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!


Ask Ernie

Supporters and fans of SUFC are invited to an evening with Ernie on Wed 3rd Oct.

There has been a lot happening at the club both on and off the pitch and with that comes speculation or people making their own minds up. It was felt that by doing an open evening where fans can ask Ernie any questions that they want and get the answers directly from Ernie himself or the club committee. We hope this will be helpful and informative to what actually happens behind the scenes on a daily basis and what goes in to making the club run.

Doors to the Gallery Bar open at 7pm with the night starting at approx. 7.45pm


Nick Davis Leaves Sheppey Assistant Manager Role

Nick Davis has resigned from his role as Assistant Manager of Sheppey United, amidst speculation of him accepting a managers role at another club.

Davis, who joined the Ites as Ernie Batten’s number two this summer, had this to say following his departure after Saturdays FA Vase game :

“I was not on the lookout for another management opportunity, however another great club has made contact and its turned my head. I am unsure whether I shall take the job at present but think it’s only fair to Ernie and the football club that I step away whilst I decide what the next step is. I think the buzz of living and dying by your own decisions as manager I have really missed. I’m certainly leaving one of the biggest Step 5 football clubs in Kent.”

“I have been around non-league football for 20 years and the support and club are something I have only experienced a couple of times before despite being involved with lots of higher league football clubs. I wish Ernie and his team the best and know the quality of the squad will shine through over the season.”

Good luck for the future Nick from all of us here at Sheppey United FC (Limited).

Roger Pullen – Highly Commended Groundsman

SUFC Groundsman Roger Pullen received Highly Commended at this years Groundsman of the Year Awards which took place on the 9th August.

Groundsman Of The Year is an award setup to recognise the contribution of unsung heroes of the grassroots game and encourage the development of groundsmanship.

Roger was unable to attend the event at St Georges Park, so presenting the award is Vic Smith on our fantastic pitch at the Havill Stadium. Congratulations Roger!




Chairman Matt Smith Temporarily Steps Down

Matt Smith is temporarily stepping down as Chairman of the club. Paul Rogers and Victor Smith are Joint Chairman in the interim.

Matt said: “Due to personal reasons I shall be temporarily stepping down as Chairman of Sheppey United Football Club. I am delighted to announce that Paul Rogers & Vic Smith will step in for me as Joint Chairman for the foreseeable future. Up the Ites!”.

Sheppey United Youth FC Statement

Sheppey United Youth Football Club was born from an alliance of Sheppey United FC and existing Isle of Sheppey youth football clubs New Road FC and Range Rovers FC, with the aim of providing Kent Youth League football to talented youngsters on the Isle of Sheppey. Until now, the management committee has consisted of individuals from all alliance member clubs, but this summer see’s the last of Sheppey United Youth FC’s founding Officers resign to refocus their attention on their own respective clubs.
Sheppey United FC Chairman, and former Sheppey United Youth FC Chairman, Matt Smith had this to say: “It was a really ambitious project to get all of the Island’s Youth Football Clubs involved in running Sheppey United Youth FC, but the reality is our own clubs need our concentration, and lets not forget we are all volunteers, it just was’nt a sustainable model. I resigned as Chairman of the youth section at the end of the 2016/17 season to focus on the first team so its not come as a complete surprise. However I am very optimistic for the future of Sheppey United Youth! A new committee has been elected and I look forward to more players progressing to the first team in the coming seasons. I’d like to place on record my thanks to the SUFC Youth founding members: Jon Longhurst, Alan Jack, Eddy McEntire, Chris James, Darren Harrison, Debbie Harrison and Aidan Christie.”
Following Sheppey United FC’s AGM, Gary Seamark has been elected Chairman with Zach Foster-Crouch continuing to oversee player coaching as well as being elected Club Secretary.
Here’s what Gary had to say: “As you may know, we are very keen to grow the youth section as we move forward with this newly assembled committee. This coming season we have teams at U14, U15 and U18 (Premier Division and playing on the first team pitch) all playing in the Kent Youth League which is a great standard of football playing the likes of Maidstone, Faversham. Dover, Ebbsfleet, Sittingbourne, to name just a few.”
“We now wish to grow the youth section and give all young players on the Island the opportunity to wear the Sheppey kit and represent this great club. We are therefore interested in hearing from any teams, coaches, managers or players that would be interested in joining Sheppey United Youth as we begin early preparations for the 2019/20 season. This is all with the aim of producing young talented players to get to the first team. Only Tuesday night 3 of the under 18 players played in a first team friendly which is a testament to the hard work put in by everyone including the clubs officers over the last few years.”
The new SUFC Youth committee is:
Chairman – Gary Seamark
Club Secretary and Director of Football – Zach Foster-Crouch
Treasurer – Susie Granaghan
Member and U18s Manager – Glen Freeman
Member and U15s Manager – Andrew Cheeseman
Member and U14s Manager – Ross Wiles
If you are interested in joining Sheppey United Youth FC, as a team, coach, manager or player, please contact:

Ite TV Hub

Sheppey United have recently launched their own YouTube channel called the Ite TV Hub.

The channel will act as our highlights platform for all home games which are being recorded by our match recording partner Film My Match.

SUFC Chairman Matt Smith said: “The channel will give our supporters an opportunity to relive goals, or for those unable to make a match the chance to feel like they haven’t missed out completely! We also have some supporters that live hundreds of miles away and some overseas, so its great for them to still be able to watch us. We will also upload post match interviews with the first team management and players. All of this showing the great character of the club. Ernie and his coaching staff will also find the full length footage useful for analysis. Its another milestone for the club.”

Communications Director Mike Wood said: “The top football clubs in the world run official channels on YouTube. The success of the Ite TV Hub during pre-season demonstrates the club’s potential to build a great presence on YouTube. We have had 2000 views of our pre-season friendly against Gillingham and over 1000 watch us play Herne Bay! The Ite TV Hub is the latest addition to the Club’s online presence and will compliment the official website and social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.”

With the highlights being available for all home games the club can also announce our “Goal of the Season”. The club will shortlist 10 of the best goals where fans can vote for their favourite with the winner being presented at the annual awards evening.

To see what we are up to, take a look at our channel today, and don’t forget to click subscribe!

VACANCY: Team Assistant (Voluntary)

New volunteer opportunity! We are looking for an Assistant to work with the Sheppey United First Team coaching staff.

To find out more, please apply below.



Please select the Role you wish to apply for

FA Vase and FA Cup Draw

The draws for the early rounds of the FA Vase and FA Cup have been made.

The Buildbase FA Vase – First Round Qualifying

Sheppey United vs Balham

Saturday 1 September 2018

@ The Havill Stadium | Holm Park

The winners will host Seaford Town or Tooting Bec in the Second Round Qualifying on Saturday 15 September 2018.



The Emirates FA Cup – Extra Preliminary Round

Cobham vs Sheppey United

Saturday 11 August 2018

@ Reg Madgwick Stadium

The winners will host Egham Town in the Preliminary Round on Saturday 25 August 2018.