2018-19 Shirt Reveal

Sheppey United are delighted to present our 2018-19 Home and Away Shirts!

We would like to thank all of our existing and new shirt sponsors for the brand backing on the new home and away shirts for the forthcoming season.

This season we will be selling both shirts in the club shop from the first game of the season but why not pre-order your top now! A sample of each will be available to view at the Season Ticket sale day on Saturday 30th June at the Havill Stadium | Holm Park. Prices for both the home and away shirts are £27.50 for adults and £25.00 for kids.

Both shirts see a new design and now our own brand in i1890. SUFC shirts are only available from the club shop in conjunction with our brand and copyright licence.

We look forward to seeing you all on the 30th June between 10:00 and 12:00.

VACANCY: Physiotherapist

Sheppey United Football Club is seeking to appoint a Physiotherapist to join the First Team management staff, delivering a first-class provision that focuses on injury prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.

You will report to the First Team Manager and work alongside the coaching staff at least one evening a week plus match days.

The role is a paid position and remuneration is based on qualification and experience.

The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on Friday 29th June 2018.

To apply, please send a brief CV to First Team Manager Ernie Batten, to eb081257@aol.com

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Clubhouse Makeover

The makeover of our clubhouse is nearing completion… and looking great!

Works got underway last month and has involved:

  • new ceiling and lighting
  • freshly painted walls
  • new window blinds
  • relocation of the TV for the installation of a projector
  • installation of air-conditioning.

New furniture will be arriving soon.

The toilets are also being renovated – more on that when installation is nearly finished.

Sheppey United Chairman Matt Smith said: “The renovation demonstrates the modern, vibrant club we are! The transformation will make for an even better matchday experience, but more importantly, we can now provide a great function room with great facilities for the community to hire. If you’re looking for a venue for a party, wedding, christening, bar mitzvah, to wakes even, then our function room is the place for you.”

Information about venue hire will be available on our website soon.

Annual General Meeting 2018

Notice of AGM

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of Sheppey United Football Club will be held on Thursday 12th July 2018 at Holm Park, Queenborough Road, ME12 3DB.

You are urged to arrive by 7.45pm with the meeting to commence at 8.00pm sharp.

Jon Longhurst – General Secretary – Dated 13th June 2018

Agenda

  1. Roll call of Attendance and any apologies of absence
  2. To confirm the Minutes of the preceding Annual General Meeting
  3. To consider any business arising therefrom
  4. Chairman’s report
  5. Secretary’s report
  6. To receive and adopt the Balance Sheet and Statement of Accounts
  7. Confirm constitution of Officers and Committee for season 2018-19
  8. Any Other business of which due notice shall have been given to the Secretary and accepted as being relevant to an Annual General Meeting.

Ernie – Under The Hat (Looking to next season)

Fellow Supporters,
 
The dust has only just settled on the 2017/18 campaign but preparations ahead of the new season are already well underway and we are working hard behind the scenes on a lot of projects, including recruitment of course and we expect a few new faces to arrive at The Havill Stadium – Holm Park within the next few days, if they haven’t already… so stay tuned to our website for all the news!
 
It’s also that time of year where we ask supporters to renew their season tickets. Prices have been frozen ahead of the 2018/19 season and our aim is to make this place a fortress. We want to create the type of home form which will propel us up the SCEFL Premier table, and it’s no coincidence that when we have larger attendances at Holm Park  we have tended to perform very well.
 
There is no doubt that your support DOES make a difference; when the players, and indeed the staff, walk out to the noise you create, it does help give you an extra yard and when this place gets going there is nowhere else in the league quite like it. As your support grows the players gain confidence in themselves and they react accordingly.
 
I can assure you we, as a team, do appreciate that for many people finances are tight and it can be a struggle making a decision as to whether to renew. I firmly believe that we cannot succeed without the backing of our supporters. As a player I was always grateful for the following we got home or away, and I am exactly the same now as the manager.
 
Together, we are a team. From the Chairman to the management, club staff, players, supporters and volunteers we all have a part to play and, ultimately, want this club to succeed and I would urge you, if you have yet to make up your mind, to renew your season ticket and be a part of our journey during the 2018/19 season.
 
Thank you so much for your support. It is very much appreciated.
 
Up the Ites!
 
Ernie

New Faces

Its been already been a busy close season at The Havill Stadium – Holm Park with yesterdays announcement of new assistant manager Nick Davis joining us and we are equally pleased to announce that both Rob Denness and Conrad Lee have agreed terms to join the Ites for the forthcoming season.

 

Rob Denness is a powerful striker who has previously been at Greenwich Borough and Hollands & Blair whilst Conrad Lee is versatile defender who has played for Phoenix Sports and Sittingbourne in the Bostik League.

 

We spoke to both Rob and Conrad and here’s what they had to say :

Rob Denness

 

Having played against The Ites what was your impression on our pitch and stadium?

I’ve always been very impressed with the set up at The Ites. The facilities are superb and the pitch has always been like a carpet. It’s defiantly one of the best surfaces I’ve played on.

I’m really looking forward to playing football here!

And the fans here at The Havill Stadium – Holm Park?

The fans really get behind the team! The crowd numbers are fantastic, it is important for a club to have this support, as a good crowd grows so does the club and it’s success!  I am really passionate about football and had been fortunate enough to still be playing. Hopefully The fans will enjoy my performances and the teams!

What are your thoughts for the forthcoming pre-season games lined up?

Pre-season we have some good games lined up, against teams in the higher division. These games will give Ernie, Nick and fans an opportunity to look at the side before the season starts.

I’m looking forward to playing Gills and Greenwich Borough (previous club). Pre-season is all about getting minutes under your belt in preparation for the start of the season.

It’s an exciting prospect having Dan Bradshaw and yourself leading the front line with quality players such as Remmell Davis and Luke Girt behind you. How do you feel the squad will fair in this campaign?

After speaking to Ernie about his ambition for this season and going forward, I think that we have a good squad. Having the quality of players above will cause teams big problems.

I’ve come to the club for success and we will want to win as many games as possible. If we take each game as it comes we will have a good chance of competing for the league!

Golden boot – Bradshaw or Denness?

Good question! I always score my fair few goals in any team I play in but I’m also someone who likes to provide. I’m confident that with Bradshaw playing alongside me we will

score more goals together. But for me it’s always been about the team winning games!

 

Conrad Lee

 

What was the deciding factor to come to SUFC?

I have to say the deciding factor on me signing for Sheppey would be my conversation with Ernie and his desire to win and get the club onto the next level

What players from the current squad have you played with in the past?

From the current squad I’ve played with Jono, Hicham, Tom Brunt, Kwasi, Remell …. so I’ve played with a few of the squad and know how we can play together

Cup run or league focus?

I’d have to say for me personally would be league focus. I mean it would be fantastic to go on a good cup run but for me it’s the league

What were you impressions of The Havill Stadium – Holm Park set up at Sheppey United FC?

My first impressions of seeing The Havill Stadium I must say left me speechless. Some clubs in higher leagues don’t come close to it especially with how the pitch looks it’s amazing

Our attendances both home and away is unrivalled at this level. Are you looking forward to playing in front of the fans?

Of course I am. From what I’ve heard so far are the fans are amazing and I’m looking to be a fan favourite 😁 and have a few songs I hope

 

A very warm welcome to both players.

 

Off the field things have also been full steam ahead with more new sponsors onboard and match day sponsorship packages already being reserved in the commercial department.

The upstairs Gallery Bar and facilities is in the middle of a refurbishment in readiness for the start of the main season and plans are already in place for fundraising for this seasons new nominated charity The Ites Foundation.

“Paul and I were talking about plans for the forthcoming season and how the past 2 seasons had been successful in our chosen charities being The Dannyboy Trust and Building Smiles. Our club ethos is From the Community – For The Community, so we felt it was a good idea to establish our own foundation where we can help other sports groups on the Island”. Said Chairman Matt Smith.

“We hope we can in some small way distribute whatever we raise to other youth sports clubs on the Island be it Cricket, Rugby, Golf etc. What we can do to bring all sport for the youth of the Island together then that can only be a good thing. We hope our supporters get behind the foundation, dig nice and deep and get onboard with our fund raising and collections throughout the season” says Commercial Director Paul Rogers.

 

We will bring you more news as it comes.

Nick Davis Joins Sheppey As Assistant Manager

We are delighted to announce that Nick Davis joins us as assistant manager to Ernie Batten for the new campaign. Nick brings a wealth of experience to The Havill Stadium – Holm Park having been with many Kent clubs in his career and as Sittingbourne manager up until the end part of last season having spent the past 6 years with the Brickies as both a player and manager.

We caught up with Nick at The Havill Stadium – Holm Park.

Welcome to Sheppey United FC. What was the deciding factor to join The Ites?

The foundations, set up and structure is already in place. The ambition from Ernie and Matt was refreshing and exciting and the fan base is something that makes it unique and very appealing.

What are the early plans for Ernie and yourself in terms of the pre-season and forming the new squad for the forthcoming season?

Ernie has been working hard to improve the squad and since I have come onboard have also been on the phone constantly. We are still looking for 3/4 new additions as well as the majority of last years squad agreeing to stay on. We have a plan of how we want to play and formation to implement and we have 8 sessions and 7 friendlies to work on this before the season begins.

Have there been any targets set as yet for the season?

I’m sure the fans would like a nice cup run or two and we hope that’s the case. For Ernie and Myself promotion would take preference. It it’s going to be a tough ask but one we will do our best to achieve.

How do you see your role in the development of the club?

I will try and assist Ernie and help to bridge the gap from mid table finish last season to a side competing at the top of the table.

Our stadium and facilities are among the best in Kent non-league. What were your impressions of it?

Extremely impressed and was a major factor for me accepting the position.

We have a huge following with match attendances and supporters who are very vocal. Do you think that can help push us on?

It can help of-course and it will be key for us this coming season both home and away. We will also have to deal with the fact of some sides upping their game in-front of our supporters on an immaculate playing surface.

We would like to thank both Barry Morgan and Geoff Record for their consistant hard work and loyalty at the club. Barry has taken up the vacant managers role at Rochester United and Geoff has decided to take a short break from football in the short term

We wish them both well for the future.

We will shortly be releasing full details with the first 2 new signings at the club in Conrad Lee and Rob Denness.

Belgium Ites

Le Pommy Frites!

The last game of the season against Tunbridge Wells was always going to be a special occasion at Holm Park.

Boasting the two best supported teams in the league and a chance to thank the lads for their efforts on and off the field.

Whilst it wasn’t a Stella performance on the field, a Hangover from heroics at Crowborough two days before, the attendance was boosted by an unlikely contingent from a small village in Belgium…. this is their story.

Dimitri and Gégé had been following the Ites from afar via the SCEFL Facebook page so they decided to come over and see what all the fuss was about.

After noticing Dimitri’s request for “Any good pubs on the Island?” on the SCEFL page earlier in the week, I contacted him and invited him to join the Paddock for the day.

The pair embarked on a Birkin-esque five hour trip to Sheppey via Dover. We met up in the Harps Inn.

My first question: Why come all this way to watch Sheppey United?

“My Gillingham friends, Adrian and Nigel talked to me about Non League Football in Kent. Then I followed it on a facebook group and discovered the brilliant posters of Martin Eaves, a supporter of Sheppey united FC, the only club in Kent on an Island! I decided to go to Sheppey United FC for the last match of the season.  My friend came with me (Gégé is not really a football fan but likes pubs and good atmospheres like we found in Sheppey United FC).”

I asked him what his favourite Ites poster was. 

“Difficult to choose, the one with the Gallagher brothers for the final at the Gallagher Stadium, the poster for Chatham with the fat woman (Vicky Pollard from Little Britain) made me laugh! We saw people like her in Sheerness, lol!” (There must have been a shopping trip in town, from Chatham).

Do you support a team in Belgium?

“In Belgian football, I support Royal Olympic Club Charleroi 1912 called the Mastiffs. Olympic play in step four of the Belgian league and have qualified for the play-offs.  Olympic finished second of the first division in 1946-1947 just behind Anderlecht who won the first title of their 30 titles.”

How was your trip?

“We set off at 7am from Charleroi and drove to Calais to take the ferry and we were on the Sheppey bridge leading to the island at midday. We then finally met the  Sheppey United FC best supporters at the Harps Inn at Minster, they welcomed us as special guests, what an honour for the little Belgians!”

What do you think of the Havill Stadium?

“At 2:30pm we arrived at the Havill Stadium where our new friends offered us the entrance tickets.  We met the Chairman and the Commercial Manager who invited us to the board room and offered us some programmes and a book about the history of the club.”

What did you think of the game?

“We were lucky enough to see the match in the Paddock, the heart of Sheppey United FC.  The level of football was very appreciable. The star of the team, Dan Bradshaw open the score after 6 min but Perry Spackman heads home in the 31st minute to make 1-1. Ollie Spackman makes it 2-1 to Tunbridge Wells in the 94th minutes.  The Ites deserved a draw or more for their good second half.  But only goals count in fooball.”

Did you have a safe trip home?

“After sharing some beers with Calvin, Rich, Andy, Jack, Rob, John, Paul & Martin, … we left this marvellous club to tour the Island. 

Before taking the ferry at Dover, we ate Oysters and appreciated Kentish wine in Whitstable. We arrived in Calais after midnight and back home at 3am on Sunday morning with a lot of good memories !”

Dimitri and Gégé were clearly taken by our enthusiasm for our team and were amazed at the set up at Holm Park – which hopefully they didn’t find too Ostend-tatious

I then asked him the big question. Do you consider yourselves Ites now?

“Gégé and me are definitely Ites! We will now follow the White and Red Stripes! Thank you for the warm welcome. We spent an excellent day with nice people, we will come back!”

Anyway – that’s enough Belgian waffle, hopefully we will see them back at Holm Park very soon.

Martin-tin Eaves