a top quality surface Merstham’s passing
skills paid off and they won 3-2 in extra time
after being behind on two occasions.
2008/09 saw Merstham’s first season in the
Ryman League Division One South which
turned out to be an extremely good season finishing
in a very creditable eighth place narrowly
missing out on a play-off position.
In May Manager Mick Sullivan announced
that, after eight seasons at the helm, he was
leaving the club for rival Ryman side Leatherhead
citing that ‘he had taken Merstham as far
as he could and needed a new challenge’. Former
Banstead Athletic Manager Graeme Banyard
was appointed as the new manager. with
immediate effect and that he was looking forward
to the challenge.
Continued on the next page.
Merstham—A Brief History Cont
Further ‘bad’ news came when other key staff
left, some also to Leatherhead. Merstham’s
second season in the Ryman League went the
way of many preceding sides who had found it
far more difficult than their first.
The 2010/11 Season will be remembered mainly
for the resignation of Graeme Banyard and
the recriminations that followed about the nature
of his departure. Andy Martin took over as
Caretaker Manager as Merstham slid towards a
possible relegation slot with some very poor
performances, and accepted the post of Manager
for the 2011/12 season. After just twenty
games in charge Martin left the club and Antony
Williams and Rob Smith took on the role as
Caretaker Managers until Hayden Bird took the
The 2012/13 season saw many changes at the
club notably the loss of the Reserves, A & B
Teams, the Sunday Team and the U18s; the
board citing financial reasons. With a minimal
budget Bird rang the changes for the 2013/14
season bringing in more experienced players
and the expectation of a play-off position.
The 2013/14 season saw Merstham attain their
highest place in the club’s history finishing seventh
with their highest tally of points and goals
since gaining promotion to the Ryman League.
Merstham went on an incredible unbeaten 13-
game league run, winning on 11 occasions and
finally just missing out on the play-offs, finishing
seventh. Tommy Hutchings deservedly won the
Players and Supporters ‘Player of the Season’
Merstham gained promotion to the Isthmian
league premier Division at the end of season
The 2015/16 season was to be yet another record
breaking season for Merstham attaining
their highest position in the ‘Football Pyramid’
finishing a very creditable 10th in their first Season
in The Ryman Isthmian Premier League.
This was helped by 20 goals from Charlie Penny
and 14 from Fabio Saraiva who were both
promptly offered a position at National League
side Woking. The season finished on another
high when they trounced Godalming Town 4-1
in the final of the Surrey Senior Cup. Another
very successful season for Manager Hayden
Bird and his team.
Season 2016-17 saw an epic FA Cup run
reaching the ‘First Round Proper’ of the FA Cup
for the first time in their history. They achieved
this with some of the finest football ever seen at
the Moatside; They beat East Preston (4-1),
Colliers Wood Utd (2-1 in a replay), Thamesmead
Town (5-1) and Ebbsfleet Utd (2-1) on the
way to end up facing SkyBET League One side
Oxford Utd but Merstham struggled in the
During the close season Manager Hayden Bird
made whole sale changes to his squad; Assistant
Manager Mick Sullivan, who left the club
returning to Leatherhead, was replaced by
Merstham player/coach Tutu Henriques.
Match Reports by Tony Rickson
Saturday 21st October 2017
Bostik League South
Sittingbourne 1 Chipstead 1 att 156
Praise Sittingbourne’s players for never giving
up, and – again – getting a very late goal, this
time to rescue a point.
They’re still second in the league, they’re now
unbeaten in the last eight league and cup
games, and their resilience and never-say-die
determination will take them a long way this
They were far from at their best in this game,
but there were two teams out there and Chipstead
handled them well and were able to slow
the game down and defend deeply once they’d
taken a precious early lead.
That set piece goal was the first conceded by
Sittingbourne in seven games, but they’ve now
got to put that run behind them and get on with
things from here. Cray Wanderers and
Merstham at home in the next two games will
test them to the full on that.
There were two changes in the team that won 4
-0 at Shoreham the previous Saturday, new
signing Salvyn Kisitu coming in and ‘Lawson’
Okimeji returning in midfield, with popular duo
the ever-present Chris Webber and Ollie Brown
Storm Brian was never quite the factor it had
threatened to be, but it may have been the
cause of Sittingbourne defenders failing to clear
a seventh minute Chipstead corner. All they did
was flick it across goal and defender Martin
was on hand at the far post to smash it in.
Sittingbourne responded positively and Tom
Loynes had a good effort tipped over the bar,
and Bola Dawodu and John Coker just failed to
convert chances while Ben Gorham headed
over. The best chance of the half came right at
the end of it when Dawodu timed his run beautifully
to meet Loynes’ cross but could only volley
it too high.
But the approach work sometimes failed
through poor passing, and it all got a bit too
frantic too soon, as Chipstead did well to nullify
what’s traditionally a great Sittingbourne
strength of attacking down the wings.
Sittingbourne started the second half strongly,
with Dawodu just wide, Gil Carvalho having a
good opening blocked and Kane Rowland
heading just over the bar.
The only time Sittingbourne have lost in the
league this season was at Faversham, where
they conceded a first half goal and then couldn’t
find room or space to get the ball behind an ever
deeper defence and create chances in that
Chipstead were playing the same tactics and it
looked like working as the second half went on,
particularly in a couple of rare attacks when
Twum’s shot was deflected just wide and Bell
brought out a good diving save by Daren
As always, Sittingbourne’s attacking substitutions
threatened to shake things up and Chipstead
must have known they were going to
have to pull out all the stops to keep their slender
lead as time ticked on and it all got pretty
Full-back Chris Elliott’s set pieces – long throws
and left-footed free-kicks and corners – created
continual mayhem in the six-yard box and Sittingbourne
finally equalised from one of them.
It was a minute into added time when Dawodu’s
header was cleared off the line, Carvalho got
the ball back in and Rowland side-footed it over
the line from a couple of yards out. It was the
young striker’s third successive Saturday on the
The rejuvenated Sittingbourne crowd roared
them forward in search of a late winner, but it
ended messily with another melee in front of
goal ending in a minor fracas. Skipper Gorham
was singled out from Sittingbourne for his role
in it, and having been harshly booked earlier,
he got his second yellow card and was sent off.
Funny that Sittingbourne’s only other red card
this season was also in injury time and also
against Chipstead, Brown getting sent off there
in the opening match of the season.
As mentioned earlier, Sittingbourne now face
fourth-placed Cray and in-form Merstham at
home in the next seven days – what an opportunity
to recover from the disappointment of
dropping two points in this game.
Sittingbourne: Daren Hawkes, Salvyn Kisitu
(David Smith, 76 min), Chris Elliott, Jide Okimeji
(Tyrone Guthrie, 61 min), Ben Gorham
(Two yellow cards), John Coker, Tom Loynes,
Bola Dawodu, Kane Rowland, Miles Cornwell
(Kane Phillip, 61 min), Gil Carvalho.
Subs not used: Lex Allan, Harry Brooks.
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KEY to above grid:
@ = After Extra Time
& = Lost on Pens
+ = 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
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Bostik South Matches Today
3pm Ashford United v Whyteleafe
3pm Herne Bay v Shoreham
3pm Horsham v South Park
3pm Phoenix Sports v East Grinstead Town
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Buildbase FA Trophy Bostik League Matches
Aylesbury v Harlow Town
Barking v Beaconsfield Town
Biggleswade Town v Wingate & Finchley
Billericay Town v Tooting & Mitcham United
Bishop's Stortford v Hanwell Town
Bowers & Pitsea v Egham Town
Brentwood Town v Bedford Town
Burgess Hill Town v Aveley
Bury Town v Chalfont St Peter
Corinthian-Casuals v Hertford Town
Cray Wanderers v Grays Athletic
Dorking Wanderers v Ware
Dunstable Town v Lewes
Harrow Borough v Haringey Borough
Hastings United v Ashford Town (Middx)
Hayes & Yeading United v Chesham United
Hendon v Kings Langley
Hitchin Town v Cheshunt
Leatherhead v Hythe Town
Leiston v Folkestone Invicta
Maldon & Tiptree v Walton Casuals
Metropolitan Police v AFC Sudbury
Potters Bar Town v Witham Town
Royston Town v Enfield Town
Sittingbourne v Merstham
Staines Town v Margate
Tonbridge Angels v Heybridge Swifts
Waltham Abbey v Dulwich Hamlet
Worthing v Lowestoft Town
Match Reports by Tony Rickson
Tuesday 24th October 2017
Sittingbourne 0 Cray Wanderers 0, att 160
Two well-matched teams protecting long unbeaten
runs fought out an honours-even goalless
draw. That much will soon be forgotten.
What will stick rather longer in the memory, unfortunately,
is a pretty dreadful pitch battle at
the end when players simply lost their heads.
One from each side was sent off, but far from
ending the trouble, it just sparked an even
worse incident after Cray’s Rhule punched
Sittingbourne’s Chris Elliott as the pair trudged
off.Players from both sides rushed to start separate
fights, though to be fair some were trying to
break them up, and then both benches raced
on, hopefully to try to stop the mayhem.
Eventually, and it took an awful long time, law
and order was restored with the referee ending
the match and both sets of players leaving the
So an evening that had promised much between
two in-form Kent sides in the top five in
Bostik League South ended in mayhem.
The game itself was dominated by wellorganised
and efficient defences, with Sittingbourne’s
John Coker and his opposite number in the
Cray team, the aptly-named Leader, the outstanding
players on display.
Sittingbourne made two changes from the team
that drew 1-1 with Chipstead on Saturday, Harry
Brooks replacing Daren Hawkes in goal, and
Tyrone Guthrie in midfield in place of Lawson
Hard-working Miles Cornwell thrashed an early
20-yarder just too high but at the other end
Rhule thundered his 10th minute shot against
the bar, though that turned out to be the closest
Cray got all night.
Brooks made a very good save from a Power
header when the big Cray striker for once lost
his marker, but chances were few and far between
though a pacy game ebbed and flowed
from end to end.
There was a precedent for what happened later
on when a 32nd minute tackle by Bola Dawodu
sparked a melee, with lots of pushing and shoving
making it impossible for the referee to sort
out the bad guys from the good ones.
Sittingbourne dominated the second half, always
going forward, always pressing high up
the pitch as Cray determinedly kept possession
at the back and constantly tried to play their
way out. Dawodu went close and Tom Loynes
fired in a short corner that was headed
off the line as Sittingbourne drove on in search
of the sort of late goal they so enjoyed scoring
But Cray, who like Sittingbourne have now gone
nine matches without defeat, were well organised,
too, and snuffed out everything that came
So to the climax when with the three addedminutes
already played, Elliott tackled Cray’s
Rhule, who reacted violently to the challenge.
In came players from both sides to spark a fracas
that ended with the referee sending off the
two originally involved – though I’m not sure
what Elliott had done to deserve this.
Rather than dismissing them separately, the under-pressure
ref showed his red cards to each
player one straight after the other, and it was
they headed reluctantly off the pitch, the violence
Sittingbourne’s discipline has generally been
excellent this season and the hope is that the
lesson learned from this night is not to get so
involved again, even when a teammate’s in
trouble and needs support.
They’re still unbeaten in the league at home this
season, and this point took them back up to
second in the table, so there’s so much more to
be playing for.
Sittingbourne: Harry Brooks, Salvyn Kisitu,
Chris Elliott (Red card), Tyrone Guthrie (Yellow
card) (Jide Okimeji, 45 min) (Ollie Brown, 90
min), Ben Gorham, John Coker, Tom Loynes,
Bola Dawodu (Yellow card), Kane Rowland
(Yellow card) (David Smith, 58 min), Miles
Cornwell, Gil Carvalho (Yellow card). Subs not
used: Lex Allan, Kane Phillip.
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Sittingbourne FC Pen Pics
Daren Hawkes: Goalkeeper. Daren signed for Sittingbourne at the beginning of this season.
Last season he played for Canterbury City. He has also had experience at Ashford United,
Ramsgate, Gillingham, Maidstone and also had loan stints at Ebbsfleet United and Leatherhead.
Harry Brooks: Goalkeeper. Despite being understudy to Daren Hawkes, Harry has played in a
number of games for the Brickies this season. He was outstanding against a strong Dover Athletic
side in the Kent Senior Cup in September. Harry played for Whitstable Town reserves last season.
Chris Webber: Defender. Joined Sittingbourne from Canterbury City at the beginning of this
season. Has also played for Billericay and Faversham Town.
Ben Gorham: Defender. This seasons team captain joined at the beginning of this season. His
previous club was Herne Bay where he was also Captain. Ben’s previous clubs are also VCD
Athletic and Canterbury City.
Salvyn Kisitu; Defender. Sylvan who can play anywhere in defence Played for Leyton Orient’s
Under 16 before being picked up by Swindon Town. After being released by Swindon he joined
Wrexham. Before playing for Wrexham he played in Uganda and played for their Under 19 side.
He has also played for Banbury United. This season, after impressing in pre-season, he signed a
contract for Folkestone Invicta. He joined Sittingbourne in October 2017.
Afolabi (John) Coker: Defender. Central Defender, John Coker joined us in September 2017.
Since his debut he has continued to impress in the centre of defence. He left Leeds United,
where he was in the youth team, to join Norwich City. He played in their youth side and the Barclays
Under 21 Premier League. He signed a one-year professional deal with The Canary’s
whilst there. His next club was Sutton United in the National League.
Lex Allan: Defender. 6’ 7” Lex was spotted playing in local football and offered a trial with Sittingbourne.
It soon became clear that he had great potential. This potential has been spotted by
a number of scouts. Lex has been invited to play in trial matches and he has not looked out of
place in the company of more experienced players.
Laurence Ball: Defender. Laurence is the most experienced player in the Sittingbourne squad.
He started out playing for Gilingham Youth. He then joined Dover Athletic in 2003. His Uni studies
then took him North where he played for Altrincham for three seasons that included a loan
spell at Chorley. Then back South, a few spells at Dover followed interspersed with time at
Ramsgate. An interesting fact around this time (2010) was that Laurence played in the 126 th Varsity
match between his side (Oxford), and Cambridge. Lawrence scored in a penalty shoot out to
give his side the victory. Later he played for Boulogne – Billancourt (Paris), Margate and Leatherhead
before joining Tonbridge Angels in October 2014.
Chris Elliott: Midfield/Defender. Like most of this seasons players he made his debut for Sittingbourne
at the beginning of the league season. One of his attributes is a very long throw,
Chris’s previous clubs are Herne Bay and Folkestone Invicta where he picked up a serious knee
injury. He has also played for Ashford United.
Jidi (Lawson) Okimeji:. Midfield. Jidi made his debut for Sittingbourne against Chipstead in the
first game of the 2017-2018 season. Lawson was a full time youth player at Leyton Orient. Whilst
at Orient, he went on loan to Hamp
ton & Richmond Borough.
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Ollie Brown: Defender/Midfield. Ollie returned to Sittingbourne this season after joining us
originally in the 2013-14 season. Since then he has been at Ramsgate, Maidstone United and
Whitstable Town. A hardworking tenacious player.
Tom Loynes: Midfield/ Forward. Tom first played for Sittingbourne in the 2012-13 season. In
between playing for us he has played at Ramsgate, Whitstable Town and Sheppey United.
Since returning The Brickies at the beginning of this season he has shown that he has lost none
of his skill and enthusiasm.
Mobolaji (Bola) Dawodu: Midfield / Forward. First season at Sittingbourne for Bola who has
been outstanding since his debut. Has a great eye for goal. Last season Bola played for Whitstable
Town. Previous to turning out for Whitstable he played for Faversham Town.
Kane Rowland: Forward. Kane was with Whitstable Town last season and scored 30 goals.
He started in the youth set up at Ramsgate before joining Whitstable Town for the first time and
scored 16 goals whilst with them. He then joined Margate before returning to Whitstable. The
Ward brothers then took Kane to Ramsgate.
Miles Cornwell: Forward. Miles, Son of assistant manager Tony Cornwell, was an ever present
since Signing from SCEL side Sevenoaks Town a couple of seasons ago until he was
transferred to Folkestone Invicta in October 2016 season when he had already scored 8 goals
in his 14 appearances. Enough to make him our leading goalscorer for that season. Despite being
offered a contract by Folkestone Invicta for this season he opted to return to Sittingbourne.
He has also had experience with Maidstone United, Bearsted, Phoenix Sports and Chatham
Gil Carvalho: Forward. Gil loves nothing more than tearing down the wing and taking on players.
Something he does very successfully. Gil came through the youth set up at Tonbridge Angels
and played a few times for them. However, he drifted into junior football where he was
spotted by one of our former players who recommended him to Sittingbourne. Gil is only one of
two players who ended last season at Sittingbourne (Kane Phillip being the other).
Kane Phillip: Midfield/Forward: Kane joined Sittingbourne in February 2017, signing from
Herne Bay. He is another to have risen to the occasion this season and is a crowd favourite.
David Smith: Forward. Joined Sittingbourne at the beginning of the 2017-18 season. David
has a knack as coming off the subs bench and scoring goals! David previously played for
Tyrone Guthrie: Forward. Joined Sittingbourne at the beginning of the 2017-18 season. Tyrone
has previously played for Beckenham Town and Fisher Athletic.
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The lottery is now even more attractive. There is now an annual prize (in December) of
£500, and each month a prize of £100. In addition Each week there are draws for £40 ( 3
prizes except for the week when there is a £100 prize when there will be two £40 prizes).
Week Commencing 23rd October 2017
£40 Ticket no: 094, Beryl Kirk, Sittingbourne
£40 Ticket no: 667, Stephen Horn, Kemsley
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Week Commencing16th October 2017
£40 Ticket no: 391, Mavis Day, Sittingbourne
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Bostik League Tables to 25/10/2017
Bostik South Bostik Premier
P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Lewes 14 10 3 1 30 11 19 33
2 SITTINGBOURNE 14 8 5 1 26 11 15 29
3 Greenwich Borough * 14 8 4 2 30 14 16 28
4 Corinthian-Casuals * 14 9 1 4 26 15 11 28
5 Cray Wanderers * 14 7 6 1 25 9 16 27
6 Whyteleafe * 14 7 5 2 27 14 13 26
7 Carshalton Athletic * 14 7 3 4 28 25 3 24
8 Walton Casuals 14 6 5 3 29 21 8 23
9 Hythe Town 14 7 2 5 24 16 8 23
10 Phoenix Sports 13 6 3 4 25 18 7 21
11 South Park 12 6 2 4 29 20 9 20
12 Thamesmead Town 13 6 2 5 25 22 3 20
13 Herne Bay 13 6 0 7 23 27 -4 18
14 VCD Athletic 14 5 1 8 24 33 -9 16
15 Hastings United 14 4 3 7 22 27 -5 15
16 Chipstead 13 4 3 6 18 23 -5 15
17 Guernsey 14 5 0 9 17 28 -11 15
18 Horsham 13 4 2 7 17 26 -9 14
19 Ramsgate 14 4 2 8 19 31 -12 14
20 Faversham Town 14 4 1 9 18 22 -4 13
21 Molesey 13 4 1 8 21 32 -11 13
22 East Grinstead Town 13 2 3 8 19 32 -13 9
23 Ashford United 14 2 2 10 11 31 -20 8
24 Shoreham 13 2 1 10 12 37 -25 7
P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Dulwich Hamlet 15 10 3 2 31 13 18 33
2 Hendon 15 10 0 5 31 14 17 30
3 Billericay Town 10 9 0 1 28 8 20 27
4 Leiston 14 7 5 2 25 18 7 26
5 Metropolitan Police 15 7 3 5 28 25 3 24
6 Staines Town 14 6 5 3 33 19 14 23
7 Folkestone Invicta 12 7 2 3 22 15 7 23
8 Kingstonian 15 7 1 7 21 28 -7 22
9 Harrow Borough 14 6 3 5 21 19 2 21
10 Tonbridge Angels 15 6 3 6 17 16 1 21
11 Wingate & Finchley 14 7 0 7 18 19 -1 21
12 Brightlingsea Regent 15 6 3 6 23 26 -3 21
13 MERSTHAM 15 5 5 5 30 24 6 20
14 Margate 12 4 5 3 14 9 5 17
15 Dorking Wanderers 14 5 2 7 22 25 -3 17
16 Enfield Town 12 4 4 4 20 19 1 16
17 Lowestoft Town 13 5 1 7 19 22 -3 16
18 Leatherhead 12 5 1 6 13 18 -5 16
19 Needham Market 13 3 3 7 13 19 -6 12
20 Burgess Hill Town 12 3 3 6 17 24 -7 12
21 Thurrock 12 3 3 6 16 25 -9 12
22 Harlow Town 14 3 3 8 14 27 -13 12
23 Tooting & Mitcham United 14 3 3 8 15 36 -21 12
24 Worthing 15 0 3 12 17 40 -23 3
Sponsorship opportunities "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 pre match, half
time and post match refreshments. Cost is a very reasonable
Matchball sponsor - Name and/or business mentioened on
tannoy and printed in programme. - £50.00
Matchday Mascot - Your chance for your child (or indeed
yourself) to line up with the players complete with souvenir
photograph (includes entry for three) - £50.00
Sponsor a Brickie - Sponsor your favourite player with your
name in the programme for the entire season. Rates are:
Complete player, £40.00
Shirt only, £20.00
Shorts only, £15.00
Boots only, £15.00
Socks only, £10.00
Web site advertising - An exciting opportunity to advertise
on one of the oldest web sites in non league football. A web
site that has a verifiable 3000 plus views a month. - £75.00.
Contact our web master, Peter Pitts if you are interested in
this for more information.
Ground perimeter boards - Join a number of national and
local organisations in displaying your business name around
the pitch perimeter - £250 and then £100 a year rental
For any of the above opportunities contact Glen Parkes or
any committee member
Our facilities at a glance...
Function and Conference Rooms.
Two Licensed bars.
Meeting rooms available for hire.
Full catering service with menu's to suit all
Restaurant/ Dining room open Wednesday
and Sunday lunchtimes.
Party booking welcome.
Ample free parking.
Football pitches for hire.
Contact: Phil on 01795 410777