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5 months ago By Brian Flynn

Local football legend Tommy Sampson offers his thoughts on Town's season so far.

“It's a big thank you.” Tommy Sampson

It is with a very heavy heart that I have written my last piece for the website. As many of you are aware, I rely heavily on my new wife Sandie to ferry me to and from football. Unfortunately her working schedule has changed, and as a result she can no longer fulfill those duties.

I have witnessed some marvellous moments from there - the win over Hythe in that incredible play off semi-final, as well as thumping Chatham 7-1 with goals that will live long in the memory.

There are a few people I have to thank before I ride off into the sunset, including everyone who took the time to come and see me in my privileged seat up there by the toilets. My thanks also go to Chairman Ray Leader and Club Secretary Wendy Walker, who have both encouraged me to keep going. Then there is every player that has worn the shirt and felt the sharp end of my tongue. Some of those players I understand are still undergoing therapy sessions!

So it's a big thank you to Bob, Joe, Dave, Ron and Graham. Eddie and Steve and all the ladies – Barbara, Patsy, Jean and of course the manager’s other half Ali. This is not a farewell and goodbye. It's more or less a “See you around.” I wish Ray and Clive at least half of the luck that followed me around in my career.

Good luck everyone!

* Ex-Millwall player Tommy Sampson is a Kent FA Honorary Vice-President. He lifted the FA Vase at Wembley as manager of Deal Town and has also managed Dartford, Herne Bay and Tonbridge Angels.

Where next?

GUERNSEY - EARLY KICK-OFF SUPPORTERS are reminded that tomorrow's match against Guernsey kicks off at 2pm.
FA TROPHY COACH DETAILS SUPPORTERS can now book places on the team coach for the FA Trophy tie at Waltham Abbey on 7 October.

Sat 24 Mar
League 10:00
U8s Colts St Margarets
League 10:00
U9s EKYL Canterbury
League 14:00
1st Team Hastings United
League 15:00
Sun 25 Mar
Under 14s Kennington
League 11:00
Tue 27 Mar
1st Team Shoreham
League 19:45
Sat 31 Mar
Reserves Aylesford
League 14:45
League 15:00

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