WTFC Supporters Trust Fund Update

This initiative was set up to raise additional money for the club to put towards the playing expense budget. A number of clubs run similar schemes that enable supporters to help them compete on the pitch. The Whitstable Town version includes a regular draw that gives members the chance to win cash prizes. The first draw recently took place and the winner was Tony Rouse, who collected £50.

Richard Tennant presents Tony with his prize

The fund was launched following a meeting with supporters at the start of the season. As a reminder, the minimum stake is £5 per month, which buys one unit in the draw. If,for example, you contribute £20, that would give you 4 units. If anyone else would like to join, please see the details on our dedicated page.

Whitstable Town Supporters Trust Fund

If you do not wish to set up a Standing Order, we are happy to receive cash and also realise that sometimes people are unable to commit a regular amount, so we can take any one-off amounts that will still benefit the club and give you a stake in the next draw.

If you need any further help or have any questions, please contact Richard, who will be happy to assist.

We Will Remember Them

Many places around the world today held services and other events to commemorate Armistice Day, exactly 100 years after the end of the First World War.

Whitstable Town played at Sittingbourne yesterday, where they held a short ceremony before the game. This morning Whitstable Town Football Club laid its own wreath at the War Memorial in the town.

Whitstable War Memorial

The article below is an extract from the last home programme that was produced for the Velocity Trophy game against Greenwich Borough on 6th November.

THE GREAT WAR 1914-18

All over the world, Allied and Enemy forces comprised hundreds of thousands of individuals. On both sides of the war, there are stories of heroism and courage, empathy and cruelty, love and loss, despair and insanity. It brought out the best and the worst in people. We can remember and reflect on the horrors of war, but we have no right to judge our fellow humans for the acts of their ancestors a century ago. The world was united in regret, sorrow and grief.

The majority of British servicemen were in the Army and Navy – around six million Army personnel were deployed during the war and at the start of the war there were over 200,000 in the Navy. In 1917 an Act of Parliament establishing an Air Force and an Air Council was given Royal Assent, with the Royal Air Force forming in early 1918.

Life at the front in World War 1 was tough, particularly for those in the trenches of Belgium, Northern France and the German border. The landscape was scarred with craters from shell-fire. The wet, muddy conditions and constant deafening bombardment of artillery took their toll on soldiers of both sides. Despite their plight, a great many soldiers wrote long, eloquent letters and poems, composed music and songs, drew pictures and made beautiful or poignant objects from whatever material was available – creations which became known collectively as trench art.

WE WILL REMEMBER THEM

The centenary to honour those who served is being marked throughout the UK during 2018. Whitstable’s War Memorial carries a sad list of one hundred and seventy five names carved in stone, not just names of lost sons of the Town but of young men who lived, enrolled or died in Whitstable as a result of the conflict. Included are former Whitstable Town Football Club players and officials who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives fighting for our country. Players William Browning Foad, James Cole and Frank Davison, committee man Jack Hudson and promising young local player David Botting were all remembered.

WILLIAM BROWNING FOAD Royal Fusiliers – Died 24th April 1917
JAMES COLE Royal Naval Reserve – Died 25th February 1919
FRANK DAVISON Royal Garrison Artillery – Died 26th Sept.1917
DAVID BOTTING Buffs (East Kent Regiment -) Died 18th Mar.1916
JACK HUDSON East Surrey Regiment – Died (date unknown)

WHITSTABLE F.C.

Thanet League Champions 1908-09

Back row: H. Keam, W. Barham, G. Hawkes, R. Gambrell, F.S. Gann.

Middle row: H. Tilley, D.C. Keddie, O. Rowden, H. Gambrill, W. Foad, J. Cole, W. Foreman, G. Dunn, F. Humphrey, S. Anderson.

Front row: R.T. Lang (President), W.J. Foreman, J. Gambrill, A. Amos, P. Ray, F. Davison, W. Wyver (Secretary), D. Ward.

The above Whitstable FC team picture includes three players who lost their lives in World War I: W.Foad, J.Cole and F. Davison.

William Browning Foad is buried in the Windmill British Cemetery Monchy-Le Preaux, France.
Frank Davison is buried at Dozinghem Military Cemetery in Belgium.
James Cole is buried in the Whitstable Cemetery.

Whitstable Win At Woodstock

SITTINGBOURNE 1 WHITSTABLE TOWN 2
Bostik League South East
Saturday November 10 2018 15.00

Whitstable collected three valuable points on the road, beating Sittingbourne 2-1 at Woodstock Park. Whitstable looked the most likely to open the scoring in the early stages, pushing forward and winning a number of corners and free kicks in dangerous areas. The pressure finally told when Stuart West rose to head in a corner, but the goal seemed to change the momentum and Sittingbourne started to threaten. Ira Jackson equalised with a good shot past Dan Eason and the home team finished the first half in the ascendancy. Both teams were reduced to ten men when James Morrish and Dan Parkinson were dismissed by the referee after an incident in the 59th minute. Whitstable gradually regained some control of a somewhat scrappy game and Jordan Wright scored a good goal to put them back in front. Stephen Smith nearly added a third when he thumped a header against the post from a corner. Sittingbourne did create a couple of opportunities to come back for a second time, but Nathan Elder shot straight at Eason and a couple of late headers from set pieces were off target and Whitstable held on for the win.

This Bostik League fixture for Whitstable was sandwiched between two midweek Velocity Trophy games and Rob Gillman and Stephen Smith returned to the starting eleven. John Walker continues his recovery and had a place on the bench, but Louis Sprosen is still troubled by his ankle injury and Elliott Hartnell-Baker has joined Lordswood on loan to get some additional game time. Old rivals Sittingbourne started this season with four wins in their first six league games, but had not won in the league since September 23rd. Their squad contained former Whitstable players Reiss Crimmen, Ira Jackson, Tom Loynes and Bola Dawodu, whilst back in September 2012, player coach Nathan Elder scored four headed goals for Ebbsfleet in a 5-1 Kent Senior Cup win at the Belmont. There was a short ceremony for Remembrance Sunday, featuring the British Legion, in the centre of the pitch prior to kick off.

The ceremony before the game for Remembrance Sunday.

Whitstable began well, causing the home team some problems by getting the ball forward down the wings and winning several free kicks. A long throw by Chris Elliott led to a header being deflected behind for a corner that resulted in the ball going just wide after a sequence of headers. Crimmen was then cautioned for conceding another free kick that was cleared by Sittingbourne after being headed down into the crowded box. Another free kick in the 13th minute was only partially dealt with and Kyran Connolly planted a header just over the bar. Ricky Freeman had to be substituted in the 22nd minute due to injury and was replaced by Tom Walmsley. Whitstable did eventually make the most of a set piece on 29 minutes, when West was first to an Elliott corner and headed the ball past Matt Funnell.

Matt Funnell takes the ball off the head of Ricky Freeman
Stuart West rises to meet a corner
The ball finds the net and Whitstable lead 1-0
Celebrating the opening goal

Sittingbourne had not really got going at all in an attacking sense, but suddenly Loynes did well to make the space for himself to test Eason, but his shot was straight at the Whitstable keeper. Smith latched on to a long ball at the other end and shot just wide of the near post, but the home team were improving and in the 36th minute Tommie Fagg played a good ball out to Jackson on the right, giving him the chance to take it just inside the box and unleash a powerful drive that beat Eason and found the far corner to make it 1-1. Sittingbourne then tried another long throw that was misjudged by Eason, who came out but was unable to reach the ball, although Rob Gillman was on hand to clear the danger. Jackson had another chance when a clearance by Eason went straight out to him, but his shot was deflected for a corner. The last action of the half saw a decent strike by Fagg parried by Eason before the ball was cleared away.

Stephen Smith is just off target with this effort

Sittingbourne had an early opportunity in the second half after Connolly was booked for a foul by the corner flag, but the free kick was headed wide. Gillman then suddenly departed the action after being informed of a family emergency, which thankfully was nothing too serious, with Teddy Nelson coming on to replace him. Tom Bryant was clumsily knocked over in the box when challenging for the ball, but the referee waved away penalty claims. Neither team was really playing with any consistency and there were too many aimless balls being given away. A challenge by Morrish led to a reaction by Parkinson that eventually resulted in both players being shown a straight red card. After things had calmed down, it was Whitstable who began to play with a little more composure and a period of possession and close passing around the home penalty area led to Wright collecting the ball and firing it into the net past Funnell and Loynes, who made an unsuccessful attempt to clear off the line.

Jordan Wright (obscured) scores the second for Whitstable
The shot beats the goalkeeper and Tom Loynes on the line

Sittingbourne almost struck back quickly when a Loynes shot was defected into the path of Elder, but he shot directly at a grateful Eason. Both teams made further changes before Wright swung over a corner from the left that was headed against the far post by Smith in the 83rd minute.  Walmsley then played the ball into the path of Chris Saunders, who curled a shot wide from outside the box. West was booked for a foul on the left edge of the area and the free kick by Jackson was headed wide at the back post. Wright and Saunders combined well to win a late Whitstable corner that was scrambled away and the last chance of the afternoon came in added time, when a Sittingbourne corner was headed over the bar by Bola Dawodu, leaving Whitstable 2-1 winners.

Dan Eason holds on to this low shot
Stephen Smith heads against the post

Whitstable had started and finished the better, although there was a period either side of the break when Sittingbourne had threatened to get something out of the game that was often scrappy. The attendance of 198 was the highest for a league game at Woodstock Park so far this season. Whitstable are next in Velocity Trophy action on Tuesday evening when Cheshunt make the long trip to the Belmont.

Sittingbourne Whitstable
9 Attempts 8
4 On Target 2
3 Corners 7
1 Offside 2
10 Free Kicks Won 14

Sittingbourne
Matthew Funnel, Chris Webber (c), Reiss Crimmen, Dan Parkinson, Lex Allan, Ben Fitchett (Johan Caney-Bryan 87), Ira Jackson, Lewis Chambers, Nathan Elder (Bola Dawodu 76), Tommie Fagg, Tom Loynes.
Subs (unused): Josh Dorling, Harrison Hatfull, Patrick Lee.
Goal: Ira Jackson 36
Yellow cards: Reiss Crimmen 11, Tommie Fagg 40.
Red card: Dan Parkinson 59

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, Kyran Connolly, Chris Elliott (Harry Brown 78), Stuart West, Rob Gillman (Teddy Nelson 50), Tom Bryant, Chris Saunders, James Morrish (c), Ricky Freeman (Tom Walmsley 22), Stephen Smith, Jordan Wright.
Subs (unused): Charlie Smith, John Walker.
Goals: Stuart West 29, Jordan Wright 71.
Yellow cards: Kyran Connolly 47, Stuart West 86.
Red card: James Morrish 59

Attendance: 198
Referee: Simon Finnigan
Assistants: Jak Hill & George Lowe

Christmas Draw 2018

Once again the club are holding a Christmas Draw and the tickets are now on sale. They cost £1 each and are available at the Belmont Ground, in the clubhouse or the committee room. The first number drawn will win £250 and there will also a hamper, a wine collection and a number of other nice prizes. If anyone would like to donate a prize, please get in touch. Due to the December fixture list, the draw is planned for Boxing Day, when Ramsgate are the visitors, and it will be held in the clubhouse after the match.

Cup Game Next Week

Following the 4-1 win against Greenwich Borough on Tuesday, Whitstable now meet Cheshunt in the next round. The game has been arranged for Tuesday 13th November at the Belmont Ground, with a kick off time of 7.45 pm.

Second Half Goals Win Tie

WHITSTABLE TOWN 4 GREENWICH BOROUGH 1
Velocity Trophy Second Round
Tuesday November 6 2018 19.45

Whitstable recovered from a very poor first half display against ten man Greenwich Borough to reach the Third Round of the Velocity Trophy. The visitors arrived at the Belmont with a depleted team, but caused Whitstable some early problems, forcing Dan Eason to make two early saves before taking the lead with a good finish by Phil Brown-Bampoe. Whitstable could not find any rhythm and deservedly trailed at the break. The game was turned around in the second half, when Whitstable scored four times in a 15 minute spell to continue their interest in the competition. Tom Walmsley and Ricky Freeman both scored with headers, then Walmsley fired in his second from a good Teddy Nelson cross and Tom Bryant added the fourth when Greenwich failed to clear a corner. Whitstable will play South Central Division team Cheshunt at the Belmont in the next round.

Greenwich had visited the Belmont exactly one month earlier, when Whitstable ran out 2-0 winners in a Bostik League fixture. Whitstable had four different starters in this Velocity Trophy match, with Chris Saunders finally clear of his lengthy suspension. The visitors’ team contained just four members of their squad from the previous game and they only had ten players take the field, despite having the full eleven on their team sheet, so not everyone realised immediately that they were playing without a full team.

Whitstable did win three corners in quick succession in the opening minutes, but it was Greenwich that created the best chances. Theo Osinfolarin had a shot saved by Dan Eason and then Nikolaos Tsakonas cut in from the right and tried a left footed shot that forced Eason into another save. The home defence was looking a bit vulnerable and when another attack was only partly cleared, the ball came out to Brown-Bampoe just outside the box and he struck a great shot past Eason into the right corner of the net to give Greenwich the lead in the 7th minute.

An early corner slips through the hands of Thomas McGill
Battling for possession

Freeman and Walmsley both had efforts off target for Whitstable, Stuart West headed a corner into the arms of Thomas McGill and then Bryant had a header from a Chris Elliott free kick saved. A poor clearance went straight to Elliott, but his shot was easily saved by McGill. It was the ten men of Greenwich that looked the more likely to score again though, as Whitstable gave the ball away too easily on a number of occasions. Jahvan Howell drove forward and shot just over the bar from 25 yards and, as half time approached, Whitstable played themselves into trouble again and Greenwich broke clear down the right, but with a player unmarked in the box, the final pass was mistimed and an offside flag came to the rescue.

Stuart West heads for goal

The interval arrived with the away team 1-0 up, but it could have been worse and it almost was soon after the restart when Greenwich were allowed to break forward with three against one, but they hesitated and as Whitstable started to get bodies back, the shot eventually hit the side netting. The pattern of the game began to change and Whitstable started to pass the ball around with more composure, as Kyran Connolly provided the width on the right and Elliott and Teddy Nelson on the left. Bryant headed a cross down for West, who dragged his shot past the far post and James Morrish, Freeman and Walmsley all shot wide. In the 56th minute though, Whitstable were back on terms when a long sequence of passing ended with Walmsley rising to head a Nelson cross past McGill.

Stuart West shoots past the far post
Tom Walmsley heads the first Whitstable goal

Greenwich were by now offering little, but Osinfolarin turned and shot over from 20 yards. Connolly delivered a dangerous cross that Greenwich managed to scramble away, but then in the 62nd minute, another good cross by Connolly picked out Freeman and he glanced his header into the far corner to give Whitstable the lead. Charlie Smith came on to replace Elliott and immediately headed a corner at McGill. It was 3-1 in the 69th minute, when a deep left wing cross by Nelson was volleyed in by Walmsley and just a minute later Freeman swung in a corner from the left and when the defence failed to clear, Bryant fired the ball into the net to score the fourth. Elliott Hartnell-Baker and Jai McKinlay came on for the last 20 minutes. Greenwich had a couple of late efforts, one went wide and Eason comfortably saved a low shot by Osinfolarin. Whitstable nearly scored a fifth, when McGill did well to save a back post header from a corner and then in added time, McKinlay played the ball into the box and Walmsley tried a diving header, but McGill saved to deny him a hat-trick.

Ricky Freeman puts Whitstable 2-1 in front with a glancing header
Tom Walmsley arrives to score his second
Tom Bryant makes it 4-1 with a left footed shot from close range
Thomas McGill does well to save this header

It had been a much improved second half display by Whitstable, who played with more width going forward and used their man advantage to keep possession more effectively. The Third Round tie against Cheshunt is likely to be the next home game, but firstly Whitstable return to league action with a visit to Sittingbourne on Saturday.

Whitstable Greenwich
19 Attempts 8
10 On Target 4
7 Corners 0
2 Offside 5
9 Free Kicks Won 10

Whitstable Town
Dan Eason, Kyran Connolly, Chris Elliott (Charlie Smith 64), Stuart West, Teddy Nelson, Tom Bryant, Chris Saunders (Jai McKinlay 74), James Morrish (c), Ricky Freeman (Elliott Hartnell-Baker 71), Tom Walmsley, Jordan Wright.
Subs (unused): none
Goals: Tom Walmsley 56, 69, Ricky Freeman 62, Tom Bryant 70.
Yellow card: Ricky Freeman 33

Greenwich Borough
Tom McGill (c), Jahvan Howell, Michael Oshin, Oliver Bennett, Deandre Golding, Nikolaos Tsakonas, Phil Brown-Bampoe, Theo Osinfolarin, Bryan Bentamba, Connor Peters.
Subs (unused): none
Goal: Phil Brown-Bampoe 7
Yellow card: Nikolaos Tsakonas 85

Attendance: 65
Referee: Ian Fissenden
Assistants: Robert Columb & Matt Charles