The Chairman’s Musings

Notes of wit and wisdom, from our own John Burgess

 

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CHESTERFIELD NOTES

Well here we are again at the start of another season full of anticipation at the exciting football ahead! It doesn’t seem that long since we were all at Torquay and Tranmere cheering on The Fleet – two places we won’t be visiting this season.

The Fleet Supporters’ Trust is now fully established in The Old Boardroom and office. Members can enjoy a drink in the Members only bar after having booked their away travel in the office next door. The Board has decided this year that it is necessary to be more precise in the numbers needed to warrant a second coach to away games. This has become necessary to minimise the financial shortfall on the cost of away travel.

To help manage this it would be much appreciated if you book your away travel as early as possible and make payment at the time of booking. The coach to Leyton Orient is already full and a minimum of a further ten bookings are need to make a second coach viable. I’m sure that will be achieved today.

I would like to remind all Fleet Trust Members that their membership becomes due for renewal today so please ensure you renew as soon as possible in order that you can enjoy the discounted away travel price.

I know the Manager and players much appreciate the numbers of fans at away games so, hopefully, we can travel in even greater numbers this season.

By joining the Fleet Supporters’ Trust you are not only helping to support the Club but can save yourself up to £115 on away travel over the season – what a great return on your money! Membership also entitles you to priority ticket purchase for all ticket games. You can join and pay online or at the Trust office on matchdays.

Following our successful weekend trip to Torquay last season many of you have been asking if there is to be a similar trip this season. I have identified the game v Harrogate on Saturday 16th February 2019 as a potential venue. The format would be similar to last season – leaving Ebbsfleet on Friday morning and returning from Harrogate on Sunday morning. Please contact me on 07951 610878 or email johnburgessesq@yahoo.co.uk if you are interested in making this trip. If there is sufficient demand I will make the necessary arrangements. The pre-season games have been a success so let’s hope that can be carried over into the start of the season proper as we meet Chesterfield in their first game in The National League.

On a personal note I would like to say how great it is to have Dave ARCHER back at The Fleet; we enjoy a fantastic working relationship and I look forward to taking that further again this season.

So come on Fleet fans let’s cheer the team on today for a victory to start the season! UP THE FLEET!

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SUTTON NOTES

Two away trips completed but so different; one a somewhat indifferent welcome, the other a heartfelt and genuine welcome – such is the lot of football fans. I know which creates a better atmosphere between both sets of supporters. I’ll leave you to decide which you prefer.

A hard earned, but deserved point on Tuesday was followed by three points as a reward for those Fleet Fans who made the long trip to Hartlepool. A second visit was made to The Almighty Cod for post-match fish and chips which were as good as the first visit last season.

The Hartlepool Trust invited all Fleet fans into their Corner Flag Clubroom where their Chairman thanked all those fans who had chipped in to the collection for Hartlepool last season at our home game v Warrington. The money donated was much appreciated by them and their generous expression of thanks was gratefully received. The PA announcement which followed was again well received as shown by the generous applause from the home supporters. It was pleasing to note how much the efforts of all who contributed meant to a Club who found themselves in a position which many of us have experienced. Happily both Clubs are now on a sound footing for which all supporters are most thankful. I did contact them after the game to say sorry for nicking the three points!

At the invitation of The Club I recently attended the unveiling of a statue of HM Queen Elizabeth to which Dr. Al.Humaidi had contributed. I really enjoyed the occasion in the company of Dave ARCHER after his return to the Club. If you are down by the river in Gravesend make sure to have a look at a very imposing statue.

I would like to encourage all Fleet Supporters’ Trust members to make use of our newly acquired Clubroom in The Old Boardroom next to the away travel booking office. As the saying goes ‘use it or lose it’. It is a very pleasant place for a drink and a chat either before or after booking your away travel.

Bookings are being taken for Barnet and Eastleigh and the numbers are good so we may need a second coach for Barnet. Don’t delay if you intend going to either game as we can then decide if a second coach is financially viable.

The Trust were asked about scarves in the blue away colours and I can confirm the Club are intending to make these available. 5XL shirts have been ordered so if you want one make a reservation at the Club Shop.

Speaking of the shop the Trust have been in conversation about the poor access on match days and this will hopefully be resolved in the near future.

I think that’s enough from me so let’s get behind the team and cheer them on to victory over Sutton tonight.  UP THE FLEET!

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ALDERSHOT NOTES

Hello again, a fantastic following of 321 Ebbsfleet supporters travelled to Barnet on Saturday and witnessed a marvellous 3-0 victory for The Fleet. The vocal support was just a joy to hear. This was achieved despite the appalling lack of food and hot drinks at the ground. Following a Board Meeting on Tuesday it was agreed to make The Chairman of Barnet F.C. aware of inadequate provision made for visiting fans on Saturday. A letter will be sent to him.

Fleet Supporters’ Trust members who have yet to renew their membership, which was due from 4th August 2018, should do so as soon as possible. Existing Members not in possession of a membership card can obtain a replacement at The Fleet Supporters’ Trust Office on match days. It is important that you have the card in your possession as it will, in the future, be a requirement that it is produced when booking away travel in order to enjoy the £5 discount on travel costs. The date of this requirement will be published on the website and will be announced in my programme notes. The moral is don’t lose your card it will save you money!

There are two coaches travelling to Eastleigh on Bank Holiday Monday so book today if you want to make that trip. Bookings can also be made for the Tuesday evening game to Dover on 4/9/18.

The Fleet Supporters’ Trust will again be match sponsors for the game v AFC Fylde on 1st September. Gold Members who weren’t able to attend the Chesterfield game will be offered first refusal for places and any available after that will be the subject of a draw amongst interested Standard members. Any Standard member wishing to take part in the draw should contact me on 07951 610878 or email johnburgessesq@yahoo.co.uk.

Considerable interest has been forthcoming for the proposed weekend trip to Harrogate from 15/2/2109 to 17/2/2019 but there is always room for more – if this is of interest to you please contact me as above. Once I have a clearer idea of the likely cost this will be made known but I anticipate it being between £150 -£190 per head for the weekend including travel. I am trying to source a suitable hotel in the centre of Harrogate which is a very pleasant town.

Let’s hope today’s game is a less stressful one than our last one against Aldershot – Deano’s penalty will stay with me forever! So come on let’s hear the Ebbsfleet roar and cheer The Fleet to another three points.

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FYLDE NOTES

What a contrast in our Bank Holiday games.  Saturday saw a comfortable win over Aldershot when the Fleet converted chances into goals for a deserved three points.

The trip to Eastleigh by over 200 supporters on Monday saw a host of chances not converted into goals against an Eastleigh team reduced to ten men for much of the game. However, one was taken by the evergreen Danny Kedwell which proved enough for another three points. I’m not sure my blood pressure will stand too many matches like that though! A haul of six points was a just reward for the efforts of the team.

It was pleasing to note that the facilities for away fans were excellent at Eastleigh – a pleasant change from recent games. A letter has been sent to Barnet to make the views of Supporters known to them about the poor facilities there, as yet no response has been forthcoming.

Fleet Supporters’ Trust members who have yet to renew their membership for this season should do so as soon as possible. As from the bookings for Wrexham it will be necessary to produce your membership card in order to enjoy the £5 discount on away travel. If you have lost your card replacements can be obtained at the office next to The Old Boardroom. On the subject of membership if you have changed your address or email please ensure that the new details are sent to the Membership Secretary in order that our database can be updated – if this is not done you may miss out.

The Fleet Supporters’ Trust are now sponsoring Jonathan MILES and are match sponsors for today’s game. Those Members who were successful in the draw for places will have a most enjoyable time in the hospitality suite. If you were unsuccessful in the draw your name will automatically be entered in the draw for the next occasion when The Fleet Supporters’ Trust take up a sponsorship.

In conjunction with the Club it has been agreed that The Fleet Supporters’ Trust will take part in a ‘litter pick’ around the outside of the ground so keep an eye out for the date to be announced. Bacon rolls will be provided!

Hopefully details of costs for the trip to Harrogate in February 2019 will be finalised in the next couple of weeks and will be published. Once this has been done a deposit will be required to confirm your booking.

Well that’s enough from me, I’m off to Devon for a holiday and have handed the baton to Kevin and Kevin for the Gateshead notes but will be back for the game. UP THE FLEET!

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GATESHEAD NOTES

Welcome to this (late) afternoon fixture against Gateshead. As John mentioned in the AFC Fylde Fleet Review, due to a taking a well deserved break, he has not been able to compile notes for today’s game. So it is time to bring on the subs from the bench (or in my case a comfy chair) to give an update on Fleet Supporters’ Trust activities.

Firstly, away travel with Redwing has, like last season, been working successfully. Those wishing to travel to Wrexham on the 15th September, please see Steve today in the Trust office under the old stand to make a booking. Steve will also commence taking bookings for the Dagenham & Redbridge game on the 29th September. As the points earned from games played so far this season have been greater from the away fixtures, it makes sense to travel to these matches whenever possible. I imagine that a fish and chip shop stop will be involved on the return journey from Wrexham.

Secondly, if any existing Trust members have yet to renew their membership for the 2018/19 season then please do so now. Any supporter travelling by coach with the Trust will, from the Wrexham trip and matches thereafter, need to produce an up-to-date membership card to be able to claim the discount which membership provides. New members are also most welcome to join.  As at the date of the most recent Trust Board meeting held on the 21st August, the number of Trust members (including all categories) stood at 331.

It has been suggested that a Q&A session should take place at which Daryl McMahon and Dave Archer would be present to answer questions about the Team and the Club. This will be likely to take place on a Thursday evening. Further details about the date, time and format of the evening will be made known as soon as the outline plan has been confirmed. Enjoy the game.

Kevin Johncock (Society Secretary).

As we head into September, yet another busy fixture month as August was, for us, a brace of games have passed, one, a loss at home, thanks mostly to the shooting power of Danny Rowe, AFC Fylde went away from the Kuflink with a 3-1 win, and then last Tuesday, we moved on to Crabble, and our “local” derby with Dover Athletic. Scores level at the break, that’s how it stayed, but the match saw Darren McQueen’s first goal of this campaign. The last time we met todays opponents, was on a very cold, rainy night in Gateshead, and we came off as 5-2 winners, quite late on in the season, and so, with the Heed only behind us on goal difference. this afternoon’s game in front of the BT Sport cameras, will provide another testy 90 minutes for our lads, so let’s get behind them all and cheer them to another victory today.

Finally, a special thanks to all Fleet Trust members for your continued support of the Trust! …………………..Up the Fleet!

Kevin Spencer. Webmaster.

 

HAVANT & WATERLOOVILLE NOTES

 

Hello again, firstly may I thank the two Kevins’ who kindly wrote the notes for the Gateshead game as I was on holiday in Devon. Chrissie and I enjoyed a very relaxing time and returned ready for the game against Gateshead hoping for a home win; but it wasn’t to be thanks to an unfortunate own goal and not taking the chances created. It was then on to Wrexham hoping for an improved performance.

The great away support continued with two coaches taking dedicated Fleet supporters in addition to those who make their own travel arrangements. This is no mean feat involving a 426 mile round trip.

Coach 2 had a good number of younger supporters on board and we were treated to a full practice of their songs and chants on the journey. At the ground they were joined by the other regular Plough Enders and despite the early setbacks maintained their vocal support until the fourth goal in a splendid display of belief and support.

After the half time break, Kedders’ early goal gave us all a ray of hope and the singing and chanting resumed, but it proved a false dawn and the game ended with a well deserved victory for Wrexham and the need for much reflection on a Fleet performance which was ponderous and lacking invention or penetration.

The disappointment of losing was, however, tempered by the great fish and chips provided by The Gwersylt Fish bar. On coach 2 the optimism of youth was exemplified by more singing and chanting on the homeward journey. We must all ‘believe’ and trust that this blip will be overcome, hopefully with a victory and three points today.

The Fleet Supporters’ Trust are match ball sponsors today and hopefully those Members who were successful in the draw for places will have a most enjoyable time. If you were unsuccessful this time your name will automatically go into the next draw.

The arrangements for the weekend in Harrogate in February are almost complete and will be published in the next couple of weeks.

I am pleased to be able to tell Fleet Supporters’ Trust Members that wi-fi is now up and running in the Members Bar and the internet is accessible via the password which is available in the Bar. Thanks to EUFC for helping with this and to Kevin Spencer, our IT guru for setting it up. Please feel free to make use of it and enjoy a drink in the bar. It is hoped that in the near future a card reader facility will be operating in the Away Booking Office enabling payment for travel to be made by way of card payment.

That’s enough from me so let’s show that we all ‘believe’ and get behind the team to drive them on to victory. As a well known banner says ‘COME ON EBBSFLEET YOU CAN DO IT’

BROMLEY NOTES

 

Well the first wet day of this season saw The Fleet gain a point from the game against Havant and Waterlooville. Let’s hope this is the start of an upward trend in performance and points as we move into the second third of the season. We must take the positives and get behind the team and the Club as they strive to improve our points total. Those Members who enjoyed the hospitality in the Hospitality Suite on Saturday have told me they had a most enjoyable time.

Everyone who attended the showings of ‘Secret Spitfire’ on Thursday were treated to a most interesting and fascinating film; thanks to Karl HOWMAN for putting this together and to EUFC for use of the facilities. Also thanks to Tanya and her team for the excellent afternoon cream tea and evening pie and mash.

The details for the weekend trip to Harrogate in February are now on our website but for those who don’t have access to the internet the details are: the trip will leave EUFC at 10am on Friday 15th February returning on Sunday 17th February. The venue is Premier Inn in Harrogate town centre. The cost per double or family room will be £188 for two night’s bed and breakfast. Travel will be £40 for Fleet Supporters’ Trust Members and their partners, for non-members it will be £45. A deposit of £40 per person will be required to confirm a booking together with the names of all room occupants. The balance will be payable in full by 20th January 2019. Stage payments can be made if required, please ask if you wish to do this. A total of twenty five rooms have been reserved. When these rooms are taken no more bookings will be accepted. Bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis even if you have already expressed an interest in making this trip. Bookings can be only be made in person at the Fleet Supporters’ Trust office next to The Old Boardroom. As the deposit once paid to Premier Inn is non-refundable it is advised that appropriate cancellation insurance be obtained.

Bookings for away travel to Dagenham and Redbridge and Solihull Moors are now being taken and can be made in the Away Travel Office at tonight’s game.

Two stalwart Fleet fans are, at present, not enjoying the best of health. Mike MARTIN has undergone surgery and Harry HOUCKHAM was taken ill at the game on Saturday. At the time of writing both are still in hospital. On behalf of Fleet Supporters’ Trust members and all Fleet Supporters I wish them a speedy returned to good health.

I have no doubt that three points gained tonight would be a good tonic to them both so let’s get behind the Team and cheer them to that elusive home win. UP THE FLEET!


 

HARROGATE NOTES

 

A good return to winning ways was just reward for those fans who made the short trip to Dagenham on Saturday. Those who chose not to travel to Essex missed the chance to witness an irrepressible debut by loanee, Reise ALLASSANI. It was worth the admission fee just to see him run the Dagenham defenders ragged. As I write I learn that The Fleet have been successful in the penalty shoot out to defeat a plucky Sevenoaks side in the Kent Senior Cup. Congratulations to all involved.

At Monday’s Board Meeting it was agreed that any Member who had not renewed their subscription by 31st October would not be entitled to enjoy the benefits of Fleet Supporters’ Trust membership. In order to be eligible for those benefits it will, in future, be necessary to produce a current, stamped membership card. If you aren’t sure if you are one of those outstanding you can find out by visiting the Away Travel Office near The Old Boardroom. Any membership not renewed by 31st October will become null and void.

Details of the weekend trip to Harrogate in February 2019 are on the website and can also be obtained from the Fleet Supporters’ Trust Office where bookings can be made by paying a deposit of £40 per person. It was agreed at the Board Meeting that a day coach to the Harrogate fixture on 16th February 2019 would be run subject to sufficient demand.

Bookings for away travel to Solihull Moors and Salford City are being taken; once the result of the FA Cup draw is known details of away travel, if needed, will be put on the Fleet Supporters’ Trust website.

The 50/50 draw was not claimed at the last home game – No 15135 – likewise the Golden goal – 15 minutes – if you have either of those tickets claim your winnings at the Fleet Supporters’ Trust office.

Thanks to Kevin SPENCER the wifi and internet is performing well in The Old Boardroom. It is hoped to have a card reader facility available soon enabling payment for away travel and renewal of subscriptions to be made by card.

The Walking Football Section, which is supported by The Fleet Supporters’ Trust have decided to field two teams this season. They would welcome new members and if there are any interested referees out there contact Chris JUDGE or Steve EAST. Their first game is to be played at Goals, Dartford on 12th October.

It is approaching the time for the Annual General Meeting of the Fleet Supporters’ Trust so I am asking for anyone interested in joining the Board to contact me or any Board Member. The present Members have all performed stalwart service over a number of years and new recruits would help with the ever-increasing workload.

I think that’s enough from me so let’s get behind the Fleet in what will be a stiff test against a high flying Harrogate.  COME ON EBBSFLEET YOU CAN DO IT!

To read Johns’ notes from last season

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