Category: 2018-2019 Club News

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

Management Changes At Whitstable Town

Whitstable Town FC would like to confirm that manager Scott Porter will be taking on a new role next season to become “Director of Football”, with Lloyd Blackman joining the club as the new first team manager. This is a proposal that was brought to the committee by Scott and having now met and discussed it with all interested parties, the club feel that it is a positive move for the future. Whitstable Town recently announced that the senior and junior clubs would join together next season under a new chairman Steve Clayton and the proposed strengthening of the management team, with the introduction of Lloyd should be an exciting opportunity to build on the great job that Scott and his team have done over the past three seasons. Paul Murray will also be joining Lloyd’s coaching team.

Scott said: “This is a decision that I have decided to make for the better for the club and myself, with the approval of the committee. I was brought to the club just over three years ago, with the club certain of relegation from Ryman South with just eight games to go. Once relegation was confirmed, my job was to get the club back to where they belong, which I did with promotion to the Bostik South East, having finished the 2017-2018 season as runners up in the SCEFL league, along with winning the SCEFL League Cup and the Kent Senior Trophy, so becoming one of the most successful managers in the long history of Whitstable Town – something that I am very proud of. I approached Blacky, who I regard as a great friend, in and out of football and someone I can work with and trust, as we did when he was with me at Hythe Town. After expressing my thoughts and having a lot of meetings together, we put it to Joe Brownett (chairman) and Ron Martin (treasurer), also Steve Clayton (chairman to be) and they supported the idea 100%. This is an exciting time for the club, with the new chairman Steve Clayton bringing in fresh ideas on and off the pitch to move the club forward, especially the youth policy, a new reserve team and the existing academy, something Blacky is keen to support. I’m looking forward to working with the chairman and his team, along with Blacky and his staff. I would just like to thank Joe Brownett and Ron Martin for supporting me and the club during my reign as manager, as it wouldn’t have been a success without those two, also the players past and present under my reign, my backroom staff who will be staying on with Blacky and most importantly the fans who have been exceptional week in week out since I’ve been here.”

“The existing management team will be joined by Paul Murray, a former professional footballer and Northern Irish international who had a very successful non-league career including spells at Dover and Ebbsfleet, amongst others. He is a UEFA A licensed coach, with a wealth of experience in non-league coaching and management and was Blacky’s assistant when they were together at Ramsgate.”

The new management team will be:
Scott Porter – director of football
Lloyd Blackman – 1st team manager
Mark Lane – assistant manager and goal keeping coach
Darren Anslow – 1st team coach
Paul Murray – 1st team coach
Bob Reardon – team liaison
Sam Clark-Keen – physio

The committee would like to thank Scott for all of his hard work and achievements during the past three years, welcome Lloyd to the club and look forward to working with them both in their new roles.

Keep an eye on the website for more news from the Belmont in the coming weeks…

Changes Announced At Whitstable Town

Whitstable Town Football Club’s chairman, Joe Brownett, is standing down to take up the honorary position of club president. Joe is the club’s longest serving chairman and as president will support the new chairman, Steve Clayton. Steve has been chairman of Whitstable Town Junior Football Club for the last three years and will become chairman of the overall club at the start of the 2019/20 season. This will bring the Senior club and the Junior club together in an exciting development that will hopefully lead to many more home grown players rising through the youth section and into the First Team.

Steve has taken the junior section from 4 teams to 15 over the last three years, building a fantastic team of supportive individuals along the way, ensuring the town’s oldest youth football club is thriving and is the success it is today. Both Steve and his committee are highly committed to the success of the junior section and are determined to ensure that they can provide young talented players in the future for the senior team on a regular basis.

Steve and his team will build on the great work Joe and his team have done over the years in running this club, for the good of those employed by the club and for the benefit of those that support and sponsor the club. The combination of the junior and senior clubs will provide increased stability and resources, which should better enable Whitstable Town Football Club to meet some key objectives:

  • to increase interaction with the local community,
  • continue to maintain and improve facilities, both on and off the pitch,
  • provide the necessary support to ensure the first team can compete successfully in the Bostik League,
  • provide a clear pathway for young footballers to progress to senior football.

Joe commented: “I have a lot of confidence that the club will push forward with lots of new ideas and people and a strong junior section. It was due a change I think. I’m getting a bit older now. I’m not running away from it, but modern football needs a lot of people to do different jobs. My committee are getting a bit older as well, but a lot of them will stay on and we intend to support what the junior club wants to do. It won’t be two separate clubs, but will all be one. I’m proud that we are managing to achieve a handover to people that we know well and who have similar aims for the club and youth development. We’ve got great tradition and were one of the first supporters of the Kent Youth League.”

Steve added: “I have a fantastic team to support me in bringing our vision of making Whitstable Town Football Club the best it can be, laying the foundation today to create the pathways for the juniors of today to progress and play for their hometown club. We look forward with great excitement to the season ahead, where we will be ambitious in our quest to build upon our ongoing success and with everyone’s support will continue to set the bar high.”

Further announcements will be made in due course.