Sonny Gladdish Joins The Ites

Sonny Gladdish has joined the Sheppey United management team as First Team Coach working along side Ben Franks.

Sonny has this to say:

“I’m really excited to be linking up with Ernie at Sheppey United. I’ve known Ernie and Ian since our Milton Athletic days. I’m really looking forward to helping push the club in the right direction.”

Sonny’s career to date:

“My playing background includes stints in both the Charlton Athletic Academy and Millwall’s Academy. Coaching wise I had 4 successful years with Maidstone Untied in their youth set up, with several players signing for pro clubs and going on to represent the Maidstone first team. I then joined East Grinstead Town in the Ryman South for almost 2 seasons. I then linked up with Darren Hare and Steve Watt at Hastings for 1 season in which we finished in the play offs eventually losing to Dorking on penalties in the semi final! Steve Watt was then appointed Margate Manager and asked me to become a member of his management team for last season.”

…Welcome to the club Sonny!

SUFC Capture Ollie Brown

SUFC are delighted to announce the capture of Ollie Brown

Sheppey United are pleased to announce that 23 year old defensive midfielder Ollie Brown will be playing at the Havill Stadium | Holm Park next season.

We caught up with Ollie and here’s what the former Sittingbourne player, with 300 Ryman games under his belt, had to say:

Welcome to Sheppey United Football Club – How does it feel to move to the Ites?

Last season I started off at Sittingbourne where we had a very good start but unfortunately I got injured but now I’m back and looking forward to the season ahead. Previous other clubs include Whitstable, Maidstone and Canterbury.

I’m very pleased to get the deal done, it’s a great club with a big fan Base who want to progress over the coming years to which I’m excited for.

Talk us through how the talks and move happened?

I’ve been speaking to Nick over the last couple of weeks and he was saying how impressed he was with the facilities and infrastructure and how he thought I’d be a great fit for the club. so we arranged a meeting at the club and the rest is history.

How would you describe your own game?

I’d describe my own game as me being a calm ball playing midfielder who can also put a tackle in and who also can cover in other positions.

How much do you know about Sheppey United?

I know quite a bit about the club as I’m a local lad, and can’t wait to be a part of the project.

What makes the club appealing to you?

The ambition of the club makes it appealing, the management have assembled a strong squad for this year and everyone associated is looking forward to what the season will hold.

Do you know anyone from the current squad?

Yes I know a few of the current Sheppey players, I’ve played with Girty, Jono, Brunty and a few of the others previously I know that we will be strong and competing this year.

What are your biggest aims for your time with Sheppey?

My biggest aim is to be competing for the title come the end of the year, also I’d like to have a good run in the fa vase as playing in the Bostick hasn’t allowed me to do so yet in my career.

Finally, what is your message to SUFC supporters?

My message to the supporters will be to support the lads through the good and the bad spells and I’m sure come the end of the season we won’t be very far away from where we want to be.

 

Manager Ernie Batten said:

“He will bring great qualities to our squad. He has great experience with 300 appearances in the league above, but at 23, he still has his best years ahead of him. I’m looking forward to working with Ollie.”

Dan Ellis Moves To SUFC

“Get your singing voices ready” says new Sheppey signing Dan Ellis

Sheppey United are pleased to announce that Goalkeeper Dan Ellis will be playing at the Havill Stadium | Holm Park next season.

We caught up with Dan and here’s what the former Crowborough Goalkeeper had to say:

Welcome to Sheppey United Football Club – You have been playing for Crowborough for the last few years, how does it feel to move to the Ites?
To move to a massive club like Sheppey is a great move for me! I’m buzzing to get back, meet the boys and get started!

Talk us through how the talks and move happened.
I had a text from Ernie, then from Nick about them being interested in me signing for Sheppey. Once I said I was interested they invited me down to the club to have a chat and it went from there! Having played here before against Sheppey I knew the facilities are unbelievable so it was a no brainier for me!

How would you describe your own game?
I’d like to think I do the basics well! I’m commanding and very loud! Ultimately I’m a winner and I hate losing!

How much do you know about Sheppey United?
I don’t know a lot about the history of Sheppey United but I do know that it’s a great family club! It’s well run, and great for the community! The stadium itself wouldn’t look out of place in the Conference South, let alone the SCEFL!

What makes the club appealing to you?
Firstly, it’s the drive and passion that the club are showing to get Sheppey United back where it should be! Also the fans! To get 250-350 most weeks in this league is a credit to them! I can’t wait to get playing in front of them!! They best get me a song or two ready!!

Do you know anyone from the current squad?
I’ve played against most of the boys so I know of them. The only one I know personally is one of the other new signings Rob Denness. We spent a season together at Holland’s and Blair 3 years ago.

What are your biggest aims for your time with Sheppey?
I want promotion! I’ve missed out the last 3 seasons by one position and a few points! The clubs ready to get promoted so I want to help them achieve that!

Finally, what is your message to SUFC supporters?
Get your singing voices ready! It’s gonna be a good season!! Let’s get the club where it belongs!!
UP THE ITES!

 

Manager Ernie Batten said:
“Dan has been playing at this level for years now, its great to have a player of his experience, quality and of course character!”

Ites Sign Callum Wraight

Sheppey United are pleased to announce that young centre-back Callum Wraight will be playing at the Havill Stadium | Holm Park next season.

We caught up with Callum and here’s what the former Folkestone Invicta defender had to say:

Welcome to Sheppey United Football Club – Talk us through how the talks and move happened.
I was contacted by Nick asking what I was doing this season. I had taken a season off due to the birth of my son and moving home, so I was keen to get back into the game.
After a brief conversation I was invited to meet with Nick and Ernie for a more indept talk and to look at the facilities. We met Wednesday night and I was impressed with what I saw and what we discussed, about the vision of the club going forward, and I was happy to sign!

How would you describe your own game?
I feel I read the game well, I am strong in the tackle and a strong left footed centre half/left back.

How much do you know about Sheppey United?
Through playing against Sheppey United in previous years, I know it’s a good set up.

What makes the club appealing to you?
The ambition of this club going forward, the strong fan base and the management and coaching staff.

Do you know anyone from the current squad?
I currently don’t know any of the squad but look forward to meeting them.
What are your biggest aims for your time with Sheppey?
To gain promotion!

Finally, what is your message to SUFC supporters?
I’m really looking forward to playing in front of the fans and hope we have a good season together.

 

Manager Ernie Batten said: “Callum really raises the quality of the squad and brings the perfect mentality to our dressing room. We have signed a fantastic player!”

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.

Duo the first to sign first team forms

The club are pleased to confirm midfield player Ryan Freeman and Striker Alfie Bates are the first youth team prospects to sign senior registration forms with The Ites.

Freeman and Bates have both signed following their good form over the course of the season with the U16’s and following recent training sessions it was decided to reward the boys by signing the duo. Bates has recently made his full first-team debut when coming on as a late substitute against Deal on March 27th. While Freeman was also involved in the match-day squad.

The duo have been key figures in the under-16s this season and have been part of the club since the Youth Section was established in 2016. Director of Youth Zach Foster-Crouch has said ”We are extremely proud of the pair and we are pleased to reward them with the chance of being involved in senior football, when myself and Matt (Smith) first sat down and spoke in January 2016 we had predicted this first happening in three years-time so around 2019 at some point, so for us to be almost a year ahead of where we was projected it’s a testament to everyone’s hard work from the players, coaches, volunteers and committee members.”

“From next season the Youth Section of the club will have five age groups from U13-U18 as well as a Scholarship Program @ The Oasis Academy so we will have around 100 players in the youth section of the club next season. We have big plans at the club to ensure it becomes the HUB of youth football in Kent and the success on Tuesday shows a pathway for young, local footballers.”

Sheppey United Youth will shortly be releasing trial-dates for all age groups.

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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