Canterbury City FC: An update from your local club

After last season’s relegation to the Southern Counties East Football League Division One, Canterbury City are seeking an immediate return to the Premier Division.

 

CommunityAd Exclusive - Canterbury City FC: An update from your local clubSo, how is it looking now that the 2023/24 season is about a quarter of the way through? City are currently around mid-table. There have been some good victories, including an amazing 7-0 victory away to SC Thamesmead on the opening day of the season, and an impressive 3-2 win at Croydon in September. But there have been a few narrow defeats, mainly against the top sides, and at the time of writing Canterbury City FC are yet to record a victory at their new home at Hartsdown Park, the home of Margate FC.

But there’s a long way to go and it’s a young, substantially new side who are now settling down and there are definite signs of improvement, and with a few back-to-back wins they will be in the paly-off zone and a realistic chance of challenging for promotion.

In the FA Vase, City were drawn at home against higher league Corinthian. It was probably City’s best performance of the season so far, and they more than matched the visitors across the whole 90 minutes to draw 1-1. The final, frantic, 20 minutes of this game was with City having only 10 men after a somewhat bizarre sending off of a City defender, but City held on to take the game to penalties. Unfortunately, they lost 3-4, but can be hugely proud of their performance on the day.

City are now settling into their new home in Margate, and we have noticed that the opposition fans are enjoying their trip to the seaside town as a new destination in the league. We are also seeing a few Margate FC supporters come along to watch us too. While we are grateful to Margate FC we are, of course, hoping that this arrangement is relatively short-lived and that City can get home to Canterbury at some point in the not-too-distant future – the club hasn’t played in the city for over 20 years and we need to end this nomadic existence if we are to grow as a club, and form part of the Canterbury community.

It might be that you have had some connection with Canterbury City FC in the past? Perhaps you are a former player, or a supporter when we played in the city? We’d love to hear from you so if you want to submit an article, a story or photographs that you think may be of interest to the club or its supporters, then please get in touch and we might put it in the matchday programme or on the website. We can’t promise to use everything, but we will certainly read and acknowledge anything that’s sent in. Please email [email protected].

Non-league football clubs – particularly homeless ones – need all the help they can get. We are wholly reliant on volunteers to keep things running. This season we have gained volunteers who’ve stepped forward to run our website and feed it with up to date information and photos, plus an active volunteer editing our match day programme, but we still need volunteers to act as Event Managers and also in Social Media, plus assistance on physio work with the players – especially if there’s any students who want to develop their tutorials with practical engagement.

Please email [email protected] if you think you can help. We look forward to hearing from you.

If you can’t help on a matchday, why not pop out to Margate for a one of our forthcoming games? You’ll meet a friendly bunch of dedicated fans at a great stadium. The full fixtures can be found on www.canterburycityfc.co.uk, but these are the next two:

  • Saturday 11th November, 3pm v Bridon Ropes (League)
  • Saturday 1st December, 3pm v Larkfield & New Hythe (League)

 

We look forward to seeing you! www.canterburycityfc.co.uk

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