Saturday 29th April 2017
Erith & Belvedere v Canterbury City
Southern Counties East Football League
Kick off 3.00pm
Park View Road, Welling, Kent, DA16 1SY
We wrap up our league season on Saturday when we host Canterbury City at Park View Road, we go into final day with a faint hope of survival depending on the outcome of the Beckenham Town v Bearsted game and we still have a job to do to ensure that we finish the season off the foot of the table and begin to rebuild for next year.
This is our third game against Canterbury City after our first attempt to face Canterbury City at the Homelands was abandoned after 50 minutes due to fog, Canterbury City would go on to win the replayed tie 2-1 with goals by Rob Lawrence and David Pilcher for the hosts and Sebastian Schoburgh for the Deres.
Canterbury City has had a stable season this year and are currently in 9th place with 55 points from their 37 fixtures.
Referee: Tom Nicholls
Assistant Referees: Nick Fruin & Daniel Wyatt
Club Name: Canterbury City
Ground: The Homelands, Ashford Road, Kingsnorth, TN26 1NJ
Distance from Park View Road (Round Trip): 99.2 miles
Colours: All Maroon
Manager: Ben Smith
Last Season: 8th (SCEFL)
The present incarnation of Canterbury City FC dates back only to 2007, but historian Dave Elliott has traced the first Canterbury representative side to 1888 when they played a 1-1 draw at Dover and won 4-2 at home. A side called Canterbury City was playing by 1901 and joined the East Kent Thursday League in 1904-05. The local newspaper praised City for building a grandstand at Wincheap Grove to hold 140 spectators in their first season, at a cost of £70! The following season the club joined the East Kent League, but financial troubles brought a close to the club after only three seasons.
A short-lived attempt at a representative club was made in 1910, entering the Kent League Division 2 (East), and a military unit called the Carabiniers reached the same level in 1913-14, but the Canterbury City name was revived by the former Canterbury Alliance FC in 1921 – but again the club collapsed within a couple of seasons for financial reasons.
The next rising power was Waverley FC, originally founded as a Thursday club (playing football on working half-days) before the Great War. They formed a “Saturday section” in 1922 and entered the Kent League Division 2 in 1925-26 as Canterbury Waverley. They reached the Kent Amateur Cup semi-final in 1927 and joined the Kent League Division 1 for 1928-29 when they met the Deres for the first time. With a thriving supporters’ club, Waverley developed the Wincheap Grove ground, playing a friendly with Queens Park Rangers in 1930 (winning 3-2) as part of a transfer deal for player Wally Tutt, arranging with a travelling circus for the use of the area next to the ground for £60 a year, and turning semi-professional at the club’s annual meeting in 1931.
Canterbury Waverley v Deres games threw up some great encounters in that period, with 18 league games producing an aggregate of 95 goals! Deres won 7-1 in 1928-29, 7-2 in 1932-33 and 5-3 in 1938-39; Waverley won 7-2 in 1931-32, 7-1 in 1934-35, 9-0 in 1936-37 and 8-1 in 1938-39, while there was a 4-4 draw at Canterbury in 1933-34.
Waverley looked set to go up another level in 1938-39. The nursery arrangement between Margate and Arsenal had fallen through, and Arsenal manager Jack Lambert approached Waverley secretary Bob Styles offering four Arsenal youngsters to play for Waverley with the Canterbury club meeting half their expenses. That season Waverley had a great FA Cup run, hosting Guildford City in the final qualifying round. The Daily Sketch newspaper featured the club on the back page, but they lost 1-0 in front of a record gate of 2,838. It was the club’s high-water mark: being so near the frontline, wartime football was restricted despite Waverley reaching the Kent Senior Cup semi-final in 1940, and the club did not survive the war.
Another Canterbury City FC was founded in 1947 and had a long association with the Kent and Southern Football Leagues. City played in the Kent League from 1947 to 1959. In their first season, they made it to the semi-finals of the Kent Senior Cup. In the 1949–50 and 1950–51 seasons, they finished third in Division 1, the highest they achieved in the Kent League. In 1950 they won their first cup, the Kent League Cup, and four years later won the Kent Senior Cup and finished runners-up in the Kent League Cup and Kent Senior Shield, the 1954 sides being captained by Bobby Veck. The remainder of the 1950s saw the club finish no lower than ninth, reaching the Kent Senior Shield final and Kent Senior Cup semi-final in 1956 and the Kent League Cup semi-final in 1958. When the Kent League disbanded at the end of the 1958–59 season, Canterbury joined the Metropolitan League for 1959–60, finishing third. This was enough to win promotion to the Southern League Division 1 where they soon consolidated.
The 1960s saw some good FA Cup runs for Canterbury as they twice made it through to the 1st round proper. In 1963-64 they hosted Torquay United at home but lost 6-0 in front of a record 3,001 attendance, and in 1968-69 they gave Swindon Town a tough battle before eventually going down 0-1 (a narrower defeat than Arsenal managed in the League Cup Final a few months later!) Canterbury City also achieved their highest position in English football by finishing seventh in the 1965–66 Southern League Division 1 campaign.
In 1971 Division 1 was renamed the Southern Division as Canterbury remained a regular name in the division. Among their players during this period was former Busby Babe Bob Harrop. They reached the semi-finals of the Kent Senior Cup in 1972 and 1974. They made the first round proper of the FA Trophy in 1973–74 and the second round proper a season later. Canterbury also finished ninth in the Southern League in 1974-75 and the following season were runners-up in both the Kent Floodlight Trophy (2-3 on aggregate to Margate) and Kent Senior Cup (to Maidstone United). In 1979–80 they won the Kent Senior Trophy, however, the club struggled for most of the 1970s and 1980s, as they were often found at the wrong end of the league table. Finishing tenth in the Southern League and making it to the quarter-finals of the Kent Senior Cup in 1984-85 was the only high point of the 1980s.
By 1994 Canterbury was struggling on and off the pitch and after another tough season, they dropped down to the Kent League for 1994–95. City reached the first round proper of the FA Vase in 1998–99, but then the club again fell on hard times and after finishing bottom of the ladder for two consecutive seasons they withdrew in the summer of 2001 and folded.
The club was re-formed in 2007 and was elected into the Kent County League Division 2 East. In their first season, they claimed the Division 2 East title, then secured back to back promotions by claiming the Division 1 East title. In their first season (2009-10) in the Premier Division, they achieved a 5th place finish, and 2010-11 saw Canterbury finish as runners-up and become the last club to be elected directly from the Kent County League to the Kent League.
Head to Head
Deres Goals: 76
Canterbury: Goals: 63
15/03/2017, SCEFL, Canterbury City 2 (Lawrence, Pilcher) Deres 1 (Schoburgh)
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Updated 15:21 - 27 Apr 2017 by Website Admin
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