Category: 2018-2019 Club News

The Whitstable Charity Cup

There are a number of local cup finals taking place at the Whitstable Town football ground over the next few weeks. These include the four Whitstable Charity Cup competitions and the finals are as follows:

Sat 20 April 12.30 Whitstable Junior Saturday – AFC Herne Bay v Wingham
Sat 20 April 16.00 Whitstable Senior Saturday – Betteshanger Welfare v The Bull
Tue 23 April 19.30 Whitstable Junior Sunday – Littlebourne v Monument A
Tue 30 April 19.30 Whitstable Senior Sunday – Monument v Chilham or Chislet Colliery

Below is an article that was produced by Bernie Thompson (WTFC historian) and included in a recent Whitstable Town matchday programme.

It is great news to hear that the Finals for the Whitstable Charity Cup are returning to the Belmont after several seasons’ absence. Although the Whitstable Charity Cup was inaugurated in 1952, the actual original cup competed for was years older than its name.

In 1910 Mr I. Clothier was persuaded by his friends to enter the Five Mile Walking Race to Herne Bay and being young and inexperienced, never expected to win. However, he did win and was awarded the magnificent silver cup and a gold medal. After hard, serious training and aided by his two friends, Dick Millar and Trout Keam, he again won the race and cup again the following year, with the result that it became his outright to keep.

Although Mr Clothier continued to play football with several local junior teams, he gave up participating in walking race competitions. After the First World War Mr Clothier moved away from the Whitstable area and subsequently lost contact with his friends in the town.

In 1951, when the local paper, the Whitstable Times published a list of Whitstable nick-names, his wife contacted the editor and as a result his friendships were renewed after a lapse of 38 years.

Following these renewed contacts and as Mr Clothier had no family of his own, both he and his wife felt, that for sentimental reasons, that they would like the cup returned to Whitstable. So with the express wish that it should be used to provide the youth of Whitstable and the surrounding area with the encouragement in the field of sport, Mr Clothier presented the cup, which he had won in 1910 and 1911, for competition amongst the junior football clubs in and around the town.

The competition, The Whitstable Charity Cup, was authorised by the Kent County Football Association and commenced in the 1952-53 season, being competed for in that inaugural season by:- Adisham Sports, Boughton Sports, Burnaps, Aylesham Youth, Ethelbert Road Old Boys Reserves, Herne Bay Reserves, Tyler Hill FC, Old Langtonians, Whitstable FC  ‘A’, and Whitstable Old Boys.

The first winner of the competition was Tyler Hill, who defeated Boughton Sports 4-1 in the final, to lift the magnificent cup. In 1975-76 the competition was reorganised into two sections A and B, to enable more teams to compete. A new cup for section B was presented by the Whitstable Old Boys Football Club in memory of Reg Huson a former Whitstable Town player of the 1930s who was an official, coach and a manager at the Old Boys Club.

In its first season the Whitstable Charity Cup competition donated £15 to the Whitstable Branch of the Blind Association and £5 to the KCFA Benevolent Fund, a considerable achievement in its inaugural year. Over the years the competition has grown considerably and continues to raise money for local charities and the KCFA Benevolent Fund to which a percentage must be donated under FA rules governing Charity Competitions.

Later the Whitstable Charity Cup competition was further increased to four sections covering Sunday League Clubs and Saturday League Clubs with a Senior and Junior Section for each.

The Cup Finals of the four sections of the competition traditionally take place at the Belmont Ground by kind permission of Whitstable Town Football Club, but for the last few seasons the Cup Finals have been played at Salters Lane Faversham, so it is good that this season they are once again scheduled to be played at Whitstable.

Sadly the original Silver Cup donated by Mr Clothier is no longer played for and although rumoured to be damaged and stored in a garden shed in Canterbury, it is now reported to have been ‘thrown out’ despite efforts to get it returned to Whitstable for display, either at the Football Club or Whitstable Museum.

Charity Day At The Belmont

On Sunday 11th May 2019 from 12.30 p.m., a charity event has been arranged at the Belmont Ground in memory of Tom Lambert and funds raised will be donated to the Pilgrims Hospices.

The day will feature a four team veterans football tournament – all players and supporters are welcome.

The afternoon will also feature matches for children and ladies.

Food and refreshments will be available.
Free bouncy castle
Penalty shoot-out competition
Raffle

Please come along and offer your support.

More information can be found on Facebook: Tom Lambert Cup

Events At The Belmont

As the 2018-19 football season draws to a close, there are a lot of things going on at Whitstable Town, including the last few fixtures for the first team, academy and under 15s, local cup finals, trials for next season, the club presentation evening and a charity event. Please come down and support if you are able.

Here are the latest dates for the diary:

April

Sat 20 12.30 Whitstable Charity Cup Final Saturday Junior – AFC Herne Bay v Wingham
Sat 20 16.00 Whitstable Charity Cup Final Saturday Senior – Betteshanger v The Bull
Mon 22 15.00 Bostik South East – Whitstable Town v Hythe Town
Mon 22 18.00 Whitstable Town FC Presentation Evening
Tue 23 19.30 Whitstable Charity Cup Final Sunday Junior – Littlebourne v Monument A
Wed 24 12.00 SCL League – Whitstable Town Academy v Millwall
Fri 26 12.00 SCL League  – Whitstable Town Academy v Barking Blues
Sun 28 11.00 Kent Youth League – Whitstable Town u15 v Folkestone Invicta
Mon 29 19.30 Canterbury Charity Cup Final Junior
Tue 30 19.30 Whitstable Charity Cup Final Sunday Senior

May
Wed 1 17.00 Whitstable Town u11 trials
Wed 1 18.00 Whitstable Town u14 trials
Sat 4 12.30 Faversham Charity Cup Final Saturday Junior
Sat 4 16.00 Faversham Charity Cup Final Saturday Senior
Sun 5 10.30 Herne Bay & Whitstable Sunday League – Rising Sun v Wingham
Sun 5 14.30 Herne Bay & Whitstable Sunday Roger Cork Cup Final – Canterbury Toon v Monument A
Mon 6 18.00 Whitstable Town Reserves trials
Tue 7 19.30 Faversham Charity Cup Final Sunday Junior
Wed 8 12.00 SCL League Whitstable Town Academy v Pro Direct Greenwich
Wed 8 17.00 Whitstable Town u11 trials
Wed 8 19.30 Canterbury Charity Cup Final Senior
Thu 9 19.30 Faversham Charity Cup Final Sunday Senior
Fri 10 18.00 Whitstable Town u12 and u14 trials
Sat 11 12.30 Tom Lambert Charity Day
Sun 12 10.00 Whitstable Town Reserves trials
Mon 13 19.30 Canterbury & District League Challenge Cup Final

This post will be updated as information on the matches/events is confirmed.

Thoughts Of The New Manager

Following the announcement that Lloyd Blackman will be taking over as first team manager as Scott Porter moves to a new role within the club, the former Whitstable Town player and Ramsgate manager gave us a few thoughts on his appointment.

“Firstly, it’s a great honour to be given the opportunity to manage Whitstable Town, a club very close to my heart, having spent close to a season here as a player and captain nearly 10 years ago.

When Scott approached me recently, asking if I would be interested in taking the role and working with him again, I felt it was too good an opportunity to turn down. Further meetings with the board confirmed my thoughts, especially once knowing the plans for the future outlined by Ron Martin and the new chairman Steve Clayton.

Scott has done a remarkable job here with league and cup success, plus currently sitting in the top half of the league in the club’s first season back in this division. He deserves a huge amount of credit and I look forward to building upon his success.

I look forward to working closely with the Whitstable Town Juniors and our own Academy headed by Josh Algar with the aim to produce as many top quality players as possible and to create a pathway for our youth into our first team.

Lastly it’s a real privilege to be given this opportunity and I will do everything in my power to create success. We have 3 games left of this season to finish as high up the table as possible and I look forward to being around for the end of the season before my work really starts.”

Blacky

End Of Season Presentation Night

The Whitstable Town FC presentation night will this season take place in the Belmont Ground clubhouse on Easter Monday, 22 April 2019, following the last home game against Hythe Town. The event will start at 6 p.m. and a free buffet will be provided. It is also an opportunity to meet the chairman, committee members and the management team to perhaps learn a bit more about some of the future plans for the club.

Trial Opportunities At Whitstable

We are currently holding trials for a number of teams and more details are given below. It has recently been announced that the Junior and Senior Whitstable Town clubs are coming together in the summer under chairman Steve Clayton and also that Lloyd Blackman will be the new first team manager. Lloyd will working closely with our own academy and new reserve team, both headed by Josh Algar, and the junior teams, with the aim of building a pathway into our first team for as many players as possible. If you are interested in joining the club at this time, please do get in touch.

Reserves
As part of the objective to bring home grown players through to play for Whitstable Town, we are planning to run a reserve team next season. The team will be managed by Josh Algar, alongside his responsibilities for running the academy. There are two open trial dates that have been announced, both at the Belmont Ground, on Monday 6th May at 6 p.m. and Sunday 12th May at 10 a.m.

Academy
There is still a chance to join the Whitstable Town FC Academy for next season. The next trial for our full time football and education programme will take place this Thursday 18th April from 18:00-19:30 at the Belmont Ground and there are limited spaces available. Sign up here:wearescl.co.uk/whitstable-fc

 

Junior
Trials are also being held for a number of different junior teams, covering age groups up to the Under 16s. Details can be found on the Junior club website:
Whitstable Town Junior FC