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Ebbsfleet United
Gravesend and Northfleet F.C. logo
Full name Ebbsfleet United Football Club
Nickname(s) The Fleet
Founded 1946; 69 years ago (1946)
(as Gravesend & Northfleet)
Ground Stonebridge Road, Northfleet
Ground Capacity 5,011 (500 seated)
Owner KEH Sports Ltd
Chairman Dr Abdulla Al-Humaidi
Manager Daryl McMahon
League Conference South
2014–15 Conference South, 8th
Current season

Ebbsfleet United Football Club is an English association football club based in Northfleet, Kent. The club participates in the Conference South, the sixth tier of English football. The team plays their home matches at Stonebridge Road.

Prior to May 2007 the club was called Gravesend & Northfleet.[1] Between 2008 and 2013, the club was owned by the web-based venture MyFootballClub, whose members voted on player transfers, budgets and ticket prices among other things instead of those decisions being made exclusively by the club's management and staff as at most other clubs.[2]

History[edit]

Gravesend & Northfleet F.C. was formed in 1946, following the Second World War, after a merger between Gravesend United (originally formed in 1893) and Northfleet United (originally formed in 1890) with the new club retaining the red & white home colours (and the Stonebridge Road stadium) of Northfleet United.[3] From 1969 and 1971, Roy Hodgson, who later became manager of the national teams of Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Finland and England, was a player at the club, making 59 appearances.[4] In 1979, the team was one of the founder members of the Alliance Premier League,[5] but were relegated back into the Southern League Premier Division three seasons later.[6]

For the 1997–98 season, Gravesend & Northfleet left the Southern League and joined the Isthmian League. They played in the Premier Division of the league until the 2001–02 season, when they finished as champions and earned promotion back into the Football Conference, where they remained until being relegated to the Conference South at the end of the 2009–10 season.

Ebbsfleet United v. Stafford Rangers at Stonebridge Road, November 2007

MyFootballClub takeover[edit]

On 13 November 2007, it was announced that the website MyFootballClub had entered a deal in principle to take over the club.[7] Approximately 27,000 MyFootballClub members each paid £35 to provide an approximate £700,000 takeover fund and all owned an equal share in the club but made no profit nor received a dividend. Members had a vote on transfers as well as player selection and all major decisions. Because of the nature of MyFootballClub, it was announced that manager Liam Daish would become instead the first team Head Coach. His backroom staff would remain at the club.[7]

Between 16 and 23 January 2008, MyFootballClub members were given the choice to vote on whether to proceed with the takeover and whether to allow Liam Daish to continue with his plans for the January transfer window. Both resulted in overwhelming "Yes" votes: 95.89% voted to proceed with the takeover while 95.86% voted to allow Daish to continue his transfer plans. The deal was ratified at an Extraordinary General Meeting of the club's board on 19 February.

On 10 May 2008, Ebbsfleet United won the FA Trophy, defeating Torquay United 1–0 in the final on the club's first trip to Wembley, becoming the first Kentish team to win this trophy.[8] Ebbsfleet United went on to win the Kent Senior Cup in the same season, with a 4–0 victory over Cray Wanderers on 26 July 2008.

After one year of ownership a majority of MyFC members failed to renew, with membership numbers dropping from a peak of 32,000 at the time of the takeover to just over 9,000 on deadline day 2009. The club had previously stated that 15,000 was the minimum required.[9] As of September 2010, two and a half years after the takeover, there were around 3,500 members.[10]

In an October 2010 vote among MyFC members, the earlier decision to allow the team manager autonomy in transfer dealings was rescinded by a majority of 35 on a total vote of 132, meaning that the membership would have 48 hours to endorse a proposed signing or sale before it can be finalised. Both the manager and the club secretary opposed the change.[11]

On 15 May 2011, Ebbsfleet United won the Conference South play-off final 4–2 against Farnborough and were thus promoted back to the Conference Premier at the first time of asking,[12]

On 23 December 2011, it was announced that the club needed to raise £50,000 by the end of the 2011/12 season or risk going out of business.[13]

On 23 April 2013 it was announced that MyFC's members had voted in favour of handing two thirds of MyFC's shares to the Fleet Trust, a supporters' trust for the club, and the final one third to one of the club's major shareholders (believed to be former club chairman Phil Sonsara).[14]

Kuwaiti ownership[edit]

KEH Sports Ltd, a group of Kuwaiti investors advised by a former chief executive of Charlton Athletic, agreed in May 2013 to take over the club, settling its debts (some at 10% of their value), promising investment in the squad and in a training facility.[15] Liam Daish subsequently departed as manager and the new ownership appointed Dover Athletic coach and former Charlton Athletic defender Steve Brown as the new manager. Despite a very slow start to the campaign, results eventually began to pick up and a club record was broken just before Christmas as Brown's team achieved nine wins in succession. A 2–0 win over Sutton United broke the long-standing record which subsequently put them amongst the title contenders but poor runs of form were to follow. Ebbsfleet eventually reached the playoffs, helped by goalkeeper Preston Edwards keeping eleven clean sheets at Stonebridge Road over the course of the season, but lost in the final to fellow Kent club Dover Athletic.[16]

Colours[edit]

Ebbsfleet's traditional home colours are red shirt with white detailing, white shorts and red socks. Away colours have varied, with blue and white stripes favoured in the late eighties before colour combinations such as white/black and yellow/navy or black were used. MyFC members chose white with red detailing as the away colour in 2008-09, but a clash with the home colours of Woking and other clubs was not spotted until after the kit had been supplied, so a third shirt with green body and white sleeves was used with the white shorts and socks. For the 2010–11 season, members made the unusual choice of purple for the away kit.

Seasons[edit]

Season[17] League P W D L F A Pts GD Pos P/R FA Cup FA Trophy Kent Senior Cup Notes
1946–47 5 South 32 17 4 11 82 58 38 24 6/17 1R First season after GUFC and NUFC merged
1947–48 5 South 34 11 6 17 52 81 28 −29 13/18 2Q RU
1948–49 5 South 42 20 9 13 60 46 49 14 7/22 3Q Winner
1949–50 5 South 46 16 9 21 88 81 41 7 15/24 1R
1950–51 5 South 44 12 14 18 65 83 38 −18 18/23 1Q
1951–52 5 South 42 12 7 23 68 88 31 −20 21/22 1Q
1952–53 5 South 42 19 7 16 83 76 45 7 9/22 4Q Winner
1953–54 5 South 42 16 8 18 76 77 40 −1 15/22 Pre
1954–55 5 South 42 9 9 24 62 98 27 −36 22/22 1Q
1955–56 5 South 42 17 8 17 79 75 42 4 12/22 1Q
1956–57 5 South 42 21 11 10 74 58 53 16 5/22 2Q
1957–58 5 South 42 27 5 10 109 71 59 38 1/22 4Q Southern League champions
1958–59 5 South-SE 32 21 2 9 79 54 44 25 2/17 4Q
1959–60 5 South-P 42 14 8 20 71 87 36 −16 17/22 4Q
1960–61 5 South-P 42 15 7 20 75 101 37 −26 18/22 1Q
1961–62 5 South-P 42 17 4 21 59 92 38 −33 14/22 1Q
1962–63 5 South-P 40 10 3 27 62 91 23 −29 20/21 R 4R Best FA Cup run
1963–64 6 South-1 42 7 9 26 43 96 23 −53 20/22 2R
1964–65 6 South-1 42 9 7 26 57 101 25 −44 21/22 1R
1965–66 6 South-1 46 16 9 21 84 86 41 −2 17/24 1R
1966–67 6 South-1 46 11 9 26 63 106 31 −43 21/24 4Q
1967–68 6 South-1 42 6 7 29 28 112 19 −84 22/22 1Q
1968–69 6 South-1 42 8 9 25 51 79 25 −28 21/22 1Q
1969–70 6 South-1 42 13 11 18 62 71 37 −9 16/22 1Q 2R
1970–71 6 South-1 38 19 10 9 74 42 48 32 3/20 P 2Q 3Q
1971–72 5 South-P 42 5 6 31 30 110 16 −80 22/22 R 1Q 3Q
1972–73 6 South-1S 42 22 7 13 81 55 51 26 6/22 1Q 1R
1973–74 6 South-1S 38 13 13 12 58 52 39 6 10/20 2Q 3Q
1974–75 6 South-1S 38 24 12 2 70 30 60 40 1/20 P 1Q 3Q Southern League First Division South Champions
1975–76 5 South-P 42 16 18 8 49 47 50 2 6/22 1Q 3Q
1976–77 5 South-P 42 13 13 16 38 43 39 −5 11/22 1Q 1Q RU
1977–78 5 South-P 42 19 11 12 57 42 49 15 5/22 2Q 2R
1978–79 5 South-P 42 15 12 15 56 55 42 1 12/22 1R 3Q
1979–80 5 APL 38 17 10 11 49 44 44 5 5/20 1R 2Q Alliance Premier League founder club. Highest ranked position in English league system (97th)
1980–81 5 APL 38 13 8 17 48 55 34 −7 15/20 1R 1R Winner
1981–82 5 APL 42 10 10 22 51 69 40 −18 20/22 R 4Q 3Q
1982–83 6 South-P 38 14 12 12 49 50 54 −1 10/20 4Q 3Q
1983–84 6 South-P 38 18 9 11 50 38 63 12 4/20 3Q 2Q
1984–85 6 South-P 38 12 12 14 46 46 48 0 13/20 2Q 3Q
1985–86 6 South-P 38 9 9 20 29 55 36 −26 20/20 R 3Q 1Q
1986–87 7 South-S 38 18 7 13 67 46 61 21 6/20 1Q 1Q Lowest ranked position in English league system (142nd)
1987–88 7 South-S 40 20 12 8 60 32 72 28 4/21 3Q 2Q
1988–89 7 South-S 42 27 6 9 70 40 87 30 2/22 P 1Q 3R
1989–90 6 South-P 42 18 12 12 44 50 66 −6 7/22 3Q 1R
1990–91 6 South-P 42 9 7 26 46 91 34 −45 21/22 1Q 1R RU
1991–92 6 South-P 42 8 9 25 39 87 33 −48 22/22 R 4Q 3Q
1992–93 7 South-S 42 25 4 13 99 63 79 36 4/22 1Q 2Q
1993–94 7 South-S 42 27 11 4 87 24 92 63 1/22 P 1R 2Q Southern League Southern Division champions.
1994–95 6 South-P 42 13 13 16 38 55 52 −17 14/22 3Q 2Q
1995–96 6 South-P 42 15 10 17 60 62 55 −2 11/22 3R 2Q
1996–97 6 South-P 42 16 7 19 63 73 55 −10 14/22 1Q 1Q
1997–98 6 Isth-P 42 15 8 19 65 67 53 −2 13/22 1Q 2Q Switched to Isthmian League
1998–99 6 Isth-P 42 18 6 18 54 53 60 1 10/22 3Q 2R
1999-00 6 Isth-P 42 15 10 17 66 67 55 −1 11/22 2Q 3R Winner
2000–01 6 Isth-P 42 22 5 15 63 46 71 17 6/22 1R 1R Winner
2001–02 6 Isth-P 42 31 6 5 90 33 99 57 1/22 P 1R 5R Winner Isthmian League Premier Division champions
2002–03 5 Conf 42 12 12 18 62 73 48 −11 17/22 4Q 3R
2003–04 5 Conf 42 14 15 13 69 66 57 3 11/22 2R 3R
2004–05 5 Conf-Nat 42 13 11 18 58 64 50 −6 14/22 4Q QF
2005–06 5 Conf-Nat 42 13 10 19 45 57 49 −12 16/22 4Q 2R RU
2006–07 5 Conf-Nat 46 21 11 14 63 56 74 7 7/24 4Q QF
2007–08 5 Conf-Nat 46 19 12 15 65 61 69 4 11/24 4Q Champion Winner Renamed as Ebbsfleet United
2008–09 5 Conf-Nat 46 16 10 20 52 60 58 −8 14/24 1R SF MyFootballClub takeover
2009–10 5 Conf-Nat 44 12 8 24 50 82 44 −32 22/23 R 4Q 1R
2010–11 6 Conf-Sth 42 22 12 8 75 51 78 24 3/22 P 1R 2R
2011–12 5 Conf-Nat 46 14 12 20 69 84 54 −15 14/24 4Q 3R
2012–13 5 Conf-Nat 46 8 15 23 55 89 39 −34 23/24 R 1R 1R
2013–14 6 Conf-Sth 42 21 11 10 67 40 74 27 4/22 4Q 3R Winner

Honours[edit]

Part of the crowd at Wembley for the 2007–08 FA Trophy Final in May 2008

Backroom staff[edit]

[18]

Club officials[edit]

Position Staff
Chairman Dr Abdulla Al Humaidi
Executive Vice Chairman Peter Varney
Club Secretary Peter Danzey
Vice Presidents Jason Botley
Adrian Felstead
Roly Edwards
Duncan Holt
Brian Kilcullen
Mick Ward
Mark Lindop
Charles Webster
Graham Hartup
David Rutnam
Phil Sonsara
Alan Roberts
Alan Parker
Carol Parker
Barry Stevens

Coaching and medical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Daryl McMahon[19]
Assistant Manager Vacant
Goalkeeping Coach Ron Hillyard
Academy Coach Daryl McMahon

Players[edit]

As of 4 June 2015.

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England GK Preston Edwards
England GK Jamie Turner
England DF Anthony Acheampong
Scotland DF Tom Bonner
England DF Kenny Clark
England DF Matt Fish
England DF Joe Howe
England DF Kelvin Langmead
England DF Aiden Palmer
England DF Dean Pooley
England MF Matt Johnson
No. Position Player
England MF Stuart Lewis
England MF Jordan Parkes
England MF Theo Lewis
England MF Dean Rance
Northern Ireland MF Sean Shields
England FW Adam Cunnington
England FW Matthew Godden
England FW Casey Johnson
England FW Danny Kedwell
England MF Tyrone Marsh
England FW Charlie Sheringham
England FW Robbie Willmott

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
England DF Lloyd Harrington (at Lewes)
England MF Brendan Kiernan (at Hampton and Richmond Borough)
No. Position Player

Former players[edit]

1. Players that have played/managed in the Football League or any foreign equivalent to this level (i.e. fully professional league).
2. Players with full international caps.
3. Players that hold a club record.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hudd, Tony. "Shock as Fleet change their name". Kent Online. Retrieved 29 December 2007. 
  2. ^ "Fans website approve 'Fleet deal". BBC Sport. 23 January 2008. Retrieved 23 January 2008. 
  3. ^ Miller, Ed. "Official Website – before 1945". Ebbsfleet United F.C. Official Website. Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Congratulations Roy! Former Fleet player becomes England manager – Ebbsfleet United Football Club : Official Website". Ebbsfleetunited.co.uk. 2012-05-02. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  5. ^ Rundle, Richard. "1979–1980 Alliance Premier League". Football Club History Database. Retrieved 29 December 2007. 
  6. ^ Rundle, Richard. "1982–1983 Alliance Premier League". Football Club History Database. Retrieved 29 December 2007. 
  7. ^ a b Perry, Alex; Sinnott, John (13 November 2007). "Website agrees Ebbsfleet takeover". BBC Sport. Retrieved 25 February 2008. 
  8. ^ Howard, Tom (10 May 2008). "Ebbsfleet make FA Trophy history". kentnews.co.uk. Archived from the original on 13 May 2008. Retrieved 12 May 2008. 
  9. ^ Andrews, Gary "Ebssfleet and MyFC vote to stay alive" Soccerlens.com. Retrieved 11 March 2010
  10. ^ "What happened to MyFootballClub and Ebbsfleet United?" BBC Sport. Retrieved 12 September 2010
  11. ^ Liam Daish's transfer dealings hang in the balance: KentishFootball.co.uk
  12. ^ "Ebbsfleet United delighted to bounce straight back up" BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 May 2011
  13. ^ "Ebbsfleet United need £50,000 to survive". BBC Sport. 27 December 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2011. 
  14. ^ "Ebbsfleet United: MyFootballClub votes to offer shareholding" BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 April 2013
  15. ^ Tervet, Steve (2013-05-13). "MyFootballClub members have accepted the offer from Kuwaiti investment group KEH Sports Ltd for the purchase of Ebbsfleet United". Kentonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  16. ^ "Dover promoted to Conference after Ebbsfleet play-off victory". BBC Sport. 10 May 2014. 
  17. ^ Gravesend & Northfleet seasons (1946–47 to 2006–07Ebbsfleet seasons (2007–08 to present)
  18. ^ "Club Personnel – Ebbsfleet United Football Club : Official Website". Ebbsfleetunited.co.uk. 2014-08-12. Retrieved 2014-08-23. 
  19. ^ http://www.ebbsfleetunited.co.uk/home/fleet-appoint-daryl-mcmahon/

External links[edit]

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