Category: 2019-2020 Club News

Beckenham Friendly Cancelled

Unfortunately, Beckenham Town have chosen to cancel our pre-season friendly previously scheduled for Tuesday 23rd July. There may still be a game, if suitable alternative opponents can be found. Please keep an eye on club news for any developments, but at the moment there is no game on that evening.

The first home friendly will take place on Saturday (20th July) when last season’s league champions Cray Wanderers return to the Belmont.

Don’t forget that tomorrow, Wednesday 17th July at 7.30 pm, there is an opportunity for all supporters to meet the new management team and club officials in the Belmont clubhouse, where you can hear all the latest news from Whitstable Town ahead of the new season.

Race Night At The Belmont

The newly formed social committee are holding their first event on Friday 26th July at 7 pm. This will be a night of horse racing at The Belmont. Please come along to support the evening if possible.

£5 ticket (includes sausage and chips)
Over 18s only
For tickets or further details, please contact Gary (07889 798109)

FA Competition Draws

The draws for the early rounds of the FA competitions were published today. Here are all of the details for Whitstable Town.

The Emirates FA Cup
Extra Preliminary Round (Saturday 10 August)
Whitstable Town not involved

Preliminary Round (Saturday 24 August – winners receive £2,890, losers £960)
Whitstable Town v Crawley Down Gatwick or Newhaven

Both potential opponents play in the Southern Combination League Premier Division.

The Buidbase FA Trophy
Extra Preliminary Round (Saturday 28 September – winners receive £1,500, losers £500)
Chalfont St Peter v Whitstable Town

Preliminary Round (Saturday 12 October – winners receive £2,250, losers £750)
Chalfont St Peter or Whitstable Town v Ware

Chalfont St Peter and Ware are both in the BetVictor Isthmian South Central Division,with Chalfont St Peter finishing last season in 14th place and Ware 7th.

The FA Youth Cup
First Round Qualifying (Week commencing 16 September)
Badshot Lea or Welling Town v WhitstableTown

This will be a return to the FA Youth Cup for Whitstable, having been absent for several seasons.

First Friendly Tonight

Whitstable Town kick off their pre-season programme this evening with a trip to Hartsdown Park, Margate to take on Thanet United, who were formerly known as Margate Sports. Kick off is at 7.45 p.m.

Admission prices for this game are:
Adults £3 (£5 for two)
Concessions £2
Under 16s Free

Update As Pre-Season Starts

Here is the latest update from Whitstable manager Lloyd Blackman after the players reported back for pre-season training on Tuesday.

“I’m delighted to announce the signing of young Tarik Ibrahim for the up and coming season. Tarik is an exciting forward player who can play on either wing. Meetings and conversations with Tarik over the last month were extremely positive and as I’ve said before, he is a player who fits the style in which we want to play. He is explosive and exciting and will certainly be someone who, if he continues to work hard, will develop into an outstanding player.

Tarik Ibrahim

Also joining for this season is physio Andrea Gencarelli. Never have I had the privilege to work with a physio of such knowledge and experience. Andrea has worked in Italy for the Serie A outfit Torino, amongst some other high level clubs. He brings a level of professionalism that all at the club will benefit from.

Lloyd with the new physio Andrea Gencarelli

Welcome aboard Tarik and Andrea.

I’m looking forward to seeing the oyster boys at Thanet United on Tuesday night at Hartsdown Park for our first pre-season game. Sessions have been intense and the boys are gelling well. Fitness levels have been recorded and we’ll continue to gradually increase the load and demand over the next 5-6 weeks to be in the best condition come the first league game on August 17th.

We will also be holding a “meet the manager and staff” evening at the club on Wednesday 17th July, starting at 7.30 p.m. It would be great for myself and the staff to meet all you fantastic supporters, as I can update you with how things have been going and answer any questions you may have.

See you all soon.”

Meanwhile a new league sponsor is scheduled to be announced on Monday 8th July, league fixtures should be released on Thursday 11th July with the FA competition draws following on Friday 12th July.