The SCEFL 2017/18 Fixtures were released today. Here are Sheppey’s league fixtures:
The SCEFL 2017/18 Fixtures were released today. Here are Sheppey’s league fixtures:
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”.
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 United FC are thrilled to back the Kit Aid charity which is a charity that recycles once loved football kits and distributes to underprivileged children and adults in some of the world’s poorest countries.
Non-League football fan Julian Chenery has been up and down the country collecting kits from hundreds of football clubs to help the project for many years now. “I saw Julian had been doing some advertising on Facebook asking if anyone had any old kits for the charity. I knew we had the remainder of last season’s kit and also quite a few kit bags full of old SUFC Kits at the club and got in touch with him” said Paul Rogers – Commercial Manager.
“I never realised just how much stuff we had. There must have been 5 or 6 complete kits along with old training bibs and some tracksuits. What struck me was Julian’s passion. Julian was coming to the club to collect everything I had bagged up and it was only on an email that I realised Julian doesn’t drive and would be making the journey over to the Island by train (from Croydon) and then buses. He would then have to cart all the heavy bags back on his own and out of his own pocket! – that shows you just how much this great charity means to him”
“We eventually arranged to meet at Sittingbourne station as he had arranged some other pick-ups in the area. We had a chat about the charity and how the old kits will go children in Africa. The children love any football kit and brings the local community and schools together and that’s exactly what our football club is about “from the community – for the community” it’s a perfect fit”.
Julian will keep the club and in turn we will keep our fans updated hopefully with some pictures of the children and young adults wearing the famous Ite’s shirts with pride. You can get more information on the charity at www.kitaid.net
The draw for the early rounds of The Emirates FA Cup and Buildbase FA Vase were released today and Sheppey have been drawn at home for both competitions! Furthermore, we have been drawn at home for the next rounds of both competitions should we win the fixtures.
Saturday 5 August 2017 – Kick-off 3pm @ The Havill Stadium | Holm Park
Sheppey United -V- AFC Croydon Athletic
The Winner of this fixture will play Hastings United in the Preliminary Round
The 16/17 competition saw 736 entries taking part between August and the final on 27th May where Arsenal ran out winners 2-1 winners over Chelsea at Wembley Stadium.
Saturday 9 September 2017 – Kick-off 3pm @ The Havill Stadium | Holm Park
Sheppey United -V- Loxwood
The Winner of this fixture will play Tunbridge Wells in the Second Qualifying Round
The competition is the FA’s third national tournament after the FA Cup and FA Trophy, and is open to teams playing at step 5 (e.g. SCEFL Premier Division) down to step 7 (e.g. Kent County League Premier Division).
Originally founded in 1974 following the abolition of the FA Amateur Cup, the Vase is now competed for by over 500 teams with the final at Wembley Stadium as part of a double header with the FA Trophy.
“This is brilliant news for the club! Home ties in both rounds is more than I could have hoped for! I will need to order in more burgers and sausages!”
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!
The Club can confirm that the following players have left Sheppey this summer: Richard Atkins, Arlie Desanges, David Abe and as previously announced – Danny Walder.
Richard Atkins represented the club 29 times last season and scored 13 goals. Due to work and moving home, Richard can no longer commit to Sheppey.
Arlie Desanges joined us from Sutton Athletic during last season scoring 3 goals in 10 appearances for the club but moves on this year.
David Abe also turned out for the Ite’s 10 times last season whilst on dual registration with Sittingbourne and will now be playing for Lordswood this coming season.
Danny Walder made 14 appearances last season but will now be challenging for promotion with Faversham Town in the Bostik South League.
We thank all our departing players for their efforts during their time at Sheppey United, and wish them every success in the future.
Sheppey’s Players Player of the Year and Supporters Player of the Year Rob Saunders has signed a new contract at The Havill Stadium.
The 21 year old centre-back had this to say upon penning his contract:
“I’ve had two great seasons at Sheppey United where we have gained promotion and played in two cup finals. I’ve learnt a lot from Ernie, Barry and especially Geoff since being here, and feel like I’ve improved during that time.”
“I have loved playing in front of the 300 plus fans that turn up every week, which is unheard of at this level, and is the main reason I’ve signed on for another year.”
“Ernie and Matt have also showed their intentions for next year by getting in some very good Ryman players, making it an obvious choice to stay on. I can’t wait for the season to start, and hopefully we can push for another promotion and cup final.”
“Enjoy the season”.
We would like to thank all the supporters who came into The Havill Stadium – Holm Park on Saturday to purchase their season tickets for the forthcoming season. We will again be selling season tickets on Sat 8th July and Sat 15th July between the hours of 10am and 12pm. Please bring a completed form which can be downloaded from the commercial website along with the relevant fee.
New Coaching Opportunity
An exciting coaching opportunity has been created in the Sheppey United First Team. We are seeking a bright and energetic First Team Coach to join the current first team management to assist with training and match day preparations and activities.
The candidate will have:
Applications should be made via the contact form below by no later than Monday 10th July. Please select “First Team Coach Vacancy” as the Nature of the Message.