FA Trophy 2nd Round
Whitstable Town FC 1 v Ebbsfleet United 2
The Belmont Ground,
Kent CT5 1QP
Admission : £10
Programme : £2
Club Badge : £3
Tea : 80p
Attendance : 742
Game number : 84 Ground Number : 59
Although the first recorded football match in Whitstable was in 1885, the first record of Whitstable Town's existence was the following year. After a couple of years playing in a field behind the railway station, the club relocated to The Belmont Ground in 1886, where they play to this day.
In 1909 the Oystermen joined the original Kent League, where they played until it folded in 1959, winning the Division Two title three times. They also lifted the Kent Amateur Cup (now Kent Senior Trophy) in 1929. After the collapse of the Kent League, the club played for a while in the Aetolian League, but this meant long trips to play London teams as opposed to the earlier money-spinning East Kent derbies, and this was a period of financial struggle for the club, which dropped into the amateur leagues for a number of years.
In the late 1960s the Kent League reformed, with the Oystermen among the founder members. They also attracted national publicity in 1989 when striker Gerry Allen scored a goal after just 4 seconds of a match. They remained members of the Kent League until their promotion to the Isthmian League in 2007. The 2006–07 season marked the best in the club’s history when supporter Tony Rouse took over as chairman from long time servant of the club Joe Brownett. Rouse appointed first team captain Marc Seager as the club’s manager taking over from Matt Toms. Under Marc Seager’s leadership the team won the Kent League and the Kent Senior Trophy.
It's a nice walk to the ground, just mind the mud.
Here comes Bert
What a classic stand.
Bumper crowd at this cup tie - no sign of Paul Lambert mind.
Here's another shot of that fantastic stand through the nets.
Goal mouth action.
Down the line.
A fine example of high rising living.
Here is the modern day version.
Long lost members of Blue Oyster Cult.