Tuesday 04th November 2003

Statement from Ashford Town Football Club
The Conference Chairman John Moules visited Homelands today to assess the suitability of the ground for Conference football so that Margate can complete their fixtures for the season. The game for 11 November against Woking was given
the go ahead and approval for the rest of the season was given subject to arrangements being made for crowd segregation and the proper demarcation of the standing areas around the ground. Neither measure currently being necessary for the Southern League. The decision still requires formal ratification by the Conference board in November.

Overall the inspection team were very complimentary about the ground, the standard of the pitch and the facilities. The offer of the use of the Homelands was made to Margate in the spirit of football friendship to a fellow Kent side whose future looked bleak without these arrangements. Margate will pay a match fee for the use of the ground but will also make a valuable contribution in maintaining the pitch and making players available from time to time for Ashford Town.

Ashford Town will welcome the Margate supporters on match days offering the same level of hospitality as for any other game.
Mark Jenner
Chief Executive