Category: 2018-2019 Club News

Mid June Manager’s Update

Here is the latest news from the manager, Lloyd Blackman.

“I hope you are all enjoying the summer break and the football free weekends. If you’re like me then I’m sure you’ll be itching for things to restart again. It’s always nice to have some time off to recharge the batteries, especially the players as they’re no doubt preparing for the return to pre-season.

I and my staff have been working extremely hard to get everything in place ready for our return in July. I know the club too have been extremely busy behind the scenes and to hear the fantastic news regarding the transfer of the club to a limited company shows we are really moving in the right direction. A big well done to everyone involved. I know it’s been a very time consuming period.

Our pre-season games are pretty much complete although I am hopeful, having been in contact with a previous manager working in the football league, that we can arrange one more. A tough game against league champions Cray Wanderers kicks off our home games, so it would be great to see as many faces as possible here at the Belmont. Further games follow against Bostik premier opposition Folkestone and then Margate, which will be played for the Bruce Smith Shield. We also have home games arranged against Beckenham and a Bromley XI and we will keep you guys posted if anything is added to the schedule.

More good news is that we’ve been able to reach agreements with fans’ favourite Ricky Freeman and forward Marcus Elliott.

Marcus joins us from Lewes FC after spending most of last season on loan at East Grinstead. He’s a proven goal scorer and I’m delighted to acquire his services knowing there were some clubs in higher divisions after him. Conversations I’ve had with Marcus have been extremely positive and I’m really looking forward to working with him.

When I came in for the last three games of the season to oversee the change with Scott Porter, Ricky Freeman was one of the players that really stood out for me. Therefore I’m delighted to have him agreed for this season. Ricky had a disrupted campaign last season due to injury, however he ticks all the boxes and his character and experience are second to none. With a good pre-season under his belt, I look forward to seeing Ricky at his best.

As you guys have probably read, first team coach Darren Anslow has taken the vacant position as manager of Lordswood FC. It was too good an opportunity for Darren to turn down and he had the burning desire to manage again.

We also say goodbye to physio Sam Clark-Keen who has moved to Hollands and Blair with former manager Simon Halsey.

Jordan Wright too has left the club to join Canterbury City. Unfortunately we were just unable to agree terms, but these things happen in football. An ever present last year and Canterbury have signed a top player.

I’d like to place on record our thanks to them all for all their hard work during their time here and everyone at Whitstable Town wishes them all the very best for the future.

By early next week I should hope to have news confirming a new physio, so again will keep you posted.

In the meantime myself, Laney and Muzza will continue to do all we can to be ready for our return to pre-season in July. It’s been a very busy period but I’m extremely pleased with the squad we are assembling. I hope the boys enjoy the next few weeks off before we get back to business.”

Up the oysters,
Blacky

Club Barbecue And Disco

Next Saturday, 22 June, Whitstable Town FC are holding a barbecue with music in the clubhouse supplied by the popular Soul Boys disco. The event starts at 6.30 p.m. Tickets cost £10 and are available from the club or Oscar.

Club News Update

A new chapter in the long history of Whitstable Town Football Club now begins following confirmation that the FA and the Bostik League have officially approved the transfer of membership from an unincorporated association or members club to a limited company. We are now known officially as Whitstable Town Football Club Limited, affiliated as Whitstable Town Football Club. To get this far has taken a lot of hard work over many hours, with the extensive list of documents and information required, so a big thank you to everyone who has helped with this over the last six months.

The club now moves forward under a new chairman, Steve Clayton, with other new officers also in place, alongside most of the previous committee. The Whitstable Town senior and junior football sections will now be run together for the benefit of the local football community, creating a pathway for young footballers of all ages. The successful Whitstable Town academy continues, with the reintroduction of a reserves team for the coming season, completing a structure that aims to provide the best possible support for the new first team manger Lloyd Blackman.

There is still much work to be done, with a number of plans to develop the club, but the first steps are now complete.

Pre-Season Games

The current list of confirmed pre-season games for Whitstable Town is as follows:

Tue 9 July Margate Sports (A)
Sat 13 July Hollands and Blair (A)
Sat 20 July Cray Wanderers (H)
Tue 23 July Beckenham Town (H)
Sat 27 July Folkestone Invicta (A)
Tue 30 July Margate (H)

We are still looking for opponents for a friendly, home or away, on Saturday 3 August.

Latest Manager’s Update

This is the latest news from Whitstable manager Lloyd Blackman, as planning for next season continues.

“Two players who will not be returning for 2019-20 are Rob Gillman and Nick Treadwell. Decisions like this aren’t taken lightly, but Rob has a fair distance to travel and after an open and honest chat we felt it best to go our separate ways as he seeks a club nearer home.Treads is another smashing lad but unfortunately his opportunities would’ve been limited this season and knowing him well like I do, he would want to be playing regularly and it’s something I cannot offer. Rob and Treads will always be welcome back at the Belmont and I wish them all the very best in the future.

Steve Smith last week signed for Ramsgate. Steve and myself had agreed terms for next season, but he then received an offer that he absolutely could not refuse. Like the other boys, I wish him all the very best.

On a positive front, skipper James Morrish has agreed terms for next season. I’ve known James for many years and I’m delighted he’s staying with us for next season. His experience is invaluable and everyone in the changing room looks up to him.

I’m also delighted to announce that Marcus Evans has agreed to sign from league champions Cray Wanderers. I’ve been following the career of Marcus for the last 18 months and once I spoke to him it was clear we both had identical intentions. He’s a cultured central defender at a fantastic age, whose drive to improve is second to none. Welcome Marcus.

I’ll hopefully have more news very soon.”

Blacky

Bostik South East 2019-20

The league allocations for the 2019-20 season were confirmed today by the FA. Whitstable Town will once again compete in the Bostik South East Division. The fixtures will be released in mid-July, with the league season commencing on August 17.

The full Bostik South East Division is as follows:
Ashford United
Burgess Hill Town (relegated from Bostik Premier)
Chichester City (promoted from Southern Combination)
Cray Valley PM (promoted from Southern Counties East)
East Grinstead Town
Faversham Town
Guernsey
Hastings United
Haywards Heath Town
Herne Bay
Hythe Town
Phoenix Sports
Ramsgate
Sevenoaks Town
Sittingbourne
Three Bridges
VCD Athletic
Whitehawk (relegated from Bostik Premier)
Whitstable Town
Whyteleafe

The complete Bostik League allocations can be found on their website:
Bostik League Allocations 2019-20