FIFC would like to announce that Neil Cugley has stepped down as Director of Football.

Over the many years, both on and off the pitch, Neil’s contribution to Folkestone Invicta has been immeasurable. For many years played at youth level, including two periods for the first team and managing the club for 26 seasons, to then becoming a director – it is only fitting that Neil now becomes an Ambassador for the club.

From Neil Cugley:

As the club’s Director of Football, my initial responsibility was to help facilitate a seamless transition between the footballing aspects of the club, and the Chairman and Board of Directors, as well as our excellent main sponsor, Alcaline.

Now that the new regime have been involved for nearly six months, I no longer feel that this role is necessary or required.

When I stepped down as Manager of Folkestone Invicta FC, my main goal was to secure future investment to enable the club to move forward. After several meetings with Josh Healey (Chairman), he agreed to be involved with the club at a difficult time, and has since formed a strong board with collective, determined ambition for the club.

I will continue to support the team both home and away, and am proud that the club is moving forward in such a positive manner.

I have been asked to be an Ambassador for FIFC, which I am honoured to accept. I have enjoyed many years at the club as a young supporter, player, manager and director and wish everybody involved at FIFC every success for the future.

From the Chairman:

“We greatly appreciate Neil’s efforts throughout his time as Director of Football.

“Whilst my time working directly with Neil has been short, I’ve known him for many years and the dedication and loyalty he has shown to the club is to be truly admired. He holds a very distinctive legacy here.

“I’m therefore delighted to announce Folkestone Invicta’s Wilf Armory Bar is to be renamed ‘Cugley’s Lounge’, in recognition of Neil’s unique and long-serving contribution to the club. It’s an honour to be able to rename this area after a club legend,” FIFC Chairman, Josh Healey, said.