2 years ago
By Malcolm Boyes
Some clubs are more than active than others at this present time, some for obvious reasons but here's some brief news.
Managers and players come and go.
AFC Croydon Athletic - They are still looking for a new manager since Paul Williams left but they say they're pleased with the response and the number of applications they've received. They hope to appoint a new manager as soon as possible so they have time to prepare for the new season.
Ashford United - They have just signed Brett Ince from Hollands & Blair and of course he once signed for us but never played. Ince joined Hollands & Blair at the start of the 2015/16 season after Woodstock Sports folded. Their reserve side have changed their name to Ashford Football Club and will play in the Kent County League with home fixtures kicking off at Homelands at 6:30pm.
Bearsted FC - New boys to the league of course having won the Kent Invicta League at the end of 2015/16 and their website reports that they are spending time and money on their playing surface ready for the 2016/17 season in the SCEFL Premier Division.
Beckenham Town - Not a lot to report it seems so far judging by their website.
Canterbury City - Not a lot to report here either when you look at their website.
Corinthian FC - Nothing to report here either when it comes to season 2016/17.
Cray Valley (PM) - They've just appointed James Collins and Brad Sandeman, who was Martin Larkin's assistant at Tunbridge Wells when they reached the FA Vase final, as their new management team, both arriving from Lordswood FC.
Crowborough Athletic - Our website supplies plenty of information as and when it becomes available but preparations are going well on a number of fronts as we look forward to the 2016/17 season.
Croydon FC - Nothing to report so far on their website relating to season 2016/17.
Deal Town - No football news although they are holding a clairvoyant night on 15th July 2016 but I guess you knew that already.
Erith & Belvedere - They are looking for a new secretary as Adam Peters has decided to step down from what is a demanding role at any club.
Erith Town - They have of course moved to share a ground with VCD Athletic and have recently appointed a new management team in the form of Ian Jenkins and Ricky Bennett, both of whom used to be at promoted Greenwich Borough.
Fisher FC - No news at all here as their website is offline at the moment, something they are aware of and will rectify as soon as possible, they say.
Hollands & Blair - They have replaced the departed Paul Piggott, Clint Gooding has also left, by promoting internally as they've given the management position to Bryan Greenfield, whether this is a player-manager or just a manager appointment is unclear from their website.
Lordswood FC - See Cray Valley (PM) since they've just lost their manager to them.
Rochester United - No up to date news on their website at all.
Sevenoaks Town - No news on their website but manager Mickey Collins has been busy so far by signing quite a few players for season 2016/17, if you follow his Twitter account, therefore, they will be one of the favourites to win the SCEFL title for the upcoming campaign.
Sheppey United - Having come runners-up to Bearsted FC in the Kent Invicta League they have also joined the SCEFL Premier Division. On their website they're saying that they put a further 45 seats in, plus spaces for four disabled fans and their carers, at the ground and have appointed Paul Rogers as their Commercial Manager. They are also currently looking for a Reserve Team Manager.
Tunbridge Wells - Their problems off the field are the news items at the moment following the sudden departure of chairman Clive Maynard and they are holding a meeting soon to appoint new board members.
Whitstable Town - Having been relegated from the Ryman League South to the SCEFL Premier Division there's no doubt that they'll be looking to make a swift return. However, no news on their website as they say a new one will be available soon.
Another new item for the SCEFL for season 2016/17 will be the fact that there will be a Division One following the merger of the SCEFL with the Kent Invicta League, making sure that they'll be promotion and relegation in future years as Holmesdale FC found out at the end of last season.
Updated 07:57 - 24 May 2016 by Malcolm Boyes