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This Sunday We Honour Sid and George

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On Sunday, in our last pre-season fixture of the season we welcome our old friends from Ashford United, please note the kick-off  time is 1:00pm. The game will see both clubs honouring gentlemen who played a part in their respective histories as we are competing for the Sid Burvill Trophy as well as the George Sargeant Memorial Shield. Should the score be level after ninety minutes, the game will go straight to penalties, there won’t be extra time. 

 

 

Sid was a popular member of the off-field team in Invicta’s early days when we started playing in what was then the Winstonlead Kent League. You will notice the gates at the Wilmoths (cricket ground) end have an ‘S’ & ‘B’ in recognition of Sid, as he used to man the turnstile at that end. In fact, his daughter Sue ran the London Marathon to raise money to pay, not only for the gates but also the trophy which is competed for. Speaking to Neil, he said: “Sid was invaluable in the early years around Invicta, and it is good that we can honour him by playing for a trophy in his name. “Over the years we’ve a good record and hopefully that can continue Sunday. “Over the years his son Bernie and his family have been great supporters of the club and I’d like to welcome them to the BuildKent Stadium for the game and hope they have an enjoyable afternoon.”    

 

The results of the other Sid Burvill Trophy games are shown below, as you’ll see we are the current holders having beaten Ramsgate 4-2 during the last pre-season. We led 3-0 at half time following strikes from Scott Heard, Ian Draycott and Alfie Paxman, before David Smith added a fourth at the start of second half. However, our opponents responded with two goals of their own through Ben Allen and Euen Bunn, although with the second being just three minutes from time it was a bit too late for them to launch a fightback. 

 

2000

Folkestone Invicta

2

Ashford Town

0

 

2001

Folkestone Invicta

5

Tonbridge Angels

2

 

2002

Folkestone Invicta

3

Tonbridge Angels

1

 

2003

Folkestone Invicta

1

Welling United

1

(Invicta won 4-2 on pens)

2004

Folkestone Invicta

6

Ashford Town

1

 

2005

Folkestone Invicta

2

Tonbridge Angels

1

 

2006

Folkestone Invicta

1

Dartford

0

 

2007

Folkestone Invicta

2

Bromley

6

 

2008

Folkestone Invicta

0

Tooting & Mitcham Utd

3

 

2009

Not Played

       

2010

Not Played

       

2011

Folkestone Invicta

3

Billericay Town

1

 

2012

Folkestone Invicta

0

Tonbridge Angels

0

(Invicta won 3-0 on pens)

2013

Not Played

       

2014

Folkestone Invicta

2

AFC Hornchurch

2

(Invicta won 4-3 on pens)

2015

Folkestone Invicta

7

Ashford United

2

 

2016

Folkestone Invicta

0

Faversham Town

4

 

2017

Folkestone Invicta

1

Thamesmead Town

1

(T'mead won 3-2 on pens)

2018

Folkestone Invicta

0

Dartford

2

 

2019

Folkestone Invicta

3

Whitstable Town

1

 

2020

Folkestone Invicta

6

Ashford United

1

 

2021

Folkestone Invicta

4

Ramsgate

2

 

2022

Folkestone Invicta

vs

Ashford United

   

 

 

George, who spent an incredible fifty-two years at Ashford in its various guises before passing away in 2015 aged ninety-five. He was one of the real characters of the game and Neil has a number of funny stories from when they shared the dug-out at Ashford Town, remembering George he said: “I had six or seven years with George at Ashford when I was Manager and at times it was his terrific Irish sense of humour that kept us all going and it was great that he was at the club to enjoy the Fulham and Watford games in the F.A. Cup. “Mind you, he wasn’t always the most optimistic of people, on many occasions we would go two or three goals up and he’d turn round and say one more should do it! “I remember once we went 6-0 up against Erith & Belvedere and as he turned to face me, I said don’t say it George!!.”

 

This is the seventh playing of the Shield and if you want to see plenty of goals this is the game to go to, in the six previous games there have been thirty-nine goals, an average closing in on seven per game! (That’s done it, get ready for a 0-0 draw!). The results so far have been:

 

2016

Ashford United

5

Folkestone Invicta

4

2017

Ashford United

1

Folkestone Invicta

4

2018

Ashford United

0

Folkestone Invicta

4

2019

Ashford United

2

Folkestone Invicta

7

2020

Folkestone Invicta

6

Ashford United

1

2021

Ashford United

2

Folkestone Invicta

3

2022

Folkestone Invicta

vs

Ashford United

 

 

Last season we retained the Shield, although it was a bit closer than many of the previous games as we picked up a hard-fought 3-2 win at Homelands, Tyler Sterling gave us an early lead after eight minutes, which Jordan Wright doubled six minutes later and by half-time he had added a second, although by then ‘The Nuts & Bolts’ had pulled a goal back through Luke Leppard. Tashi-Jay Kwaiye then scored a second for the home side, but that was the end of the scoring and Invicta registered a 3-2 victory.

 

They had an excellent season last time out, before, having finished 2nd in the South East Division table, they fell at the final hurdle losing 2-0 at home against Herne Bay in the Play-Off Final in front of 1,865 spectators. No doubt, they’ll be putting in a strong challenge again this season.

 

Isthmian League South East Division Top Six – 2021/22 Season

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

PTS

G/D

Hastings United

38

27

4

7

82

33

85

+49

Ashford United

38

22

6

10

79

48

72

+31

Herne Bay

38

21

7

10

63

34

70

+29

Haywards Heath Town

38

19

10

9

51

33

67

+18

Cray Valley PM

38

19

9

10

70

48

66

+22

Ramsgate

38

20

5

13

80

52

65

+28

 

Ashford United are managed by the highly respected Tommy Warrilow, who joined ‘The Nuts & Bolts’ in December 2018, although he had played under Neil Cugley during his time as Manager of Ashford Town during the 1990s and has also managed Tonbridge Angels, Cray Wanderers and Thamesmead Town, and he holds a UEFA ‘B’ Coaching Licence. He is assisted by the vastly experienced Alex O’Brien, and Terry Sedge, who has returned to the club as goalkeeping coach this season, having previously been at Ramsgate.

 

As far as their squad is concerned, it is a bit of a reunion on Sunday as they could have no less than five former Invicta players in their squad. We welcome former Invicta Club Captain Liam Friend and Johan Ter Horst back to the BuildKent Stadium plus Charles Dickens and Clark Woodcock, who have both signed from Faversham Town. Adem Ramadan has also featured in some of their pre-season games, so he may play on Sunday. They’ve also brought in goalkeeper Jacob Russell, who played for Ramsgate last season and had appeared to have signed for Cray Wanderers for this campaign, defender Ryan Sawyer from Corinthian, along with midfielders Alex Brown from Hythe Town, Olumide Oluwatimilehin from Bowers & Pitsea, Lanre Azeez from SCEFL Premier Division Glebe although he also played for Hastings United last season and Fyn Rutherford on a dual registration with National League South Division Tonbridge Angels, plus forwards Michael Uwezu from Burgess Hil Town, and Gus Barnes from SCEFL Premier Division Whitstable Town. Bradley Simms and Gary Lockyer are among those retained from last season.  

 

So far in their pre-season games, they’ve lost 4-3 at home against Potters Bar Town (the goalscorers were Trialists, an own goal and Michael Uwezu), won 3-0 at SCL Premier Division Eastbourne United  (Adem Ramadan, Trialist and Johan Ter Horst), drawn 1-1 (Gus Barnes) with tenants Kennington who play in the SCEFL Premier Division, and 0-0 at Rochester United of the SCEFL Division One, as well as suffering further 1-0 defeats at Erith Town, also of the SCEFL Premier Division and at home against Margate. Last Tuesday they played the Charlton Athletic Academy at Homelands and went down 3-1 (Luke Burdon was their goalscorer, which was his last contribution for the club as on Wednesday he announced he was leaving).    

 

Not surprisingly Neil is looking forward to the game on Sunday, saying: “They are a well-run club and I’m looking forward to meeting up with my good friend Tommy Warrilow, a proper football man, who is in charge up there and has done such an excellent job, and I’m expecting them to be near the top again next season. I had a few enjoyable seasons at Ashford, especially with the F.A. Cup runs and I’ve got a lot of friends there.”

 

Concerning the team, he added: “I’m hoping to have a trialist in the squad for Sunday, but apart from them I’ll be looking to play a side that is as near to the planned starting line-up for our first League game at Enfield a week later, certainly for some of the game.”   

 

Admission Details

Admission is £5.00, Under 18s £3.00 and Under 5s Free.

 

All admission to be paid on the turnstiles, which will open at 11:30am, there will be no pre-bought tickets available, and payment will be accepted by cash or card at either turnstile.

Folkestone Invicta’s Pre-Season Fixtures and Results

July

Opponents

H/A

Result (F-A)

Saturday 2nd 

Gillingham

Home

0-2

Tuesday 5th 

Tonbridge Angels

Home

0-3

Saturday 16th 

Eastbourne Borough

Home

0-0

Tuesday 19th 

Ramsgate

Away

P-P

Saturday 23rd 

Maidstone United

Home

1-2

Tuesday 26th

Hythe Town

Away

3-0

Saturday 30th

Dover Athletic

Home

1-0

August

     

Sunday 7th

Ashford United

Home

Kick-off 1:00pm

Saturday 13th

Enfield Town*

Away

Kick-off 3:00pm

 

 

 

 

 

* First Isthmian League Premier Division game of the 2022/23 season.