The Chairman’s Musings

The Chairs programme notes of both wit and wisdom, from the pen of  John Burgess.



Tuesday night saw another good away attendance by Fleet Fans who were rewarded for their trip to Dover with another well-deserved point following a good performance by Jordan Holmes in goal. A steady improvement seems to be the order of the day as the players become a more cohesive unit. Let us hope this continues to be the case.

The Fleet Supporters’ Trust are in the middle of a move from the Old Boardroom to the Old Club Offices at the end of the old stand. This is to enable the Club to lease the Old Boardroom to generate income. This move will take place over a couple of weeks and although the office has moved there are some technical problems which are taking longer to resolve than we hoped and this means the option to pay by card when booking way travel will not be available for a couple of weeks.  All bookings and membership renewals can still be processed by the old fashioned use of cash! The bar has not yet been moved so you will still find it in the Old Boardroom. If all goes according to plan the move should be completed in time for the game on 21st September v Barrow.

Away travel bookings are being taken for the trips to Woking on Saturday 14/9, Wrexham on 28th September and Harrogate on 5th October – remember this coach is leaving at 8am to enable time to be spent in Harrogate as the kick-off is not until 5.20pm. Early booking for this trip will help enormously.

Membership renewals are going well but there are still some to be renewed so don’t delay come to the office and get it done.  Please remember to bring your membership card with you so it can be stamped. Any memberships not renewed by the end of September will be considered as lapsed.

On Sunday 1st September Sue Robinson and some of her friends completed a charity walk form Darenth Hospital to the football ground followed by afternoon tea in the Fleet Supporters’ Trust members bar. A fun time was had and a good amount of money raised for the ITU at the hospital so congratulations to Sue and all concerned.

I am concerned to learn that some friends and family of players have been upset by the amount of verbal abuse directed at their family member – to the extent that they have found it necessary to move to a different area of the ground. This is intolerable and I ask all right-minded fans to help stamp it out. Please remember that all players are doing their best and personal abuse serves no good purpose. Support and encouragement will get a far better response. I’m away in Devon for today’s game so will have to endure keeping updated by twitter – it’s just not the same!

I think that’s enough from me so get behind the players and roar them to that elusive home victory we all yearn for. UP THE FLEET!



Good afternoon everyone as we embark on another season of National League football at The Kuflink Stadium. From the evidence of the performances in the pre-season friendlies Garry Hill has used his vast experience to make very shrewd signings and there is every reason for optimism in the months ahead.

Today sees the Fleet Supporters’ Trust being match sponsors and ten lucky members will be enjoying their time in the Hospitality suite. As you will notice the Fleet Supporters’ Trust are this season sponsoring the electronic scoreboard which, hopefully, will show plenty of goals and the winning 50/50  number.

During the close season two members of The Fleet Supporters’ Trust Board have left because of personal reasons. On behalf of The Board and members, I wish to thank Dave Rutnam and Steve Boem for their hard work during their time on the Board. We are looking to recruit two new members for the Board so if you want to know more or are interested in joining the Board please contact me or any Board Member.

Away travel will continue to be provided by Redwing Coaches. The price structure remains the same as last season but in order to obtain the Fleet Supporters’ Trust discount members must produce a valid membership card.

Bookings for away travel can now be made with John Burgess on 07951 610878 or Tracy Down on 07764 731633, at the office on match days and by email at Payment by card and cash at the office when booking is preferred.

Bookings are being taken for the trip to Bromley on 6/8/2019 leaving at 1715 and to AFC Fylde on 10/8/2019 leaving at 0700. Fleet Supporters’ Trust membership renewals are now due and can be made at the office on match days – payment can be made by card or cash also by standing order or direct debit.

The second edition of the newsletter should have reached your inbox – if you have not received it please contact Tracy to ensure your email address is correct. Hard copies can be made available to those who do not have email, just ask at the office if you want one posted to you. On the subject of Social media a new Facebook page has been set up which has a grey or blue tick to indicate it is the official Facebook page of The Fleet Supporters’ Trust. Do please visit it as it will be well worth a look.

By popular demand there will be an away weekend for the game at Harrogate.  This trip will leave on 4/10/2019 returning at 6/10/2019. The cost will be £116 per room for two nights bed and breakfast for two people; travel will be £45 for members and their partners, for non-members it will be £50. Full details can be obtained from the office or by contacting John Burgess. Please don’t delay if you are interested in joining this trip. As the game is an evening kick off the whole of Saturday if free to enjoy the many delights of Harrogate. Well that is enough from me so let’s get behind the Fleet and roar them to victory. UP THE FLEET!


It has proved to be a tough start for The Fleet this season as we await our first points of the campaign. Supporters must remain patient and get behind the team a wise man of my acquaintance says it takes at least a month for a team to gel.

The trip to Fylde saw a much-improved performance from that at Bromley as was witnessed by the 100 or so supporters who made the long trip and it was great to hear the Ebbsfleet fans in fine voice despite the wind and rain. We all must remain positive and support the players and staff through this difficult patch – being negative is not helpful – we must all ‘Believe’.

The August newsletter has been emailed out by Tracy. If you are a Fleet Supporters’ Trust Member and didn’t receive it please ensure we have your correct email address. If you do not have email and would like a hard copy please call in the office and it will be arranged. The newsletter is a great read and many thanks to Tracy for her hard work in producing it.

There are still rooms available for the weekend trip to Harrogate on 4th October so please book as soon as possible as the closing date is the end of August. Details are on our website or there are information sheets obtainable from the office or contact John Burgess for more information. This trip gives the opportunity of time in Harrogate in the day on Saturday as the game kicks off at 5.20pm. It is open to all.

Fleet Supporters’ Trust memberships are now due for renewal; this can be done in the office. Remember current membership is necessary to obtain the discount on away travel and a valid membership card must be produced when booking away travel. It is essential that you remember to bring the card to be stamped when you renew membership.

Away travel bookings for Solihull on 17th August, Borehamwood on 26th August – Bank holiday Monday, and Dover on Tuesday 3rd September are now being taken. You can book at the office when payment can be made by cash or card; otherwise by contacting Tracy on 07764731633 or John on 07951610878. Please don’t call Steve Boem as he is no longer organizing away travel.

That’s enough from me so let’s all remain united and get behind the team this evening and roar them to that elusive victory and show we do “Believe”   UP THE FLEET!



Those supporters who made the journey to Solihull last Saturday witnessed another improved performance from the Fleet which went unrewarded when the fickle hand of fate resulted in an own goal giving a grateful Solihull an undeserved three points. On the balance of play, the Fleet were worthy of at least a point but it was not to be.

We must all ‘believe’ and get behind the team and management as they strive for that elusive first win and point – it will surely come soon.

The weekend trip to Harrogate in October has been cancelled due to insufficient demand but The Fleet Supporters’ Trust Board decided at their recent meeting to arrange for the day coach to leave early – probably around 8am – thus giving everyone the chance to spend some time in Harrogate – a visit to Betty’s Tearoom may be arranged if there is demand. This enables anyone wanting to make the trip but not go to the match, which kicks off at 5.20pm, to spend time in the town. If you are interested please book early. More details are available from the office.

The Fleet Supporters’ Trust Board have delivered flyers to new developments near to the ground in an effort to drum up more support for The Fleet. If anyone wants some to deliver to their locality please contact us in the office.

Away travel bookings are being taken for the trips to Boreham Wood on 26/8, Dover on 3/9 and Woking on 14/9. Note that if you are booking for Dover and don’t feel able to climb the steep slope to the ground arrangements can be made for their buggy to take you from the coach to the ground – just mention it when you book.

Membership renewals are going well but there are still some to be renewed so don’t delay come to the office and get it done – payment can be made by card as it can for away travel.  Please remember to bring your membership card with you so it can be stamped. Any memberships not renewed by the end of September will be considered as lapsed.

There have been a couple of unpleasant incidents involving supporters which, if repeated, could bring problems for the club and incur financial penalties. I know passions can be high but please let’s all try to maintain a standard of respectable behaviour without the need for draconian stewarding – in my experience a degree of self-policing by fellow supporters proves most effective. It is possible to be passionate in support of the team whilst not crossing the boundaries of acceptable behaviour.

I think that’s enough from me so let’s get behind the players and roar them to that elusive victory we all yearn for. UP THE FLEET!



To read Johns’ notes from last season