The Fleet are Vanarama National League South champions for 2022/23!
Dennis Kutrieb and his amazing squad achieved the title and promotion back to the National League with four games to spare as a 3-0 win over Oxford City confirmed we were back – all watched by 3,131!
Dominic Poleon netted another hat-trick to take his total for the season to 36 league goals (38 in all).
The Fleet are the first club in the top seven tiers of English football to claim a league title this season.
More reaction and reports… in good time after the Trophy presentation and a celebration or two here in the Fleet camp!
To our players, our staff and our supporters – we couldn’t have done it without you. It means everything to everyone here at the Fleet – pat yourselves on the back and savour YOUR title.
Brian Ribbens Funeral Arrangements
The funeral for Brian will be held on Monday 24th April, 13:00pm, at Thamesview Crematorium. Fleet scarves can be worn.
It is with great sadness to inform you that Brian Ribbens passed away on Saturday; after being in hospital due to a heart attack. He was a long standing fleet supporter and I’m sure all of us send condolences to the family at this time.
Taunton Day Coach
A Day coach will be running to Taunton next Saturday. It will depart the Kufflink stadium at 09:00 hrs, bookings for the coach will be taken until Wednesday 29th March!
Fleets Television Appearance
Coach Now Leaving at 9:30!
The Fleets game vs Slough has been chosen by BT to be televised as part of Non-League day. As such the K.O. time has been changed to 12:30pm. The coach will now be leaving at 9:30am from the Kufflink Stadium.
Room available for Taunton Weekend
ROOM HAS NOW BEEN TAKEN!
If anybody is interested in going on the weekend trip to Taunton from the 31/3/23 – 2/4/23, a room has unexpectedly become available; any inquiries should contact John on 07951 610878.
Chippenham Coach Departure Time
The coach to the away fixture at Chippenham on Tuesday 14th February will leave the Kufflink Stadium at 14:00 hrs.
Fleet Trust Office Closed
The Fleet Trust office will be closed for this Tuesdays game vs Dartford in the Kent Senior Cup
Tony Hogben Funeral Arrangements
Tony Hogben’s funeral will be held at Thamesview Crematorium on Monday 23rd January at 11:00 hrs
Tony was our regular coach driver to away fixtures and I’m sure will be sorely missed by all our coach travellers.
Farnborough Game Off
The game at Farnborough has been postponed due to a frozen pitch.
Coach Departure Times
The coach to the away fixture at Dulwich Hamlet on Tuesday 24th Jan will leave the Kufflink Stadium at 16:30 hrs.
Similarly the coach to the away fixture at Farnborough on Saturday 21st will leave the Kufflink Stadium at 12:30 hrs.
Pitch Cover Removal
Many thanks to the volunteers who helped drag the pitch covers into place; furthermore if anybody has an hour or so to spare from 10am tomorrow morning (17/01) the club would be grateful for any help removing the covers in preparation for the game vs Chelmsford. Simply report to reception – and bring some gloves!
Kent Senior Cup Game Postponed
The Club and Trust are asking for volunteers on 3rd January 2023 to help move the wooden hoardings at the front of the ground between the main stand and the food outlet huts beside the home turnstiles. Volunteers are asked to assemble at the ground at 09:00 and if you are able to help please contact Chris Toon/John Burgess through the regular channels.
Fleet Heroes Needed
The club are asking for volunteers who are able to assist in getting the pitch ready for the match tomorrow (13/12). Snow clearance and walkway salting from 12 noon, if possible please bring a shovel!
Chippenham game off
Our away trip to Chippenham has been postponed.
As such the coach/s will not be running and we will inform supporters of the rearrangement as soon as it has been decided.
John Stockley Funeral Arrangements
As many of you will be aware, John Stockley, a regular Fleet supporter, lost his fight with cancer recently. He was a regular attender with his wife, Sharon, and will be sorely missed by all who knew him. His funeral is on Thursday 1st. December at 11am at Thamesview Crematorium – all are welcome.
The Fleet Supporters’ Trust Annual General Meeting is being held in the Hospitality Lounge on Thursday 8th December 2022 at 8pm. Doors open at 7:30pm; Admission will be on production of your membership card, so don’t forget it!
Cheshunt game off
Our Away trip to Cheshunt has been postponed.
As such the coach/s will not be running and we will inform supporters of the rearrangement when it has been organised between the two clubs.
Cliff Robinson Funeral Arrangements
Leaving Kilndown Close at 2pm on Monday 7th November making their way to Ebbsfleet football ground for a last farewell then onto Thamesview Crematorium at Chalk for 3pm service. Then back to EUFC for the wake.
Donations to ITU unit at Darenth Valley Hospital – there will be collection boxes at the crematorium and at the wake. If going to the wake, please let Sue know for numbers.
Cheshunt Coach details
Due to the Fleet’s action in the F.A. cup this weekend, the date and coach departure time for the Cheshunt game has changed. New date is on Tuesday 15th November (K.O. 19:45) and the coach will depart the Kufflink Stadium at 17:00.
It is with great sadness that we have been told that Cliff Robinson, a lifelong Fleet supporter and Trust member passed away this morning, Wednesday 12th October. Our sympathy and thoughts are with Sue and the family at this sad time. Cliff will be greatly missed.
Away Travel Booking Update
Please can all away travel bookings be made via John Burgess (07951 610878) or at the trust office on matchdays until further notice.
Coach to Hanwell Town
We have been drawn away to Hanwell in the next round of the FA cup on Saturday 1st October. There will be a coach departing the Kuflink Stadium at 12:00. The cost will be £15 for members, £20 for non-members. Under 16’s for £5 and Under 12’s go free; both must be accompanied by an adult. Book with either John (07951 610878) or Tracy (07764 731633) between 09:00 and 20:00.
Our away trip to Havant & Waterlooville has been re-arranged to Wednesday 2nd November: K.O. 19:45
The Coach/s will be departing the Kuflink Stadium at 16:30
TAUNTON TRIP 31/03/2023 – 02/04/2023
This trip will depart from EUFC at 11am on Friday 31st. March 2023
The stay will be for two nights at Taunton East Premier Inn, Bridgewater Road,
TA1 2DU on a bed and breakfast basis.
The cost including travel will be £135 per person for two nights on a bed and
breakfast basis for Fleet Supporters’ Trust Members and partners and £140
Return from Taunton will be at 11:30am on Sunday 2nd. April 2023.
A deposit of £20 per person will be required to confirm a booking, to be paid
at the time of booking.
The balance will be payable in full by 31st. January 2023. Stage payments can
be made if required please ask if you wish to do this.
Bookings can be made at the FST office or by contacting John BURGESS on
07951610878. Payment by card is preferred but cash or cheque – made
payable to Fleet Supporters’ Trust -is acceptable.
Our Game vs. Havant & Waterlooville has been cancelled in respect of the death of Her Majesty The Queen.
As such the coach/s will not be running and we will inform everyone when the game has been re-scheduled.
Passing of HM. The Queen, Elizabeth II
The Fleet Supporters’ Trust alongside the entirety of the United Kingdom and the World mourn the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her unwavering devotion to our great nation in her seven-decade reign, led to love and respect from all. We send our deepest condolences to the King, Charles III, Queen Consort and the whole Royal Family.
HM Queen Elizabeth II – 1926-2022
Away Travel Booking
Please could all contact for booking away travel with Tracy or John please be made between 0900 and 2000. Tracy now has a new job and can’t answer calls outside these times so call John in the first instance and IF urgent call John outside of these hours.
Bookings can always be made at The Fleet Supporters’ Trust office on match day.
Thanks for your Co-operation.
Update on Tom Sharkey
Jemma’s a jewel for Fleet
The Fleet over 50’s football team presented Jemma Barber with flowers and
champagne to say thank you after Fleet footballer Tom Starkey suffered a
cardiac arrest recently. Jemma works at Goals Dartford where the over 50’s
Fleet team train every Thursday. Jemma works in reception but also acts as the
first aider for the company and her quick action before an ambulance arrived
played a major park in the incident. Tom is currently in hospital but hopefully
being released home shortly following an operation. Tom (58) from Gravesend
was the Golden Boot winner for the Fleet team last season scoring 8 FA Kent
League goals and 6 more during friendly and tournament games. Fleet team
co-ordinator Chris Judge said “Jemma was aided by her assistant Luke
Woodward and our own player Simon Palmer and Paul Hollaway from the
Bexley team and each of these will also receive champagne as part of our
sincere thanks during this very traumatic time. All our thoughts are with Tom
for a full recovery.”
Picture Caption Left to Right:
Front Row (Kneeling) Chris Judge, Steve Webb and Gary Fairman
Back Row: Dave Munn, Mark Stapley, Gary Wilson, Jemma Barber, Paul
Lancaster, Phil Lewis, Dale Measor, Gurch Gill and Lee Channon
Full details of the Ebbsfleet Walking Football initiative for the over 50’s are
available on the club and Fleet Supporters’ websites or from the Fleet
Supporters’ Trust office or email Chris Judge at: firstname.lastname@example.org For
further information please contact: Chris Judge Tel: 0746 425 2450 (H) 01474
873 628 Email: email@example.com
Away Travel Arrangements
The Fleet Supporters’ Trust are pleased to announce that away travel this season will be provided by Grange Travel, a local firm, based in Gravesend who provide the team coach.
Quotes were obtained from a number of local coach companies and Grange Travel were felt to be the most cost effective with regards to prices and their range of coach capacities.
As everyone will be aware fuel costs have risen considerably and as a result the FST Board have, reluctantly, increased prices for away travel this season. There are three levels: Group A at £20, Group B at £15 and Group C at £10. These are members prices, non members are £5 more in each group! There have been no price increase for four years. These prices will be subject to review throughout the season should Grange Travel need to increase prices if fuel costs make it necessary.
The Fleet Supporters’ Trust will make every effort to avoid any increase by raising revenue from 50/50 and Golden goal and any other initiatives felt necessary.
Please support the away coaches and encourage new Members to join the Fleet Supporters’ Trust.
Bookings can be made as in previous seasons at the Trust Office or by calling Tracy Down on 07764 731633 or John Burgess on 07951 610878.
Volunteer Work Party
The Trust will be holding a Volunteer Work Party on Saturday 9th July! (In preparation for the upcoming season!)
The Work Party will convene at the Kuflink at 10am or if your eager to start earlier, from 9am. The Club will provide lunch and we will look to wrap things up around 3pm.
If you are available and wish to pitch in please contact Chris Toon on 07974 959568 or John Burgess on 07951610878 as soon as possible.
We are also looking at mid-week dates from week commencing 11th July.
THE 2022-2023 FRIENDLIES ARE IN!
FRIDAY 8th JULY (19.00) Punjab United (a)
TUESDAY 12th JULY (19.45) Chatham Town (a)
FRIDAY 15th JULY (19.00) West Ham United U23s (h)
TUESDAY 19th JULY (19.30) Bowers & Pitsea (a)
SATURDAY 23rd JULY (15.00) Colchester United (h)
WEDNESDAY 27th JULY (19.15) Corinthian (a)
SATURDAY 30 JULY (15.00) Herne Bay (h)