Sonny Miles departs Tonbridge Angels after making a club record 527 appearances

Sunday 30th April 2023

TONBRIDGE ANGELS have confirmed the departure of long-serving player and captain Sonny Miles after making 527 appearances for the club.

The 32-year-old centre-half made his debut for the club in December 2008 and went on to break the club’s all-time appearance record. 

Miles has only played for two clubs during his career, Tonbridge Angels and Maidstone United.

Miles has been able to balance football, family life and a successful career in the construction industry.  He was an integral part of winning two promotions with the Angels and will forever be a part of the folklore of the Longmead Stadium club.

Manager Jay Saunders said: “Sonny has been a fantastic captain since I have been at the club.

“Whilst things move on in football, Sonny should be proud of everything he has achieved at Tonbridge Angels FC and his appearance record won’t be beaten.

“He’s proven himself time and time again at this level but more importantly is a top man away from the pitch. 

“I would like to thank Sonny for all of his efforts and wish him all the very best for the future.”

Outgoing chairman Dave Netherstreet added in a statement: “It is always a very sad time when a player who has played so many seasons for one club leaves.

“I have the greatest admiration for Sonny for his dedication and loyalty over the years to the Angels and the success that he has brought to the team as a senior player and captain.

“I have been privileged to see most of the games that Sonny has played and his whole-hearted endeavour could never be questioned.

“I wish him and his family all the very best for the future and thank him for everything that he has done for the club. He is a true legend.”

The Angels completed their 46-match Vanarama National League South campaign with a 1-0 home win over relegated Cheshunt yesterday.

Former Maidstone United and Margate boss Saunders guided the club to a ninth-place finish with 70 points on the board, missing out on a play-off place by four points, in his first season at the helm.

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