Category: 2014-2015 Club News


Thanks to everyone who was involved in a very successful Race Night. The funds raised exceeded the last two Race Nights.

Thank you for all who attended an special thanks for all who organised and ran the event.



Despite an appeal to The Football Association following Ian’s sending off last week at Hythe, including representation from the Club, Player and Members of Our opponents Hythe Town, Pully’s appeal has today been dismissed.

As a result Ian will miss three games with effect from 17th March.



Some extras look on
Some extras look on

A Kent County Council Road Safety advertisement, to be screened on ITV Meridian, was filmed at The Belmont on Monday.

The short advertisement includes two of the three elements filmed at the home of Whitstable Town – one with a keeper answering his mobile whilst about to face a penalty (XXXX), the concluding part a road traffic accident illustrating the damage created when using a mobile (filmed in the entrance to the ground with amazing screen lighting and effects).

The third part of the add believed to be screened in May, was also filmed in Whitstable at a nearby hair salon.

The keeper on his mobile
The keeper on his mobile

Stewart Wickham, the Clubs Goalkeeping Coach & U18s Manager liaised with Film Production company Transmission Productions Ltd on the day and was amazed at the amount of work that went into the making of the TV advertisement filmed over 5 hours at the ground. Stewart, a registered referee, also doubled up as the man in black.

Several young players accompanied the two actors drafted in on the day, enjoying the experience too even if they did get cold……thank you boys.

Almost 30 fans were also in attendance to round off the occasion and possibly be seen in the add.

The camera crew busy on set
The camera crew busy on set

Chairman Gary Johnson, whom was asked by a friend if the club would be interested in hosting the making of this production jumped at the chance to once again illustrate the Club within the community and wider TV transmission area; he said

‘Road Safety is paramount to all within the community, we all have a part to play in promoting sensible and safe driving; it is of course particularly important as we travel around the South East with our longest journey this season a 230 mile round trip……it’s been great for the club to be involved and good that a number of supporters were able to join us too.’

Can you spot your face in the few behind the goal?

Thanks to the KCC for the opportunity to be involved; we enjoyed the experience.


Whitstable Town can look forward to collecting their first Macron accolades of the campaign after emerging as January’s performance king.

Macron’s first Performance of the Month winners of 2015 in the Ryman South respectively, will be presented with glass trophies marking their achievements at upcoming fixtures.

Whitstable Town won the award  when they ensured Faversham Town lost ground in their pursuit of leaders Burgess Hill Town to win Macron’s performance award in Ryman South, Jim and Danny Ward’s side emerging as 3-1 victors from their trip to Salters Lane on the same day, Saturday 24 January.



7Whitstable Town Chairman Gary Johnson can be seen receiving his copy of ‘A History of Whitstable Town FC 1885-2014’ from Club Historian Bernie Thompson.

This compilation of facts, photos & memories is packed into a 320 page quality paperback, researched by long time & dedicated supporter Bernard Thompson; it includes paper cuttings going back over the last century to the current date charting the history of this old fashioned club.

Full Members of The FA for 75 years & currently plying their trade in the Ryman League South, the Club continues to make history.

Thompson (69) said, I’ve been researching and compiling the book for the last 25 years, it’s not only been history in the making but enormously time consuming too as I’ve researched the archives; it’s been great fun and brought back so many personal memories to me too since my involvement with the club going back to when I was as boy……it might not be a best seller, I might not achieve a Nobel prize for literature but I’m pleased to be able to launch this book charting the history of the Club. So much has gone into this & so many have contributed towards this publication I can’t start to thank them all…..any profits from this book will be donated to the Club; if it sells reasonably well I will consider having more printed.’

A4-sized paperback, with laminated cover, illustrated with over 350 pictures, most not seen for many years and some never been seen before. This book is the first “complete record” of Whitstable Town Football Club, and includes a narrative account of the Clubs progress, covering its formation in 1885 when only friendly matches were played before it joined the Thanet League, East Kent League, Kent League and then promotion to the Ryman League. The text is augmented with a lavish production of photographs and has been written with passion and pride.  The foreword has been written by Nicky Southall the former Premier League player with Bolton Wanderers who has also represented Hartlepool, Grimsby Town, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest and Gillingham prior to playing and managing at Whitstable Town FC.  Bernard Thompson is a long term supporter, committee member and Club historian of Whitstable Town FC and has been gathering together the material for this book for the last 24 years and is pleased to see it in print.

The book is a large-sized paperback book of 320 pages with b/w illustrations and a full colour laminated cover. The price is £20. Copies are available on match days from the Belmont, home of Whitstable Town Football Club or from Oxford Street Books, 28a Oxford Street, Whitstable, or by phoning 07561 037996

Meanwhile Gary Johnson commented, ‘it’s a fantastic book; Bernie has dedicated so much time to the cause over the years & has brought back so many memories to the locals whom have & still support the club, many of those past have also been remembered. Its staggering when you look back through the years. The ground has retained much of its character that it has today which the book epitomizes. I’m so proud of the achievements of Bernie and really can’t begin to thank him enough.’

A limited number of books are currently available.

The opening sales at yesterdays fixture vs. Sittingbourne delighted Bernie whom adds that Ground hoppers, football historians and all wanting a copy of this superb book should in the first instance either visit or contact the club to order a copy or for more information.

The Club can also be contacted too via the


1Whitstable Town were delighted to support Demelza Hospice for Children with their combined efforts from the Management & Players through their Movember growth, whilst a bucket collection at the gates topped it up from their recent Home fixture vs. Ryman League South rivals Chipstead.

Long time Oyster supporter, Steve Dale (seen in both pictures) whom organised the link with Demelza said:

‘Thanks again not only for the opportunity to collect for Demelza but for the hospitality afforded Jan and me after the match.

4“Adding life to days when days cannot be added to life” – the words so meaningful for the young people and their families helped by Demelza Hospice Care for Children and taken on board again by Whitstable Town Football Club. The joint managers and some of the players having raised monies in ‘Movember’ were joined by the crowd at the home game against Chipstead last Saturday with a bucket collection at the gates bringing the total raised to not far short of £200.00.

Demelza are extremely grateful to the chairman and club for their latest efforts and look forward to any future fund raising they can do for the charity……’

Joint Managers, Jim & Danny Ward commented that their team & squad of players were delighted to raise funds for such a charity & thanked all the players for taking part.

Chairman Gary Johnson, pictured with Jim & Danny Ward – Steven Dale & the players, said ‘Demelza is such a great & worthy charity so it was an easy choice to make this donation to them; its also based in the village in where I live and I know from my visits & involvement with Demelza over the years how much they need the support. Their staff are so dedicated the children for whom they care – it’s a fantastic choice. I’d also like to thank Ryman League Chipstead Football Club & their fans for contributing at the gate too; all have made a difference. It’s great to put something back into the community and I thank Steve Dale, a long time supporter and who represented Demelza.’