Paul Saunders

Ebbsfleet United are hugely saddened to learn of the death of supporter Paul Saunders. As a club staff and wider supporters’ family, the Fleet echo the words of Supporters Trust chairman John Burgess who said, “It is with great sadness that I have to inform members of the Fleet Supporters’ Trust and all supporters of…

Gerry Parker 1925-2020

Long-standing supporter and popular former turnstile operator at Stoonebridge Road, Gerry Parker, was laid to rest following a service at Gravesend Crematorium on Monday. Born George Elmer Parker on 9th July, 1925, 94-year-old ‘Gerry’ – who died at the end of last month – was a smiling face who greeted home and away fans for…

Former Fleet player Ken Jones passes away

Ebbsfleet United is saddened to learn of the death of our former player Ken Jones, aged 87. Wing-half Ken played for the Fleet in the early 1950s, making 55 appearances and scoring once. Signed from Southend United in July 1952, he went on to become Sports Editor and Chief Sports Writer at the Daily Mirror…

Ex-Fleet goalkeeper passes away

Ebbsfleet United are sorry to learn of the death of a former goalkeeper, Ted Bennett. Ted – very probably the oldest surviving Fleet player until his death – passed away earlier this week, the day after his 93rd birthday. Born in north London, he played in the Football League with QPR and Watford, as well…

Derek Styles RIP

Ebbsfleet United were saddened to hear of the death of one of our former players, Derek Styles. He was 77. Derek played for the club between 1957 and 1961, making 57 appearances. A local player, he was signed by manager Lionel Smith in 1957 as Gravesend & Northfleet went on to win the Southern League…

Chris Pilkinton, 1945-2017

Ebbsfleet United are extremely saddened to announce that our maintenance manager Chris Pilkinton passed away tonight (Friday) at Darenth Valley Hospital. Chris, 71, battled a short illness on his return from holiday recently and was admitted to hospital a week ago. Pilks’ time at the Fleet hardly needs any introduction: he was a huge, larger-than-life personality…

Peter Norton 1935–2015

It is with great sadness that the club learned tonight of the death of much-loved groundsman Peter Norton and we wish to pass on the sympathies of all of us to his family and many friends. Peter, 80, was an ever-present fixture at Stonebridge Road in recent years and hugely popular amongst staff and fans alike….

Lionel Ball, 1937-2015

It is with sincere regret that Ebbsfleet United announces the death of our former chairman, Lionel Ball, who passed away last Wednesday. It is no exaggeration to say that Stonebridge Road and the football club would probably not be as we know it today, if existing at all, were it not for the tireless work of Lionel…

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…