Johnny Gibbons RIP

It is with sadness that the club learned this week of the death of former player Johnny Gibbons, aged 95, on 31st January. The centre-forward turned out at Stonebridge Road for three seasons, joining in the summer of 1953 and playing his last game in May 1956. Having played for Dartford and QPR after the…

Alan Bobby 1930-2021

Ebbsfleet United have been asked to pass on to our supporters the very sad news that our longest-serving fan – Alan Bobby – passed away last month at the age of 90. All of us at the club extend our thoughts and sympathies to Alan’s family and friends, of which he made many down numerous…

David Preston RIP

The sad news reached us today at the club that lifelong supporter David Preston had passed away after a long battle with cancer. David was one of those club stalwarts who quietly but determinedly supported the Fleet and gave of his time willingly in doing so. Although his health suffered in latter years, he always…

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….