Summer News Update

Here are a few news items from around the club during the summer break.

Pre-Season
Training/trials for the new season start on Tuesday 3 July, meeting at 6.45 p.m. at the Belmont Ground. As previously reported, the first friendly match is scheduled for Saturday 14 July, when we entertain Tunbridge Wells at home. Rochester United have pulled out of the friendly arranged for Saturday 21 July, but there will still be a game on that date, as we now welcome ambitious Kent County League club Ashford FC to the Belmont Ground.

Cup Draws and League Fixtures
The FA Cup and FA Trophy early round draws will be released on Friday 6 July, with the fixtures for the Bostik League expected in mid-July.

Admission Prices and Season Tickets
Information regarding prices and season ticket applications will be published on this website shortly.

Ground Maintenance
Work continues at the ground in preparation for next season. In addition to pitch maintenance, the project to improve and install seats in the main stand has commenced and should be complete for the start of the new season. The home changing rooms are being given a makeover, including new seating and redecoration. A lot of work is also being done in the clubhouse to improve the venue for everyone who uses it on match days or for other events. Repairs, painting and concreting around the ground are also underway.

Thank you to all who have already helped or offered to come down to the ground throughout the summer months. There is activity at the ground on most days, but always on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings throughout the year and if anyone else would like to join us on one of those days to help in any way or maybe just have a cup of coffee and a chat, you will be welcomed.

Fun Day For Charity

On Saturday 16th June there is a family fun day being held at the Belmont Ground to help raise funds for the Margate Special Baby Unit. From 12.00 until 17.00, there will be a barbecue, bouncy castle, face painting and a raffle, with the bar open throughout. Please come along to support this worthy cause if you can.

In the evening, a darts competition is being held from 19.00 in the clubhouse and everyone is welcome.

If you would like any further information regarding the event please call Tracey on 07895 962466.

Presentation Night Details

Whitstable Town held their end of season presentation night at the Marine Hotel, Tankerton on Saturday 2nd June. It was a great evening enjoyed by the players, team management, club officials, supporters and their families with around a hundred guests in total. The event included an introduction by Tony Rouse, followed by some words from the chairman Joe Brownett and manager Scott Porter. Scott gave special thanks to Craig Cloke and Dean Ruddy, neither of whom will be returning next season. The Kent Reliance Senior Trophy and SCEFL Challenge Cup were both on display and there were also the runners up medals for the league campaign that earned the team promotion to the Bostik League.

The club awards were followed by the Belmont Bar staff making a presentation to Oscar, who has recently stood down from his role as clubhouse manager after a successful two years. Oscar and his successor Tracey then presented an award to Steve Long in recognition of all the work he has put in at the ground. Andy Bruce and the Oysterboys then took over to present their own awards, plus a bottle of champagne or a voucher to the manager and all of the winners on the night.

There was a buffet and music to complete the proceedings. The club would like to thank all of those involved in the organisation of a successful evening, including Scott, Helen and Zoe for booking and decorating the venue, Tony for his role on the microphone, Richard Baines at City Awards for all his help with the trophies, the Oysterboys for their generous sponsorship and participation, Les for all of the photographs, Mel and Aaron for selling lots of raffle tickets, Scott for some karaoke and most importantly everyone for coming along to help celebrate a memorable season.

The award winners are listed below.
Players’ Player: Tom Bryant
Manager’s Player: Tom Bryant
Committee’s Player: John Walker
Supporters’ Player: Dan Eason
Goal of the Season: Ricky Freeman (SCEFL Cup Final Winner)
Golden Boot: Danny Williams (28 goals)
Young Player: Teddy Nelson
Unsung Hero: Steve Long (awarded by bar staff)
Oysterboys’ Player Winner: Dan Eason
Oysterboys’ Player Runner-Up: Danny Williams

Some of the attendees
Tony Rouse behind the trophies
Steve receives his award from Tracey and Oscar
James Morrish presents the players’ award to Tom Bryant
Les Biggs gives John Walker his award
Ricky Freeman collects the goal of the season trophy from Bob Reardon
Danny Williams wins the Golden Boot, presented by Doug Bubb
Young Player of the Year Teddy Nelson (right), Owen Fitt and Rhys Brain with Andy Bruce
Dan Eason won the Oysterboys award

Jordan Wright Joins Whitstable

Jordan Wright has been announced as the first addition to the Whitstable Town squad for the new season in the Bostik League. The 23 year old midfielder has spent around four years at Folkestone Invicta and also made some loan appearances for Ashford United and Faversham Town towards the end of last season.

Manager Scott Porter commented “Jordan is a great addition to Whitstable Town. He is someone that I’ve looked at for a while and is my sort of player, good on the ball with plenty of energy and he will fit perfectly into our team and the way we want to play. I’m very pleased that he has agreed to join us.”

This Week – A Reminder

Don’t forget the two events taking place this week for Whitstable Town supporters.

Tonight, Wednesday 30th May at 7.30 pm, the supporters meeting takes place in the Belmont clubhouse, with the bar opening at 7 pm. Come along to hear the latest news and ask questions of the manager and committee.

The End Of Season Presentation Night at the Marine Hotel follows on Saturday 2nd June. Please get in touch if you would like to attend, but haven’t yet booked a place. More details are available here:
Presentation Evening

Pre-Season Programme

Whitstable Town have arranged the following pre-season fixtures ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.
Saturday 14 July 15.00 Tunbridge Wells (Home)
Saturday 21 July 15.00 Rochester United (Home)
Tuesday 24 July 19.45 Lydd Town (Home)
Saturday 28 July 15.00 Lordswood (Away)
Tuesday 31 July 19.45 Folkestone Invicta (Away)
Saturday 4 August 15.00 Grays Athletic (Home)
Tuesday 7 August 19.30 Whitstable Town Academy (Final Practice Match at The Belmont)

The Bostik League season kicks off on Saturday 11 August, with the fixtures due to be released in mid-July. The draws for the FA Cup and FA Trophy should be made in early July.

News regarding admission prices and season tickets will be announced once finalised.