The special relationship

Ahead of US Independence Day this weekend, we’ve reached out across the Pond to dig out a few links between the Fleet and our transatlantic cousins. Although Ross Smith is the only North American to grace the Fleet (OK, he is Canadian but he’s played in the States), there are several links to players who…

Manager’s Notes 15.11.14

Today’s opponents have sold a couple of players since our last meeting and have used the money to make some useful additions to their squad. In comes Louie Theophanous from Staines and Harry Grant has joined from Bromley, as has Jamie Slabber. Michael Richens has been loaned from Peterborough United so the line-up facing us…

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…

Manager’s Notes 25.10.14

Our last match here saw us take on the league leaders Basingstoke Town in the FA Cup and despite our best efforts we lost the game 2-1. From time to time in football you get periods where you play average at best and win and you play well and draw but on this occasion it…

Godden gets set for goals haul

Summer signing Matt Godden reports for action at the weekend knowing this coming season is a pivotal one for both himself and his new club – and he has set himself a twin target of promotion and a respectable goals return. “I always have a target of where I’d like to be,” Godden told FleetOnline. “It’s just nice…