Wednesday 29th June 2005

New chairman at Chatham



A lot has happened during the close season at Maidstone Road, writes Stephen McCartney.

Jeff Talbot has succeeded Frank Skinner as chairman at progressive Southern League Division One East club Chatham Town.

Skinner felt he could not commit the time needed to the club due to increasing work committments.

"We all thank Frank for his service to the club and wish him well, hopefully we will see him at home games when possible," a statement said on their new website www.chathamtownfc.net

Talbot's appointment brings with it a new era to the club.  He has got plans for the further development of the Medway side, and a bright future on and off the field looks promising.

On the playing side, following his success as reserve team manager last season, Phil Miles has been appointed first team boss' Steve Binks' assistant.

Meanwhile the club need working parties every Sunday morning from 10am to help prepare Maidstone Road for the new season.

The club have confirmed they will be holding monthly social events throughout the new season.

Not only will this be a great opportunity for players, families, friends and supporters to get together, but it will be a chance to help raise vital and much needed revenue for the club.

There will, however, be a charge for events, as in previous years. 

For events held within in the clubhouse, ticket sales will, however, be limited to 80, for safety reasons and for the comfort of those attending.

Tickets will be sold on a first come, first sold basis.

The club have announced their pre-season matches:

Saturday 30th July (h) Margate

Tuesday 2nd August (h) Folkestone Invicta

Saturday 6th August (a) Dover Athletic

Meanwhile, in the Southern League Cup, first round draw, Chatham make the short trip to Stonebridge Road to take on local rivals, Dartford.

Sittingbourne travel to Barking & East Ham United.

There are only three Kent sides in the Southern League this season.