The way our club is currently being run is an absolute disgrace, the team is a shambles and no one seems accountable, says disgruntled Beckenham Town supporter

Tuesday 02nd January 2024

BECKENHAM TOWN supporters demand who is accountable for the shambolic performances of their team this season.


The club are rooted to the foot of the Isthmian League South East Division table with eight points from 16 games and are four points adrift of safety.

Beckenham Town suffered one of their most humiliating league defeats at Eden Park Avenue, when Littlehampton Town came away with a 6-1 win in a relegation six-pointer on Saturday.

One disgruntled fan, who witnessed the shambolic performance, has contacted this website and demands answers.

“Just read your report from Saturday’s game, in which I was in attendance,” he said.

“Your article is spot on, the way Beckenham are currently being run is an absolute disgrace!

“We, as supporters, get no information on what is going on. There are players coming in on a match-by-match basis, which is ridiculous!  I only recognised four players on Saturday.

“Whilst they still have a chance of staying up, I personally see how they can with constantly changing players.

“I remember thinking after we beat Chatham Town at the end of January 2023, that we had a real chance of going up.  Now, a year later, the team is a shambles but no one seems accountable.”

With manager Jason Huntley away on holiday, head coach Darren Anslow dodged the post-match grilling on Saturday and sent out Sam Clark-Keen for media duties.

On the Isthmian League/Football Association official team-sheet that is handed to the match referee and the secretary of the other club, there is a box that has spaces for six names under Names of Technical Area Occupants.

Club Secretary Peter Palmer listed 'J Huntley, B Walton, J Clewes, P Wilson, D Anslow and S Kendall.'

When asked why Bradley Ryan has left the club and has signed for their league rivals Ashford United, the former Hollands & Blair coach replied: “Brad has decided to move on and we give him our best wishes.  He has ambitions to play at a higher level and he feels this is the best move for him at this time.  I don’t really know what else to say about that really.  Ultimately he has decided to play at a higher level and he seems Ashford as the best opportunity for him.”

Those comments did not go down well with the Beckenham Town faithful - esepcially as Ashford United also play in the same division.

Clark-Keen was also asked who is in charge at Eden Park Avenue.

He replied: “I don’t think that’s a question for me to answer at this point if I’m perfectly honest.  I don’t think that’s a fair question.”

The game between Phoenix Sports and Beckenham Town was abandoned yesterday, due to a serious injury sustained by midfielder Harry Gamble.

The score was goal-less at the time of the abandonment and Steve O’Boyle’s side were reduced to 10 men after 18 minutes after their player-coach Ryan Hayes was sent off.

A club statement said: “Harry has been released from hospital.  Thankfully, he has not suffered any serious injury to his head or neck, but he has suffered a bad concussion and will rest at home.

“Harry and his family would like to thank all for their kind words and well wishes.”

Beckenham Town travel to fourth-place Sittingbourne on Saturday and must sign players that can perform in the eighth-tier of English football, otherwise their two year stay at this level will come to an end in April.

The club have never suffered a relegation before and Anslow (whose arrival in November was not announced by the club after leaving lower-league Hollands & Blair) is under pressure to turn around fortunes - and the Eden Park Avenue faithful no longer want to be kept in the dark.