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As we approach the festive season, it’s time to take stock of how the 2023/24 football season is taking shape for Canterbury City Football Club.

 

After last season’s relegation to the Southern Counties East Football League (SCEFL) Division One, Canterbury City Football Club were looking to make an immediate return to the Premier Division.

Well, City are currently around mid-table and just a few points off of the play-off spots. There has been a spell where the games have resulted in a draw when they could have won, and lost where they could have drawn. But doesn’t every football fan say that about their team? Notwithstanding that, the most recent results have been really encouraging, with a 4-1 victory over Brydon Ropes, and a 1-0 win over a strong Staplehurst side in the Division 1 Cup.

But perhaps the best result of the season so far was a 1-0 win against SCEFL Premier outfit Rusthall in the Kent Senior Trophy. After a couple of very close defeats against higher league opposition in the FA Vase and the SCEFL Challenge Cup, it was fantastic to record a win against a very well-organised and industrious Rusthall. In the next round of the Kent Senior Trophy City are away to Croydon, so hopefully by the time you read this they will be one step closer to the final!

There’s a long way to go in the league campaign and the young, substantially new side under manager Dan Lawrance are starting to gel and the play-off zone is certainly a realistic proposition.

Ground-wise, City are now well settled into their new home at Hartsdown Park in Margate, and have even started to win a few games after losing the first three league games there…clearly the team are now getting used to the 3G pitch and excellent facilities. While we are grateful to Margate FC for the ground sharing arrangement, we are, of course, hoping that this 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.

One recent event was the commemoration of Armistice Day which fell on the date of a home game at Hartsdown Park. The club invited Petty Officer Keith Taylor of the Margate Sea & Marine Cadets at TS Jamaica and Instructor Tony Philpott of the Queen’s Regimental Association Corps of Drums. At the appointed time, and just for a few minutes, the ground fell silent and still – pierced only by the staggeringly atmospheric and poignant bugled sound of the Last Post as it echoed emotionally around Hartsdown Park in what was a stunning but also sombre, brief and moving period of remembrance. Our grateful thanks go to both Keith and Tony for providing such an emotive, but inspiring, gravitas to the occasion.

Non-league football clubs – particularly homeless ones – need all the help they can get. Canterbury City Football Club 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. If you think you can help in any way whatsoever, please email [email protected]

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 games after the Christmas and New Year break:

  • Saturday 6th January 2024, 3:00pm, v FC Elmstead
  • Tuesday 9th January 2024, 7:45pm, v Rochester United
  • Saturday 27th January 2024, 3:00pm, v Tooting Bec
  • Saturday 10th February 2024, 3:00pm, v Meridian VP
  • Saturday 24th February 2024, 3:00pm, v Lewisham Borough

 

We look forward to seeing you!

Peter Campbell

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