Ebbsfleet United F.C.

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Ebbsfleet United
Gravesend and Northfleet F.C. logo
Full name Ebbsfleet United Football Club
Nickname(s) The Fleet, The Reds
Founded 1946; 71 years ago (1946)
(as Gravesend & Northfleet)
Ground Kuflink Stadium, Northfleet
Ground Capacity 6000 but Currently 3103 (due to construction work)
Owner KEH Sports Ltd
Chairman Dr Abdulla Al-Humaidi
Manager Daryl McMahon
League National League
2016–17 National League South, 2nd of 22 (promoted via play-offs)
Current season

Ebbsfleet United Football Club is an English football club based in Northfleet, Kent, that competes in the National League, the fifth tier of English football. The team's home ground has been Stonebridge Road since its inception in 1946.

Before 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

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

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 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

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.

Steve Brown's first competitive game was a goalless draw at home to Havant & Waterlooville. A club record was broken just before Christmas as Brown's team achieved nine wins in succession. A 2–0 win over Sutton United, with both goals coming from Billy Bricknell, 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. The playoff semi-final first leg against Bromley at Stonebridge Road ended in a 4–0 win for the Fleet. Despite Bromley winning the second leg, Brown's side won 4–1 on aggregate. The playoff final was against Dover Athletic at Stonebridge Road in front of a 4,200 crowd. Dover dominated the encounter, winning 1–0 with a goal early in the second half from former Ebbsfleet striker Nathan Elder.

The 2014–15 season started with much promise, with wins against Concord Rangers & Havant & Waterlooville. However, the season failed to live up to expectations and Steve Brown was relieved of his duties the day after a 3–0 home defeat to Gosport Borough in November 2014. Jamie Day replaced Brown and, despite taking the club to the FA Trophy quarter-finals, where they lost to eventual winners North Ferriby United, he was relieved of his duties in April 2015. In the summer of 2015, former club captain Daryl McMahon was named as permanent manager. Matty Godden finished as the Fleet's top scorer for the 2014–15 season with 12 goals in all competitions.

The 2015–16 season was far more fruitful for the Fleet, as they led the league for almost the whole season, with results including a 6–0 win at home to Hemel Hempstead Town and a 5–0 win away to Hayes & Yeading United. However, title rivals Sutton United went on a 26-game unbeaten run and clinched the league title by beating the Fleet 2–0 at Gander Green Lane. In the play-off semi-finals the Fleet edged past Whitehawk via a penalty shootout after a 3–3 draw on aggregate but lost on penalties in the final to rivals Maidstone United.

In the 2016–17 season Ebbsfleet narrowly missed out on first place to National League South champions Maidenhead United, but gained promotion to the National League with a 2–1 win at Stonebridge Road in the play-off final over Chelmsford City.

Colours

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

Season[16] 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 Promoted via play-offs
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 Lost promotion final
2014–15 6 Conf-Sth 40 17 9 14 60 41 60 19 8/22 3Q QF 2R
2015–16 6 Conf-Sth 42 24 12 6 60 41 73 36 2/22 2Q 1R SF Lost promotion final
2016–17 6 Conf-Sth 42 29 9 4 96 30 96 66 2/22 P 4Q 2R 2R Won promotion final

Honours

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

Club personnel

Club officials

Position Staff
Chairman Kuwait Abdulla Al-Humaidi
Vice Chairman England Peter Varney
Directors Kuwait Dherar Al-Humaidi
England Stuart Butler-Gallie
England Dave Archer
Honorary Associate Director England Jessica McQueen
Club Secretary England Peter Danzey
Finance Manager England Cheryl Wanless
Club Administrator England Matthew Faithorn
Communications Manager England Ed Miller
Head Groundsman England Craig Freeman

Source: Ebbsfleet United F.C.

Management team

Position Staff
Manager Republic of Ireland Daryl McMahon
Assistant Manager England Steve Gritt
First-team Coach England David Jupp
Goalkeeper Coach England Michael Jordan
Physiotherapists England Jamie Crosswell
England Lewis Hards
Youth Manager England Danny Kedwell

Source: Ebbsfleet United F.C.

Players

As of 27 August 2017'[17]

Current squad

No. Name Nat Since Date of birth (Age) Previous club
Goalkeepers
1 Nathan Ashmore England 2016 (1989-11-30) 30 November 1989 (age 27) England Gosport Borough
13 Jonathan Miles England 2015 (1993-03-29) 29 March 1993 (age 24) England Tottenham Hotspur
Defenders
2 Marvin McCoy Antigua and Barbuda 2016 (1988-10-02) 2 October 1988 (age 29) England York City
3 Jack Connors Republic of Ireland 2016 (1994-10-24) 24 October 1994 (age 23) England Dagenham & Redbridge
5 Dave Winfield (C) England 2016 (1988-03-24) 24 March 1988 (age 29) England York City
6 Kenny Clark England 2014 (1988-08-15) 15 August 1988 (age 29) England Dartford
18 Yado Mambo England 2016 (1991-10-22) 22 October 1991 (age 26) England Bishop's Stortford
20 Karn Miller-Neave England 2014 (1998-03-28) 28 March 1998 (age 19) Academy
22 Ollie Boulding England 2015 (1997-09-07) 7 September 1997 (age 20) Academy
24 Sam Magri Malta 2017 (1994-03-30) 30 March 1994 (age 23) England Dover Athletic
26 Chris Bush England 2017 (1992-06-12) 12 June 1992 (age 25) England Chelmsford City
Midfielders
4 Dean Rance England 2013 (1991-09-24) 24 September 1991 (age 26) England Dover Athletic
7 Jack Powell England 2016 (1994-01-29) 29 January 1994 (age 23) England Millwall
8 Andy Drury England 2016 (1983-11-28) 28 November 1983 (age 33) England Eastleigh
11 Myles Weston Antigua and Barbuda 2017 (1988-03-12) 12 March 1988 (age 29) England Wycombe Wanderers
12 Anthony Cook England 2015 (1989-08-10) 10 August 1989 (age 28) England Bromley
15 Bagasan Graham England 2017 (1992-10-06) 6 October 1992 (age 25) England Chelmsford City
16 Jack Payne England 2017 (1991-12-05) 5 December 1991 (age 25) England Blackpool
17 Sean Shields England 2015 (1992-01-20) 20 January 1992 (age 25) England Dagenham & Redbridge
25 Luke Coulson England 2017 (1994-03-06) 6 March 1994 (age 23) England Barnet
Forwards
9 Danny Kedwell (VC) England 2015 (1983-08-03) 3 August 1983 (age 34) England Gillingham
10 Aaron McLean England 2016 (1983-03-25) 25 March 1983 (age 34) England Barnet
14 Darren McQueen England 2016 (1995-05-08) 8 May 1995 (age 22) England Maldon & Tiptree
19 Danny Mills England 2017 (1991-06-02) 2 June 1991 (age 26) England Whitehawk
23 Bradley Bubb Grenada 2016 (1988-05-30) 30 May 1988 (age 29) England Oxford City
27 Antonio German England 2017 (1991-12-26) 26 December 1991 (age 25) India Kerala Blasters
29 Febian Brandy Saint Kitts and Nevis 2017 (1989-02-04) 4 February 1989 (age 28) Thailand Ubon UMT United

Notable former players

References

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  2. ^ "Fans website approve 'Fleet deal". BBC Sport. 23 January 2008. Retrieved 23 January 2008. 
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  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. ^ Gravesend & Northfleet seasons (1946–47 to 2006–07Ebbsfleet seasons (2007–08 to present)
  17. ^ [1]

External links

  • Official website

Coordinates: 51°26′58″N 0°19′21″E / 51.44943°N 0.322369°E / 51.44943; 0.322369

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