Bradshaw moves across the Swale

Sheppey United fan favourite Dan Bradshaw yesterday joined Sittingbourne FC!

Player registration deadline is the end of March and Bradshaw left it as late as possible before deciding where his futures lies.

The striker has scored 34 goals in 39 appearances this season, just 1 goal away from achieving his Back Bradshaw challenge target of 35. We believe Dan now owes the club £200, however Dan has said he will carry on scoring for the Brickies!

Ernie is said to be devastated and did not want to comment on the loss of one of his key players.

A spokesman for Sittingbourne has said: “We have been desperate to sign Dan for several months now, he’s a big part of our push next season, and we wanted to bed him into the set up now.”

Dan had said that he felt under pressure to perform in front of the fans at Holm Park and relishes the chance to play in front of smaller crowds again.

So, like many a back four before us, it seems we’ve seen the back of Bradshaw


Supporters Player of the Year vote 2018-19

Its that time again where we are asking for your Player of the Year. Supporters can cast their vote at this Saturdays game against Glebe and also next weeks home fixture against Tunbridge Wells with voting slips at the club shop. Please make your vote and pop it into the blue drum.

The presentation will be made on the last game of the season where we host Rusthall on Sat 27th April. This will be done before kick off on the pitch.

We will be posting full details and timings of our last game of the season in next weeks programme


Club Shop Staff Required

We are now looking for someone to run the club shop on matchdays as well as selling match day programmes. This role will take effect immediately and will shadow Commercial Director and the current club shop staff until the end of the season. This role will then run from the start of the new season in August right the way through the season for all home league and cup fixtures.

You will be required an hour before kick off and then again at half time to cover the club shop duties be it midweek or Saturday fixtures.

Full training and information on our operating system will be given as well as a club staff pass to watch all the home games for free. If you are customer focused, organised and able to work alone and as part of a team then please come and see Paul for an informal chat.


Kwasi’s Leaving Message

Ites favourite Kwasi Amoah leaves Sheppey United for a new challenge.

Kwasi, 24, made 43 appearances for the club over the last 2 seasons had this to say:

“To all the fans – saying farewell hasn’t been easy, it’s been a great honour to represent the club for almost 2 seasons playing for one of the best clubs with by far the best fans/supporters in the league. It’s been an incredible journey for me, of highs and lows, your continuous support is very much appreciated and I will never forget that. My heart will always be with the club.”

“Its unfortunate Ive had to leave this way before the end of the season, however i am at a point in my football journey where I need a new challenge and I feel this is the time for me to move on. However my spirit lives on amongst you all.”

“It’s been a privilege to play with my team mates and working with the coaches and managers, who have assisted in improving and developing me during my time with the club, I am proud of my contribution on and off the pitch – the hard work, dedication and sacrifices.”

“I have made long time friends during my time with the club and memories that will stay with me forever. I take with me great memories like winning the player of the year in my first season,and also reaching the Kent senior trophy final,and a whole host of memories. I’ve had the best time of my football career with the ‘ITES’ and i am forever grateful to have been part of such a wonderful football  family.”

“Now for Appreciations & Thanksgiving”

“Matt Smith and family, Paul Rogers and family, Groundsman Roger and Family, Ernie and family including Captain Humble Ian, Harry Modsell and family ,Mike Wood and family, Paul Wilson and family, Shaun McCane and family, the youth, all my teammates, coaches, physio and many more. I really appreciate and thank you all with all my heart.”

Kwasi, you will be sadly missed at The Havill Stadium | Holm Park, but we truly wish you all the best for the future!


2019/20 Season Youth Recruitment

Sheppey United Youth Football Club are both pleased and excited to announce that we are looking to expand our youth section in preparation for the 2019/20 season and are therefore seeking expressions of interest from managers, coaches and players to join us with the ultimate aim of players to develop and eventually go on to represent the 1st team at Senior level.

The plan for the 2019/20 is to offer football to players at the following age groups:

  • U9 and U10 – 7 a side football
  • U11 and U12 – 9 a side football
  • U13 – U18 – 11 a side football with teams capable of playing in the Kent Youth league, playing against the likes of Maidstone United, Ebbsfleet United, Dover Athletic, Ramsgate and many and other clubs with senior football side.

From our current structure we already have U15, U16 and U18 for next season with a full complement of coaches in place however we are looking to add new players to these squads. Therefore it’s the U9 to U14 age groups that we are seeking interest in from managers, coaches and players.

The plan is to appoint a manager and coaching team for the age group and then hold trials in which the players will be selected to represent the club. The plan is to have the managers and coaches in place as soon as possible in order to then set the trial dates to ensure the best preparation for next season so please contact as soon as you can.

If you are a manager, coach or player that is interested in joining this progressive club then please email the two email address below to register and interest with your name, role, coaching qualifications, contact details, (for players, current club and position and contact details) and we will contact you with further details.

Please see our Sheppey United Youth Facebook Page and Twitter account @FCSheppey to see just some of the progress and development that this club has made and see just what you can become a part of.

Many thanks and we look forward to hearing from you.

The Sheppey United Youth Chairman and Committee.


Bradshaw Out For Weeks

Sheppey United forward Dan Bradshaw will be out of action for weeks after suffering a fractured tibia in Tuesday nights 1-0 SCEFL Challenge Cup Quarter-final defeat by SC Thamesmeads.

Bradshaw, the leagues top scorer with 25 goals said:

“I’ve got a small hairline fracture to my tib. I’ve been given strict orders from the doctor where if I follow them, I should be back in training in around 3ish weeks. I’ll be doing everything to get back as soon as I can but I want to come back when I’m fully fit. I’ll be working with the gaffer to make this happen as soon as possible. I’ll be back more hungry after this injury and I’ll be at the games cheering on the lads”.

It was a bad night for injuries with Kane Butler suffering concussion and SC Thamesmead player Mason Simms suffering a double leg break.

SUFC wishes a speedy recovery for all.


Denness Leaves For Hollands & Blair

Rob Denness has signed for his home town club Hollands & Blair today after agreeing terms over the weekend.

The 30 year old Forward made his final appearance for the Ites during Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Fisher.

He made 21 appearances for Sheppey, scoring 10 goals.

Manager Ernie Batten said: “Its sad to lose a player Rob’s quality but we move on and continue our search”.

Good luck on your return to Hollands & Blair Rob!

In other transfer news, U18s Forward Alfie Bates joins Lordswood.


Bright Stars Deaf FC Adopt SUFC Crest Design

A little (slightly late) Christmas cheer for everyone… You may have seen that Martin Eaves (SUFC Creative Genius) recently designed a club crest for our friends at Bright Stars Deaf FC in Uganda and posted it on Social Media.

Bright Stars were so happy to see this, they have asked if it can be used and adopted as their Official club logo to link with the SUFC crest for future use. A massive thanks to Martin for allowing us to offer it over to Bright Stars FC.

Also our recent kit collection by Julian Chennery will be with Bright Stars in February. We will share the photos as soon as we have them. Thank you to all those that donated.


Merry Christmas Ites

As the end of an awful year for me personally draws to a close I would like to take this opportunity to thank a few people whom have made 2018 another memorable year for this your great football club, firstly I would like to thank the players and management for continuing the thankless task of building a successful team, a massive thank you to our brilliant Secretary Jon Longhurst, Editor/Communications Director Mike Wood, Commercial Director Paul Rogers, a huge thanks
to my father and Kerry Holloway for taking over the running of the club and a big thanks to the rest of the committee for all the time they give up on match days and during the week to help out at the ground. I also would like to thank Roger Pullen for his brilliant work during 2018 on the pitch given the extra work with two teams playing on the main stadium
pitch. I would also be remiss to not thank Keith Lissenden for all his effort off the field with the kit and the clubhouse here at The Havill Stadium, not everyone sees the work Keith completes on the football clubs behalf but trust me it never goes unnoticed by me or any of my fellow committee members. If I have missed anyone then I thank you for everything you do for the club and lastly to you our loyal supporters, thank you and here’s to a successful 2019.

I have only been to a couple of games recently and in the signings we have made I am more than confident the second half of the season will see us push the top six all the way till the end of the season. We are still involved with the League Cup and sitting nicely in 6th position so a very great end to 2018. The exciting team Ernie is putting together is even more evident than before and I cannot wait to see where we end up come the end of this season. As you will have noticed the
football club is in a period of transition both on and off the field and I am as excited as all you supporters by the changes being made. As I said previously just because I wear a badge that says Chairman does not make me any less of a supporter than any one of you. I want the team to win every week and know how hard, Ernie, his management team and the players work behind the scenes to achieve this but we all have to accept the monies being spent to escape this league make their job extremely tough as we work within our self sufficient business model here at SUFC.

Everyone continues to ask how Clare is getting on with her recovery and I am delighted to announce that she has a return home date from Stoke Mandeville of the 23 January 2019, which is fantastic news but merely the start of her rehabilitation at home here in Kent. We are both thankful and humbled by the quantity of well wishes and cards we have received and we both cannot wait for us to be home together. These past five months have been the worst of my life and have shown me all the things I personally have taken for granted. I wish everyone a Happy Christmas and hope you get to spend some real quality time with each and every member of your families because if this whole scenario has taught me anything it is that time cannot be bought or paid for with money. Time with loved ones is an invaluable commodity that should never been taken for granted or a given.

Merry Christmas and very Happy New Year!

Matt Smith – Chairman


Ites Sign Luke Medley

Sheppey United are pleased to announce the signing of former Greewich Borough Manager Luke Medley!

The 6ft 1, experienced forward, who’s past clubs include Margate, Walton Casuals and most recently Chatham Town and Cray Wanderers where he scored over 25 goals, will go into this weekends squad. This record doesn’t include Luke’s professional clubs which include Bradford and Barnet!

We look forward to Luke putting on the red and white stripes of SUFC!