From The Boardroom – Merry Christmas

Another year flashes past us and on behalf of everyone here at the Football Club I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas. Here at the club things have been very quiet given the quantity of away games but again speaking for the management and players and all us folk off the field I cannot thank you enough for your ongoing support at all these away games. As you know we have one more away game at Tunbridge Wells this Saturday 23 December before we return back home in an extremely tough game against Whitstable Town FC.

As a way of saying thank you to all the supporters whom have made the various long journeys throughout Kent and all other supporters we will be having a special kids go free afternoon and also a free cup of tea or coffee (using your admission ticket). I want to pack the park for the 30 December and I hope by doing this you will spread the word and bring the family for a day out at our club. Since my last time of writing back in November the team have under performed and at our last game before the New Year I am sure the players want to put this right against a strong Whitstable team. As Chairman I have to keep my council when I speak publicly about comings and goings at the club but I know how hard Ernie has been working to get players in and is just as disappointed as you when things don’t work out and they leave at the drop of a hat.

I was involved with our first team managers surprise 60th party after the Rusthall match, and to hear him speak about the passion he still has for our great club is immense and makes me proud to have him as our manager leading the team. Together, Ernie and I will get this great football club back to where it belongs however contrary to popular belief we will not buy our way out of this league and we will continue to try to sign and retain excellent young players from around the county. In the next couple of seasons our youth section will start to bear some fruit with players coming through from the U18’s which as a football club we are extremely committed to.

With Christmas less than a week away, it’s a time to reflect on the year gone by and whilst we are not quite where we want to be, please be sure to know we are working hard to get where we need to be. As I said previously I hope you and your families have a great Christmas and I hope to see you all at the home game versus Whitstable on 30 December. 

UP THE ITES

Regards
Matt

Bright Stars Deaf Football Club, Club Shop and Kids Go Free

 

Hello Everyone

I would like to start by wishing you all a very merry Christmas and hope you all have a great time whatever you are up to over the festive period.

You may remember back in the summer where we donated some old SUFC kits to Bright Stars Deaf Football Club in Uganda. Well, we have kept in contact with their club organisers and the teams have been doing really well. The donated kits have given all the players such a boost and they are wearing the SUFC badge with pride.

Only last week I sent a Christmas message to them and had an email conversation to see how they were getting on. It came to light that sadly Bright Stars have limited supplies of equipment and we have promised to donate whatever we have left over from this season to again go back out there. One thing we don’t have is a supply of football boots. Out of the 2 squads of players at Bright Stars FC only 5 players have old football boots.

I am urging all SUFC fans both young and not so young to please donate any old football boots you have at home. All I ask is that they are in good condition. With Christmas just a week away I’m sure there will be many of you or your family getting shiny brand new boots as a present. Please don’t dump your old ones. Can I ask that you give them a good clean, pop the pair of boots into a carrier bag, tie it up, write the size of the boots on the outside and bring them into me at the club for us to make arrangements to get them out to Bright Stars FC. We would be grateful of any boots as it will all help but especially adult sizes from : 6 to 11’s. Thank you.

As well as our normal range of merchandise we also have a quantity of Mitre wear from our suppliers at Europa Sports in our home colours which we would not normally offer through the shop with different styles and items at silly low prices. As always once its gone – its gone and we only have the sizes as seen. We will have a rail with all of our sale and discounted items just outside of the club shop from the 30th Dec onward until its all been sold. Pop over and see Alfie in the shop and we can get it badged up for you.

Applications will be open from Sat 30th December for our half season ticket offer with prices as follows :

Adult – £50 … Seniors – 30 … Juniors – £10

 

All half yearly season tickets will allow you to gain entry to all the remaining home league fixtures until the end of the season. Please visit the commercial website for an application form which will need to be completed and handed in with cash payments only please.

As Matt has mentioned its KIDS GO FREE on Sat 30th Dec v Whitstable as well as a thank you to all fans for your continued support with a free tea or coffee for all general admission supporters (please hand your admission ticket in at the tea bar when ordering) All current season ticket holders can obtain their free concession bonus as well with either a free pint, a free tea or coffee or a free can of soft drink (Junior season tickets will only be redeemable against non alcoholic beverages) Please present your season ticket book at either the Ites Bar, Gallery Bar or Tea Bar where one voucher will be taken from your book in return for your chosen drink.

I sincerely hope you can help us to help Bright Stars FC and turn their Christmas into a memorable one.

It just leaves me to say once again – we hope you all have a very merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all on the 30th December.

Up the Ites !

Paul

p.rogers@sheppeyunitedfc.co.uk

www.sufccommercial.co.uk

Jenny Sherred Presention

Saturdays game vs Glebe saw Jenny Sherred presented with a plaque on a seat in the Jim Gray stand for her 70th birthday. The presentation was made by her grandchildren, son and daughter in law and she was moved to tears.

Jenny has been a regular at Sheppey for the last three years, two of which as a season ticket holder and regularly attends away games. She also follows Sheppey Sunday league football, mainly watching Range Rovers Sports and Sheerness East when time allows and over the years she was a regular at Sheerness East Youth games watching both her Grandsons. Her 70th birthday is November 1st.

Happy Birthday for Wednesday Jenny, from everyone at the club!

SUFC One of Seven football clubs to back Prostate Cancer UK on Non-League Day

Seven football clubs have helped raise £2,827 for Prostate Cancer UK on Non-League Day by converting their club house to a Men United Arms, and encouraging donations through fans.

For a fourth successive season Prostate Cancer UK were official charity partner of Non-League Day on Saturday, October 7th and fans of the clubs lent their support via the innovative pub project.

The seven clubs to open a Men United Arms included Corinthian Casuals FC, Darlington FC, Hallam FC, Mickleover Sports FC, Sheppey United FC, Sutton United FC and Wealdstone FC.

For the full article by nonleaguedaily.com, please click here: http://www.nonleaguedaily.com/headlines/seven-football-clubs-back-prostate-cancer-uk-on-non-league-day-and-raise-almost-3-000.html

New Monthly SUFC Fixture Poster (November)

We are aiming to produce a monthly poster that lists all the upcoming home fixtures. The poster will be shared on social media by the club, but if you are able to, then we are keen for supporters to print posters and ask local businesses, pubs and shops in their area to put it up.

If you can help spread the word then you can download and print the poster by clicking here or saving the the poster below.

The large (A3) yearly posters are also available to collect from the club shop for distribution to local businesses.

It is important you ask permission and not fly-post, as this can lead to complaints and even fines.

Many thanks to Martin Eaves for designing the poster.

Up The Ites!

Charity Half-time Penalty Shoot out

On Saturday 21st October we have our FA Vase game v Fisher and we are doing a half time penalty shoot out in aid of our chosen charity – Building Smiles. This will see 5 fans from Fisher go up against 5 fans from SUFC against Mike King in goal from Building Smiles.

Each player will be paying £20 each with a trophy for the winning team (and a pint). Its for a bit of fun and to raise some money too. We are looking in the first instance to season ticket holders or player sponsors who must be over 18.

Please speak with Paul Rogers to express your interest.

Introducing Lenny the Lion

Sheppey United are please to welcome our new Mascot – Lenny the Lion – to the Havill Stadium | Holm Park!

Like Terry the Tiger before him, Lenny joins us from ZSL London Zoo. Lenny is a massive Sheppey fan and jumped at the chance to transfer to The Havill Stadium and meet our junior Ites supporters.
Lenny will be released this Saturday when we host old rivals Sittingbourne FC. Sittingbourne is our final pre-season friendly before the season gets underway at home to AFC Croydon Athletic in the FA Cup on Saturday 5 August.
Welcome to the club Lenny!

RIP Terry the Tiger

Some of you may not know but sadly, Terry the Tiger met his maker last month. The circumstances of his passing were very suspicious and a murder investigation was launched.
Murder Suspects included:

  • Matt Smith and his Range Rover.
  • Roger Pullen and his Lawn Mower.
  • Paul Rogers and possible electrocution with faulty wires on his PC.
  • Ernie Batten and suffocation in a kit bag.

This series of Sheppey Holm Guardian news headlines explains how the investigation progressed:

Because of Terry’s tragic death, the club will be announcing a New Mascot tomorrow!

Ernie adds Will Graham to the coaching staff

Sheppey United Manager Ernie Batten has appointed 31 year old Will Graham as First Team Coach, here’s what we know about Will:

UEFA A Licensed Coach

Playing Career: Margate, Dover Athletic, Ramsgate, Herne Bay – Retired aged 24 due to two serious knee injuries in quick succession.

Coaching Career: Dover Athletic, Margate Whitstable Town 1st Team Coach & Manager, Hythe Town Assistant Manager

We caught up with Will and he gave us this brief background into his football career to date.

“After working at Dover Athletic & Margate FC with successful youth programs, I was offered my first stint as first team coach under previous managers Jim and Danny Ward at Whitstable Town FC. In the most successful Ryman season ever for Whitstable Town saw Jim and Danny move back to Ramsgate FC however due to the hard work put in by myself I was offered the position as Manager at the club. After a tough start and several disagreements with chairman Gary Johnson about the direction the club was going both parties agreed to part ways. Within weeks of leaving Whitstable Town, Hythe Town Manager Clive Cook approached myself about coming in and In our first season we reached the playoffs eventually losing too the eventual winners Worthing. The second season saw me promoted too Assistant Manager at Hythe Town. However I successfully passed my Prison Officer training and due to the time restraints and focus on my career as an officer I decided to step down in January at Hythe and focus on my new position.”

“This summer I have had several offers to come back into the game from conference, Ryman premier and Ryman south clubs and all was really appealing however due to various reasons wasn’t going to work for either parties. I was approached by new signing Luke Girt who I worked with at Whitstable Town and he mentioned the club was looking for someone to come on board. I have had several meetings about coming on board with Ernie etc and the plans for the club is fantastic and I do not look at this as a backwards step in my career as I believe the club is going places and I want to be apart of that.”

“I am really excited about joining the club and working as part of the management team with a forward thinking club.”

Thanks Will! Welcome to the club