On this day: August 22nd

This day in Fleet history has seen some booming crowds down the years – with 3,600+ in the Fifties somewhat overshadowing the 372 that attended a Kent Senior Cup fixture the last time we played on this date! It’s not been an especially happy hunting ground of late with the last four games on August…

On This Day: August 15th

While the beginning of the season in more recent years has been getting earlier and earlier into the month of August, traditionally teams had to wait until the middle or end of the month to kick-off the league campaign That’s while you’ll find only six games in total down the 74 years of Fleet’s existence…

Blasting into the O’s zone

If you were a Fleet fan in the Eighties or early Nineties, the FA Cup was pretty lean pickings. Appearances in the First Round proper had ended in 1980 after our capitulation at home to Isthmian League St Albans City and we’d spent the next 12 years failing to make it beyond the qualifying rounds….

Heroes & Villains

Fleet’s only brush with a top-tier side in our history came during 1995/96 – and encapsulated everything about the ‘romance of the cup’. The qualifying rounds of the FA Cup are always greeted with cliché about it being ‘your year’, about how great journeys can start in such innocuous surroundings. All of which was true…

The year it rained goals

There wasn’t much of a bounce around Stonebridge Road as summer 1992 approached. Two long-suffering years at the bottom of the Beazer Homes League Premier – one escape from relegation on a ground technicality and one actual relegation after a second successive season to forget – had dumped the Fleet back in the Southern Division…

Hair today, gone tomorrow

As we still await the go-ahead for a new football season, the wider lockdown is easing, including a re-opening date for the hospitality sector and hairdressers. So what better way to celebrate the end of lockdown haircuts than a look back at Fleet styles through the ages! Having emerged from lockdown with Daryl McMahon-circa-2013 long…

The boys of summer – Part 3

The final part of our June signings feature reaches the dawn of the KEH Sports ownership era and 2013 – probably the busiest June for a club secretary in the history of the Fleet. The new ownership model was up and running in full by June 2013, where the club had just two months previously…

The boys of summer – Part 2

Looking back once more to June signings of the past 20 years we arrived at 2007 – a pivotal point in not just Liam Daish’s reign but for the club as a whole. Less than a month into the club’s new name as Ebbsfleet United and with a new sponsorship deal inked alongside Eurostar, Daish…

The boys of summer – Part 1

June. Traditionally the graveyard shift of the football calendar. In May, if you’re lucky, you might get a play-off game or two and in July the pre-season friendlies come thick and fast. But June – even though there’s plenty of hard work going on behind the scenes – is when actual football action comes juddering…

End of a century

Twenty years on from the dawn of a new millennium, it’s tempting to suggest that the last two decades have been the most consistently successful such period in the Fleet’s history. Not necessarily in terms of silverware – but in the level the club has played at and the highs we have reached at certain…