Sheppey 2 Croydon 3

So what do I know about Croydon ? Well a few famous people have lived there, David Bowie, Ronnie Corbett, the Great Dane Bowers, Woy Hodgson, bonkers artist Tracy Emin, Kirsty Macoll and popular beat Grime artist Stormzy. I used to see a girl who lived near there until she had a restraining order put on me and I’ve worked at Croydon East train station, which is massive. With this in mind I was clearly excited about Saturday’s game, plus the fact that I’d willingly agreed to have a go at dry January meant the day should be interesting. Well it was.
My quip last week about Trey waltzing out the door never to be seen again seemed rather unprophetic as there he was turning out for Croydon against us, as his self appointed agent I felt a little let down I wasn’t party to any negotiations but that’s football I guess.
Talking of which, Sheppey amazingly kept the same starting eleven from last week, a feat worthy of the three points alone you’d think, Croydon clearly didn’t.
The game kicked off just about the same time I ended my gallant attempt at dry January, Croydon decked in what looked like a Coventry kit had a centre forward the spitting image of Peter Ndlovu (google him kids), a great player who left Coventry a week before Terry Phelan left, prompting the song ” you’ve lost Ndlovu and Phelan, woah Ndlovu and Phelan” ( another Google kids). Anyway, Ndlovu and his forward mate both looked very decent up front, ironically the other Croydon had two great forwards, makes me wonder if they just swap attackers similar to Fred and Rose West. Both were proving as elusive as my willpower early on, making diagonal runs and at times the home defence were finding them harder to pick up than the Chairmans wallet, the young midfielder supplying the ammunition early on should have given the defence an early warning, well if it did no one took any notice as the young lad, fresh from his paper round found Ndlovu 25 yards out, the defence gave him more room than Abu Hamza at pass the parcel let fly with a shot that found the bottom corner 1-0. By this time Sheppey weren’t in the game and looked as potent as Pele after a couple of beers so it was no surprise when Croydon doubled their lead. This time a crisp move led to the other forward with enough time and space to slot the ball home with a finish Cynthia Payne would be proud of 2-0.
Finally Sheppey turned up to the party, a couple of tackles won, Bradshaw playing wide right started getting the ball and asking questions, our first chance fell to the Colonel who somehow found himself with only the keeper to beat, he didn’t. Remmell and LHO started to look threatening and the midfield, again missing Burke and Hare the comedy villains started to get a foothold. First Remmel flashed a chance wide, then the Shrewsbury shifter got behind the defence but drew a decent save, the pressure was mounting like a dog on heat, then Girt sends Clark away down the left, he delivers a superb cross that Bradshaw, who overtook Usain Bolt to get in the box and met the ball on the half volley giving the keeper less chance than Diane Abbott on countdown 1-2. As I’d earlier predicted to the other weirdo’s in the paddock at 2-0 down, there’s no better feeling than winning 3-2 after trailing, I know my stuff. The Visiting keeper who had looked more indecisive than a fat kid in Greggs then played his part, a cross came in, the keeper went for it, had a little juggle, dropped it at the colonels feet and for the second time he couldn’t miss, he didn’t 2-2. Sheppey now had their tails up, pushing on restricting the visitors chances and went in for their half time ovaltine level pegging.
The second half started, me again telling anyone that would listen ” we are a second half team”
Then out of the blue, the rock solid Jack Mahoney played a back pass that wrong footed the Colonel, Ndlovu’s mate pounced on it and beat the keeper with a low shot, 3-2, what a kick in the proverbials. Still plenty of time on the clock, the 274 crowd found its voices urging the team forward, a few half chances came and went, Croydon still looked dangerous on the break, a free kick from a fair way out was curled round the wall into the side netting, Sheppey were now going Gung Ho for the equaliser, Girt fizzed a long range effort wide, Hiccham went close. Time for a sub, on comes Timmy for LHO, I’d also predicted Timmy would score today, a few corners, one of which Ralphy got on the end of but suddenly their keeper looked like he knew what he was doing saved well, in a last ditch attempt, Easy E brings on young Coops for Mahoney and Froggatt for Brunt, the latter taking over step over duties from Trey but it was all to no avail, 3-2 to Croydon.
Another disappointing result, didn’t start playing until 2-0, however some decent football got them back in the game. Technically we are as good as anybody in this league and realistically with games in hand could still be pushing the top 6 but as I’ve said before when things aren’t going right we haven’t really got anyone to do the dirty work, a few crunching tackles to give the opponents something to remember, the dark arts. I’m lead to believe Ronnie and Reggie Batten are available next week , hopefully their absence will have made them hungrier and angrier than before. Glebe next week, it’ll be nice to see a few new faces at away games, give the boys some encouragement and get the revolution back on track.
Dan Bradshaw, started wide right but presses all over the pitch, he’s fitter than Jennifer Aniston, and his sheer work rate and will to win got us back in this game.

Sheppey Sign Aaron Jeffery


Sheppey are pleased to announce the signing of striker Aaron Jeffery from Glebe. Aaron is the second striker Sheppey have signed following our recent announcement of Stuart King. Aaron’s previous clubs include Sevenoaks Town.

Manager Ernie Batten told us:

“Another great talent joining the squad in our push to climb the table. I think we are now only just one player away from completing the squad which is unheard of at this stage of the season! He’s a top player who can’t wait to get on to the pitch for us”.

King’s Landing

King’s Landing

We are delighted to announce the signing of prolific striker Stuart King. Stuart was part of the Whitstable Town side that won them promotion to the Ryman League in 2007, scoring 30 goals along the way before moving on to Herne Bay. He has also had spells with Folkestone Invicta, Maidstone United and Faversham Town. Stuart netted an incredible 44 goals in 47 games for Folkestone earning his legendary status at Cheriton Road.

King is the 5th arrival at The Havill Stadium this summer following Jordan Carey, Hicham Akhazzan, Tom Brunt and Luke Girt in the clubs quest to climb the SCEFL table.

Manager Ernie Batten had this to say about his new Forward:

“With Richard Atkins departure, we needed to strengthen up front and we have brought in another proven striker in King who has bags of experience from the league above. His goal tally speaks for itself, he can score bundles of goals. King’s experience will help bring on some of the younger lads in the squad as well.”

Can Stuart be the King of Holm Park? We can’t wait to see!

Sheppey United Get Their Kit Off!

Sheppey United Get Their Kit Off!


Sheppey United FC are thrilled to back the Kit Aid charity which is a charity that recycles once loved football kits and distributes to underprivileged children and adults in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Non-League football fan Julian Chenery has been up and down the country collecting kits from hundreds of football clubs to help the project for many years now. “I saw Julian had been doing some advertising on Facebook asking if anyone had any old kits for the charity. I knew we had the remainder of last season’s kit and also quite a few kit bags full of old SUFC Kits at the club and got in touch with him” said Paul Rogers – Commercial Manager.

“I never realised just how much stuff we had. There must have been 5 or 6 complete kits along with old training bibs and some tracksuits. What struck me was Julian’s passion. Julian was coming to the club to collect everything I had bagged up and it was only on an email that I realised Julian doesn’t drive and would be making the journey over to the Island by train (from Croydon) and then buses. He would then have to cart all the heavy bags back on his own and out of his own pocket! – that shows you just how much this great charity means to him”

“We eventually arranged to meet at Sittingbourne station as he had arranged some other pick-ups in the area. We had a chat about the charity and how the old kits will go children in Africa. The children love any football kit and brings the local community and schools together and that’s exactly what our football club is about “from the community – for the community” it’s a perfect fit”.

Julian will keep the club and in turn we will keep our fans updated hopefully with some pictures of the children and young adults wearing the famous Ite’s shirts with pride. You can get more information on the charity at

Sheppey Secure Major Target – Luke Girt!

Sheppey are ecstatic to announce the signing of Central-Midfielder Luke Girt from Ramsgate.

The 22 year old from Minster on Sea has today signed for his home town club after several years playing in the Ryman South. Luke joined Sittingbourne in 2010 and later signed for Whitstable Town in 2014 before joining Ramsgate for the 2015/16 season.

Sheppey United Manager Ernie Batten had this to say about his latest signing.

“What a signing for the club, I’m over the moon, and a local lad too! He can’t wait to get involved, he is a great lad and has tonnes of experience under his belt at the age of 22!”

We also caught up with Girty himself who had this to say:

“I’m joining Sheppey firstly as this better suits my work, especially going into my final year of my apprenticeship where my hours may alter meaning committing to a team like Ramsgate wouldn’t be ideal nor easy for me. I have to be realistic and always put work before football.”

“Saying that, Sheppey has always been a club that has interested me and it’s great to see what Matt and Ernie have created for the club, and is something I can’t wait to get involved with to push the club on. I think there are exciting times ahead for Sheppey United. And I’m glad to have the opportunity to play for my local team.”

“I’d also like to thank Blacky the management staff, the players and all the Ramsgate fans for their support the last 2 seasons”.

We look forward to seeing Girty in an Ites shirt very soon!

Player Departures

The Club can confirm that the following players have left Sheppey this summer: Richard Atkins, Arlie Desanges, David Abe and as previously announced – Danny Walder.

Richard Atkins represented the club 29 times last season and scored 13 goals. Due to work and moving home, Richard can no longer commit to Sheppey.

Arlie Desanges joined us from Sutton Athletic during last season scoring 3 goals in 10 appearances for the club but moves on this year.

David Abe also turned out for the Ite’s 10 times last season whilst on dual registration with Sittingbourne and will now be playing for Lordswood this coming season.

Danny Walder made 14 appearances last season but will now be challenging for promotion with Faversham Town in the Bostik South League.

We thank all our departing players for their efforts during their time at Sheppey United, and wish them every success in the future.

Rob Saunders Signs New 2 Year Sheppey Contract

Sheppey’s Players Player of the Year and Supporters Player of the Year Rob Saunders has signed a new contract at The Havill Stadium.

The 21 year old centre-back had this to say upon penning his contract:

“I’ve had two great seasons at Sheppey United where we have gained promotion and played in two cup finals. I’ve learnt a lot from Ernie, Barry and especially Geoff since being here, and feel like I’ve improved during that time.”

“I have loved playing in front of the 300 plus fans that turn up every week, which is unheard of at this level, and is the main reason I’ve signed on for another year.”

“Ernie and Matt have also showed their intentions for next year by getting in some very good Ryman players, making it an obvious choice to stay on. I can’t wait for the season to start, and hopefully we can push for another promotion and cup final.”

“Enjoy the season”.

Season Ticket New Purchase Dates


We would like to thank all the supporters who came into The Havill Stadium – Holm Park on Saturday to purchase their season tickets for the forthcoming season. We will again be selling season tickets on Sat 8th July and Sat 15th July between the hours of 10am and 12pm. Please bring a completed form which can be downloaded from the commercial website along with the relevant fee.

New Coaching Opportunity

New Coaching Opportunity 

An exciting coaching opportunity has been created in the Sheppey United First Team. We are seeking a bright and energetic First Team Coach to join the current first team management to assist with training and match day preparations and activities.

The candidate will have:

  • UEFA B qualification (or working towards)
  • FA Level 2 Certificate
  • Commitment to developing players

Applications should be made via the contact form below by no later than Monday 10th July. Please select “First Team Coach Vacancy” as the Nature of the Message.

New Signing And Squad Update

Ites Manager Ernie Batten continues to bolster his team with another new signing.

Sheppey United welcome 24 year old Tom Brunt to The Havill Stadium – Holm Park for the forthcoming season. Tom turned pro in 2011 at Gillingham FC before playing at he highest levels in Kent football with Ashford Town, Folkestone and recently as Sittingbourne captain.

“Tom brings us some versatility as he is predominantly a midfield player but can also play full back. Again, we have brought in another young player who has bundles of experience and will be a real asset to us. Tom has had a lot of interest from clubs in Kent who are playing a higher level but he can see what we are creating. We should all be proud of our club as players want to play here”.

“We have made a couple of great signings in Jordan, Hicham and Tom and we have a few more players to talk to and a couple of other key men in our sights, so its looking to be another good season for us. We are trying to build a squad to push on and that means expanding on our very young team with some experienced players. Its all about balance and building the team the right way at the right time. Our fans are the best in our league by far and probably up there with the best in Kent. I’m as passionate as they are for us to do well but I have to keep a calm head to bring the rewards they deserve but what I do know is that if they can keep getting behind the lads both home and away with their vocal support then who knows where it will take us. It makes so much difference “.

With the exception of Danny Walder to Faversham and Karn Miller-Neave and Joe Denny back to Ebbsfleet there have been no other notifications of the 2016-2017 squad moving on.

“At present we will have everyone reporting back for pre-season training. Until we all meet up in a couple of weeks its business as usual. John Ralph will be a welcome return after his injury last season and I am waiting on the outcome of a couple of other players too from lengthy lay offs. The pre-season fixtures will be a good test and a good chance for us to evaluate things. The teams we are playing all offer different challenges. I am looking forward to the Sittingbourne game and I’m hoping that’s when our fans do the club proud – be vocal, sing but enjoy the game the right way”