Ebbsfleet United Club Profile
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Ebbsfleet United : Club Background
The main facade of the Stonebridge Road end of the ground, housing the newest stand
Whilst the name of Ebbsfleet United is very new in football, the roots of the current football club go back over 100 years. The current name is a rebranding of Gravesend and Northfleet FC, which itself was born in 1946 as a merger between two longstanding local clubs, Gravesend United (1893) and Northfleet United (1890). The story goes that Northfleet were on the verge of collapse but had a decent ground, whereas Gravesend were financially sound but played on a tip - a marriage made in heaven by all accounts.
The new club became a stalwart of the Southern League, yo-yoing up and down between divisions for a while and making hay with the odd good FA Cup run. Always an ambitious outfit, the Fleet were one of the first club's in the country to install floodlighting in 1953 and around the same time even went full-time for a couple of years in an unsuccessful effort to push for Football League status. However any temporary success attained always seemed to be followed by setbacks and such has been the story of Gravesend and Northfleet (and Ebbsfleet United) since - a series of promotions followed pretty quickly by relegation and always with a lack of cash to consolidate on any success.
A vague Yeovil connection with the club typifies the Fleet's history: The club were going through a successful phase in the late 70's and were amongst the founder members of the Conference (or the Alliance as it was then known), finishing that first season a very creditable fifth and hoping to push on from that solid base in the years to come. By January '82 however the club were stuck in the bottom three and looking at relegation - former Glovers manager Stan Harland was brought in to perform a rescue act, but sadly for both Stan and the Fleet a combination of huge debts and cost-cutting meant relegation was inevitable.
The years that followed saw more yo-yoing between divisions in the Southern League until in 1997 a new board decided a change of direction was needed to prevent the club becoming moribund. Accordingly the club resigned from the Southern League and joined the Isthmian League. That saw them enjoy a new successful phase, winning the Kent Senior Cup twice in three years and then beating off the challenge of an ambitious Canvey Island side in the 2001-02 season to earn promotion to the Conference.
For a very brief moment (one season) our paths crossed again during the 2002-03 season which saw Yeovil Town promoted to the Football League, and allowed travelling fans the unusual luxury of seeing an Andy Lindegaard hat-trick on their travels, in what had been our first visit to their ground for 21 years.
The new main stand at Stonebridge Road
Thereafter, the history of Gravesend and Northfleet FC took a few unexpected twists. Firstly in the 2007-08 season, they entirely changed their name to Ebbsfleet United. The motive was to capitalise upon the new Ebbsfleet International railway station that had opened in Northfleet to support the Eurostar services. Ebbsfleet as a 'town' is still a fledgling concept - following on from the creation of the station, there is a strategic attempt from National Government to create a place called Ebbsfleet Valley with 15,000 homes, styled as a 'Garden City'. However, ask any of the locals where you are when you get out of your car and they'll probably still reply 'Northfleet'.
During the 2008-09 season, Ebbsfleet's second transformation took shape when they were taken over by something called MyFootballClub - a sort of an opportunity for people to play their favourite Football Manager PC game, only with a real club, with real players and real supporters. Around 27,000 MyFootballClub members each paid £35 for the privilege of being shareholders in Ebbsfleet, with those members becoming voters on major decisions in the club.
Initially that was a great success as Ebbsfleet won the 2008-09 FA Trophy, but that was the peak of this bit of experimenting. Reaching a peak of 32,000 excitable sofa-managers, they dropped to 9,000 members in 2009 and then 3,500 members by September 2010. The problem was expecting such 'shareholders' to cough up every year once the novelty wore off, wasn't easy for a club that the majority had no affiliation with. By the end of the 2009-10 season Ebbsfleet had been relegated into Conference South.
There was a quick return for them during the 2010-11 season when they were promoted again via the Conference South Play-Offs, but the MyFootballClub well was running dry and during the 2011-12 season they were at risk of going out of business. As such most non-armchair Fleet fans welcomed the decision in April 2013 to hand two-thirds of the MyFootballClub shares over to the Fleet Trust, even if it was accompanied by yet another relegation down to Conference South.
The Supporters Trust only held the reins for a short period, as in May 2013, a group of Kuwaiti investors arrived to take over the club. Under the name of KEH Sports Ltd, Dr Abdulla Al Humaidi has been the figurehead for the club, giving Ebbsfleet some significant financial backing that eventually took them up via the play-offs during the 2016-17 season, having had two other unsuccessful play-off experiences. Since then, they've finished 6th and 8th, suggesting they were on the edge of a promotion to the Football League, but the end of the 2018-19 season has suggested that ambition may be on hold for now - existing players have been told that they are free to go, in order to free up the wage bill, and it seems as though current manager Garry Hill (of Rushden and Diamonds, Woking and Weymouth fame) may find the 2019-20 season a more difficult challenge.
Ebbsfleet's ground is one of those large, mainly terraced affairs that thousands used to be able to fit comfortably into with no real problems but has since been emasculated by safety restrictions. They have been gradually modernising it, with seats put into the Plough End in 2006 (the opposite end to the away terrace), whilst in 2016 the Liam Daish Stand was demolished with a brand new seated stand put in its place. Whilst the capacity of seating on this side of the ground is fairly modest, the Stonebridge Road side of the ground has given the club brand new commercial and hospitality facilities, opening in December 2016. The main section for away fans - the Swanscombe End terrace - is still largely as it was, although in early 2018, Fleet committed to £200,000 worth of maintenance and strengthening work on that away end, giving new crush barriers and an increased capacity, which now stands at 4,769 across the whole ground.
The Plough End of the ground - situated opposite the away terrace
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|Gravesend and Northfleet : We've Met Before|
|Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Gravesend and Northfleet
|11/01/1947||Away||SL||L||3-4||Hartburn, Doyle, Own Goal|
|13/09/1947||Home||SL||W||5-1||Marshall(2), Swinfen, Boulter, Gore|
|27/01/1951||Home||SL||W||3-2||C Hayward, Rae, Wright|
|03/05/1952||Home||SL||L||4-8||Hunter, Easton(2), Neville|
|16/01/1954||Home||SL||D||5-5||Ryan, Clarke(3), Lunn|
|22/01/1955||Home||SL||W||3-2||Clarke, Own Goal, Fraser|
|12/11/1955||Away||SL||W||3-2||Fraser, Fidler, Reid|
|24/03/1956||Home||SL||W||4-1||Fraser, Elder, Easton(2)|
|21/12/1957||Home||SL||W||6-2||Torrance, McKay, Travis(2), Elder, Alexander|
|19/12/1959||Home||SL||W||3-1||Dennis, Emmonds, Phillips|
|24/09/1960||Home||SL||W||5-2||Taylor(2), Paton, Albury, Hayward|
|27/10/1962||Home||SL||W||3-1||Hedges, Own Goal, Foley|
|15/11/1975||Home||SL||W||3-1||2109||Plumb, Brown, McMahon|
|10/01/1979||Home||SL||W||4-0||1179||Morrall, Green(2), Platt|
|17/08/2002||Home||Conf||D||2-2||2948||Crittenden 67, Skiverton 90|
|04/01/2003||Away||Conf||W||4-2||1404||Jackson 13, Lindegaard 35, 57, 90|
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Gravesend and Northfleet
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|Ebbsfleet United : We've Met Before|
|Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Ebbsfleet United
|13/08/2019||Away||NATL||W||3-1||1057||Murphy 27, Hutton 47, Whelan 81|
Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Ebbsfleet United
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Ebbsfleet United : Club Statistics
|14/09/2019||Woking||Away||NATL||D||2-2||1942||Reid 84, Weston 90|
|24/09/2019||Barnet||Home||NATL||W||3-0||805||Weston 33, Reid 36, Obileye 71|
|08/10/2019||Torquay United||Home||NATL||L||2-4||908||Umerah 35, 81|
Highest League Attendance: 1293, vs Notts County, 24/08/2019
Lowest League Attendance: 805, vs Barnet, 24/09/2019
Average League Attendance: 1001
CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS
|Games Without A Win: ||3
||Games Without A Home Win: ||1
|Games Without An Away Win: ||4
||Games Without Defeat: ||0
|Games Without A Home Defeat: ||0
||Games Without An Away Defeat: ||0
|Games Without A Draw: ||5
||Games Without A Score Draw: ||5
|Games Without A No-Score Draw: ||16
||Games Without Scoring: ||0
|Games Without Conceding: ||0
||Home Results Sequence: ||DLDLWL
|Away Results Sequence: ||LWDDLL
||Overall Results Sequence: ||DLWLLL
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Ebbsfleet United : Club Information
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Telephone Number : 01474 533796
Fax : 01474 324754
Chairman : Dr Abdulla Al Humaidi
Secretary : Peter Danzey
Safety Officer : Grant Sheen
Web Site / Programme Editor :
Manager : Garry Hill
Capacity : 4,769
Seated : 2,179
Covered Terrace :
Record Attendance : 12,032, v Sunderland, FAC4, 1963
Nickname : The Fleet
Ticket Prices :
Tickets for our 2019-20 National League fixture can be brought from turnstiles on the Swanscombe End terrace. All ticket sales are CASH ONLY with the turnstiles open from 6.00p.m. They are priced as follows:
Adults: £17.00; Concessions (Over-60 and Students with valid ID): £14.00; Juniors (12-16): £9.00; Under-12s: £1.00.
The Swanscombe End Terrace is all standing but supporters who require seating will be able to gain access to a block of seating at the end of the Old Main Stand. On entering through the turnstiles supporters should speak to stewards who can allow them access to this section of seating and wheelchair area. There will be segregation in force for this fixture.
Disabled prices are as per the above rates. An assistant can be admitted free of charge if required. There are six designated wheelchair spaces which are all situated in home areas of the ground. These are in the Main Stand at first floor level (with a lift available) and in the opposite wooden stand at ground level slightly towards the Swanscombe End. There is covering, but this may not be sufficient if the wind is blowing in the wrong direction.
There is a disabled toilet at the rear of the Main Stand, approximately 50 metres from the disabled area. There is no specific assistance for visual/hearing impared although BBC Radio Kent covers games on 96.7FM. There are a limited number of disabled parking spaces although note this is on a mix of tarmac and loose gravel, so ask for help if this is an issue.
For further information on Disabled facilities or for special arrangements, contact Cheryl Wanless at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01474 533796. They ask for all requests to be put in at least 24 hours before the game.
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Ebbsfleet United : Directions To The Ground
The Swanscombe End - an open terrace used for away supporters when segregation is in force
You may struggle to find the name Ebbsfleet on a map. More likely you'll pinpoint the area under the club's former name, situated in Northfleet, close to the larger town of Gravesend. This is just outside the M25 in Kent, on the south bank of the River Thames as it snakes its way out into the sea. So go up the A303, then M3, then take the south side of the M25 past Gatwick. However, don't go across the river at Dartford - you'll need to turn eastbound off the motorway before you hit the Dartford Crossing.
From the M25 at Junction 2 take the A2 eastbound towards Rochester and Chatham. Leave the A2 at the Northfleet/Gravesend West junction. At the roundabout, follow signs to Ebbsfleet International Station/A226 which will take you on to Thamesway and past Ebbsfleet International. Once past the station, the ground is at the end of that road.
There is limited spaces in side streets. Note that Thames Way (A226) close to the station is designated as a 'Clearway' which means that if you park there then you'll get ticketed. The recommended car park is at Ebbsfleet International railway station. Use Car Park C which will cost £3.00 and leaves you five minutes away from the ground. There is a club car park but this isn't generally available to away supporters unless you've agreed this with Ebbsfleet.
The nearest station is Northfleet which is only about 200 yards from the ground and connects from Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge, meaning it is the most obvious one for Glovers fans coming in via Waterloo mainline station. As you leave Northfleet station go (more or less) straight ahead until you reach the main road. Turn left and walk down the hill and the ground is on your right.
The next nearest is the Ebbsfleet International station, which connects from London St Pancras. Exit the station through Car Park C and towards the roundabout where you will see the stadium in front of you.
Alternatively, you can go to Gravesend Station and get a bus to the ground. Come out of the station on the Town side and turn right. There are some bus stops just by the station. You can catch a 480 or 490 bus which will drop you outside the ground. There is also the Fastrack B Service which goes to Ebbsfleet International Station - see above for navigation from there.
Check the National Rail Enquiries site for details of services.
Bus routes are really only relevant if you choose to come in via Gravesend. Take the 480 or 490 bus which will drop you outside the ground. There is also the Fastrack B Service which goes to Ebbsfleet International Station.
A selection of Northfleet taxi companies can be found here.
The original main stand at Stonebridge Road. Still in use but replaced by more modern facilities on the opposite side
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|Ebbsfleet United : Web Resources|
Ebbsfleet United Football Club
Ebbsfleet United's main club website, based on their own independent design. There's quite a lot of information hidden under the main menus.
|Web Message Boards|
E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters
Dedicated online section for the Kent Messenger newspaper.
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Ebbsfleet United : Food & Drink
Given Stonebridge Road (currently called Kuflink Stadium) is in a sprawling industrial estate that is almost a cut off ‘island’, bounded by marsh, aggregate extraction and cement works to the north, the Thames to the east, and the Eurostar line to the west, this is a pub guide that won’t take long. To be fair, Gravesend itself appears to be attempting to become the Micropub Capital of Britain, with four so far: Compass Alehouse (2014), 7 Manor Road, DA12 1AA; Three Pillars (2017), 25 Wrotham Road, DA11 0PA; Invicta Bar (2017), 31 Windmill Street, DA12 1AS; Mole Hole (Now open, as of August 2019), 17 High Street, DA11 0BA. Unfortunately, the ground is about 2.2 miles walking from here, but all are close (or reasonably close) to Gravesend station which in turn is one stop from Northfleet station, or there are buses. The area around Ebbsfleet’s stadium, conversely, is not as well blessed with pubs.
Club Bar :
Whether the Fleet Lounge Club Bar is available to away fans depends whether Ebbsfleet has decided
to segregate the match or not. Generally, they don’t segregate. When they do provision for the away
Swanscombe End is pretty limited: a burger van doing some basic hot food and drinks.
Local Pubs :
|Edinburgh Castle: Next in line after The Rose (below) as one moves away from the stadium into more residential Northfleet, is this pub. It doesn’t do any Real Ale, does have a Food Hygiene Certificate so presumably offers some sort of meals, may have BT Sports... and that’s as much as we know about it. Appears to open from 11.00 a.m. every day. Ten minute walk from the ground.|
Edinburgh Castle, 6 High Street, Northfleet, Kent, DA11 9HB. Tel: 01474 533893. Map: Click Here.
|George and Dragon: Across the other side of the Eurostar line, a few hundred yards from Swanscombe station on the local railway line from Charing Cross and London Bridge, it’s a straightforward 0.6 mile walk along the A226 to the ground. For Real Ale aficionados this is likely to be the local pub of choice, with plenty of CAMRA awards over a number of years. Caveman Brewery brew on site, with two of their beers always on tap. The other four pumps are occupied by changing offerings from smaller breweries from Kent and wider afield. Keg lagers are usually: the house George & Dragon Tipple, brewed in Belgium; Chapel Down Curious Brew Lager from Kent; and Staropramen. Also has up to six ciders served from the box. Food served: 6.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 12.30 p.m. – 3.00 p.m. and 6.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Thursday to Saturday; 12.30 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. Sunday. There’s BT Sports and a beer garden. Opening is 4.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. Monday to Tuesday, noon – 11.00p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, noon – 10.30 p.m. Sunday.|
George and Dragon, 1 London Road, Swanscombe, Kent, DA10 0LQ. Tel: 01322 386440. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|The Rose: Closest pub to the stadium, at not much more than five minutes walk away, and also convenient for Northfleet railway station. Does two, sometimes three, Real Ales: St Austell’s Tribute, and usually something more local. No food. There’s a Sky Sports banner on the outside of the pub in some photos that appear to be recent, but we’re not guaranteeing that’s still on offer. Has a pub garden. Opening times are noon – 11.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, noon – midnight Friday and
Saturday, noon – 10.30 p.m. Sunday.|
The Rose, 1 Rose Street, Northfleet, Kent, DA11 9EQ. Tel: 07547 344438. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Ye Old Coach and Horses Inn: Northfleet is a bit of a sprawling mess, but in what probably passes for the centre of town, and 0.8 miles from the ground, is this Ei chain pub. Real Ale is Sharp’s Doom Bar, plus one other usually sourced from a major brewer. A real cider is from Weston’s. Has car parking, Sky Sports, a pool table, darts and garden with covered heated smoking area. Food is served lunchtimes only, from noon – 5.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and 11.30 a.m. – 3.30 p.m. Sunday. Opens at noon every day, closing 11.00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and midnight on Friday and Saturday.|
Ye Old Coach and Horses Inn, 25 The Hill, Northfleet, Kent, DA11 9EU. Tel: 01474 395088. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
|Ye Olde Leather Bottel: Still in the ‘centre’, but slightly further away from the ground at 0.9 miles than Ye Old Coach & Horses (above), is another offering from the Ei pub chain. No Real Ale. Has Sports TV, pub garden and a car park. Food served all day from noon – 9.00 p.m. Monday to Saturday, noon until 5.00 p.m. Sunday. Opening is 11.00 a.m. every day, closing 11.00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and midnight on Friday and Saturday.|
Ye Olde Leather Bottel, Dover Road, Northfleet, Kent, DA11 9PH. Tel: 01474 355226. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.
Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :
25 miles from London - what do you think they sound like? If you're fluent in Estuary English then you'll fit in perfectly.
When setting off to "Ebbsfleet in Kent" make sure you actually travel to the correct one! Dating all the way back to the Roman Empire, there is a small hamlet called Ebbsfleet situated near Ramsgate in Kent. This is on the East coast of Kent and thus on entirely the wrong side of the county. Head there and you may find the attendance for the match is lower than you expected.
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Ebbsfleet United : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels
Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide
to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.
Other Points Of Interest
The Port of London is effectively based here these days so the place is a ship-spotters paradise. They do have ship-spotters don't they, like train or plane spotters? If not, why not?!
[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]
Now demolished, the Liam Daish Stand existed until 2016 but now has a new main stand in its place
How the Swanscombe End terrace used to look like before they smartened it up with new crush barriers
Looking out from the Swanscombe End terrace during the era when the Liam Daish Stand still existed
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