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Match Day programme, Sittingbourne v East Grinstead Town Saturday 31st August 2019


The Brickies


The Matchday Programme of Sittingbourne FC

Season 2019—2020—Programme 3

Sittingbourne v East Grinstead Town

Saturday 31st August 2019

KO 3.00PM

Sittingbourne Football Club is a UK company limited by guarantee:

Company registration number, 11360242.

Registered office: The Martin & Conley Stadium,Woodstock Park,

Broadoak Road, Sittingbourne, ME9 8AG

Who’s who

President: Alan Barty

Vice Presidents: Tania Spice, Andy Spice, and John Cooper.

Directors: Maurice Dunk (Chairman), Ken Medwyn (Vice

Chairman), Peter Pitts (Company Secretary) , John Pitts

(Football Secretary / Treasurer). Colin Page, Alan Barty, Glen

Parkes, Mick Sayce, Andrew Marjeram (Non Exec).

Other Committee members : Danny Appleton (Turnstile

Manager). Roger Pudner (Groundsman), Edward Lucas

Assistant First Team Secretary.

Other Key Personnel: Faye Goatham (Turnstile), Jackie

Mount (Programme sales), Tony Rickson (Match reporter),

Sandra Pitts & Lynne Lucas (Boardroom), Clive Phillips

(Club shop), Dudley Hird & Tony Rickson (Club Historians).

Roger Wilkins (Head Steward)

The Isthmian League and Singbourne FC strongly supports the FA

statement that there should be a zero tolerance approach against

racism and all forms of discriminaon. Accordingly any form of discriminatory

abuse whether it be based on race or ethnicity , sexual

orientaon, gender, faith, age, ability or any other form of abuse

will be reported to the Football Associaon for acon by that Associaon.

(The FA 0800 085 0508 / kick it out 020 7253 0162)


SATURDAY 31st AUGUST 2019, KO 3.00PM

Manager: Chris Lynch

Ast Manager: Nathan Elder

Coaches: Darren Blackburn, Josh Hall,

Physio: Marc Wheeler

Kit Manager: Warren Chambers

Team Assistant: Harry Chambers

Manager: Matt Longhurst

Assistant Manager: Grant Hearn

1st Team Coach: Sonny Gladdish


Referee: Valentine Anekwe

Assistants: Kennedy Kikulwe, Andrew Simmonds







1. Tom Benham

2. Lewis West

3. Emmanuel Ndew

4. Lewis Chambers

5. Cory Walters-Wright

Brannon Daly

Ollie Boulding

Karn Miller-Neave

Dan Pearse

6. Lex Allan

7. Enoch Adjei

8. Chris Webber

9. Shaun Brown

10. Tom Fagg

11. Chris Barnard

12. Hamilton

14. Jason Fregene

Brad Peters

Jack Bray

Curtis Gayler

Freddy Yao

Robin Dean

Adrian Todd

O’shaye Giraud—Hutchinson

15. Tyron Guthrie

Daniel Hogan

16. Kane Phillip

17. Festus Lori

18. Johan Caney Bryan

19. Roman Campbell

20. Stefan Lawrence

21. Caleb Roberts

22. Joshua Oliver

Kyle Woolven

Drew Cooney

Jack Meeres

Dan Mosby

Jason Davis

Reece Batchelor











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The Secretary’s Jottings

Good afternoon everyone, welcome to The Martin & Conley stadium.

Our visitors are East Grinstead Town. Welcome to their players, Officials and supporters. A welcome

also to the match officials.

All of East Grinstead’s Isthmian League matches have been at home up to this fixture. They started

the season with a 2-1 home defeat to Haywards Heath. This was followed by a 3-3 draw with

Guernsey. On Bank Holiday Monday they had a very credible 0-0 draw with Hastings United. Unfortunately,

for them, they came unstuck in the Emirates FA Cup losing to a late goal at home to

Combined Counties Premier Division side, Abbey Rangers.

Our last two matches must have delighted our supporters. On Saturday we progressed to the 1 st

Qualifying round of the Emirates F A cup by defeating Isthmian South-Central side, Uxbridge. We

had to go into this match without loan striker, Roman Campbell. Roman’s parent club, Gillingham,

would not let him be cup tied. Ironically, he would not have been able to play anyway after picking

up two yellow cards at Whitstable. Shaun Brown took over the main striker role and did not disappoint

with a superb strike to put The Brickies one up. Substitute Johan Caney-Bryan, settled the

tie with a 78 th minute penalty. The referee was a bit quick off the mark blowing for the penalty as

Johan had already put the ball in the net when he was fouled. It could easily have been 3-0 as

Tom Fagg had only the goalkeeper to beat when the referee stopped the game because of a

head injury. The referee was right to blow his whistle for this but was wrong at the restart to give

the ball to Uxbridge’s goalkeeper. It should have been given back to Sittingbourne as we were in


On Monday our improvement continued with a fantastic team performance at big spending

Ramsgate. Chris had five players missing, among them, Lex Allan who was man of the match

against Uxbridge. To say he was not missed showed how well the replacements played. It took

Ramsgate 39 minutes to have a shot on goal. By then we were 1-0 up from a confident Roman

Campbell strike. Ramsgate played better in the second half but we also played well. It was then 1

-1. Ramsgate scoring from a very dubious penalty when from about ten yards the ball was driven

against Caleb Roberts arm. I thought this sort of nonsense was just the province of the Premier

League. Sittingbourne won the match from a clever Roman Campbell shot when he received a

pass after an indirect free kick was awarded to the Brickies after the Ramsgate keeper dropped

the ball and then picked it up again. Don’t think I would like to be manager of The Rams after

reading their Chairman’s comment in the match day programme. They will have to do a lot better

to meet the expectations of him. Because of the 30 degrees plus temperature on the day all of

our board members wore shorts we were not allowed in the boardroom. We found this hilarious

and took advantage of the cheap prices in their bar. Supporters, Management and Board all had

a great day out at Ramsgate.

We have been drawn away at Bognor Regis Town in the first qualifying round of the Emirates FA

Cup. This match takes place on Saturday 7 th September. We will run a coach to this fixture. Let

Darren Gibbs know if you are interested. Entrance fees at Bognor will surprise our fans. £12.00

for adults and £10.00 concessions.

Enjoy the game.


From the Programme Editor

Welcome everyone and a special welcome to today’s mascot who is Ben Stone. More about

Ben later.

What a bunch of Goodies we have for you in today’s match day programme! The pick of the

bunch as far as I am concerned is our very own Paul Martin’s summary of the 1962 Isthmian

League. It’s a time that I remember very well and as Paul says there was no automatic promotion

and relegation then. If you finished bottom of the football league you would probably still not

be relegated as the other football league clubs would vote that you stay. That was because

there was no football pyramid then and the non league club that I supported in those days,

Hampton (Now Hampton & Richmond), won the Spartan league on a number of occasions but

were not given promotion to the Athenian League. I lived in Hampton at the time.

Also featured are of course the match reports and part two of the history of football programmes

is also very interesting.

I’m gutted to have missed Saturday’s very satisfying victory over Ramsgate (owing to a strange

injury to my ankle as I have no recollection of hitting it or twisting it—old age I suppose!).

Apologies for the lack of PA last week. We have had problems with the usual amplifier and so I

was using a different one that has hardly been used. It worked fine for the first couple of games

but I reinstated 3 more speakers and I don’t think the replacement amp has enough power to

cope. Hopefully the original amp will work OK today but it will mean I will have to use a static

mic instead of the wireless mic.

If you have ever wanted to own a football club then perhaps the example of seven19 years old

will spur you on. They have taken over Walton & Hersham, a club that we used to play only a

few seasons ago but are now languishing in 15th place in the Combined Counties League 1

which is two steps below us. Walton & Hersham were once a top non league club and I saw

them defeat Exeter in the FA Cup but there biggest scalp must have been Bryan Clough’s

Brighton at Brighton, a game that I remember well as I missed the beginning of the match owing

to travel delays.

Walton & Hersham now share with Walton Casuals after their old and famous ground that many

of us remember in its heyday, Stompond Lane, is set for development.

Staying with the Combined Counties League 1 I see that Jersey Bulls have so far played 5 and

won 5 and scored 19 goals for none against so it may not be long before we see them in our

league. Home crowds have been over the 800 mark. Two names of clubs that caught my eye

in that league are Everseley and California (That’s one club). And the exotic sounding,

Deportivo Galicia.

Finally, we were sorry to hear that one of ex footballers, Malcolm McCleod, has passed away

recently after being involved in a car crash in South Africa. Malcolm played for us in the

1987-88 season and was 59 when he died. Our sincere condolences to his family and friends.


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East Grinstead — A Brief History

1890s: East Grinstead Town Football Club was

formed on May 8, 1890 although it was another

ten years before they played their first competitive

match as founder members of the Mid Sussex

Football League. In those early days the

club played in blue and white with the town's

coat of arms on the breast pocket. It was some

years before they adopted their current colours

of amber and black and were nicknamed 'The

Wasps,' both of which survive to this day.

1900s: They won the Mid Sussex League in

1902 and their first major honour followed seven

years later when they shared the Sussex Junior

Cup with Arundel.

In 1909 they were awarded senior status which

they have held ever since apart from two seasons

when they were relegated to the intermediate

third division of the Sussex County League

in 1989.

1910s: In 1912 Grinstead reached the Sussex

Senior Cup final for the only time in their history

but lost 4-1 to St Leonards Amateurs in a ferocious


1920s: The Wasps were original members of

the Sussex County League when it was founded

in 1920, but they struggled to make any impact

and after finishing bottom in 1927 and replaced

by Horsham, they were not re-elected.

1930s: Rather than returning to the Mid Sussex

League, they had four successful seasons in

the Brighton League before stepping up to the

Southern Amateur League. A fresh challenge

reinvigorated the club and they won the Division

Three title in 1932 with 15 victories out of 18.

Three years later they played on the Test match

cricket ground at Trent Bridge in Nottingham

when they defeated Nottinghamshire Amateurs

6-0 in the old FA Amateur Cup.

Determined to regain their place in the Sussex

County League, they were re-elected back in

1937 after winning the Mid Sussex League

again and finished fifth in their first season.

1940s: In those halcyon days either side of the

Second World War, four-figure crowds were the

norm at their old ground in West Street, East

Grinstead, which they shared with the town's

cricketers. The club's record attendance is

2,006 for an FA Amateur Cup tie against Lancing

in November, 1947.

1950s: Success eluded Grinstead until 1952

when they won the Baldwin Cup, the forerunner

of the Sussex County League Cup. That team is

reckoned by many to be the finest the club has

ever produced. It was certainly the most entertaining

- 42 games that season in league and

cup produced 222 goals!

Grinstead were third in 1955, but their fortunes

began to decline along with crowd numbers after

that. They left West Street in 1959 and had a

spell at King Georges Field in the town centre.

1960s: Following the spell at King Georges

Field in the town centre it wasn't until 1967 that

they finally moved to their current home at East

Court after a protracted battle to get the ground,

which was prone to waterlogging, fit for football.

1970s: The club again finished third in 1973 but

that was as good as it got for another 30 years

although Grinstead did reach their first cup final

since 1952 when they lost 4-1 to Haywards

Heath in the RUR Cup in 1974 despite taking

the lead.

Wasps found themselves in Division Two for the

first time in 1979.

1980s: During the 1980s the club regularly hosted

Crystal Palace and Brighton in charity fixtures

watched by crowds of over 2,000 spectators.

However during this time the Wasps had

dropped even lower with two seasons in Division

Three before regaining senior status.

1990s: They were promoted back to Division

One in 1993, but lasted just two years.

Floodlights were installed in 1997.

East Grinstead — A Brief History Cont

2000s: Bob Smith led Wasps back to Division One in 2003 and they also won their first trophy

for 52 years, beating Three Bridges 4-0 in the final of the RUR Cup.

Unfortunately, the club were relegated back to Division Two on the final day of the 2004-05 season

and in October 2006 Smith, the longest-serving manager in the club's history, was replaced

by former player Steve Norris.

In his second season Wasps romped to the Second Division title by a massive 18 points, losing

just twice all season. Their winning run of 14 successive league games at the start of the season

meant they became the last senior non-league team in the country to drop points.

Since then the club has established itself in the top flight, most recently under former Brighton

striker Simon Funnell and their progress on the field has been matched off it.

A new drainage system laid in 2003 transforming the playing surface, which is now one of the

best in Sussex.

The club were awarded the prestigious FA Standard Chartered Development Club award in

2003 and were registered as a Community Amateur Sports Club in 2005.

In 2008 two new stands and a pitch perimeter barrier were erected.

2010s: in 2014 with the GAC Stadium already meeting the requirements of the Isthmian

Football League after installing additional seating, the club began work on a new dressing room

and hos-pitality complex, a new turnstile block and entrance and a resurfaced car park. Part of

the 2014 funding included a £50,000 grant from FA Cup sponsors Budweiser, £100,000 from

the Football Stadia Improvement Fund, £40,000 from Mid Sussex District Council and £35,000

from SITA Trust.

Funnell’s side finished the season in second place, their highest ever County League position,

and in May 2014, the club were accepted into the Isthmian League for the first time in our history.

Funnell left the club during our first season at Step 4 and Tony Beckingham returned to East

Court for a second spell. 'Becks' kept the club in the League but he resigned in October 2015

and Matt Longhurst took over. Matt made sure Wasps retained their Isthmian status in his first

season and in his two following seasons (bar a mini-break on the South Coast for a couple of


The club runs multiple teams in the Isthmian and Mid Sussex Leagues (details of which are all

on this website). Matt is firmly committed to playing a young team and to 'developing our own'

first-team players of the future.

During 2018 the club commenced working in partnership with the local Jubilee Community Centre

to develop disability football provision in the area.

2018 also saw the Football Association announcement of a revamping of the Non-League pyramid.

From 2018/19 the two division step 4 Isthmian League Division One North and One South

(which the Wasps competed in) was replaced by 3 divisions (North, South-Central and South-

East). 2019/20 sees the Wasps kicking-off their sixth season at this level in the 20 team Isthmian

League South-East.

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SFC SQUAD (More to follow)

Abdel N’dew


Golden Goal

Caleb Roberts

Chris Barnard

Chris Webber

Corey Walters –Wright

Enoch Adjei

Festus Lori

Jason Fregene

Lewis West

Joshua Oliver

Lewis Chambers

Johan Caney-Bryan

Lex Allan

Liam Middleton

Shaun Brown

Tom Benham

Tom Fagg

Tyrone Guthrie

Todays Mascot

Todays mascot is Ben


Ben attends South Avenue


His favourite team is

Everton and his favourite

player is Gylfi Sigurdsson

and his favourite Brickie is

Chris Webber.

Ben wanted to start following

Sittingbourne when

someone told him that his

Grandad (Tony Woods)

and us kids followed them

all over the country for


He wants to be like his late

Grandad and be a lifetime



FA Cup 1st Qual Rnd Draw

We would have preferred a club at our level but

we have drawn Bognor Regis at home. Bognor

are 17th in the BetVictor Isthmian League

Premier Division.

A selection of other ties is below.

Whitstable Town Vs Folkestone invicta

Chesham United Vs Fleet Town

Whyteleafe Vs Merstham

Chertsey Town Vs Sheppey United

Chichester City Vs Chalfont St Peter AFC

Hartley Wintney Vs Spelthorne Sports

Bracknell Town Vs Carshalton Athletic

Kingstonian Vs Walton Casuals

Leatherhead Vs Lewes

Hanwell Town VS Staines Town

South Park VS Badshot Lea

Tooting & Mitcham United VS AFC Varndeanians

Whitehawk VS Abbey Rangers

Broadbridge Heath VS Worthing

Haywards Heath Town VS AFC D'stable / Hayes & Yeading

Harrow Borough VS Binfield

Horley Town VS Balham

Cray Wanderers VS Bedfont Sports Club

Westfield VS Chipstead / Hassocks

Haringey Borough VS Herne Bay / AFC Croydon Athletic

Corinthian Casuals VS Sevenoaks Town

Sutton Common Rovers VS Beaconsfield Town

Ashford United VS Farnborough

Ramsgate VS Arundel

Sutton Athletic VS Flackwell Heath

VCD Ath / AFC U'field VS Moneyfields

Little Common VS Hendon



17 Aug 2019

20 Aug 2019

24 Aug 2019

26 Aug 2019

31 Aug 2019

03 Sept 2019

07 Sept 2019

10 Sept 2019

14 Sept 2019

17 Sept 2019

21 Sept 2019

24 Sept 2019

05 Oct 2019

12 Oct 2019

19 Oct 2019

22 Oct 2019

26 Oct 2019

02 Nov 2019

05 Nov 2019

09 Nov 2019

16 Nov 2019

23 Nov 2019

30 Nov 2019

07 Dec 2019

14 Dec 2019

26 Dec 2019

28 Dec 2019

04 Jan 2020

11 Jan 2020

18 Jan 2020

25 Jan 2020

01 Feb 2020

04 Feb 2020

08 Feb 2020

15 Feb 2020

22 Feb 2020

29 Feb 2020

07 Mar 2020

14 Mar 2020

21 Mar 2020

28 Mar 2020

04 Apr 2020

11 Apr 2020

13 Apr 2020

18 Apr 2020

25 Apr 2020

Whitstable Town

Cray Valley PM



East Grinstead Town

Sevenoaks Town

Bognor Regis Town


Faversham Town

Ashford United


VCD Athletic


South Park

Hythe Town

Phoenix Sports

Hastings United

Haywards Heath Town

Cray Valley PM

Herne Bay

Chichester City

VCD Athletic

Burgess Hill Town

Sevenoaks Town


Phoenix Sports


East Grinstead Town

Three Bridges

Hythe Town



Ashford United


Sevenoaks Town

Hastings United

Haywards Heath Town

Herne Bay

Chichester City

Faversham Town

Three Bridges

Whitstable Town

Cray Valley PM

Phoenix Sports

VCD Athletic

Burgess Hill Town



FA Cup Pr



Velocity Trop

FA Cup 1stQ

Kent Snr Cup




Velocity Trop


FA Trophy Pr


Velocity Trop



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Next home match

Kent Senior Cup

Tuesday 10th September 2019


KO: 7:45pm

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

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Campbell 1p#


Brown 1

Campbell 2




























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This season has heralded the news that yet another island team are hoping to enter the Non-

League pyramid.

Following in the footsteps of Guernsey, who play at Step 4 and the newly formed Jersey Bulls,

who are currently competing in Step 6, a group from the Isle of Man have unveiled plans to create

their very own football club, with ambitions to play in the Northwest Counties League in time

for the start of next campaign.

This is brilliant news both for the Non-League system and players and fans living on the Isle of


Last year I went to visit Guernsey, where I thoroughly enjoyed watching a match and have subsequently

interviewed their manager Tony Vance on a number of occasions.

It was brilliant to see how the island’s community had really embraced the team and the atmosphere

on matchday was a superb thing to be a part of.

When speaking to Vance it quickly becomes clear just how much pride he has taken in the project

and the importance that it has had in developing young players on the island.

Whereas before, making the jump into the professional ranks was extremely hard for young footballers

on the island, they now have the opportunity to showcase their talents in England throughout

the year.

One of the big drawbacks of starting an island team is the high costs involved, which include having

to pay for the travel of both themselves and their opponents, however both Guernsey and Jersey

Bulls have demonstrated how, with the support of their local communities, these steep financial

commitments can be managed.

The fact that Jersey Bulls were able to attract almost 1000 fans for their very first fixture at the

start of the month shows both how island clubs can develop revenue and help to cultivate a special

following across the community.

The Isle of Man bid is being led by National Team manager Paul Jones.

When interviewing him last week I was immediately struck by his immense passion for football on

the island and his determination to see the project through

There have been plans in the pipeline to start a team on the Isle of Man for almost 15 years but

for one reason or another the project has never come to fruition, until now

I wish Paul and his colleagues the absolute best of luck in creating a club because these island

teams have the potential to unite their communities in such a unique way.

Hugo Varley

Paul Martin—Isthmian League Clubs 1963

At the end of the 1962/63 season, the Isthmian

League invited four Athenian League Clubs to

join their ranks to increase their number from 16

to 20. You might appreciate that at this time,

there was no promotion or relegation from either

the Isthmian League or the Southern

League, gaps only being filled previously when

clubs dropped out for whatever reason. Promotion

was only available by applying to the Football

League to replace a bottom side in Division

Four which rarely happened. The Southern

League was widely regarded as the stronger

League of the two at this time.

As a result of this invitation, Enfield (Athenian

League Champions the previous three seasons),

Hendon, Hitchin Town and Sutton United

were elected. The interesting thing about this

League constitution is that only 5 of the 20

Clubs are still playing at the same ground. Can

you name them?

Bromley and Sutton United continue, albeit with

artificial surfaces now. St. Albans City, Hitchin

Town and Woking are the other 3 but probably

looking a bit different over 50 years later (not

visited any of them recently though my spies tell

me that Hitchin Town has not changed a great


What of the other 15? Sadly, Ilford, Leytonstone

and Walthamstow Avenue are no more although

all three attempted amalgamations and

rebirths in later years ending up as Redbridge

Forest. All three grounds were wonderful to visit,

especially Green Pond Road, Walthamstow

Avenue, a favourite of mine for midweek

games. Leytonstone (Granleigh Road) was also

a unique venue – you could watch the game

from the platform on Leytonstone High Road

station if you were so inclined.

That leaves 12 more to consider who have all

moved grounds (at least once). They are:

Wycombe Wanderers, Wimbledon, Kingstonian,

Hendon, Enfield, Oxford City, Tooting &

Mitcham United, Corinthian Casuals, Maidstone

United, Barking, Clapton and Dulwich Hamlet.

Of these, Wycombe Wanderers have made the

most progress moving grounds from Loakes

Park to Adams Park and into the Football

League. Wimbledon also reached the Football

League, left Plough Lane to share at Selhurst

Park and on to Milton Keynes with AFC Wimbledon

beginning from scratch at Kingsmeadow

which was the home of Kingstonian after they

left Richmond Road. Kingstonian have now

moved again to share with Corinthian Casuals

who, themselves, had periods sharing with Dulwich

Hamlet and Tooting & Mitcham before being

able to build their own ground at King

George’s Field. Hope you are still with me!

Hendon now share with Edgware at Silver Jubilee

Park after leading a nomadic existence after

leaving Claremont Road. Enfield became Enfield

1893 and Enfield Town after leaving

Southbury Road, Enfield Town progressing the

higher up the pyramid so far. Oxford City were

evicted from their White House Ground and

some years later moved to a new ground on the

outskirts of Oxford (which I have yet to visit!).

Similarly, Tooting & Mitcham United moved

from Sandy Lane (another classic venue) to a

new purpose built stadium in 2002. Maidstone

United had several venues (and existences) before

reaching their current site. Dulwich Hamlet

moved just a few yards backwards to a new development

in Champion Hill. Barking moved

from Vicarage Field to Mayesbrook Park. Clapton

are now in the Essex Senior League but

have recently been forced out of the Old Spotted

Dog (another fine old ground which holds so

many memories for me) and their long term future

must be in some doubt.

I think this is a reasonably accurate synopsis of

what has happened to these original clubs

since 1963 without going into meticulous detail.

For the record, Wimbledon became League

Champions that season with the “usual suspects”

at that time, Clapton, Corinthian Casuals

and Dulwich Hamlet holding up the rest. At the

end of the season, Wimbledon departed to the

Southern League and turned “professional”.



25 YEARS AGO.....

Twenty five years ago

Sittingbourne entertained Crawley Town

at Central Park for a Beazer Homes

Southern League Premier Division fixture.

Pointless Sittingbourne had already suffered

a 0-2 home defeat to Burton

Albion followed by away defeats at

Dorchester Town and Solihull Borough.

The visitors were struggling themselves

and arrived looking

for at least a point.

Sittingbourne took

just five minutes to

score. Lee McRobert

collected a Matt

Stock pass and

advanced on goal. A

great tackle by a

Crawley defender

stopped the striker in

his tracks but the ball

spilled out to midfielder


Blondrage who fired a left footed shot in

to the net to open the scoring.

Five minutes later Crawley restored parity

through Paul Fishenden who ran

straight through the five man

Sittingbourne defence.

The first half finished one apiece, however

the booking of Andy Blondrage left

him on a knife edge for the second half.

According to the East Kent Gazette

Blondrage was booked for a 12th

minute tackle that arrived in the 13th


Blondrage was inspirational in midfield

with his non stop running and his take

no prisoners tackling. Sittingbourne

raised their game which encouraged the

787 onlookers to become more vocal as

the home side began to up the tempo.

Simon Ullathorne used his pace down

the left causing havoc for the Crawley

defence. Simon Beard saw his shot hit

the post and Dave Fleming headed a

great chance wide.

At the other end Efrem Ebbli made a

great near post save and Crawley’s

Steve Payne shot

over the bar.

As the game moved

into the last ten minutes

it was

Sittingbourne who

looked more likely to

score as their superior

fitness and stamina

began to show.

From a throw-in

McRobert sent the

ball across goal to the far post where

Beard was rushing in to score. In a nail

biting last few minutes James Strouts

headed home an Ullathorne cross to put

the game out of the reach of the visitors.

The sounds of jubilation sounded

around the stadium as three valuable

points had been secured.

A series of articles by the author of the book ‘A History and Guide to Football Programmes’

describing how programmes have changed over a century-and-a-half of Association

Football. These articles will appear throughout the season in the Sittingbourne FC


1900’s - The First Recognisable Programmes

Programmes started to adopt something approaching

their modern appearance when the clubs and authorities

discovered that they could charge buyers a penny,

thus introducing the possibility of the programme making

a financial profit. To justify such a price they had to

provide some value for money, which meant including

more information on the club, their opponents and their

respective players.

Printers and publishers quickly cottoned on to the example

shown by other branches of entertainment,

chiefly the theatre, and attracted paid advertising to the

issue. That, in turn, required sufficient sales to keep

the advertisers happy, which meant that content had to

be good enough to attract buyers at the match.

By this process, the match programme evolved from a

single sheet, to a folded, and then stapled, publication.

Liverpool first issued in September 1892 with the visit

of Rotherham Town to Anfield Road, and their 1d programme

was a four page affair, with teams listed on

the front page, surrounded by adverts; first and reserve

team fixtures and results surrounded by adverts,

and two pages of features on players, officials and recent

matches, and “Notes”.

The programme issued by Chester for the visit of Welsh club Druids on Christmas Day 1907 had

the teams (in 2-3-5 formation) on one page, surrounded by adverts, and on the inside of the 4

page folded programme was substantial editorial entitled “Club Gossip”, a photograph and description

on one of the home players, reserve team results and scorers, and “Notes by Rambler.”

A number of clubs were more ambitious in their programme production. In 1887 Aston Villa entertained

London Casuals and issued a “Programme Card” but by 1906-07 they had launched

“The Villa News and Record” in multi-page form. This remained at 1d, but sold far more copies

than the brief team sheets of a few years previously, which in turn satisfied the multitudinous advertisers.

Not every League club issued for every fixture, and it often took a special occasion to compel the

club to print. One such milestone was Cardiff City’s first ever match at Ninian Park, against Aston

Villa in September 1910, and a special souvenir programme was issued, some time before City

contemplated a regular programme.

Saturday 24 th August 2019

Emirates FA Cup Preliminary Round

Sittingbourne 2 (Brown 49 mins, Caney-

Bryan 77 mins (pen), Att: 159

By Peter Pitts

The FA Cup this year has more prize money

available than ever before and for the first

time at this stage of the competition the losers

also get some cash which will at least pay the

expenses, so this competition can be a lifeline

at Sittingbourne’s level.

Sittingbourne’s recent record in this competition

is poor with them going out to lower level

teams twice in the years 2015 to 2018. Last

year they went out to 1-0 at home to Gosport

Borough, in the first qualifying round. The year

before that they went out to Pagham in a replay

at Pagham. In fact the last time they got

beyond the first Qualifying Round was September

2015, defeating Metropolitan Police 1-

0 in a replay before again losing to a lower

league team in Hoddesdon Town.

Sittingbourne and Uxbridge play at the same

level so at least there wasn’t going to be a

“giant killing”, and amazingly they have identical

playing records after the first two games of

the season, so a draw looked pretty much on

the cards.

Sittingbourne were without the injured Chris

Webber and also Roman Campbell who was

serving a suspension for the red card received

against Cray Valley PM, but wasn’t allowed to

play anyway as Gillingham didn’t want him

cup tied.

The more likely winners in the first half were

Uxbridge who caused Sittingbourne plenty of

problems from both flanks with crosses. Lex

Allan, along with the whole defence, were superb

though blocking most of the dangerous

shots, and when they got through Tom Benham

in goal was a steady pair of hands. The

closest Uxbridge actually came to scoring

came on 32 minutes when the dangerous Olie

Harris fired straight at Tom Benham, who just

Match Report

managed to block the ball.

Sittingbourne changed their shape for the second

half and got onto the front foot quickly.

Just four minutes into the half Shaun Brown

went steaming down the left and fired the ball

from an acute angle past Tyler Tobin in the

Uxbridge goal and it nestled in the far corner

of the net to give the Brickies the lead.

It was a different game now and the Uxbridge

threat down the wings diminished as Sittingbourne

took control.

Johan Caney-Brown came on for Chris Barnard

and he was instrumental in Sittingbourne

extending their league when on 77 minutes

the ball was whizzed into the Uxbridge area

where Caney-Bryan was lurking and as he

turned he was brought down. The referee immediately

whistled for a penalty, but in the

meantime the ball had been headed into the

Uxbridge net. Caney-Bryan took the kick himself

and justice was done when he curled his

kick into the left hand corner of the net and

doubled the lead.

The crowd must have expected a tense last

13 minutes but in truth Uxbridge never bothered

Sittingbourne again and it’s the Brickies

who go into the hat for Tuesday’s 1 st Qualifying

round draw.

Sittingbourne: Tom Benham, Lewis West, Jason

Fregene, Lewis Chambers, Cory Walters-

Wright (C), Lex Allan, Chris Barnard (Johan

Caney-Bryan 70 mins), Tyrone Guthrie, Shaun

Brown, Tom Fagg (Liam Middleton 63 mins Yellow

Card), Enoch Adjei. Subs Not used: Caleb

Roberts, Abdel N’Daw, Joshua Oliver, Festus


Uxbridge: Tyler Tobin, Remell Clarke (Adam

Morris 63 mins), David Thomas (C), Callum

Duffey (Yellow Card), Elliott Poley, Alan Hedley,

Jack Beadle (Michael Kalu 70 mins), Alex

Paine, Mark Bidmead, Olie Harris, Mahlodo

Martin. Subs not used: Mark Goodman, Daniel

Nielsen, Paul McCarthy.

Referee: Mr Alexander Bradley (Brighton), Assistants:

Mr David Ellis (Brighton), Mr Duncan

BetVictor Isthmian League South East

P W D L F A +/- Pts

1 Haywards Heath Town 3 2 1 0 8 3 5 7

2 Whyteleafe 3 2 1 0 9 5 4 7

3 Cray Valley PM 3 2 1 0 4 1 3 7

4 Ashford United 2 2 0 0 7 1 6 6

5 VCD Athletic 3 2 0 1 8 7 1 6

6 Chichester City 3 2 0 1 6 5 1 6

7 Hastings United 3 1 2 0 2 0 2 5

8 Whitehawk 3 1 2 0 5 4 1 5

9 Whitstable Town 3 1 1 1 4 3 1 4

10 Sevenoaks Town 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4

11 Herne Bay 3 1 1 1 5 6 -1 4

12 Faversham Town1-0 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 4

13 SITTINGBOURNE 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1 4

14 Burgess Hill Town 3 1 0 2 9 9 0 3

15 Hythe Town0-1 3 1 0 2 4 8 -4 3

16 EAST GRINSTEAD TOWN 3 0 2 1 4 5 -1 2

17 Guernsey 3 0 2 1 7 10 -3 2

18 Ramsgate 2 0 0 2 2 4 -2 0

19 Phoenix Sports 3 0 0 3 3 7 -4 0

20 Three Bridges 3 0 0 3 3 10 -7 0

Todays Matches

3pm Ashford United

3pm Chichester City

3pm Hastings United

3pm Haywards Heath Town

3pm Herne Bay

3pm Hythe Town

2pm Phoenix Sports

3pm Sevenoaks Town

3pm VCD Athletic

v Burgess Hill Town

v Faversham Town

v Whyteleafe

v Three Bridges

v Cray Valley PM

v Whitehawk

v Guernsey

v Whitstable Town

v Ramsgate

Bournecreet House, Bonham Drive, Sittingbourne, Kent,

ME10 3RY, T: 01795 426775, E:

Match Reports by Tony Rickson

Bank Holiday Monday, 26th August 2019

BetVictor Isthmian League SE Division

Ramsgate (1) 1 (S Smith (pen) 42)

Sittingbourne (1) 2 (Campbell 19, 80),

Attendance: 208

What a 48 hours for Sittingbourne Football Club.

They enjoyed their first win of the season in Saturday’s

FA Cup-tie, kept a clean sheet, and ended

with a nice little earner in prize money.

Back on the field within two days in the hottest of

seaside weather, and against all the odds, they

then picked up their first league win of the season

down at Ramsgate.

Against all the odds? Well, they were without four

players who would surely have been in the starting

XI. Missing for various reasons including injury

and work commitments, were Lex Allan, Chris

Webber, Shaun Brown and Chris Barnard.

They had to dig deep into their squad, and give

full debuts to central defender Caleb Roberts and

midfielder Josh Oliver and a first start for winger

Festus Lori. They were left with just four substitutes

Sittingbourne had as many photographers

pitchside as they had subs!

But at least they had Roman Campbell back after

a one-match suspension, and he took his tally to

four goals from three games in a stunning start to

his month’s loan. If this young man doesn’t make

it all the way through to the Gillingham first team

I, for one, will be mighty surprised.

Ramsgate went into the match with confidence on

the back of a 4-1 away win in the FA Cup, and

with the familiar figures of Nick Davies and Tony

Cornwell leading them from the sidelines.

Understandably in the heat, and given the quick

turn-around since the previous games, both

teams started quite slowly, though Sittingbourne’s

new-look back four immediately looked up for the


Soon after Tommie Fagg had undercut an ambitious

long shot with the Ramsgate keeper off his

line, Sittingbourne grabbed the lead.

A huge throw-in from Lewis Chambers out on the

left caused predictable havoc in the six-yard area

but Ramsgate cleared it to the edge of the area.

Oliver tried his luck with a shot from there – the

bad news was it slewed off target, the good news

was that it fell perfectly to the feet of Campbell.

His control was instant, and I almost turned away

to note the time of the goal so confident was I

he’d score from that position.

And he did.

Ramsgate passed the ball around well enough

but they could find no way through a stubborn defence

and it was 38 minutes before Tom Benham

had a save to make in goal. A comfortable one it

was, too.

But a couple of minutes later and the Rams

equalised from the penalty spot, after a shot was

driven against Roberts from very close range and

hit his arm. No way did it look deliberate, but that

isn’t the point any more.

Ramsgate used their attacking players in a different

formation after half-time, a compliment to the

way Sittingbourne had so successfully stifled

them in the first half. The popular Allan, for one,

won’t easily walk back into the team the way Roberts

and fellow central defender Cory Walters-

Wright kept Ramsgate out, with good support

from their full-backs.

Sittingbourne were disciplined and organised in

the way they went about the game and held

Ramsgate out so well. They’re definitely showing

improvements in every match.

Fagg, Walters-Wright and sub Liam Middleton all

had chances without being able to make the most

of them, while at the other end, Benham made a

good save to his right and Rams’ Jack Morrell,

who was with Sittingbourne on loan from Gillingham

at the end of last season, went close with a

shot as he advanced from left-back.

Sittingbourne won it with 10 minutes to go. The

assistant referee spotted Rams keeper Godmon

handling the ball just outside his area. Fagg

slipped the free-kick to his left and Campbell bent

a left-footed low shot round the defensive wall

and in off the post. A classy and mature finish and

a goal worthy of winning any match.

Not sure how Ramsgate kept Kane Rowland on

the subs’ bench for 75 minutes given the way he

performed week-in week-out for Sittingbourne the

season before last, but he could make no difference

when he eventually got on.

Benham had to make one picturesque save, arching

backwards to tip a shot over the bar, but generally

this makeshift Sittingbourne team continued

to work hard all over the pitch to see the game


Overcoming the non-availabilities was a pretty

significant effort. The players rightly enjoyed the

adulation of their fans behind the goal at the end

after completing a highly successful and pretty

exhausting weekend double.

Sittingbourne: Tom Benham, Lewis West, Jason

Fregene, Lewis Chambers, Caleb Roberts, Cory

Walters-Wright, Enoch Adjei (Liam Middleton, 54

min), Josh Oliver (Tyrone Guthrie, 54 min), Roman

Campbell, Tommie Fagg, Festus Lori (Johan

Caney-Bryan, 65 min). Sub not used: Abdel


Brickies Lottery Results

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 26th August 2019

£40, Ticket number 161, Nigel O'Reilly, Sittingbourne

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£40, Ticket number 670, Belinda Wisdom, Canterbury

Week Commencing 19th August 2019

£40, Ticket number 171, Roger Wilkins, Rainham

£40, Ticket number 180, Sheila Laming, Sittingbourne

£40, Ticket number 564, Holly Neal, Sittingbourne

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£40, Ticket number 060, Carol Cooper, Sittingbourne

£40, Ticket number 154, Karen Newcombe, Sittingbourne

£40, Ticket number 638, Geof Rudd, Sittingbourne

Week Commencing 5th August 2019

£40, Ticket number 068, Fay Jordan, Sittingbourne

£100, Ticket number 549, David Cummins, Queenborough

£40, Ticket number 667, Stephen Horn, Sittingbourne

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