Vacancy – First Team Coach

Sheppey United Football are inviting enquiries and applications for the newly vacated position of First Team Coach.

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:

  • UEFA B qualification (or working towards)
  • FA Level 2 Certificate
  • Commitment to developing players
  • They would be required at least one evening a week plus match days

Applications should be made via the Contact page on our website. Please select “First Team Coach Vacancy” as the Nature of the Message.

Vacancy – Goalkeeper Coach

Sheppey United Football are inviting enquiries and applications for the newly vacated position of first team goalkeeping coach.

This is an ideal opportunity for the right candidate to ply their trade with a progressive club in the SCEFL Premier Division.

Anybody interested in the position should contact us using the Contact page on our website. They would be required at least one evening a week plus match days. A good work ethic is essential, while evidencing either the necessary playing experience or the coaching credentials to be comfortable working at the level

Belgium Ites

Le Pommy Frites!

The last game of the season against Tunbridge Wells was always going to be a special occasion at Holm Park.

Boasting the two best supported teams in the league and a chance to thank the lads for their efforts on and off the field.

Whilst it wasn’t a Stella performance on the field, a Hangover from heroics at Crowborough two days before, the attendance was boosted by an unlikely contingent from a small village in Belgium…. this is their story.

Dimitri and Gégé had been following the Ites from afar via the SCEFL Facebook page so they decided to come over and see what all the fuss was about.

After noticing Dimitri’s request for “Any good pubs on the Island?” on the SCEFL page earlier in the week, I contacted him and invited him to join the Paddock for the day.

The pair embarked on a Birkin-esque five hour trip to Sheppey via Dover. We met up in the Harps Inn.

My first question: Why come all this way to watch Sheppey United?

“My Gillingham friends, Adrian and Nigel talked to me about Non League Football in Kent. Then I followed it on a facebook group and discovered the brilliant posters of Martin Eaves, a supporter of Sheppey united FC, the only club in Kent on an Island! I decided to go to Sheppey United FC for the last match of the season.  My friend came with me (Gégé is not really a football fan but likes pubs and good atmospheres like we found in Sheppey United FC).”

I asked him what his favourite Ites poster was. 

“Difficult to choose, the one with the Gallagher brothers for the final at the Gallagher Stadium, the poster for Chatham with the fat woman (Vicky Pollard from Little Britain) made me laugh! We saw people like her in Sheerness, lol!” (There must have been a shopping trip in town, from Chatham).

Do you support a team in Belgium?

“In Belgian football, I support Royal Olympic Club Charleroi 1912 called the Mastiffs. Olympic play in step four of the Belgian league and have qualified for the play-offs.  Olympic finished second of the first division in 1946-1947 just behind Anderlecht who won the first title of their 30 titles.”

How was your trip?

“We set off at 7am from Charleroi and drove to Calais to take the ferry and we were on the Sheppey bridge leading to the island at midday. We then finally met the  Sheppey United FC best supporters at the Harps Inn at Minster, they welcomed us as special guests, what an honour for the little Belgians!”

What do you think of the Havill Stadium?

“At 2:30pm we arrived at the Havill Stadium where our new friends offered us the entrance tickets.  We met the Chairman and the Commercial Manager who invited us to the board room and offered us some programmes and a book about the history of the club.”

What did you think of the game?

“We were lucky enough to see the match in the Paddock, the heart of Sheppey United FC.  The level of football was very appreciable. The star of the team, Dan Bradshaw open the score after 6 min but Perry Spackman heads home in the 31st minute to make 1-1. Ollie Spackman makes it 2-1 to Tunbridge Wells in the 94th minutes.  The Ites deserved a draw or more for their good second half.  But only goals count in fooball.”

Did you have a safe trip home?

“After sharing some beers with Calvin, Rich, Andy, Jack, Rob, John, Paul & Martin, … we left this marvellous club to tour the Island. 

Before taking the ferry at Dover, we ate Oysters and appreciated Kentish wine in Whitstable. We arrived in Calais after midnight and back home at 3am on Sunday morning with a lot of good memories !”

Dimitri and Gégé were clearly taken by our enthusiasm for our team and were amazed at the set up at Holm Park – which hopefully they didn’t find too Ostend-tatious

I then asked him the big question. Do you consider yourselves Ites now?

“Gégé and me are definitely Ites! We will now follow the White and Red Stripes! Thank you for the warm welcome. We spent an excellent day with nice people, we will come back!”

Anyway – that’s enough Belgian waffle, hopefully we will see them back at Holm Park very soon.

Martin-tin Eaves

2017-18 Presentation Evening

Sheppey United’s end of season awards took place after our final game of the season against Tunbridge Wells. Lee Havill from Principal Sponsor – Havill Funeral Services – was asked to present the awards.
Here are the winners…

Supporters Player – Dan Bradshaw

Jim Gray Clubman – Martin Eaves and Mike Wood (Team Media)

Players Player – Dan Bradshaw

Top Goalscorer – Dan Bradshaw

Player of the Year – Kwasi Amoah

UPDATE – KST Final Travel News

Departures

The club house and car park will be open from 11am (on Sunday 8 April 2018) for pre-match drinks.

All fans will be checked on the coaches by SUFC staff. Coaches will remain with closed doors until checked on. Please queue for your designated coach as given to you when seats were booked.

Please queue with your booked names / party giving the lead name at the coach door when getting on.

Coaches leave at 12 midday prompt and will not wait. Please DO NOT BE LATE.

Returns

Coaches will be returning at approx. 4.15pm after the pitch presentation.

Please travel back on the same coach number as per the journey over.

The clubhouse will be open for drinks on the return of the coaches.

Any other information?

Please bear in mind that bar staff will also be travelling back from MUFC too

Please note that the coaches are all sold out and there are no spaces available on the day.

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.

Kent Reliance Senior Trophy Final Travel News

We can now release details of the coach travel arrangements for the Kent Senior Trophy Cup Final on Sunday 8th April at the Gallagher Stadium, Maidstone where we play Whitstable Town FC.

All seats are £6 each for return travel from The Havill Stadium – Holm Park to the Gallagher Stadium – Maidstone (this does not include turnstile entry which will be pay on the day at the gate)

Coaches will be leaving The Havill Stadium – Holm Park at 12.00 midday and returning at 4.15pm. (there will be no pick up or drop off points)

To guarantee your seat on the coach please book and pay at each home fixture at the club shop. All payments are in cash and are non refundable once your booking has been made. We will require your name and contact number when placing your seat booking.

Please share with friends and family and lets get as many supporters to the final as possible to get behind the lads and cheer them on.

We would like to thank Chalkwell coaches for their help in securing transport for the cup final.

Ites Announce 2 Year Sponsorship Deal with Havill Funeral Services

The club are delighted to announce that we have negotiated a further 2 year main stadium sponsorship deal with Havill Funeral Services.

“I would personally like to thank Lee and his team at Havill’s for their continued support with the football club. Having agreed a further 2 year deal taking us to 2020 this goes to show the level of sponsorship the club is attracting and with the recent sponsorship up until 2019 with Keepmoat Homes the club is certainly going in the right direction. We truly appreciate all of our valued sponsors and advertisers – its what makes our football club so great and gives our stadium and facilities the edge over anyone else in Swale, if not Kent” says Commercial Director Paul Rogers.

“I am over the moon to have Havills in partnership with Sheppey United FC for 2 more years. Lee is pretty much always at our fixtures and gets in involved in the club not only with his sponsorship but with his support behind the scenes too. Where else would you find this sort of sponsorship and partnership at step 5 and beyond. We really have something to be very proud of with our football club and it’s become the focal point in the community with all of our amazing fans both young and old. This 2 year deal will only drive us forward even more both on and off the pitch. I cant thank Lee enough” Says Chairman – Matt Smith.

Pictured here with Matt and Paul are Lee Havill, Owner of Havill Funeral Services and Janet Plant the Head of Sales UK for Keepmoat Homes.

Ernie – Under the hat (Canterbury City Away – KST Semi-final)

“Ernie – Under the hat”, an interview with Sheppey United Manager Ernie Batten.

Are you looking forward to Saturday?

Yes very much so, we trained well on Wednesday and it would be great to get to the final again!

Are you working on anything different in training?

Nothing new as this week there were a couple of players missing due to a bug so not the time to try new things. Darren Cooper will have to have a fitness test later today or tomorrow morning as he is suffering with illness.

Who is unavailable tomorrow?

– Darren Cooper – bug

– Lewis Clarke – injured ankle

– Rob Saunders – suspended

We saw a couple of new signings last week, can you tell us a bit more about them?

Jono Richardson, he’s a big centre-back with us on dual registration from Herne Bay. He has been out of action for a few week prior to the last match, I think he felt it at the end of the last match but I think he is an asset and will be a key player.

Ryan Catmull also joins us from Herne Bay, he is a young wide player.

We have also made a couple more new signings this week.

Kieran Lightfoot another wide player, he was at Faversham Town, moved to Cray Wanderers this season but has been on loan to Chatham Town. It’s not a done deal yet and he is cup tied but we hope to have him in time for Tuesday night’s game.

Dave Cook is another coup, he left Hythe Town when Clive Cook moved on. We are pleased to have him on board!

Another signing from Hythe is Mike Ward, a young coach who was watching the game last Saturday from the boardroom and pitch side. Again, he left when Clive moved on. He will start doing a couple of sessions with the players and will gradually get more involved.

Josh Glover has had a long run in the team now, have you settled on Josh as your  number 1 choice Goalkeeper?

Yes, he’s been very good for us! He will be disappointed by last week’s second goal but he has my backing and we are not looking for anyone else!

What are you expecting from Canterbury on Saturday?

When we played them earlier in the season they were very good and physical but we played our football and run out 3-1 winners. They are in good form at the minute, 7 games unbeaten with 5 wins, it will be difficult but I’m confident if we play our football we can get a result.

Sheppey Sign ex-Gillingham Defender

Sheppey have completed the signing of Callum Emptage

Callum is a former Gillingham young proffessional who can play in either full-back, centre-back or holding midfield. Callum’s recent clubs include East Grinstead and Hastings United.

Ernie had this to say: “I’m delighted he has signed for Sheppey, I’ve been looking to strengthen the defence for a while and Callum will definitely do that.”

Callum will be in the squad for tomorrow when we host Tunbridge Wells in the Kent Reliance Senior Trophy Quarter-final.