Category: 2016-2017 Club News

Danny Williams Returns To Whitstable

Striker Danny Williams has agreed to re-join Whitstable Town from local rivals Herne Bay. He has previously made 26 appearances for Whitstable during a couple of spells, most recently during the 2012-13 season when Nicky Southall was the manager. He became an established Ryman League South player for Herne Bay under recently departed manager Sam Denly and now returns to the Belmont for next season.

Whitstable manager Scott Porter commented: “Danny Williams is another great signing from the league above and will bring goals, pace and quality to the team at Whitstable. I am very happy that he has agreed to join us, as a number of Ryman League clubs were interested in him. It again shows the level of player that I want to bring to this club.”

Pre-Season Games

Whitstable Town have so far arranged the following pre-season fixtures.
Saturday 15 July 15.00 Faversham Town (Home)
Tuesday 18 July 19.45 Sittingbourne (Home)
Saturday 22 July 15.00 Ramsgate (Home)
Tuesday 25 July To be arranged
Saturday 29 July 15.00 AFC Hornchurch (Home)
Tuesday 1 August 19.45 Ashford United (Away)

The club is hoping to arrange an away fixture for Tuesday 25 July, if possible against a SCEFL Division One (or similar level) team. If anyone is looking for a game on that date, please get in touch.

Further news regarding pre-season, admission prices and season tickets will be announced once finalised.

Belmont Pitch Maintenance Starts

Work commenced this week on the pitch at the Belmont Ground. A number of procedures are being carried out in order to produce a good playing surface for the start of next season.

The pitch will now be out of use until the pre-season fixtures start. The first game ls likely to be on Saturday 15 July, when Faversham Town are due to visit the Belmont. There are several other friendly games being arranged currently and more details will be published shortly.

Non League Structure Changes

Changes to the non-league football structure were announced today with new leagues being added at Step 3 and Step 4 for the 2018-2019 season. There will therefore be an impact on the promotion and relegation rules at the end of next season, with only the bottom teams being relegated from Step 4 and a total of 26 teams will be promoted from the 14 Step 5 leagues, with the Southern Counties East League Premier of course being one of them.

The following article was published on the Ryman League website:

Ryman Chosen To Run New Division

The Ryman League is looking forward to playing its part in Non-League’s brand new pyramid after The Football Association announced the results of the biggest shake-up to the structure of the grassroots game in more than a decade.

The Ryman League was chosen on Thursday to manage and control the new Step 4 division which is being created for the start of the 2018-19 season. This follows a long-awaited review of Steps 3 and 4 of the National League System to iron out geographical anomalies, cut down on travelling costs and time for fans, players and officials and encourage more Step 5 clubs to climb the pyramid.

The first major restructuring of the game since 2004 will also see the creation of a new Step 3 division which will be managed and controlled by the Southern League.

In total, the 276 clubs currently playing in Steps 1 to 4 will increase by 20 to 296 when the two new divisions kick-off in August 2018. Across the board, the reshuffle will see the three current Step 3 divisions of 24 clubs increase to four divisions of 22 clubs while the six divisions at Step 4 currently run by the Northern Premier League, Southern League and Isthmian League will rise from 136 clubs playing in six divisions to seven 20 club divisions.

To achieve its aim, the FA also confirmed that only the bottom clubs in the current Step 3 divisions will be relegated at the end of season 2017-2018. In addition, only the clubs finishing last in the six divisions currently operating at Step 4 will be relegated next season with 26 clubs coming up from Step 5.

Ryman League chairman Nick Robinson is looking forward to catering to thousands of more fans from 2018-19 after beating off stiff competition from two other leagues which had declared an interest in the new Step 4 division.

With the number of clubs coming under the Isthmian umbrella increasing from 72 to 82, he said: “The board has worked hard for some years now to deliver football for all; giving the management and control of the new Step 4 division to the Isthmian League is a great step forward for the league.

“We can now look forward to season 2018-2019 when we will have 60 clubs in three divisions which are better placed geographically than at present. The aim is to reduce costs for clubs and fans alike so that we encourage more players and supporters to our brand of football.”

He added: “This is a great prospect for a new sponsor and the board will now progress discussions with a view to making an announcement about a new title sponsor at or shortly before the Annual General Meeting in June.”

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Now that the 2016-17 season has finished, Whitstable Town FC would again like to thank everyone that has supported the club over the past year.

Main Club Sponsors
D&J Tyres, Fairweathers Solicitors, Westbourne Hygiene

Other Sponsors
E W Gee Ltd, Houlihan & Co (Excavations), Metric (SE) Ltd, Redrow, RSM Carpentry Ltd, South East Facilities Management

Board or Match Programme Advertisers
A S Bruce, Amber Driver Training, Aquagas, Cordès Horticultural, Demelza House, Drakes, Hand Car Wash, Kent Refrigeration Ltd, Macron, Metcraft Finished Products, MRDH Civil Engineering, Oyster Press, PH Accountancy,, Ship Centurion, The Old Neptune, Tor Spa Retreat, Whitstable Labour Club, BD Motors, Tyler Hill Youth FC

Further details about all of the above businesses can be found elsewhere on this website or by following the link below. Please take a look and give them your support where possible.

Our Sponsors

Next season the club is restarting an under 18 team, in association with Whitstable Town Junior FC and is also in the process of launching a new football academy. If you would like to sponsor any aspect of the football club going forward, please get in touch. All of the relevant contact details can be found on the club website.

There are also many others who have helped the club by giving financial assistance, goods or practical help around the ground throughout the year, including doing important jobs on match days, so many thanks to everyone.

A lot of work is planned at the Belmont Ground during the summer, both inside and outside. If you are able to help, please get in touch or come down to the ground on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings and join the regular volunteers.

Craig Cloke Joins Whitstable

Whitstable Town manager Scott Porter this evening announced that Craig Cloke has joined the club for next season. Most recently with Hythe Town, Craig, aged 32, is an experienced defender who started his career at Dover Athletic and he has also played for Margate.

Scott said: “This is probably the biggest signing Whitstable have made for many years. Clokey will bring so much to the club, both on and off the pitch. He has great experience from levels above and is a leader, winner and a top quality defender. I’m delighted that he has agreed to work with me again. It shows our ambition and the type of players that I want at the club to take us to the next level. Clokey will also be the club captain.”