Gravesend Club Profile

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Club Background; We've Met Before; Club Statistics; Club Information; Directions To The Ground; Web Resources; Food And Drink; Local Amenities

Club Background

Gravesend and Northfleet FC, based in the borough of Gravesham, was born in 1946, the issue of a merger between two longstanding local clubs, Gravesend United and Northfleet United. 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 unsuccesful 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 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 succesful 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, curent manager Andy Ford taking over the reins following a largely disappointing first season in the new league. Since then the Fleet have come into a new succesful phase, winning the Kent Senior Cup twice in three years and then beating off the challenge of the highly-rated Canvey Island in the Isthmian title chase last season to earn promotion to the Conference.

Gravesend's ground is one of those large, mainly terraced affairs that thousands could fit comfortably into with no real problems but has since been emasculated by safety restrictions. The club have spent £150,000 over the close season bringing it up to current Conference standards, but a mandated capacity of 4,000 with only 660 seats means the club are going to have to invest even more heavily should they wish to remain in the top flight of non-league football past 2004.

Prediction corner
Manager Andy Ford hasn't gone mad over the summer, largely sticking by the men who got the club promoted from the Isthmian last season, and adding in the main experienced Conference players to the mix. The club don't appear to have any so-called stars in it's line-up but proved by out-lasting a very good Canvey Island team last season that their first-choice line-up will be a match for most this season. It's doubtful whether they'll have the strength in depth to sustain a play-off challenge, but we don't expect them to be worrying about relegation either. Final position: 13th, or thereabouts. Comfortably mid-table, anyway.

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We've Met Before ...

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Gravesend and Northfleet : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Gravesend and Northfleet

11/01/1947AwaySLL3-4Hartburn, Doyle, Own Goal
13/09/1947HomeSLW5-1Marshall(2), Boulter, Gore, Swinfen
30/03/1949AwaySLD2-2Bryant, Rogers
22/04/1950HomeSLW4-1Philips(2), Wright(2)
19/08/1950AwaySLL2-3Foulds, Wright
27/01/1951HomeSLW3-2Wright, Rae, C Hayward
08/03/1952AwaySLD2-2Hamilton, Stenner
03/05/1952HomeSLL4-8Easton(2), Hunter, Neville
16/01/1954HomeSLD5-5Clarke(3), Lunn, Ryan
22/01/1955HomeSLW3-2Clarke, Own Goal, Fraser
12/11/1955AwaySLW3-2Fidler, Fraser, Reid
24/03/1956HomeSLW4-1Fraser, Easton(2), Elder
13/09/1956HomeSLW4-2McKay(3), Gaillard
24/08/1957AwaySLL2-5McKay, Riseborough
21/12/1957HomeSLW6-2Elder, Travis(2), Torrance, McKay, Alexander
29/11/1958AwaySLL3-4McConnon(2), Dennis
19/12/1959HomeSLW3-1Dennis, Emmonds, Phillips
24/09/1960HomeSLW5-2Albury, Hayward, Taylor(2), Paton
24/04/1961AwaySLW3-1Pounder, Taylor(2)
24/03/1962AwaySLW2-1Coughlin, Hirst
27/10/1962HomeSLW3-1Foley, Hedges, Own Goal
07/10/1970HomeSLC2W3-0Myers(2), Weller
19/02/1972HomeSLW5-02230Weller(2), Cotton(3)
15/11/1975HomeSLW3-12109Plumb, Brown, McMahon
10/01/1979HomeSLW4-01179Green(2), Platt, Morrall
28/02/1981AwayAPLD2-2Platt, Green
26/09/1981HomeAPLW2-11036Beck, Bell
17/08/2002HomeConfD2-22948Crittenden 67, Skiverton 90
04/01/2003AwayConfW4-21404Jackson 13, Lindegaard 35, 57, 90

Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Gravesend and Northfleet


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Club Statistics


29/03/2003Kettering TownAwayConfD1-11070Evans 45
05/04/2003Chester CityHomeConfL0-11273
12/04/2003Leigh RMIAwayConfD0-0385
19/04/2003BarnetHomeConfD2-21358Hatch 27, Duku 45
21/04/2003Farnborough TownAwayConfD1-11015Hatch 72
26/04/2003Halifax TownHomeConfW1-01950Hatch 73


Che Stadhart12100013
Liam Hatch700007
Jimmy Jackson700007
Mark Bentley700007
Tostao Kwashi500005
Jimmy Strouts300003
Nick Burton300003
Francis Duku200002
Akpo Sodje200002
Paul Booth200002
Chris Giles200002
Louie Evans100001
Danny Lye100001
Craig Wilkins100001
Aaron Barnett100001
Kevin Budge100001
Tim Cole100001
Steve McKimm100001
Own Goals200002


Highest League Attendance: 2036, vs Dagenham and Redbridge, 20/08/2002
Lowest League Attendance: 876, vs Forest Green Rovers, 21/12/2002
Average League Attendance: 1229


Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 9 Games Without Defeat: 4
Games Without A Home Defeat: 2 Games Without An Away Defeat: 3
Games Without A Draw: 1 Games Without A Score Draw: 1
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 3 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 1 Home Results Sequence: WDWLDW
Away Results Sequence: DLLDDD Overall Results Sequence: DLDDDW

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Club Information

Address : Stonebridge Road, Northfleet, Kent, DA11 9GN
Telephone Number : 01474 533796
Fax : 01474 324754
Clubcall : 09066 555844 (60p/min)
Email :

Chairman : Brian Kilcullen
Press Officer :
Fixtures Secretary : Roly Edwards
Team Manager : Andy Ford
Capacity : 4,000
Seated : 600
Covered Terrace :

Record Attendance : 12,032, v Sunderland, FAC4, 1963

Nickname : The Fleet

Midweek Games Played : Tuesday

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Directions To The Ground

General overview of directions goes here

By Road

>From the M25 take the A2 coastbound. Take the second exit (B262) and turn left at the top of the slip-road. Go across the first roundabout into Springhead Road. Follow road across one roundabout until you reach a T-Junction. Turn left into Northfleet High Street. Follow Northfleet High Street until you come to the top of Stonebridge Hill. Down the hill and the ground is at the bottom on the right. The Car Park is at the far end of the ground.

By Rail

The nearest station is Northfleet which is only about 200 yards from the ground As you leave the station go (more or less) straight ahead until you reach the main road (EuroKebab on your left). Turn left and walk down the hill and the ground is on your right. 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 which will drop you outside the ground.

Directions courtesy of Northfleet on the Net

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Web Resources

Web Sites

Northfleet on the Net - official site

Web Message Boards
Gravesend Forum
E-Mail Mailing Lists

None known.

Local Press

None Known.

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Food & Drink

Club Bar :

Not known.

Local Pubs :

Coming soon

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.

Top-Tip :

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Local Amenities

Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the surrounding area.

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?!

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