Use of Pitches during Quarantine

During this lockdown period due to the pandemic that is affecting us all, we would like to make it clear that Fleetdown United FC are strictly adhering to the government guidelines and will not be conducting any training, matches or large gatherings at the club or on our pitches.

Should any large groups, organised or otherwise, be seen at our ground, please contact the local authorities and be assured, they are not linked to our club.

Please follow the guidelines, be safe and we will see you all when we can.
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Season Review 2019/20 - U11 Black Team

Pride in the team

Hi all, my name is James Burn, Fleetdown Under 11’s Black manager, and further to my interview I wanted to reiterate how proud I am with our current squad. The boys have taken on so much information Over the last few years and the work put in from not only myself but the players has really started to pay off.

Passion from players & parents

It’s not easy football, but it’s the most enjoyable sport in the world and when you have beliefs and a culture within a club that’s precious. I’m a fortunate coach to have not only a special group of players but a supportive and likeable group of parents That follow the Fleetdown U11 Blacks every week. It is always in my interest to bring great people to the club so we can share the journey together.

Looking forward to next season

The hard work and sometimes harder decisions are yet to come the older the boys now become but with hard work, togetherness and understanding of how and why we want to achieve something we help them along the way.
I am super exited to return to the club and manage these players for another year. Again thank you To my players and to our supporters because without you guys it wouldn’t be as successful and enjoyable every week.
Up the Fleet
James
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Season Review 2019/20 - U14 Boys

New players to strengthen the squad

After a rebuilding season last year this season bought a lot of hope that we could have a real good push for promotion. We beat 2 teams a division above us in pre season friendlies. We also re signed Deano and signed Maciey and Alex which only strengthened our team. We started the season off with a last minute defeat against Teviot but then went on a 7 game unbeaten run that saw us go top in early December.

Injury hits the team

The only sour note during this time was losing Aaron for the season with a grade 4 tear in his kidney after a freak accident while beating Russtlers away. The boys then had a run of really tough games seeing us lose 3 of the next 5 games 2 of which being against the strongest 2 teams in the league. We then won 3 on the bounce including a thrilling 5-4 win away to Danson in which we scored 2 in the last 10 minutes. Our final game was a loss to Swanscombe Tigers.

Looking forward to next season & more success

It’s a frustrating end to the season as we only had teams below us to play and we could have pinched 3rd spot. Still with the top 2 both undefeated all season and surely getting promoted next season brings loads of promise.

League Summary

P:17   W:10   D:2   L:5   GF:74   GA:43   D:+41

Squad

Luke, Alex, Joel, Jake, Harry, Kieron, Dean, Josh, Thomas, Freddie, Josh, Aaron, Jake, Freddie, Ev, Kevin, Maciey

First team celebrate with Manager of the Month Jimmy Martin

Season Review 2019/20 - First Team

Promising start to the season

Well no-one could have predicted the 2019/20 season finishing the way it did and just when we were on a winning streak! The season started well, three straight wins followed by a narrow defeat away at a very good Staplehurst team. Two more victories and a draw took us into October in a very healthy position.

But then...

But then, almost identical to the same time the previous season, after getting ourselves into a strong position in the league we frustratingly went on a run of six straight defeats that took us through to the end of November. Most of these losses were by the odd goal, and towards the end of this period, there was understandably a lack of confidence, borne out by one match in particular where we had worked hard to be 2-0 up against Peckham Town only to find ourselves losing 3-2 at the final whistle. Despite these losses we always matched our opposition in terms of effort, football played and chances created, but just not converting as many of these chances into goals as we should have. Our fortunes started to pick up in December and January, a win at home to Borden Village, a couple of draws and just a single defeat.

Winning streak ahead

But it was in February that we really began to find our form, ending the season with four consecutive league victories and playing with all the confidence we'd lacked earlier on in the season. And much to my delight, this run won me the Premier League Manager of the month award for February - so thanks to Lee and the boys! The final league table has us in 6th position, which may be a bit flattering as we'd played more games than a couple of teams below us, but I'll take that considering the rough patch we went through.

What a fantastic squad

My squad has been magnificent again this season. The effort and commitment at training and on match days has been second to none. With Lee coming in to help it took the pressure off me and there’s no doubt we are an improving side as was shown in the last couple of months. With a good mix of experienced (but not old!) players, younger players who are learning and getting better all the time and with the couple of additions we were able to make last season, I can only see good things ahead. I believe we've developed a style of play that everyone is comfortable with and providing we can keep the same squad of players, perhaps with one or two further additions, I see no reason why we can't seriously challenge for honours in the 2020/21 season.

Thanks everyone for all your support both management and supporters.
Stay safe and see you soon.

Jimmy


Vets team season summary with Manager Paul Lakin

Season Review 2019/20 - Vets Team

Thanks for everything Duff

I would like to start off by thanking Duff for the effort he put in on starting the vets team up. For all the time he put in and the organising it takes to run a senior team while also running a junior team as well, so thank you from us all. Secondly I would like to thank the players for your continued effort for the season just passed.

The season we would like to forget

I didn’t have much playing time at the start of the season due to an injury picked up in a pre season friendly. I know Duff struggled to get enough players out every week which is difficult, so the start of the season was not good, winning only 1 match prior to myself and Kevin Webb taking control from Christmas. In this time, like in Duff's reign as manager, we struggled every week to get enough players out. In our first game in management we were playing a team from the bottom of the league. I cannot recall their name, but I know we won the game due to a great strike from Joel Bowden. What didn’t help matters much was that we could not get a regular goalkeeper, so I would like to thank Paul Dorney for stepping in when the team needed him to.

Unfortunately this season has not been a good one looking like we might get relegated. Either way, the vets will still turn out in the tangerine & black and represent this great club every week and hopefully have a better season next year.

Thanks to all

I would like to thank Webby (Kev Webb) for his assistance this year, and hope we can continue together in the new season. I would like to thank all players for their efforts this year, you truly are a great bunch of lads win loose or draw, we always have a beer and I cannot thank you enough for the effort you all put in for me and Webby.

Thanks again and stay safe

Squidy

 


U16 Boys Team

Season Review 2019/20 - U16 Boys

Consistency would be key

Last season we finished strongly and we had hoped to shake off our one problem that plagued us all season. Inconsistency, beating top of the league one week and then losing to bottom. First up was Phoenix Tigers whom we beat last season and stopped them winning the league. It was a very close game but we lost 3-1 in the end.

Unfortunately the inconsistency continued and losing the lead in the closing minutes of a game became all too familiar. Classic example was the last game before Christmas we played Greenway Aces and beat them 9-2. Then after Christmas in our first game back we played them again and narrowly lost 3-2.

A short run in the Kent Cup provided some much needed confidence, winning the first round on penalties then facing last years winners Kennington. A very good footballing team, we did lose but the boys really dug deep and never gave up. This benefitted us in the rest of what was obviously a very short season. We won 3 games on the bounce which we have not done before and finished the season with some great performances especially in the shield, so a bit gutted we won’t get to complete it this season. League wise we ended up 5 in B Navy, with 2 games to play against teams below us.

Getting stronger as a team

Some great performances across the season from all players and many trying new positions and doing very well mainly due to injuries and availability. A few that stand out are striker George with a total of 23 goals over the season, and his strike partner Sam getting 8; Josh L for adapting to playing as a winger from sweeper; Charlie moving from centre midfield to the left wing; Sean going from defence to midfield to striker; Luke and Josh D having stints in goal and Matt going from left wing to centre back.

Both Squidy and I are now looking forward to next season where we are hopeful of some very good performances and results. The preseason will be very interesting, so I hope the squad is doing as much exercise as possible, and I do not mean exercising your thumbs on the Xbox or PS4!

Once again thank you to all the parents for their ongoing support; to Natalie as treasurer, to the fundraising team of Corrine and Lisa,  and of course Squidy for helping run the team and coach the boys. These teams only exist if we all work together and this group make it a pleasure.

League summary

P:14   W:5   D:4   L:5   F:36   A:26   D:+10   PTS:14

Stay safe all and see everyone soon for pre-season.

Paul


U13 Black Team

Season Review 2019/20 - U13 Black Team

Big challenge in the B division

After being promoted twice in two years we started this season in the B Division, so we knew it was going be a tough challenge for our boys.
The first game of the season we were at home to Kingsdale, the team that pipped us to win the C league last year on goal difference. The boys played brilliantly, and we ended up beating them 6-0 and getting a bit of revenge for the disappointment of only getting runners-up last season.

October was a mixed month, it started off with us losing to a very good Blackheath Wanderers team and for the first time the boys being outplayed for long periods. But we bounced back in our next match and beat Crayford arrows 7-2 at home (always good to beat them), only to then lose to another good side Phoenix.

In November we started off with a disappointing defeat to Hayden, we then drew against Danson, a game where we came from 4-2 down to be leading 5-4 with minutes to go and ended up conceding a late goal. We then lost to Gravesham in the cup, but we ended the month on a high winning at Kingsdale.

In December we only played 2 games. The first a draw against Crayford Arrows which was disappointing because we were 2-0 up at half time and in the other game, we thrashed AIM 6-1.

A good start to the New Year

The new year started well with us beating Danson. The following week we played well but ended up narrowly losing to Footscray in a very tight game with not many chances for either team. The following week we didn’t have a game so we arranged a friendly with the other Fleetdown U13 team beating them after they made a good comeback. The last game of the month was against Blackheath Wanderers who were unbeaten in the league but we managed to defend well and take our chances beating them 3-1.

In February we played 2 more games, the first was a draw at Sutton dynamo, a game we should have won and then a defeat to Phoenix.

March saw us play our last game in the league against Footscray. At half-time we were 2 down but we came back well to draw the game 2-2  and we should’ve won the game missing a couple of one on ones.

League summary

P:16   W:7   D:4   L:5   F:43   A:35   GD:+8

Overall for our first season in B Division the boys did really well and we finished in the top half of the table in fifth position. We've got a very good team spirit and great support from the parents and hope we continue to improve and enjoy our football.

Hope to see everyone soon

Lee


Girls U12 Team

Season Review 2019/20 - U12 Girls

History in the making

What has been a very different 2019/20 season for everyone, has also been a history making one for Fleetdown as a club as we set-up our first girls team in the U12 age bracket.

We recruited a total of 14 players through the season and whilst some of the girls knew each other before we formed, the team has gelled as a single unit more than I could ever have hoped. We have a great balance across the team in terms of experienced and developing players, but each and every one of them is determined, committed and willing to listen and learn. Training sessions have contained lots of hard work and fun, and what has been great to see is the girls adopting those sessions and skills on the pitch.

What a first season it was

We played our first season in Division 3 of the U12 Kent Girls & Ladies Football League (KGLFL), and what a season it’s been, even in the current circumstances.  The abrupt end to the season saw Fleetdown play 14 competitive league games and top the table with 39pts, five points clear of a nearest rival.  We also competed in 2 cup competitions, the first saw a first round exit to a top of the table higher division opponent, but the second cup saw the girls convincingly overcome two higher division opponents as well as progressing through to the semi-finals before the season stopped.

And then the season ended, but...

Whilst the end of the season came around suddenly, Fleetdown were still crowned champions after member clubs voted to decide the season using a points per game format to decide the final outcome of the league.

With that outcome I couldn’t be more proud of each and every single member of the team.  What they have achieved is a result of their hard work and “never give-up” attitude, but I would also like to thank the coaches and the parents commitment to get the girls to training and match days week after week.

The future is bright, the future is tangerine & black!

We look ahead to next season not knowing exactly when it will start, but if there is one thing I am certain of, is that Fleetdown U12 Girls is a special team and I know they are as excited as I am to have gained promotion and compete at the next level.

League Summary

P:14   W:13   D:0   L:1   F:81   A:7   D:+74   PTS:50.1 (PPG)

Stay safe and well everyone and see you at the club again soon.

Jamie


Season Review 2019/20 - U12 Boys

It starts with a win over the old rivals

The season started back in the autumn with a local derby against our rivals Dartford FC, the boys showed great resilience and spirit to come back from a goal down to snatch a 2-1 win in the dying minutes (Always good to beat Dartford on their patch!). An emphatic home win followed against a newly formed team (Beacons) and then we moved onto the League Cup first round. The Draw could have been kinder as we were drawn away against another team from our division and unfortunately although dominating the game throughout went out 5-4 on penalties.

Back to the League the following week where we suffered our first of only 3 defeats all season against a physical and organised Teviot team, the only game all season that I thought we never turned up, created very little and did not deserve nothing from the game. November saw us win 3 out of 4 League games and subsequently saw us sit proudly at the top of the A division, where we remained until our final game we played!

December, saw us continue our winning ways(racking up 25 goals in the process) and it also saw our very social parents enjoying what the Fleetdown clubhouse has to offer during the festive season (believe Steve Rose is still counting his bar takings from our team that month!!).

Great start to the New Year

The New Year arrives, and our first game of 2020 ends in a 1-1 draw against one of our promotion rivals, Long Lane, a fair result on reflection (with Mitchell scoring a great goal for us to equalise). We then proceeded to beat Bruins from Bermondsey and then thrashing Guru Nanak 5-0 and just as we were getting into full stride in February, tragedy struck and along came the high winds and rain, which meant three weeks without a game, not what we needed when chasing  down the league title!

However, we returned, end of February to grind out a 2-0 win at fellow contenders, Greenways Aces, played on that carpet of a pitch at Kings farm!! The following week we had a tremendous result at Long Lane (played on an 11- aside Pitch) , winning 4-2, which effectively killed off their title aspirations.

Our final game of the campaign, saw us unfortunately lose 4-2 at home to a good Red Devils side, going 2 down in the first 5 minutes did not help our cause and although creating loads of chances in the second half, missing a penalty and their keeper putting in a MoM performance we just could not put the ball in the onion bag.

So close to a great end to the season

So, our season unfortunately finished there, with us lying 2nd a point behind leaders Ebbsfleet, though we had a game in hand and a better goal difference. We still had 7 league games to play and had to play Ebbsfleet twice (title deciders if ever I saw one!!) , though we will now never know!

Our league season summary at a glance:

Played: 15, Won: 11, Drew: 1, Lost 3

Squad as follows: Harry H, Harry J, Fin, Ryan, James, Mitchell, Luke, Sam O, Jack An, Jude, Jack Al, Sam N.

To summarise, an excellent season which could have ended in great style if we had completed the schedule, however, people’s lives are far more important than any football match, so stay safe and well, all.

Jon


U9 Team Spirit

Season Review 2019/20 - U9 Boys

The 2019/20 season saw us move from 5 aside to 7 aside, a bigger pitch and playing only 1 game with each half longer than the entire match time the boys were used to. The boys took the extra challenges in their stride thanks too playing a few games in this format at the end of last season and a couple of pre-season friendlies. We also welcomed Aron, Grayson and Alfie to the team who have integrated so well with the other boys.

The New Season Begins

Onto the season and we began with a friendly against the team we were due to play the next week in the league and suffered a heavy defeat which could of affected the boys confidence for the next week but as soon as the league got underway we were able to reverse that result and kick off with a win and a great performance. The following week we carried on where we left off and won a tough away game after going a goal behind early on.

October saw us win all of our league games including a great team performance where we played our best football to date away at Danson. Our form continued into November until we played in the cup against 2 teams from the league above drawing one and losing the other. The following week saw us lose our winning run of league games, but we managed to get a draw after being 2 goals behind with 3-4 minutes remaining. The equalizer leading to Karen and Seanna not knowing what to do with themselves so just hugged each other! The draw felt more like a win under the circumstances.

We moved into December with three games left in the Autumn league and an unbeaten campaign to try and achieve which we managed to do winning all three convincingly. I even heard the term invincible’s mentioned in the bar! (although it might have been me saying it)

Christmas came early!

It was in our final game before Xmas that the highlight of the season came. Ronny hadn’t scored for quite a while and had started to doubt himself a little bit. So after missing a couple of chances and coach Beef saying all he wants for Xmas is Ronny to score all the boys took it upon themselves to try and set Ronny up which they continued to do even when they could of scored themselves. At one point Ronny’s dad Tommy jokingly signaled to me to sub him after missing another chance when it was easier to score! Beef’s Xmas present was delivered when Ronny took possibly the hardest chance and found the bottom corner causing scenes of jubilation from all the parents and players who all ran to celebrate with Ronny including the keeper and all the subs and Beef! The cheers were so loud the chairman who had been watching with the president could hear them from pitch one telling me in the bar as soon as he heard the cheer, he said Ronny’s scored!!

The best part for me was to see the team spirit they had built together and for 8/9-year old’s all playing for their teammate passing to him when they could score themselves.

A league here we come

After Xmas and being promoted to the A league we started off at home to Welling who although winning buy some margin praised the way the boys try and play football. Life in the A league was totally opposite to where we has come from with teams focusing more on the result and having smaller squads so not having to make as many changes which can disrupt the flow of the game. However I felt we were unlucky in a few games where I felt we deserved more out the game but one lesson we have learnt is that you have to take your chances in this league or you will get punished. Before the season came to an early end, we had managed to get a few results with a notable performance away at Hayden.

All in all, the 2019/20 season has been a great success and we cannot wait to get back up the club playing and socializing again. Thanks to all the help I have received from the parents and especially Beef.

Squad: Josh, Aron, Grayson, Finley, Ollie, Nonso, Alfie, Ryan, Sonnie, Jack and Ronny.

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