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Two More Exciting Additions Ahead Of League Campaign

Sheppey United are excited to welcome midfielders Danny Leonard (Herne Bay) and Conner Wilkins (Margate)!

Today we caught up with Danny, and next week we will chat to Conner!

Saturday cant come soon enough!! Here’s the Danny interview:

Can you give a rundown of your playing career?

I was at Gillingham Fc from the age of 11 until I was 19, during which I had a loan spell at East Grinstead Fc. More recently I have played for Sittingbourne and Hastings Fc. I have been at Herne Bay for the past two seasons.

We note you have been with Herne Bay in pre-season…Talk us though how the move to SUFC happened?

I have always got on with Jono, I played with him at Sittingbourne and Herne Bay. We’ve kept in contact over past few years and more recently he was keen for me to come down to the club. It was a tough decision but due to work commitments, training nights etc.. I felt it was best for me move on. The Fans were great there and would like to thank them for the support they showed me during my time there!

What is your impression of the pitch, stadium and fans?

The pitch alone is enough to get any player excited about joining the club. Having played on a few professional grounds during my time at Gillingham, this pitch tops them all! I played in a friendly last year against Sheppey and was very impressed with the amount of support the club has!

What are your thoughts on Sheppey competing this season?

Obviously Chatham Town will be strong this season but I see no reason why this group of players will not be challenging them the whole way through the season.

Have you played with anyone from the current Sheppey squad in the past?

I have played with a few of the boys, which was another factor in myself joining the club. I played with Steven Ita, Hicham at Sittingbourne. Also Dan Birch when he was at Herne Bay last season.

What strengths do you have that you can bring to the team?

I feel I can bring a lot of energy into the team, I like to drive forwards with the ball and make things happen.

Do you have a nickname that previous teammates called you?

“DL” or “Leonard”

It might be too soon to ask but had Ernie asked you to perform a certain role on the pitch?

Speaking to Ernie he is keen for me to support the front men and help make things happen going forward.

Have you been to training? If so, how have you found it?

I was at training during week and was welcomed by everyone. The level of professionalism was very high and something I’m looking forward to working in.

Do you have a message for the SUFC supporters?

The message I would have for the supporters is that I am thoroughly looking forward to being part of this team which I think is on an upward journey. On the pitch 110% is a must from myself and I cannot wait to get started!!

Thanks DL.

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Billy Bennett Joins The Ites

Sheppey United are pleased to announce the signing of Billy Bennett! Here’s what the former SCEFL title winner had to say:

Can you give a rundown of your playing career?

I started playing senior football at VCD before having stints with the likes of Herne Bay, Chatham, Phoenix and Greenwich Borough. More recently I signed for Sevenoaks and Beckenham Town.

Talk us though how the move to SUFC happened?

I had a few meetings with Ernie and Jono and liked the clubs vision and that they want to encourage playing football. I spoke to a few of the boys that are already involved who only had good things to say.

Have you played with anyone from the current Sheppey squad in the past?

Probably 7 or 8 of the boys which helps. Although, Benbow and I have followed each other for nearly 10 years!

Have you been to training/friendlies? If so, How have you found it?

I have been injured for a month or so and only returned Saturday. The boys look sharp from what I’ve seen so I guess that they’ve been worked hard ready for the season to start.

What is your impression of the pitch, stadium and fans?

I was fortunate enough to play on Beckenham’s pitch last year and Sevenoaks newly laid 4G for two seasons before that. However, playing 20 minutes here against Gillingham has confirmed that the pitch is probably on par, if not better than both – with the added value of the best facilities and biggest following in the league! A club that are already geared up to go up the leagues.

What are you thoughts on Sheppey competing for the title this season?

Another typically tight season with 4 or 5 stand out teams. The likes of Chatham and Beckenham will be competing with us for top spot but we have a great squad from what I’ve seen. I think that Glebe and Erith will also do well, knowing the signings that they have made.

What strengths do you have that you can bring to the team?

I like to get beyond and play in the final third.

Do you have a nickname that previous teammates called you?

Bennett.

It might be to soon to ask but had Ernie asked you to perform a certain role on the pitch?

To link up with the strikers and chip in with some goals!

Finally, do you have a message for the SUFC supporters?

*Up the ites!*

Thanks Billy!

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Another New Team for 2019-20

SUFC are pleased to introduce you to the Sheppey United Walking Team for the 2019-20 season.

The team have done tremendously well to get their own sponsors arranged before the start of the season and we hope you can lend your support, and in some cases a hand getting up, on matchdays.

#FakeNews, #FaceApp

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Birch Joins Ites… Hasta la vista Charlton

SUFC are pleased to announce Dan Birch has joined the Ites. Here’s what the commanding centre-back had to say.

Can you give a rundown of your playing career?

My playing career history is pretty straight forward, I played for Ebbsfleet as a young kid until I was 12 and was at Charlton from 12 up until about 4 months ago, spending a year there as a professional.

News was you were signing for Herne Bay, talk us though how the move to SUFC happened?

With regards to the news about Herne Bay. I played there for a month to get some match fitness after coming back from a bad knee injury at Charlton. The move to Sheppey happened as my old managers at Herne Bay recommended me to Jono and he got in contact with me, and after coming down and playing in a game I could see the ambition of the club and the set up was professional and top class especially for this league.

What is your impression of the SUFC setup?

As I just said in the last question, I think the pitch is second to none, hands down one of the best pitches I’ve played on and I’ve played on a few Premier League pitches as well! The fans turned up to the pre-season friendly against Sittingbourne and there was 421. For my first game at the club it was pretty impressive.

What are your thoughts on Sheppey compared to the strength of other SCEFL teams or who do you think will be competing this season?

With regards to Sheppey, I had a little look at the league table at some point in March as I had friends at Corinthians and I see Sheppey was up there competing. I think we will be good competition with whoever we play and since young I have always treated every team the same, top or bottom, so I’ll take every game the same.

Have you played with anyone from the current Sheppey squad in the past?

From the current Sheppey squad I haven’t actually played with anyone seeing as I’ve been at Charlton for the last 7 years! However, I do know Daz Cooper from a mutual friend of ours and we get on well!

What strengths do you have that you can bring to the team?

I am a leader. I have always been a vocal centre back and I command my back 4 and lead the team. I read the game very well and cover in when I see danger. I am very comfortable on the ball as I have been taught to play out from the back. I am an aggressive centre back and I will make sure any striker I play against this year will know in the first 5 minutes of every game they will have a torrid time for the other 85 minutes!

Do you have a nickname that previous teammates called you?

My most common nickname would be Birchy. However a couple of the boys would call me Birchinator as I have a habit of smashing people that they don’t want to come close for the rest of the game!

It might be too soon to ask but had Ernie asked you to perform a certain role on the pitch?

I’ve had chats with Ernie about what I think I can bring to the club and he just asks that I use my experience from playing a good level of football at Charlton, regardless that I’m 19, and lead the boys and make sure I organise that back 4 so that we are a wall that no team can get past.

How have you found the friendlies/training?I played in the game against Sittingbourne the other night which resulted in a 0-0 draw and I think the team played well and deserved more from the game. We played some good passing football and it was good to watch in my opinion.

Do you have a message for the SUFC supporters?

The message I have for the SUFC fans is that they can expect a player to leave everything out there on field, nothing less than 110% every week, I’ll always be trying. Also, up the Ites!!

Thanks Birchinator, I’ll be back for a catch-up in the new season!

This Saturday we host Gillingham FC!

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Clubs vision and professionalism influences Alex to the Ites

This weekend we caught up with new Club Physio Alex Armstrong, here’s what Alex had to say to us.

Can you give a rundown of your physio career?

I’m a qualified physiotherapist who has developed skills in a variety of areas and disciplines. I primarily work within the NHS in many teams including outpatients, medical and intensive care unit. I was Hollands & Blair first team physio last year as well as running my own private physiotherapy and massage company which I’ve been working with for the last year in evenings and at weekends.

What was the deciding factor in you joining the Ites?

Before joining the club I only knew Rob Denness (cousin) and he played a big role in getting me involved. The phone call with Jon discussing the clubs vision and the professionalism was hugely influential for me. The roles outlined was what I was looking for in this role and made me choose Sheppey.

What does the physio role at Sheppey involve?

My role at Sheppey on training dates will be working with players that are carrying knocks/injuries and giving them the treatment required to rehab them back into the first team squad. On match days my role will be based around pre-event work like taping and massage, I will be the clubs first aider and decision maker on the pitch regarding player’s ability to play on etc. 

What was your impression of the SUFC setup?

This professionalism was immediately shown on the first training session, turning up having all the cones and training set up before arrival shows how the coaches are proactive and organised. I love having my own physio room with the majority of the kit I required.

Do you have a nickname?

Nickname is ‘Al’, ‘physio’ or ‘Big Al’

Do you have a message for the SUFC supporters?

Up the Sheppey! Hoping for a successful injury free season.

P.s. If you have any injuries please don’t hesitate to contact me for private sessions.

Thanks Al!

The Ites are next in action this Saturday when we host Gills!

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Jake Rosey at Sheppey

SUFC are pleased to announce the signing of Jake Rose! We caught up with Jake before tonight’s game against Cray Wanderers, where he featured in the number 10 shirt.

Can you give a rundown of your playing career?

Came through AFC Wimbledon academy- age 17 made my 1st team debut played for a further 3 years. I then went abroad to Finland – OPS FC, Dulwich Hamlet FC, Hampton & Richmond FC, Cray Valley and Beckenham Town last year.

What was the deciding factor in you joining the Ites? Talk us though how the moved happened?

I was speaking with Jezza and he mentioned they had a good set up and wanted to win the league. Came to training and I thought it was a good standard and the professionalism is what sold it for me.

What was your impression of the pitch, stadium and fans?

For the level the pitch is fantastic and can’t wait to play some quality football on it.  I haven’t had the pleasure of playing a first team game as of yet, but if the first pre-season friendly is anything to go by then I can’t wait for the season to start. Fans turned up in numbers for a trial/friendly game so should be a good season ahead.

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

Good variety of games, a few higher level teams in the mix and I think if we win those then that should probably tell us where we will be at for the season.

Have you played with anyone from the current Sheppey squad?

Jezza and Benbow at Beckenham last year.

What strengths do you have that you can bring to the team?

I believe I can bring a great work ethic and have a great passing ability and control of the ball so hopefully I can bring goals and assists as well as work ethic.

Do you have a nickname that previous teammates called you?

Rosey

What would you say is your best position on the pitch?

I can play a variety of roles… mostly attacking! CM. ATM OR just off the striker.

How have you got on at training?

I think I got on ok for my first day back at training after a month off.

Do you have a message for the SUFC supporters?

Look forward to building a positive relationship and scoring some goals for you!

Thanks Rosey!

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Mingle with the Ites

Sheppey United are pleased to welcome Lewis Mingle to the club! Here’s our interview with the former league winner.

Can you give a rundown of your playing career?

Started of at Tunbridge Wells for 3 seasons were I played in the FA Vase Final in 2013. I then went to Hythe Town for short spell, then on to Phoenix Sports were we won the Kent League. Last season I was back at Tunbridge Wells.

What was the deciding factor in you joining the Ites? Talk us through how the moved happened?

Had a phone call from Jono and got really good vibes from him, I joined on a bit later than others but speaking to boys I know have signed I got good vibes from them as well. I didn’t rush my decision when I was asked to come down but after few chats with Jono my mind was made up.

What’s your impression of the setup at Sheppey?

Playing for Tunbridge wells for good few years I am used to playing in front of fairly big crowds, I know Sheppey fans come in force too so i’m really excited to get them cheering us on, and I played at the ground for the first time last season and everything I had been told about it was true, best pitch and facilities in the league.

What are your thoughts on the forthcoming preseason games that are lined up?

We have a tough tough pre-season but that’s a good thing, we will be raging fit and organised come the start of season.

Have you played with anyone from the current Sheppey squad in the past?

I have played with 5 or 6 of the lads at Sheppey.

What strengths do you have that you can bring to the team?

I’m vocal, quite fast as well,

Do you have a nickname that previous teammates called you?

Mingle

How have you been getting on at training?

Been to 2 sessions and they have been really really good and well organised.

Do you have a message for the SUFC supporters?

Up the ites!!

Thanks Mingle!!

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Nodi On-board!

SUFC are pleased to welcome Nodirbek Bobomurodov to the club. We caught up with Nodi after he played against Bromley U23s at the weekend.

Can you give a rundown of your playing career?

Well I Started my youth football at Chipstead FC, I then moved onto Bromley FC for two seasons while I was also enrolled in the Crystal Palace foundation academy for two years. From then I moved onto teams such as Crowborough, Corinthians then Rusthall last season.

What was the deciding factor in you joining the Ites? Talk us through how the moved happened?

After a game against Sheppey last season, Jono contacted me after the game and had a chat. After speaking a few times I felt like the clubs vision and targets for this season was something I wanted to be a part of.

What was your impression of the pitch, stadium and fans?

As everyone knows Sheppey’s known for their highly supportive fans who attend in numbers in games which I experienced first-hand when I played Sheppey at home! As for the pitch, its a quality pitch and one of the best I’ve played on.

What are your thoughts on the forthcoming preseason games that are lined up? 

Got a lot of good teams coming up like East Grinstead, Gillingham etc. Think it will be a good test for the team which we can take positives out of into the new season.

Have you played with anyone from the current Sheppey squad in the past?

Played with Steven Ita a few times while at Corinthians reserves and also trained with Ola a few times at Bromley. Also came up against a couple of the other boys last season.

What strengths do you have that you can bring to the team?

I’m a left footed midfielder/winger, good on the ball and can bring others into play with quick passes when going forward. Hardworking and always give 100% on the pitch.

Do you have a nickname that previous teammates called you?

I often get called “Nodi” or “Nods”. Quite handy as my name is quite lengthy as you can see haha!

You played in the friendly against Bromley U23s, how did you get on?

We won 4-1 in the end so we got the win, managed to get a goal and an assist as well so I think it was a good performance overall from the team.

Do you have a message for the SUFC supporters?

Thank you for welcoming me into the club, ready and excited to get started!

Thanks Nods

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Jam’s Analysis of The Ites

After the recent announcement of new backroom staff, we caught up with Jamie Willis – First Team Analyst.

Can you give us a bit of background about you and your involvement in football to date?

I am a level 2 qualified coach who has played and managed/coached in both the Kent and Cambridgeshire County Leagues. Whilst living in Cambridgeshire I also worked for Norwich City Football Club within there Regional Development Programme.

What was the deciding factor in you joining the Ites? Talk us though how it happened?

I originally applied for the analyst position at Herne Bay when Nick Gearing was the manager. Due to club changes he was then released from his position. He then got in touch with me a few weeks later to see if I fancied taking up the same role but at SUFC. Nick spoke very highly of the club which made it quite an easy decision to join the Ites.

What does the First Team Analyst role at Sheppey involve on a match day and outside of it?

On a match day I shall be videoing the match from the tower which will be going up soon. After the game I shall then be making video clips of the game and analysing the teams performance depending on what areas the management team want me to look at.

Will part of the video editing involve making a highlights video for the clubs YouTube channel: The IteTV Hub?

Nothing has been discussed as yet regarding a highlight package for YouTube, but you never know what may happen in the future.

What was your impression of the SUFC setup?

I had heard good things about the club previously was very impressed with the pitch and facilities at Holm Park.

Do you know anyone from the current squad?

I do not know anyone from the current squad but it was good to meet the management team and majority of the players at last Saturdays first pre-season training session.

Do you have a nickname?

When I first started playing football at around 7 years old there was three Jamie’s in the team so I was know as ‘Jam’.

Do you have a message for the SUFC supporters?

I look forward to being part of your club and playing a part in bringing success to Sheppey United.

Thanks Jam!

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Transfer Latest

Ernie and Jono have made 2 new signings, but this time it’s to the backroom staff.

  • Jamie Willis – Jamie joined the Ites as part of the first team backroom staff as First Team Analyst. Jamie will be providing the management key information about both strengths and weaknesses of the team performances to ensure we can address this in training. The club has invested in a package called Hudl which Jamie will be using, and a scaffold tower is being installed for filming.
  • Alex Armstrong – described as “the biggest signing of the season” by Jono. Alex is a qualified physio with years of experience. Jono said: “We’ve been trying to recruit a top physio for a long while now and we’re delighted to get Alex on board”. Alex will be supporting with players from injury, maintaining fitness levels and supporting with all aspects on matchdays.

We can also announce Kane Butler has re-signed for the season.

Pre-season friendlies start tomorrow against Bromley U23s on Pitch 2, access is via the Youth entrance. The Gallery bar and toilets will be open but there is no access to the main stadium.