Who are K Sports?

Based at Cobdown, near Ditton, K Sports FC are this year celebrating the centenary of the foundation of the club that was established as Aylesford Paper Mills in 1919. That, of course, is where the nickname the Paperboys is derived and they were one of numerous works teams around the country who, before the Second…

Jimmy Robertson 1929-2015

Ebbsfleet United are sad to report the death of one of the last surviving members of our 1957/58 Southern League Championship side. Jimmy Robertson passed away on June 11 after suffering a stroke at his home in Falkirk. He was 86. Born in Falkirk on February 20, 1929, he began his career at local amateur club…

‘Brilliant to be a part of’ says new midfield man

FleetOnline caught up with new midfield signing Stuart Lewis as he arrived at the PHB Stadium today following his capture from Wycombe Wanderers. The 27-year-old was full of enthusiasm about his move and is raring to go in a Fleet side that has been seriously strengthened this week. “I can’t wait to get going, it’s an…

Remembrance: Fleet’s fallen 1914-18

With today marking Armistice Day in the 100th year since the First World War began, we have put online the various articles dedicated to former Northfleet United and Gravesend United players that ran in the pages of Fleet Review earlier this season. The stories of William Kennedy (pictured), Edwin Myers, Roland Thorndike and Albert Hibbin…

Survivors: Charlie Buchan, Andy Wilson

One of Northfleet’s pre-war heroes was a teenager who would go on to become a giant of the game. Charles (Charlie) Buchan was born in Plumstead in 1891. A trainee teacher of botany upon leaving school, he joined Woolwich Arsenal in 1909 and played four reserve games, being selected as back-up for the first team’s…

Pvts Roland Thorndike / Albert Hibbin

Gravesend United, like its local rival Northfleet, also lost players in the First World War. We remember two (though there were likely more) who paid the ultimate sacrifice Firstly, there was Roland (sometimes quoted as Richard) Thorndike (pictured), who lived in Cliffe and was employed as a ‘domestic coachman’. Described by the South Eastern Gazette…

L Cpl William Kennedy, 1890-1915

One of the more resonant legacies of the First World War is that of the unknown soldier, the collective term for those unidentified bodies “known unto God”. William Kennedy, another star of the Northfleet United treble-winning side of 1909-10, who lost his life at the Battle of Loos in October 1915, was one such ‘unknown…

Corporal Edwin Myers, 1888-1916

A whole century after the event, it seems scarcely imaginable that a few generations previously, footballers – like millions of other ordinary people in everyday jobs and walks of life – fought and died on the bloody battlegrounds of France and Belgium. One such Northfleet United player was Edwin Myers. Pictured here in 1910 after Northfleet…

Fleet delighted with 275-shirt order

Principal club sponsor Mitsubishi Electric continues to aid the Fleet’s development with a recent order for 275 home and away shirts taking our replica-kit sales to record numbers! Mitsubishi Electric has just held two events, or what it calls its ‘BSP Conferences’ (BSP is a Business Solutions Partner, the most important of their customers), with another event still…

Sheringham shakes off the summer rust

Ebbsfleet United’s newest recruit has hit the ground running in his first week of training with his new teammates. Charlie Sheringham spoke to FleetOnline after completing his first week at the club’s new training complex – and echoed what every footballer probably feels in the first week of July, claiming it’s nice to back on the…