Category: 2012-2013 Reserves Team News


WTFCRESWhitstable Town Reserves scoop the majority of Kent League Awards.

At the last AGM of the Kent League (the competition now being renamed The Southern Counties East Football League – ‘Scefl’ within the National Leagues structure) on Saturday at The Brands Hatch Thistle hotel, Whitstable Town Reserves scooped several awards; not only crowned as Division One Champions, Town were also presented with Awards (KL Rose bowl) for being the highest scorers in the division, but also being presented with the Golden Boot as Andre Marques scored 26 goals making him the highest scorer within the division.

To cap it all, Manager Bob Reardon was presented with a personal award for Division One Manager of the Year.

Pictured is Reserve Manager Bob Reardon along with Chairman Gary Johnson & their haul of Trophies representing the competitive success of last season, at the Presentation Lunch.

Gary Johnson, he himself having just completed his first year as Chairman, was clearly delighted with what the club bagged in awards for last term, but now looks forward to the new season; commenting ‘ last season’s reserves under Bob’s stewardship excelled and its sad to see that the former Kent League will not now run a Reserve Division this term’; (Town themselves having withdrawn & entered the newly created Ryman U21 League’)…….he continued……’success next season is all about developing players to support Nicky Southall & the Club move forward, every player will have a great opportunity within the Club.


The first & eagerly awaited pre-season is this Saturday at Home to League Club Dagenham & Redbridge whom are bringing their full first team to The Belmont, kick off 3pm.



Due to pitch problems at Margate this afternoon’s Reserves Kent Intermediate Cup tie has been postponed again. The tie has now been switched to the Belmont to be played on Tuesday 5th February with a 7;45pm kick off replacing the Kent League Cup fixture against Ramsgate.


I  thought it was about time I gave all oystermen fans,  a rundown of what should have been a decent first half of the season. First we have to talk about the lack of football. We have NOT had a game since the beginning of November , which I believe is the longest run I have ever known not to be playing football. It certainly has not helped the first team management integrate some more reserves into the first team set up. We, as the reserves, have seen changes in training, drills, set ups, phases of play as Nicky has made several changes for the better.  I believe the first team has signed around about ten reserves which is good news for the club.

We  as a squad have managed to stay up there with the three big reserve teams at Maidstone United, Herne Bay and Chatham Town, (all three very good reserve set ups). This has been a learning curve for some of the reserves who have come in from under18 football, but they have acquitted themselves very well. We are still in all the cup competitions, which is great for these players many who haven’t played in senior cup competitions. The floodlight trophy is our chance to give all squad players a chance to shine, as well as some under18s.  

We are looking to recruit a couple of players to see us through the hardest part of the season during January & February. These have been identified and should be in soon .

The last thing is to wish all fans,  players, management, committee members, a very good 2013,  thank you for your support.

Bob,  Lee, Graham and Chris


With the club operating four teams from youth through to first team.

We are looking talented players for the Under 15, under 18 and Reserve Teams.

This we hope will provide a stream of players moving up the different age groups and maybe find our First Team Players of tomorrow.

Players who believe they are talented enough should in the first instance contact Bob Rearden (Reserves Manager) on 0776 388 3876 and arrange to join the guys at a training session.


Bob Reardon, Reserve Team Manager  speaking on behalf of his management team says:-

As a team we could not have asked for a better start to the season but we are still trying to instil into the squad we must keep our feet on the ground. This year we have tried to model ourselves on the more successful reserve sides at Maidstone and Herne Bay. We have a squad of around 18 players but are always looking to improve. Unfortunately, we have to release three players this week and we wish them good luck in their future careers.

We have done pretty well in front of goal this year with twelve players scoring with some defenders on four. The squad includes players aged between seventeen and twenty-two years old and we believe we have the age group about right. The first team have signed nine of the squad on Ryman league forms and Justin keeps in contact with all of them.

We currently have in the squad a lad that represented the Republic of Ireland at Under 21 level and a former under 18 international. These players give the younger lads the benefit of their experience on match days. The competition within the squad is great and the training sessions have been excellent under the capable hands of UEFA A coach, Graham Parker who joined in pre season and a long with Ian Grieves this has really helped. We do have a lot of hard work in front of us but the support we get from Justin and Richard is top notch. I especially appreciate the discussions I have with Richard on a Friday morning.

I would also like to mention the under 18’s who despite being year 1 boys (17 years old) did excellently on Thursday against Dagenham & Redbridge.  Well done lads – keep it going !!!.

Best wishes to all around the club

Bob, Lee and Graham


Manager Bob Reardon writes : We have had around 35 players attend pre season with us which we have now reduced to around 19 players signed on. Three have signed Ryman forms for the 1st team those being Tino Mukura, Jack Healey and Bitteng Guila. We have played four friendlies and done well in three of them. Hey have all proved valuable fitness and practice time. Sseveral of the players we have played Ryman football, so I believe we are there to give the favourites Herne Bay and Maidstone a challenge this year. The management team this year is Bob Reardon- Manager, Lee Craddock-Assistant, Graham Barker-Coach, Chris Gritty-Physio. This year the coaching has been exceptional with personal fitness and UEFA A coaching from Graham and a full time physio in chris gritty.  Tings are looking good- le’ts hope we can keep up with the top three teams in the league