Category: 2017-2018 Club News

FA Draws 2018-19

The early round draws for the FA cup competitions were published today.
The details as they affect Whitstable Town are shown below.

The Emirates FA Cup

Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 11 August (winners receive £2,250, losers receive £750)
Deal Town v Whitstable Town

Preliminary Round Saturday 25 August (winners receive £2,890, losers receive £960)
Sutton Common Rovers or CB Hounslow United  v Deal Town or Whitstable Town

Due to the restructuring of The FA National League System affecting Steps 3 and 4, this season there are 18 Step 4 clubs that are not exempt to the Preliminary Round and therefore enter the competition in the Extra Preliminary Round. These clubs are the 18 lowest ranked newly promoted Step 4 clubs based on their points per game from the 2017-2018 season. Whitstable Town are in this category, so will start their season with a game in this competition.

The Buildbase FA Trophy

Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 29 September (winners receive £2,000)
Whitstable Town received a bye

Preliminary Round Saturday 13 October (winners receive £3,000)
Bedfont Sports v Whitstable Town

Whitstable Town return to the FA Trophy following promotion to the Bostik League, after having competed in the FA Vase for the past two seasons.

Opponents

Whitstable played FA Cup opponents Deal Town three times last season, twice in the Southern Counties East League Premier Division and also in the Challenge Cup quarter final. Whitstable won two of the games, but lost the early league fixture at Deal, who eventually finished in 7th place in the table.

The winners of the Deal v Whitstable tie will face an away trip to a Combined Counties Premier Division team, either Sutton Common Rovers, who finished last season in 3rd place or CB Hounslow United, who finished 9th. Sutton Common Rovers play their matches on the artificial pitch at the Knights Community Stadium, Gander Green Lane, the home of Sutton United.

An Extra Preliminary Round was added to the FA Trophy this season, but Whitstable were not drawn to play in this, so will start in the Preliminary Round with a trip to Bedfont Sports, close to Heathrow Airport. They finished 2nd in the Combined Counties League last season and like Whitstable have been promoted to the Bostik League, but into the South Central Division.

Whitstable Sign Brett Ince

Brett Ince is the latest player to join Whitstable for their forthcoming Bostik League campaign. The attacking midfielder has played for Hollands and Blair, Ashford United and Sevenoaks Town in recent seasons. Manager Scott Porter was pleased to confirm his signing at pre-season training on Thursday evening.

Management Team Changes

Two members of the Whitstable Town management team will not be returning to the club for the forthcoming season, with Brendon Cass and Dean Ruddy both leaving due to work commitments. Manager Scott Porter has appointed Darren Anslow as his new first team coach and said “Darren arrives with great experience of coaching and managing at a number of clubs and was highly recommended to me. He will work closely with me and my back room team to continue taking this club forward.”

Mark Lane now becomes assistant manager and goalkeeping coach, whilst Bob Reardon also remains a key part of the management team.

Dan Stubbs Joins Whitstable

Whitstable manager Scott Porter has signed Dan Stubbs ahead of the new season back in the Bostik League. Dan is a midfielder who previously played for Whitstable back in 2007 on loan from Ebbsfleet United, where he had progressed through their youth system. Clubs he has since played for include Margate, Maidstone and Hythe and he also had a spell playing in the Icelandic league. Last season, after recovering from an injury, he helped K Sports win promotion to the SCEFL Premier Division.

Scott commented “Dan is another great addition to Whitstable, having played football at a decent level with several clubs. He is the type of player that I like and we know each other well from my Hythe days. He will fit in perfectly.”

World Cup and Pre-Season Training

Following the successful evening in the clubhouse last Thursday, it will be open again on Tuesday from 6 p.m. for the last sixteen World Cup tie, Colombia v England, which kicks off at 7 p.m.

As a consequence of the World Cup fixture, pre-season training/trials for Whitstable Town will now start one day earlier on Monday 2 July, meeting at the Belmont Ground at 6.30 p.m.