Saturday, 30 August 2008

AFC Sheppey

AFC Sheppey play in the Kent County League Division One East, and seem to have emerged from an attempt to re-form the old name of Sheppey United Football Club. Why thst failed/went wrong I have no idea.

I never saw a game here, when I took these photos towards the end of the 2006/07 season. Dulwich Hamlet Under Eighteens were drawn away to Sheppey United in the John Ullmann Cup, & as I'd seen the Hamlet play at their old Botany Road ground in a pre-season match in the very early eighties, I took the opportunity to watch the current side. Unfortunately the match was at the ground across the road from here, but I still took a few snaps.


Again, like almost all grounds at Step Seven and below, the grounds are basically fields. But at least a sign like this lets you know you are at a football club.




Though this board looks a bit battered.




A look across the field, as we have gone through the gates.




There are changing rooms, & a pavilion of some sort, down the side of the field, and there were two pitches here.




This is presumably the 'main pitch', as it was the one with the dugouts.


3 comments:

Steve said...

Would love to the town of Sheerness have a team at the level that Sheppey United were 20 years ago when i watched them on several occasions.

Their ground at Botany Road was a cracking little stadium and you could always get a decent pint with it being in the Shepherd Neame area!

Sean H said...

I watched Dunstable play Sheppey at Botany Road around 1986 or '87 , and have some pictures somewhere . Really nice little ground as Steve says.

Roger Birkin said...

Sheppey United were successfully reformed three and a half seasons ago and are now playing at step 5 in the SCEFL and are averaging a gate 0f 320, about 115th highest in the non league attendances of the UK. There are plenty more facts if you google Sheppey United FC.