Poppy Appeal raises money as Fleet set to mark Christmas truce

Fleet fans helped raised £76.68 through the sale of poppies and via Royal British Legion collection boxes at the recent home game v Bath City – and the players are set to help mark the 1914 Christmas Truce at Maidenhead tomorrow. As part of the British Council, FA, Football League and Premier League ‘Football Remembers’…

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…