Post-Xmas Snippets

Sunday night latest: Today’s friendly on astroturf ended Artois United 5 Star United 1. Click on the Artois United link for their manager’s match report. The Green travel to Kingswood to meet Star next Sunday for the delayed Kent Sunday Premier Cup 3rd round tie.

Scroll down for Christmas pictures of the past and how the fans used to roll up in numbers for the Bank Holiday derbies between Ashford and Folkestone…

Have a look at the latest Competition with the prize handed out on Tuesday after training

Local Boxing Day results in the Ryman League

Premier

Maidstone 0 Margate1 (225)

Tonbridge 2 Hastings 2 (517)

Division One South

Folkestone 1 Ashford Town o (522)

Ramsgate 0 Whitstable 0 (284)

Sittingbourne 4 Chatham 0 (218)

Perhaps some consolation for the local Ashford Town side is that their nearest candidate for the relegation spot, Eastbourne Town, were humiliated 9-0 away to Horsham YMCA.

Fixtures in the Premier: Hastings-v-Maidstone on Monday (3pm) and Margate-v-Tonbridge on Tuesday (7.45pm). In Division One South there are three more Kent derbies on Tuesday with all kick offs at 7.45pm: Ashford Town-v-Ramsgate Athletic; Chatham-v-Folkestone; Whitstable-v-Sittingbourne.

Meanwhile things have not gone completely to plan for Dover Athletic in the Blue Square South and a 6-3 Boxing Day battering by lowly Lewes at The Dripping Pan leaves the Lilywhites way out of touch of leaders Newport County. On Monday (3pm) Chelmsford are the visitors to Crabble and the Kent side will be keen to prevent the Essex boys taking the points which would draw them level with Dover in the play-off zone.

Remembering Forty Yuletides Ago…

For those who say us oldies imagine that things were better when we were ‘young’, here is a fact about attendances forty years ago: a crowd of 1515 visited Cheriton Road on Boxing Day to see Folkestone Town beat Ashford Town 2-0 and the following afternoon 1571 were inside Essella Park for the return which, after a goalless first half, was won 3-0 by Folkestone. I watched both affairs and in truth Ashford were abysmal on both occasions but better days were round the corner as loan signing Ian Broomfield (Bristol City) and former Spurs man Eddie Clayton led Ashford to promotion to the Premier Division of the Southern League. The last game at home to Rugby ended 4-1 to the Town with Clayton (2), Broomfield and another former Spurs man David Gillingwater netting the goals in front of 1227 fans. Leading scorer Bobby Laverick (pictured), formerly of Chelsea, Coventry, Everton and Brighton, went on to enjoy his football with Sunday side Denmark Arms as age caught up with him. Most of the Ashford squad were ex-Football League players, the main exception in those days being local lad Tony Beale, who later played for the Green and still bikes across to watch sometimes. The manager was the late Peter Sillett, who played for Chelsea and England. It has changed … hasn’t it?

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