From The Boardroom – Merry Christmas

Another year flashes past us and on behalf of everyone here at the Football Club I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas. Here at the club things have been very quiet given the quantity of away games but again speaking for the management and players and all us folk off the field I cannot thank you enough for your ongoing support at all these away games. As you know we have one more away game at Tunbridge Wells this Saturday 23 December before we return back home in an extremely tough game against Whitstable Town FC.

As a way of saying thank you to all the supporters whom have made the various long journeys throughout Kent and all other supporters we will be having a special kids go free afternoon and also a free cup of tea or coffee (using your admission ticket). I want to pack the park for the 30 December and I hope by doing this you will spread the word and bring the family for a day out at our club. Since my last time of writing back in November the team have under performed and at our last game before the New Year I am sure the players want to put this right against a strong Whitstable team. As Chairman I have to keep my council when I speak publicly about comings and goings at the club but I know how hard Ernie has been working to get players in and is just as disappointed as you when things don’t work out and they leave at the drop of a hat.

I was involved with our first team managers surprise 60th party after the Rusthall match, and to hear him speak about the passion he still has for our great club is immense and makes me proud to have him as our manager leading the team. Together, Ernie and I will get this great football club back to where it belongs however contrary to popular belief we will not buy our way out of this league and we will continue to try to sign and retain excellent young players from around the county. In the next couple of seasons our youth section will start to bear some fruit with players coming through from the U18’s which as a football club we are extremely committed to.

With Christmas less than a week away, it’s a time to reflect on the year gone by and whilst we are not quite where we want to be, please be sure to know we are working hard to get where we need to be. As I said previously I hope you and your families have a great Christmas and I hope to see you all at the home game versus Whitstable on 30 December. 

UP THE ITES

Regards
Matt

Geoff – On The Record (Tunbridge Wells Away)

I am sure you were all as disappointed as the players and management team with our defeat at Rustall. It came as a shock to me, as during our last couple of games we showed signs of improvement at the back, but against Rustall we went back to defending to deep and were lucky we did not concede a couple more in the 1st half from headers and a scramble in our box. We came back stronger in the 2nd half and played a bit of football got it back to 1-1 before losing 2-1 in the dying minutes.

The players worked very hard in training during the week in preparation for our friendly against K Sports. Nearing the end of the session we worked on shooting and finishing. This gained an audience from a ladies football team who had finished their session and decided to watch us. The players started off with great finishes from Tom Brunt, Dan Bradshaw, Luke Girt to name just a few. Then bring on Kwasi, Keith, and Liam who had an absolute nightmare with their efforts missing by a mile. This prompted fits of laughter and mickey taking from the Ladies team and the other lads. It was all good fun and will stick in my football memory for some time. Onto the K Sports friendly, and one that was very worthwhile as the 1st half was very competitive and they put us under some pressure at the back. The players really stood up to that and defended very well in all areas of the side. We then came into it with good crosses from Tom and great runs from Dan and Remmel. We went 1-0 up with a great run and cross from Remmel, who was outstanding during the game working hard and making good runs across their back four, Dan And Tim executed a great crossover run in the box  and Tim finished from about 8 yards out with a bullet header. We then went on to score 2 more in a very good  run out. The players delivered on every aspect we asked of them on the day so onto our next training session and Tunbridge Well away which will be a tough away game in likely heavy conditions.

With Christmas coming up I would like to wish all you supporters your family, and all connected with the club a Very Merry Christmas. See you all at home to Whitstable, ‘who we always have great games’ with on the Sat 30th Dec.

Bright Stars Deaf Football Club, Club Shop and Kids Go Free

 

Hello Everyone

I would like to start by wishing you all a very merry Christmas and hope you all have a great time whatever you are up to over the festive period.

You may remember back in the summer where we donated some old SUFC kits to Bright Stars Deaf Football Club in Uganda. Well, we have kept in contact with their club organisers and the teams have been doing really well. The donated kits have given all the players such a boost and they are wearing the SUFC badge with pride.

Only last week I sent a Christmas message to them and had an email conversation to see how they were getting on. It came to light that sadly Bright Stars have limited supplies of equipment and we have promised to donate whatever we have left over from this season to again go back out there. One thing we don’t have is a supply of football boots. Out of the 2 squads of players at Bright Stars FC only 5 players have old football boots.

I am urging all SUFC fans both young and not so young to please donate any old football boots you have at home. All I ask is that they are in good condition. With Christmas just a week away I’m sure there will be many of you or your family getting shiny brand new boots as a present. Please don’t dump your old ones. Can I ask that you give them a good clean, pop the pair of boots into a carrier bag, tie it up, write the size of the boots on the outside and bring them into me at the club for us to make arrangements to get them out to Bright Stars FC. We would be grateful of any boots as it will all help but especially adult sizes from : 6 to 11’s. Thank you.

As well as our normal range of merchandise we also have a quantity of Mitre wear from our suppliers at Europa Sports in our home colours which we would not normally offer through the shop with different styles and items at silly low prices. As always once its gone – its gone and we only have the sizes as seen. We will have a rail with all of our sale and discounted items just outside of the club shop from the 30th Dec onward until its all been sold. Pop over and see Alfie in the shop and we can get it badged up for you.

Applications will be open from Sat 30th December for our half season ticket offer with prices as follows :

Adult – £50 … Seniors – 30 … Juniors – £10

 

All half yearly season tickets will allow you to gain entry to all the remaining home league fixtures until the end of the season. Please visit the commercial website for an application form which will need to be completed and handed in with cash payments only please.

As Matt has mentioned its KIDS GO FREE on Sat 30th Dec v Whitstable as well as a thank you to all fans for your continued support with a free tea or coffee for all general admission supporters (please hand your admission ticket in at the tea bar when ordering) All current season ticket holders can obtain their free concession bonus as well with either a free pint, a free tea or coffee or a free can of soft drink (Junior season tickets will only be redeemable against non alcoholic beverages) Please present your season ticket book at either the Ites Bar, Gallery Bar or Tea Bar where one voucher will be taken from your book in return for your chosen drink.

I sincerely hope you can help us to help Bright Stars FC and turn their Christmas into a memorable one.

It just leaves me to say once again – we hope you all have a very merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all on the 30th December.

Up the Ites !

Paul

p.rogers@sheppeyunitedfc.co.uk

www.sufccommercial.co.uk

Geoff – On the Record (Croydon Away)

Once again I must comment on the great support we had from our fans at Lordswood last Saturday. You all really got behind your team and helped pull them through a difficult time for the club. The players gave everything they had on the day in an effort to stop the poor run of results of late. We created a large number of chances in the first half and dominated the game, but could not finish. The goals came in the second half with good finishes from Dan, Timmy, and Trey.

You may remember my comments of 3 weeks ago regarding John Ralph and his amazing sprinting against Rob and Dan. Well can you believe it he has followed that up with two great passes from the back creating the first and third goals. The down side of that is he will make sure we all know about it. But keep up the progress John as its never to late to improve.

We had to take a lot more pressure from Lordswood during the second half and we had to rely on breaking out at times. Our back four played very well and defended better than we have done for weeks. As well as we played during the game,make no mistake the game hinged on one moment of brilliance from our keeper Josh who had a great all round game on the day. At 1-0 up he made a world class save to his left to preserve our one nil lead, this created the platform to go on and score two more goals to clinch a much needed win.

We go to Croydon this Saturday which will be our hardest game for some weeks. If we are to play our way into a challenging position we must come away from these type of games and take something from the game. Moving forward during the short term we are identifying players that we think will fit into our group and we must try and sign 3 players to strengthen the squad.

Let me finish by saying every week positive comments are made in the dressing room about the great support you all bring both home and the growing away fans, please keep it up.

New Signing Goalkeeper Craig Holloway

Sheppey United are pleased to have signed experienced goalkeeper Craig Holloway. The former Arsenal trainee, 33, had this to say:
“When I spoke to Ernie he explained how the club had developed over the last couple of years etc. and told me the ambition of where the club wants to work up the non-league pyramid. Obviously I’ve done my research as well. The club has a good history and to see home gates of 300 to 400 on average is a fantastic testament to all involved. So to get that at Step 5 is fantastic. So I’m sure if the club continues in the direction they are now, before long the club will be hitting 1000 people with success. Remember football clubs are built around the fans and all the volunteers. I’m looking forward to being part of Sheppey’s future sucess.”

Brief BIO of Craig

Craig started his career at Arsenal progressing through their scholarship programme and the Reserve team to take his place on the bench for a Champions League match in Valencia.
He then joined Farnborough Town in the Conference and after playing in the first 27 games of the season he joined Southend United on loan.
Gravesend & Northfleet then paid a transfer fee for his services and whilst playing in the Conference National for the Fleet he sustained a serious cruciate ligament injury that kept him out of action for 18 months.
He then moved on to Braintree where he was Player of the Year. He has also played for Chelmsford, Bromley, Thurrock, Welling and Margate.
He made the Conference South Play-offs with both Braintree and Welling United – playing for the latter in the Play-off Final at Dartford. At Margate he was joint caretaker manager with Simon Osborne after Chris Kinnear moved to Dover in the 2012/13 season.
The Margate team reached the end of season Play-offs and Craig and Simon took over as joint managers for the next season until Terry Brown was appointed by new owners at the club.
Craig then moved to Dartford on loan towards the end of 2013/14 Season.
He then joined Greenwich Borough during when released by Dartford.
His most recent club is Sevenoaks Town.

Commercial Update

Hello Everyone,

From having so many home games it was only a matter of time before it caught up with us and we had a big run of away games. It will be nice to see everyone back to the Havill Stadium – Holm Park on Sat 30th December for our home league match v Whitstable.

The Christmas sale on our selected SUFC merchandise went well and a big thank you to everyone who placed orders. We still have some in stock items such as beanie hats, scarves, mugs and pens should you want to purchase anything for stocking fillers for Christmas day. Please email me to arrange collection and payment.

We have a quantity of Mitre wear from our suppliers at Europa Sports in our home colours which we would not normally offer through the shop with different styles and items at silly low prices. As always once its gone – its gone and we only have the sizes as seen. We will have a rail with all of our sale and discounted items just outside of the club shop from the 30th Dec onward until its all been sold. Pop over and see Alfie in the shop and we can get it badged up for you.

As promised at the start of the season we will soon be inviting our junior season ticket holders to be mascots for the day and run out with the team. Each junior Ite will be sent an email with the email address given on their season ticket form submitted.

We still have a couple of home fixtures without a match day sponsor so why not get a group of friends together and share the cost to enjoy some match day hospitality in the boardroom. Please come and see me to enquiry on free dates and the package on offer.

Applications will be open from Sat 30th December for our half season ticket offer with prices as follows :
• Adult – £50
• Seniors – £30
• Juniors – £10

All half yearly season tickets will allow you to gain entry to all the remaining home league fixtures until the end of the season. Please visit the commercial website for an application form which will need to be completed and handed in with cash payments only please.

All current season ticket holders can obtain their free concession bonus on Sat 30th December with either a free pint, a free tea or coffee or a free can of soft drink (Junior season tickets will only be redeemable against non alcoholic beverages) Please present your season ticket book at either the Ites Bar, Gallery Bar or Tea Bar where one voucher will be taken from your book in return for your chosen drink.
It just leaves me to say we hope you all have a very merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all on the 30th December.

Up the Ites !

Paul

p.rogers@sheppeyunitedfc.co.uk
www.sufccommercial.co.uk

Jenny Sherred Presention

Saturdays game vs Glebe saw Jenny Sherred presented with a plaque on a seat in the Jim Gray stand for her 70th birthday. The presentation was made by her grandchildren, son and daughter in law and she was moved to tears.

Jenny has been a regular at Sheppey for the last three years, two of which as a season ticket holder and regularly attends away games. She also follows Sheppey Sunday league football, mainly watching Range Rovers Sports and Sheerness East when time allows and over the years she was a regular at Sheerness East Youth games watching both her Grandsons. Her 70th birthday is November 1st.

Happy Birthday for Wednesday Jenny, from everyone at the club!

SUFC One of Seven football clubs to back Prostate Cancer UK on Non-League Day

Seven football clubs have helped raise £2,827 for Prostate Cancer UK on Non-League Day by converting their club house to a Men United Arms, and encouraging donations through fans.

For a fourth successive season Prostate Cancer UK were official charity partner of Non-League Day on Saturday, October 7th and fans of the clubs lent their support via the innovative pub project.

The seven clubs to open a Men United Arms included Corinthian Casuals FC, Darlington FC, Hallam FC, Mickleover Sports FC, Sheppey United FC, Sutton United FC and Wealdstone FC.

For the full article by nonleaguedaily.com, please click here: http://www.nonleaguedaily.com/headlines/seven-football-clubs-back-prostate-cancer-uk-on-non-league-day-and-raise-almost-3-000.html

New Monthly SUFC Fixture Poster (November)

We are aiming to produce a monthly poster that lists all the upcoming home fixtures. The poster will be shared on social media by the club, but if you are able to, then we are keen for supporters to print posters and ask local businesses, pubs and shops in their area to put it up.

If you can help spread the word then you can download and print the poster by clicking here or saving the the poster below.

The large (A3) yearly posters are also available to collect from the club shop for distribution to local businesses.

It is important you ask permission and not fly-post, as this can lead to complaints and even fines.

Many thanks to Martin Eaves for designing the poster.

Up The Ites!

Steve Lawrence Signs For Sheppey

Sheppey United are pleased to annouce the signing of 6ft3 Goalkeeper Steve Lawrence from Rusthall.

Steve’s previous clubs include Bearsted, Woodstock Sports and in more recent seasons, Tunbridge Wells.

Steve is in the squad for tonights game against Canterbury City

Welcome to the club Steve!