Category: 2018-2019 Club News

One More Game At The Belmont

The final game of the season at the Belmont Ground takes place this evening, when local rivals and the top two teams in the Herne Bay and Whitstable Sunday League Premier Division, Rising Sun and Monument, meet to most likely decide the champions. Kick off is at 7.30 p.m.

The last of the cup finals took place on Monday evening, when Chilham beat Faversham United to claim the Canterbury and District League Challenge Trophy.

Congratulations to all of the recent cup final winners at Whitstable Town FC:

Whitstable Charity Cup Saturday Junior
AFC Herne Bay 3 Wingham 1

Whitstable Charity Cup Saturday Senior
Betteshanger Welfare 1 The Bull 2 (after extra time)

Whitstable Charity Cup Sunday Junior
Littlebourne 1 Monument A 2

Whitstable Charity Cup Final Sunday Senior
Monument 5 Chilham 1 (after extra time)

Canterbury Charity Cup Final Junior
Wingham 0 The Bull Reserves 2

Faversham Charity Cup Final Saturday Junior
The Bull Reserves 0 AFC Herne Bay 1

Faversham Charity Cup Final Saturday Senior
Littlebourne 3 Minster 4

Roger Cork Memorial Shield Final
FC Canterbury Toon 0 Monument A 4

Faversham Charity Cup Final Sunday Junior
City Lions 2 Littlebourne 3

Canterbury Charity Cup Final Senior
Faversham United 0 Minster 3

Faversham Charity Cup Final Sunday Senior
The Elephant 0 Monument 2 (after extra time)

Canterbury & District League Challenge Cup Final
Faversham United 2 Chilham 3

Next At The Belmont Ground

Here is a list of the remaining events at Whitstable Town FC before the pitch maintenance work commences.

May
Mon 6 18.00 Whitstable Town Reserves trials
Tue 7 19.30 Faversham Charity Cup Final Sunday Junior – City Lions v Littlebourne
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 – Faversham United v Minster
Thu 9 19.30 Faversham Charity Cup Final Sunday Senior – The Elephant v Monument
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
Sun 12 12.00 Whitstable Town Junior FC End of Season Presentations
Mon 13 19.30 Canterbury & District League Challenge Cup Final – Faversham United v The Bull or Chilham
Tue 14 18.30 Herne Bay & Whitstable Sunday League – Rising Sun v Monument

Local cup final results from the Belmont to date:

Whitstable Charity Cup Saturday Junior
AFC Herne Bay 3 Wingham 1

Whitstable Charity Cup Saturday Senior
Betteshanger Welfare 1 The Bull 2 (after extra time)

Whitstable Charity Cup Sunday Junior
Littlebourne 1 Monument A 2

Whitstable Charity Cup Final Sunday Senior
Monument 5 Chilham 1 (after extra time)

Whitstable Charity Cup Sunday Senior Final – Monument beat Chilham after extra time

Canterbury Charity Cup Final Junior
Wingham 0 The Bull Reserves 2

The Bull Reserves beat Wingham to win the Canterbury Charity Cup Junior Section

Faversham Charity Cup Final Saturday Junior
The Bull Reserves 0 AFC Herne Bay 1

Faversham Charity Cup Final Saturday Senior
Littlebourne 3 Minster 4

Roger Cork Final
FC Canterbury Toon 0 Monument A 4

Roger Cork winners Monument A and runners up FC Canterbury Toon

Events At The Belmont Update

Some local cup finals have already taken place at the Belmont Ground and there are some more to come over the next couple of weeks. All facilities at the ground will be open, so please come to support the teams if you can.

Congratulations to the winners so far:

Whitstable Charity Cup Saturday Junior
AFC Herne Bay 3 Wingham 1

Whitstable Charity Cup Saturday Senior
Betteshanger Welfare 1 The Bull 2 (after extra time)

Whitstable Charity Cup Sunday Junior
Littlebourne 1 Monument A 2

Here is an updated list of forthcoming events:

April
Mon 29 19.30 Canterbury Charity Cup Final Junior – Wingham v The Bull Reserves
Tue 30 19.30 Whitstable Charity Cup Final Sunday Senior – Monument v Chilham

May
Wed 1 12.00 Friendly – Whitstable Town Academy v Maidstone
Wed 1 17.00 Whitstable Town u11 trials
Wed 1 18.00 Whitstable Town u14 trials
Fri 3 18.30 Whitstable Town u16 trials
Sat 4 13.00 Faversham Charity Cup Final Saturday Junior – The Bull Reserves v AFC Herne Bay
Sat 4 16.00 Faversham Charity Cup Final Saturday Senior – Chilham or Littlebourne v Minster
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 – FC Canterbury Toon v Monument A
Mon 6 18.00 Whitstable Town Reserves trials
Tue 7 19.30 Faversham Charity Cup Final Sunday Junior – City Lions v Littlebourne or Tankerton
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 – Faversham United v Minster
Thu 9 19.30 Faversham Charity Cup Final Sunday Senior – The Elephant v Monument
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
Sun 12 12.00 Whitstable Town Junior FC End of Season Presentations
Mon 13 19.30 Canterbury & District League Challenge Cup Final – Faversham United v The Bull or Chilham
Tue 14 18.30 Herne Bay & Whitstable Sunday League – Rising Sun v Monument

Presentation Evening 2018-19

Whitstable Town held their end of season presentation evening in the Belmont Ground clubhouse following the last home game against Hythe Town on Easter Monday. There was a good attendance, with a number of supporters staying for the event. Apart from the usual awards, it was a special evening on this occasion, due to the recently announced changes at the football club, with both the chairman and manager standing down at the end of the season to become club president and director of football respectively. Bob Reardon and the rest of the management team and players made a presentation to the manager Scott Porter, thanking him for his hard work and achievements over the past three seasons that included two cup wins, promotion back to the Bostik league and a respectable mid table finish in the first season back at Step 4. On behalf of the committee, Ron Martin then presented long serving chairman Joe Brownett with a salver to commemorate the great contribution that he and his wife Josie have made during over thirty years at the club.

Following the main club awards, Joe thanked everyone for their support, with a special award being given to volunteer Liam Sanderson, who has been a great help to all around the club during the season.

Andy Bruce and the Oysterboys, once again presented their own awards, plus a bottle of champagne for all of the winners on the night. There was also a collection that raised £400 for Whitstable Town player Harry Brown, who entered the London Marathon to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation in memory of his nan.

The committee would like to thank all of those who helped with the evening and the preparation of the buffet, including Tracey, Chantelle and the rest of the bar staff, Richard Baines at City Awards for his assistance with the trophies, the Oysterboys for their awards and sponsorship, Les for the photography and everyone else who attended and helped contribute to an enjoyable evening.

The award winners are listed below.
Manager’s Player: James Morrish
Players’ Player: Dan Eason
Committee’s Player: Rob Gillman
Supporters’ Player: Dan Eason
Young Player: Taylor Fisher
Goal of the Season: Jordan Wright (Faversham at home)
Golden Boot: (not decided, but presented to Steve Smith after the final game)
Special Award: Liam Sanderson (for helping at the club throughout the season)
Oysterboys’ Player Winner: Dan Eason
Oysterboys’ Player Runner-Up: Steve Smith

Some of the attendees and players
James Morrish receives the Manager’s Player award from Scott Porter
Dan Eason is the players’ player and received the award from club captain James Morrish
Les Biggs presents Rob Gillman with the player of the season award on behalf of the committee
Wally Brown presents Dan Eason with the supporters’ player of the year trophy
Talyor Fisher receives the young player of the season shield from his manager
Jordan Wright’s goal against Faversham was chosen as the “goal of the season”
Liam Sanderson with his award from the chairman
Andy Bruce speaks on behalf of the Oysterboys
The Oysterboys with their runner-up Steve Smith
Once again Dan Eason is the Oysterboys’ player of the year
Andy Bruce hands over the collection to Harry Brown towards his London Marathon charity fund raising
Thank you to the bar staff from their best customers, the Oysterboys
An emotional Scott Porter receiving a special thank you
Joe and Josie Brownett with their awards

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 Saturday 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