New Signing Goalkeeper Craig Holloway

Sheppey United are pleased to have signed experienced goalkeeper Craig Holloway. The former Arsenal trainee, 33, had this to say:
“When I spoke to Ernie he explained how the club had developed over the last couple of years etc. and told me the ambition of where the club wants to work up the non-league pyramid. Obviously I’ve done my research as well. The club has a good history and to see home gates of 300 to 400 on average is a fantastic testament to all involved. So to get that at Step 5 is fantastic. So I’m sure if the club continues in the direction they are now, before long the club will be hitting 1000 people with success. Remember football clubs are built around the fans and all the volunteers. I’m looking forward to being part of Sheppey’s future sucess.”

Brief BIO of Craig

Craig started his career at Arsenal progressing through their scholarship programme and the Reserve team to take his place on the bench for a Champions League match in Valencia.
He then joined Farnborough Town in the Conference and after playing in the first 27 games of the season he joined Southend United on loan.
Gravesend & Northfleet then paid a transfer fee for his services and whilst playing in the Conference National for the Fleet he sustained a serious cruciate ligament injury that kept him out of action for 18 months.
He then moved on to Braintree where he was Player of the Year. He has also played for Chelmsford, Bromley, Thurrock, Welling and Margate.
He made the Conference South Play-offs with both Braintree and Welling United – playing for the latter in the Play-off Final at Dartford. At Margate he was joint caretaker manager with Simon Osborne after Chris Kinnear moved to Dover in the 2012/13 season.
The Margate team reached the end of season Play-offs and Craig and Simon took over as joint managers for the next season until Terry Brown was appointed by new owners at the club.
Craig then moved to Dartford on loan towards the end of 2013/14 Season.
He then joined Greenwich Borough during when released by Dartford.
His most recent club is Sevenoaks Town.

Steve Lawrence Signs For Sheppey

Sheppey United are pleased to annouce the signing of 6ft3 Goalkeeper Steve Lawrence from Rusthall.

Steve’s previous clubs include Bearsted, Woodstock Sports and in more recent seasons, Tunbridge Wells.

Steve is in the squad for tonights game against Canterbury City

Welcome to the club Steve!

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

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 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!

Club Announce Signing Of Hicham Akhazzan

We are delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Hicham Akhazzan for the 2017-18 season and welcome him to Sheppey United and The Havill Stadium – Holm Park.

Hicham has previously played at Chatham but more recently been ever present for our local rivals Sittingbourne FC where he has appeared over 400 times. At 28 years old, his experience from higher leagues and obvious talent will be a massive asset to this growing team.

“This is a another great signing for the club and one I have been chasing for a while now. Hicham always stood out and impressed me when ever I watched him play last season. He’s a tricky, very quick and very talented midfield player whom will grow in our team and nature of play” says Ernie Batten, Ites manager.

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Sheppey Sign Jordan Carey

We are delighted to announce the signing of goalkeeper Jordan Carey for the 2017-18 season and welcome him to Sheppey United and The Havill Stadium – Holm Park.
 
Jordan has previously played at Margate, Billericay Town and Cray Valley and is a young and imposing keeper. Although young in years at 19 years old, his experience and talent will be a big asset to the team.
 
“This is a great signing for the club. Jordan really impressed when he played against us last season. He’s a big lad, very quick and very commanding” says Ernie Batten, Ites manager.
 
“The management team and I sat down and had a good talk to Jordan about what we have achieved and ultimately where we want to be and our plans. We showed him around and he loved the set up we have here. He was equally excited at the ambition we have at the club and the way we play football. He remarked about our fans and how vocal they are and how much of a diference it makes”. 
 
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