The Kent County League is currently on it's winter break with league games due to resume this Saturday. Sheppey are due to play Milton & Fulston United at Sittingbourne's pitch no 1.
Change Of Management
Given the club's poor run of form that has seen them slip to 10th place in the league, it was felt that a change of management was needed. Stuart Davidson has been relieved of his duties with Steve Reid taking up the role of manager. With Steve's experience of local and county league football it is hoped that Sheppey can start moving up the league and perhaps challenge for promotion this season.
Lack Of Website Updates
I would like to apologise for the lask of website updates recently. I have been having some health issues recently that prevented me frpm maintaining the site but am hopefully past those now. Luckily, my health issues coincided with the KCL's Wintder break so the site wasn't that out of date.
Sheppey United 2-4 Bromley Green
Sheppey's recent run of poor form unfortunately continued on Saturday with a 4-2 home defeat to Bromley Green that sees Sheppey drop to 9th in the table.
"Who are they going to raise next - Lazarus?"
I hope you don't mind my borrowing a line from the film "Seabiscuit" but it seems we wrote off the Ites too soon.
After 2 years playing under the name AFC Sheppey, the club have decided to return to playing as Sheppey United. It seems I, for one, was just a tad too pessimistic in writing off Sheppey United. We are lazarus indeed!!
Amongst these are:-
New committee for running the football side of the club
New club badge (see picture to the left)
A return to the club's traditional colours
New ground for the coming season with a more permanent home to follow for 2011/2012 being lined up
The club will be taking up AFC Sheppey's place in the Kent County League Division 1 East for the coming campaign.
New Official Website
Amongst the changes at the club, your's truly has been asked to run the club's official website and change this unofficial one to be the club website. This I have been more than happy to agree to so, from now on, will be the club's official website. It will take a little time to make all the necessary changes to the website given there's a couple of hundred or so pages but the first ones to be changed over will be the Fixtures, Tables and Top Scorers page.
Club History Updated
I have updated the site a bit by adding all the remaining league tables from when Sheppey were last in the Southern League and these tables can be found by visiting the "Club History" page plus another profitable trip to the local library means I now have got all of the league tables for the 1930's and the 1950's online. In addition to this, 2 league tables from the 1990's, another 1 from the 1960's has been added as well as 2 from the 1900's and 1 from the 1920's from Sheppey's time in the old Kent League. I now have, if I've done my maths correctly, league tables from 86 of the 110 years available online since Sheppey started competing in formalised league football in 1895.
This has now been supplemented with Chris Collings, a Dover Athletic supporter, having provided me with all the Kent League Tables from 1895-1978. I was able to add league tables for 1907-1914, 1920, 1926, correct 1946 and add the tables for 1973-1975 plus, with some scans that Chris also sent me, 1981, 1982 and 1994-1997 have been added thanks to Chris' help! Many thanks Chris, your help is very much appreciated. Chris has also offered to try and help me fill in the blanks for years 1967-1971 when Sheppey were in the Metropolitan League. These 5 years are the only years now where I don't have an end of season league table for Sheppey. The end is in sight!
The tables for 1967-1971 have now been acquired. I received an e-mail from Graham Allison last night who said that he had these tables and offered to send them to me. These duly arrived this morning and have now been typed up and put online. Many thanks, Graham.
Then it's onto putting all of Sheppey's league and cup results online. After that, I'll try and add all the goalscorers for each competitive game played to the page for each individual season. Should I ever achieve this herculean task, I'll try and get friendly games covered as well.
More Photos Online
2 more photos have been added to my collection of Sheppey photos. The one I am most pleased at getting hold of is a teamshot of Sheppey from 1893 with the Chatham and Rochester Charity Cup which the team won that season. The photo has been added to the section dealing with that era in the club history section. I have also acquired a teamshot from the Greater London League Championship winning team of 1964/65 which is also online as is a match shot from the 19th century. I have another team shot online but am unsure which year it is from. I have added it to the page if anyone wants to have a look and put a year - and maybe some names to faces - for me.
Well, thanks to the goalkeeper at the time Dave Smith, I have just received a photo of the 1974-75 Kent League winning team on the night the team were presented with the trophy at Botany Road. I will be adding that to the website just as soon as I can.
Revamp of Site Design
I have decided to have yet another revamp of the site's appearance after deciding to re-launch the website after taking it offline for a few months. Hopefully you'll think it's an improvement over the previous design I used for the website even though I've only "tweaked" the appearance rather than have a major redesign. I'll be looking to continually improve the look and feel of the website on an ongoing basis. I'm hope you will like the improvements that I have made.
Up the Ites!
Site last updated: 13th January 2011