Soccer Shorts: Sporting Club Thamesmead appoint Jason Long as their new manager

Monday 20th May 2019

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BROMLEIANS have appointed Peter Nolan – who was part of Lee Roots’ management team at Southern Counties East Football League First Division side Forest Hill Park last season – as their new manager.

CHERTSEY TOWN manager Dave Anderson has heaped praise on Cray Valley manager Kevin Watson following yesterday’s FA Buildbase Vase Final at Wembley Stadium.

Anderson, 57, told reporters that he was retiring after his side beat the Millers 3-1 after extra time.

“You’re a class act Kev.  I hope my respect for you showed before and after a very close game,” the Belfast born Anderson said on Twitter.

CONCORD RANGERS have unveiled the signing of former Gillingham striker Greg Cundle, 22, having snapped him up from East Grinstead Town, where he scored 21 goals for the Bostik South East Division side.

DOVER ATHLETIC have unveiled the signing of goalkeeper Yusuf Mersin, 24, on a two-year contract.

Mersin, who stands at six feet and five inches tall, featured 19 times for Crawley Town during a three-year spell with the League Two club before being released earlier this month.

Mersin played Turkish Premier League football for Kasimpassa before returning to England to sign for Crawley Town in 2016.

The giant stopper, who has represented Turkey at both under-17 and under-18 levels,  moved from Millwall to Liverpool as a sixteen-year-old.

GILLINGHAM have confirmed their retained list with the EFL today.

Bradley Garmston, Max Ehmer, Gabriel Zakuani, Brandon Hanlan, Dean Parrett, Regan Charles-Cook, Barry Fuller, Callum Reilly, Elliott List, Darren Oldaker, Josh Rees and Mark Byrne are all under contract for next season. 

The following six players will be released when their current deals expire: Luke O’Neill, Alex Lacey, Billy Bingham, Ryan Huckle, Tom Hadler and Louie Catherall.

Thomas Holy, Tom Eaves, Aaron Simpson, Ben Chapman, Bradley Stevenson, Jack Tucker, Henry Woods, Jack Morrell (current deal expires in December), have all been offered new contracts. 

Graham Burke, Tahvon Campbell, Leonardo da Silva Lopes, Billy King, Ricky Holmes and Connor Ogilvie have all returned to their parent clubs following their respective loan spells.

TJ Bramble, Roman Campbell, Joe Walsh and Miguel Scarlett have been offered professional deals.

George Sheminant, Jude Arthurs and Charles Noyelle have been released after completing their two-year scholarships.

HOLLANDS & BLAIR'S newly-appointed manager Simon Halsey has confirmed his first signings for the Gillingham based club.

Defender Cameron Heffernan, midfielder Connor Heffernan and striker Harry Goodger have all agreed to sign for the club.

The Southern Counties East Football League Premier Division side have also snapped up Jack Simon, James McDonald and Louis Valencia ahead of next season.

RAMSGATE manager Nick Davis has signed former Punjab United striker William Johnson-Cole.

The 24-year-old scored 10 goals in 20 appearances for Punjab United, while also scoring four goals for Sevenoaks Town in 19 appearances.

“Nick has been in contact with me a few times over the past couple of months and has been keeping tabs on me,” Johnson-Cole told

“Nick explained to me that he wants to build a team that’s hungry and ambitious as well.

“I’ve seen how the club is structured and whilst it’s going to be a challenging stepping up a level, it’s a challenge I’m excited to take on.

“With a manager like Nick behind me, I’m sure everything will flow nicely.

“I want to score goals and get assists, so ultimately my target is to have a positive impact on the team.

“We will try and push for promotion in the upcoming season.”

Ramsgate chief executive officer Paul Bowden-Brown added: “I would like to welcome Johnson-Cole to the club. If his pedigree is true, we have signed a young man who has a great future in professional football.

“I’m so glad that he has agreed to terms to be the next signing for the club. He becomes another piece in the jigsaw for Nick Davis, whilst he is rebuilding our team.

“It has been an extremely busy weekend and this week you will hear more about more additions to the squad.”

SPORTING CLUB Thamesmead have appointed Jason Long as their new manager.

Long took temporary charge for their last six games of the side’s Southern Counties East Football League First Division – winning once and losing three – after Joe Ford fell seriously ill on Friday 29 March.

“With the club continuing to wish first team manager Joe Ford a speedy and full recovery, we have made plans for next season,” said a club statement.

“Carrying on Joe’s good work from last season, we’re pleased to announce his assistant Jason Long as manager.  Jason will work with his backroom team.”

TONBRIDGE ANGELS have tied down goalkeeper Jonathan Henly, 25, striker Chinedu McKenzie, 24, striker Alex Read, 31 and winger Jared Small, 28, to their squad next season.

VCD ATHLETIC manager Keith McMahon has unveiled the signing of former Herne Bay defender Raphe Brown.  He made 39 appearances for their Bostik South East Division rivals last season.