The Ebbsfleet United Walking Football Team
Last year, trials were held to see if a Walking Football Team could be created. Various matches were played which suggested there was support for this new venture. For the 2017/2018 football season Ebbsfleet United have now entered a team in the Kent Walking Football League.
The Ebbsfleet Team is administered and run by the Fleet Supporters’ trust in conjunction with the Ebbsfleet Football Club Management.
The Kent Walking Football League has 6 teams taking part who are: Kings Hill, Herne Bay, Dover, Margate, Bay City (based at Sandwich) and Ebbsfleet.
Who can play? Anyone over the age of 50 and we now have 14 signed up players.
How are games played? Very similar to 5 a side football, except you are not allowed to ‘Run’. Games are 20/25 minutes each way and have 6 players with an additional 4 subs who you can put on and off as many times as you like. Sometimes the games are played with 7 players.
What does it cost? There is an Ebbsfleet registration fee of £15.00 per player for the season and a £1.00 one off registration fee to the Kent Walking Football League.
What is this money for? So far the team has used the money to pay for training balls, training shirts and training cones.
Football Kit? Each player is supplied with a full (Home) kit of shirt, socks and shorts. Individuals have to supply their own boots and shin pads. An away kit (hopefully sponsored) is currently being investigated.
Training. The team has begun regular training sessions to pull everything together and improve fitness. This is held at ‘Goals’ Green Street Green Road,Dartford, next to the Leigh Academy from 7.00 to 8.00pm. The cost is £7.30p per player per night.
What’s happened up to now? We lost our first three matches , drew in a friendly and won the last game! We are a new team, but going in the right direction.
Who do I contact and where can I get more information? Print off and complete the form below, or contact Chris Judge, the Co-ordinator email: email@example.com Tel: 07765 663 258 or details from Steve Boem at the Fleet Supporters’ Trust Hut or in the Kuflink Stadium shop.
Hammered with two wins!
The Ebbsfleet United Walking Football team scored two wins against West Ham when they played the hammers in an invited tournament on 3rd November. The Fleet provided two teams named ‘Reds’ and ‘Whites’ and consisted of 7 players for each side, that travelled up to the Premiership Stadium in Stratford to do battle with two teams from West Ham. Each team had to play each other and in the first match, Fleet Whites lost 6 -1 with Gary Wilson scoring our only goal. However, the second whites match produced a 2 -0 win with Manjit Atwal and Chris Judge Scoring. Team Reds got off to a flying start with Paul Cox scoring both goals in a 2-0 defeat for the hammers, but just lost out in their second match with a 1.0 defeat. Co-ordinator Chris Judge said “It was clear we took a while to get going as none of us had played on this larger grass pitch before, but we soon got our act together and sorted out our positioning.” The last match had Ebbsfleet Reds verses Ebbsfleet Whites where Gurch Gill scored the only goal to win the day for the red team. The tournament was therefore decided on combined goals scored where the fleet missed out by just one goal as the final score was West Ham 7 to the Fleet’s 6.
Chris Judge added “It really was a fantastic opportunity to be invited to play at West Ham. We were given tickets to view the premiership match later in the day and the whole experience was really first class. This invite again demonstrates how the Fleet Walking Football team are getting wider recognition and we know that many other similar invites are coming our way.”
Ebbsfleet United v Margate Football Club – Thursday 14th June 7.30pm kick off.
Venue – Goals Football Site, Green Street Green Road, Dartford, Kent DA1 1QE
Front row left to right: Chris Judge,Paul Lancaster, Mark Stapley.
Back Row left to right: Pete Abrey (sub),Gurch Gill, Jeff Forster, Dave Bobby (goalie and ‘Man of the Match’) and Dave Munn.
Ebbsfleet win 4 – 1
The Ebbsfleet United Walking Football Team played the last game in the 2017/18 Kent League and took their second victory of the season beating Margate Football Club 4 – 1 at home playing at the Goals football venue in Dartford on Thursday night 14th June.
On a hot summer night, played six a side, Ebbsfleet centre forward Jeff Forster opened the scoring with a fine goal eleven minutes into the first half. He was followed four minutes after that by striker Gurch Gill with Forster scoring again five minutes later. Being three nil up at half time, the Ebbsfleet team were determined not to lose the game, so following a strategy talk they went into the second half with a shock as Margate piled on the pressure with a goal straight after the start of the second half. But Gurch Gill, Forster and Paul Lancaster were playing well together and with quick one touch passing let Gill through to score his second goal and seal Margate’s fate. Fantastic defensive work by Ebbsfleet defenders Dave Munn and Mark Stapley stopped Margate’s repeated attempts to strike with Ebbsfleet goalie Dave Bobby earning a justified ‘Man of the Match’ award for saving three sure goals and umpteen attempts. Subs not used were Pete Abrey and Manjit Atwal.
Chris Judge the Ebbsfleet Co-ordinator said:
“When you consider that as a new team in our first season, we have trained and paid for everything ourselves, this was a fitting end to our first season in a very competitive Kent League. Margate tried everything to break us and in the past this has been our undoing, but we kept our positioning and strategy. We were absolutely thrilled and really deserved the win.”
Each team player was awarded a bottle of ‘pop’ in recognition of their second win of the season and sandwiches and refreshments were laid on for both teams afterwards. Although Ebbsfleet finished bottom in the league with just two wins from 10 games, the team has learned much in their first year in a very competitive Kent division where other teams have ex professional players. For a novice side, the Ebbsfleet team has come a long way forward and in the last game of the year, stopped Margate from coming 4th in the table.
Final league point scores:
Herne Bay 25
Kings Hill 16
Bay City 10
Walking Football team member Steve East (left) presents Colin Britteon with an engraved Ebbsfleet United tumbler for scoring the first ever goal for the team when Ebbsfleet played Margate in October. Colin is currently our top goal scorer and scored twice in our first win against Dover in January.
The EUFC Walking Football Team on parade, along with Kenny Clark.
EUFC’s First Team Coach, David Jupp putting the team through their paces
Ebbsfleet Walking Football Kent League/Tournament/Friendly
Match 1 – Home (L) Ebbsfleet v Kings Hill Thursday 12th Oct Lost 7 – 0
Players: Peter Abrey, Lee king (goal), Chris Judge, Dave Munn, Mark Stapley, Steve East, Gurch Gill. ‘Man of the Match:’ Lee King
Match 2 –Away (L) Ebbsfleet v Margate Monday 30th October Lost 4 – 2
Players: Lee King (in Goal first half), Jeff Forster, Mark Stapley, Paul Lancaster, Steve East, Chris Judge, Dave Bobby (In Goal second half), Dave Munn, Colin Britteon. Goals scored: Colin Britteon 12 minutes first half, Jeff Forster 11 mins second half. ‘Man of the Match’: Lee King.
Match 3 – Away (L) Ebbsfleet v Bay City Strollers Thursday 9th November Lost 5 – 1
Players Jeff Forster, Colin Britteon, Lee King, Mark Stapley, Paul Lancaster, Steve East, Chris Judge, Dave Bobby, Dave Munn, Robin Counter. Goal Scored: Colin Britteon 11th minute of first half. ‘Man of the Match’: Jeff Forster
Match 4 –Away (L) Ebbsfleet v Dover Monday 15th January Won 4 – 2
Players Jeff Forster, Colin Britteon, Mark Stapley, Paul Lancaster, Steve East, Dave Bobby, Gurch Gill, Dave Munn, Robin Counter, Lee Channon. ‘Man of the Match’: Dave Bobby. Goals Scored: Colin Britteon 2, one first half, 1 second 2nd half. Gurch Gill 1 first half, Jeff Forster 1 second half.
Match 5 – Away (L) Ebbsfleet v Kings Hill Monday 5th February Lost 5 – 2
Players Steve East, Lee Channon, Paul Lancaster, Dave Bobby, Mark Stapley, Dave Munn, Manjit Atwell, Gurch Gill, Chris Judge, Jeff Forster, Colin Britteon. ‘Man of the Match’: Lee Channon. Goals scored: Paul Lancaster 4 minutes into first half and Lee Channon 8 minutes into second half.
Match 6 – Home (L) Ebbsfleet v Bays City Thursday 22nd February lost 7 – 4
Players Colin Britteon, Gurch Gill, Paul Lancaster, Jeff Forster, Lee Channon, Dave Munn, Mark Stapley, Dave Bobby, Steve East, Robin Counter. Goals: Gill 2, (1st and 2nd half), Channon 2nd half, Britteon 2nd half. ‘Man of the Match’ Gurch Gill
Match 7 – Away (L) Ebbsfleet v Herne Bay Monday 12th March Lost 11 – 3
Players Colin Britteon, Robin Counter, Jeff Forster, Lee Channon, Dave Munn, Chris Judge, Mark Stapley, Dave Bobby, Paul Lancaster, Steve East. Goals Scored: Jeff Forster 1st half, Colin Britteon two penalties, one first half and one second half. ‘Man of the Match’ Dave Bobby.
Match 8 – Home (L) Ebbsfleet v Herne Bay Thursday 29th March Lost 5 -1
Players Lee Channon, Gurch Gill, Mark Stapley, Jeff Forster, Colin Britteon, Dave Bobby, Dave Munn, Steve East, Dave Bobby. Goal Scored: Jeff Forster 2nd half. ‘Man of the Match’ Lee Channon.
Match 9 – Home (L) Ebbsfleet v Dover Wednesday 11th April Lost 5 – 1
Players Colin Britteon, Steve East, Gurch Gill, Paul Lancaster, Jeff Forster, Mark Stapley, Robin Counter, Dave Bobby. Goal Scored: Robin Counter 1st half. ‘Man of the Match’ Dave Bobby.
Match 10 – Home (L) Ebbsfleet v Margate Thursday 14th June Won 4 – 1
Players Dave Bobby, Mark Stapley, Dave Munn, Paul Lancaster, Jeff Forster, Gurch Gill. Goals Scored: Forster 2 (both 1st half), Gill (one 1st half, other in 2nd half) ‘Man of the Match’ Dave Bobby.
Ebbsfleet v Maidstone Lost 19 – 5 Goals: Stapley 1, Lancaster 1, Judge 1, Gill 1, Britteon 1.
Ebbsfleet v Bexley Drew 7 – 7 Goals: Britteon 3, Forster 2, Gill 1, Stapley 1.
Ebbsflett v Bexley 08/02/18 Lost 7 – 3 Goals: Gill 2, Britteon 1,
Ebbsfleet v Bexley 20/03/18 Won 8 – 5 Goals: Gill 3, Britteon 2, Forster 1, Channon 1, and one own goal.
FA people’s Cup 24/02/18 First Game lost 7 nil to Bay City, Second game lost 5 nil to Herne Bay, third game lost 4 nil, Fourth game won 5 nil. Players: Robin Counter (In Goal), Mark Stapley, Chris Judge, Manjit Atwal, Lee Channon, Colin Britteon, Gurch Gill. ‘Man of the Match’ Mark Stapley. Goals Scored in final game: Gurch Gill 3, Colin Britteon 2
Individual Goal Scorer Player History:
Goals League : Colin Britteon 7 Jeff Forster 6, Gurch Gill 5, Paul Lancaster 1,
Lee Channon 2, Robin Counter 1.
Goals Friendly : Colin Britteon 7, Gurch Gill 7, Jeff Forster 3, Mark Stapley 2,
Paul Lancaster 1, Chris Judge 1, Lee Channon 1.
Goals Tournament: Gurch Gill 5, Colin Britteon 2, Lee Channon 1, Mark Stapley 1.
Overall Total Goals:
Gurch Gill 17
Colin Britteon 16
Jeff Forster 9
Lee Channon 4
Mark Stapley 3
Paul Lancaster 2
Chris Judge 1
‘Man of the Match’ (League Games Only)
Dave Bobby – 4, Lee King – 2, Jeff Forster -1, Lee Channon 2, Gurch Gill 1.
‘Man of the Match’ Tournaments: Mark Stapley 1.
Issued by Chris Judge July 1st 2018