A little (slightly late) Christmas cheer for everyone… You may have seen that Martin Eaves (SUFC Creative Genius) recently designed a club crest for our friends at Bright Stars Deaf FC in Uganda and posted it on Social Media.
Bright Stars were so happy to see this, they have asked if it can be used and adopted as their Official club logo to link with the SUFC crest for future use. A massive thanks to Martin for allowing us to offer it over to Bright Stars FC.
Also our recent kit collection by Julian Chennery will be with Bright Stars in February. We will share the photos as soon as we have them. Thank you to all those that donated.
As the end of an awful year for me personally draws to a close I would like to take this opportunity to thank a few people whom have made 2018 another memorable year for this your great football club, firstly I would like to thank the players and management for continuing the thankless task of building a successful team, a massive thank you to our brilliant Secretary Jon Longhurst, Editor/Communications Director Mike Wood, Commercial Director Paul Rogers, a huge thanks
to my father and Kerry Holloway for taking over the running of the club and a big thanks to the rest of the committee for all the time they give up on match days and during the week to help out at the ground. I also would like to thank Roger Pullen for his brilliant work during 2018 on the pitch given the extra work with two teams playing on the main stadium
pitch. I would also be remiss to not thank Keith Lissenden for all his effort off the field with the kit and the clubhouse here at The Havill Stadium, not everyone sees the work Keith completes on the football clubs behalf but trust me it never goes unnoticed by me or any of my fellow committee members. If I have missed anyone then I thank you for everything you do for the club and lastly to you our loyal supporters, thank you and here’s to a successful 2019.
I have only been to a couple of games recently and in the signings we have made I am more than confident the second half of the season will see us push the top six all the way till the end of the season. We are still involved with the League Cup and sitting nicely in 6th position so a very great end to 2018. The exciting team Ernie is putting together is even more evident than before and I cannot wait to see where we end up come the end of this season. As you will have noticed the
football club is in a period of transition both on and off the field and I am as excited as all you supporters by the changes being made. As I said previously just because I wear a badge that says Chairman does not make me any less of a supporter than any one of you. I want the team to win every week and know how hard, Ernie, his management team and the players work behind the scenes to achieve this but we all have to accept the monies being spent to escape this league make their job extremely tough as we work within our self sufficient business model here at SUFC.
Everyone continues to ask how Clare is getting on with her recovery and I am delighted to announce that she has a return home date from Stoke Mandeville of the 23 January 2019, which is fantastic news but merely the start of her rehabilitation at home here in Kent. We are both thankful and humbled by the quantity of well wishes and cards we have received and we both cannot wait for us to be home together. These past five months have been the worst of my life and have shown me all the things I personally have taken for granted. I wish everyone a Happy Christmas and hope you get to spend some real quality time with each and every member of your families because if this whole scenario has taught me anything it is that time cannot be bought or paid for with money. Time with loved ones is an invaluable commodity that should never been taken for granted or a given.
Merry Christmas and very Happy New Year!
Matt Smith – Chairman
Sheppey United are pleased to announce the signing of former Greewich Borough Manager Luke Medley!
The 6ft 1, experienced forward, who’s past clubs include Margate, Walton Casuals and most recently Chatham Town and Cray Wanderers where he scored over 25 goals, will go into this weekends squad. This record doesn’t include Luke’s professional clubs which include Bradford and Barnet!
We look forward to Luke putting on the red and white stripes of SUFC!
The club would like to wish SUFC Goalkeeper Aaron Lee-Wharton a speedy recovery after sustaining a concussion and a broken nose during yesterdays match against Cray Valley.
Yesterdays Man of the Match sends his thanks to both SUFC Physio Dario and the CVPM Physio who attended to him on the pitch.
While Aaron recovers, Josh Glover will return between the sticks.
It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Sheppey United Committee announces the retirement of Vic and Anne Smith from the club.
Since Sheppey’s reformation, Vic and Anne have played critical roles in the development and success of the club, and while we will miss them both, we wish them and happy and worry free retirement.
We want to thank Vic and Anne for 5 years of dedicated service to the club, which most recently included Vic assuming the responsibility of Chairman along side Paul Rogers.
We are pleased to announce that Kerry Holloway will take over from Vic as Venue Manager. Most of you will have said hello to Kerry this season whilst serving you at the Gallery Bar, and over the last 5 weeks Kerry has covered for Vic while he and Anne were on holiday.
We can also announce that Liz Batten is joining the committee as Operations Director and will be directly involved in the day to day running of the club. On the back of these appointments, Matt Smith remains as Chairman of the club whilst Paul Rogers can now return his focus solely on Commercial activities.
Again, we cannot thank Vic and Anne enough for their dedication. You will be greatly missed by the staff, Board and supporters alike.
From Mike Wood – Committee Member, Sheppey United Football Club
Sheppey United are looking for a passionate volunteer to join the clubs media team as a Journalist.
The role will primarily report on First Team matches which will be published on the club website, social media channels and in the matchday programme.
Other duties include:
- researching opposition clubs or players and preparing pre-match content.
- working with the media team to create interesting and innovative content for the club website and matchday programme
- Produce impartial and balanced match reports
If you are interested in joining us, DM our Twitter @SheppeyUFC or contact us via the club website contact page here.
Sheppey United Coach Mark Irvine has left the club due to work commitments.
Thank you Mark for your contribution this season and we wish you all the best!
The draw for the next round of the FA Vase has been made…
The Buildbase FA Vase Third Round Proper
Sheppey United vs Cray Valley (PM)
Saturday 1 December 2018 – KO: 3pm
@ The Havill Stadium | Holm Park
It is with regret the football club has taken the unprecedented step of imposing a life time ban on a so called supporter. Following various complaints yesterday of Homophobic and Racist chanting the club have taken this step to ensure our reputation as a family friendly club.
We pride ourselves on being an activity your entire family can enjoy and yesterdays scenes will not be tolerated here at Holm Park.
This Thursday (18/10/2018) Sheppey United Defender Chris Edwards will be hosting an event in the Gallery Bar about nutrition.
Chris had this to say:
“I will be doing a presentation to educate and give people an understanding of the importance of good nutrition.”
“Players and fans will have the opportunity to taste some of the products I have been using for breakfast and I will explain the benefits of the products physically and mentally.”
“All the first team players will be there and it would be great if all of the community could come down too to bring us more together as a club.”
The Gallery Bar will open at 7pm this Thursday (17/10/2018) with the presentation starting at 7.15pm